The Student Activity Server has been renamed to the Penn State Student Organizations Web Service and is under new management. These Web pages are out of date and will be removed in the near future. Please read http://www.clubs.psu.edu/info/ for information about the new service.
So you've just gotten your organization a site on the Activity Server. What now? This page contains information and links that can assist you in the editing of your webpages.
Some tips and guidelines from the SAS Team:
Tutorials - There are tutorials on accessing your web files on the server.
DCE/DFS information - CAC has provided some good information on the DCE/DFS Service. DCE/DFS is the service where your web files are kept.
Directory Default Pages - The "Root Page", " Directory Index", or "Directory Default Page" is the page people see when they type in your directory. An example is when someone types in http://www.clubs.psu.edu/sas/author/ they are really looking at http://www.clubs.psu.edu/sas/author/index.html. We recommended that you have default pages for your directories so that your web audience can have an easier time finding your site. We also recommend that you use "index.html", although other filenames will be checked as well.
Here are the filenames the clubs server looks for to present as the directory default. The names are in order of the search (it uses the first one it finds) and all file names are case sensitive (they must be lower case):
If you do not use a directory default page, the server will list your files. You can change the list of files to check yourself by making a file called ".htaccess" and place the following line in the file:
DirectoryIndex index.html default.asp
The above example first checks for a file named index.html (case matters here), and then default.asp if index.html is not present. This file will override the server settings for the directory it is placed in, and all subdirectories. Even though case matters with the default page, it still does not matter for files you explicity link to, such as INDEX.HTML.
Tip for Windows users: you may have to create the text file "htaccess.txt", edit it in notepad, upload it to the server, and then rename it to ".htaccess" (notice the dot at the beginning of the name).
Image File Format - Save photographs as JPEG files and computer drawn images as GIF files to save disk space as well as making downloading faster. You can also save a PNG image as "indexed" like GIF or in RGB or CMYK format like JPEG for photos. We may put some frequently used images and clipart in the /common directory that you can directly link to from your pages to save space. [ May not work yet, stay tuned... ]
Password protection - Some groups may want to restrict sections of their website to only members. This is now possible for webteams to set up. You may restrict access to a directory by setting up an .htaccess file and an .htpasswd file. We now have instructions on use.
CGI (Common Gateway Interface) - CGI is a method for creating interactive webpages. These pages contain information on how to use CGI on this server to create interactive and dynamic webpages (includes counters, form handlers, and database access). These pages are for this server specifically.
Testing - Be sure to test your pages in both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer since each handles certain HTML tags differently. You may also want to consider other browsers such as Mozilla, Opera, Amaya, Arena, NetPositive for Be, OmniWeb, AOL (before Internet Explorer), WebTV, UP.Browser for Sprint PCS or even lynx. [ This is not even close to a complete list. ]
CAC's web publishing page offers ideal help and resources for the beginning web designers.
Visit HTML Help for lessons in good use of HTML, tutorials on coding, and references for HTML writers of all stages. Is your club's code Valid HTML? Find out by using a validator such as the WDG HTML Validator.
Dr. HTML is another HTML validator that gives even more information about your pages than the WDG HTML Validator. However WDG is easier to use for it can show the exact location of flaws in your code. Both have the ability to make suggestions about a page on the web, or a local copy. No additional software or fees required :), just a web browser.
The Internet Technology Club (formerly known as the Java and Internet Interest group) will be having Seminars and Workshops pertaining to setting up web pages, including HTML scripting, and CGI Coding. Please visit their site for details.
UseIT.com is a site devoted to the art of building clean, effective and usable web sites. By Jakob Nielsen.
Microsoft's Workshop contains a good deal of resources for creating high quality pages (although most of them are geared towards the MS Internet Explorer... odd)
The HTML Reference Library v2.2 is a Windows Help File that contains detailed explanations of most HTML tags including IE and Netscape specific ones. Download the zip file (~1.47MB), unzip it and run SETUP.EXE.
ASP (Active Server Pages) A Microsoft technology that works only under Internet Information Server 3.x and up. This technology leverages the Visual Basic scripting language to provide server side programming. The server side programming allows for the maintaining of state between pages, browser identification for customization, and easy linking to Access databases.
Last modified Friday, 04-Jun-2004 17:58:08 EDT. Student Activity Server Committee