Getting Started with Personal Web Hosting

To get started with personal web hosting, you should submit a request for a personal web hosting account. When your account is ready, OIT will send you a configuration file via email and a unique password via Filelocker secure message.

Retrieve your password

Your personal web site has its own password that is different from your normal OHIO password. This unique password will will be sent to you as a FileLocker secure message.

arrow pointing to new message icon on Filelocker

  1. Login to FileLocker with your OHIO ID and password.
  2. Review and accept the terms of service.
  3. Click Messages in the upper right corner of your Filelocker home page.
  4. A list of your Filelocker messages will appear. In most cases, your personal web hosting message will be the only one in the list. Click the message to view your password.

FTP Setup

OIT recommends using either Cyberduck, CoreFTP, or Filezilla to transfer files to and from your personal web site. As part of your account setup, we will send you a custom configuration file, or you can enter your settings manually.

Cyberduck (Mac)

Install and configure Cyberduck 
  1. If you haven’t installed Cyberduck yet, download Cyberduck here.
  2. Open your email, find the personal web hosting confimation email that OIT sent you, and save the attached configuration file somwhere easy to find, like your Desktop.
Connect to your site using Cyberduck
  1. Double-click the configuration file you downloaded in step 2 above.
  2. Cyberduck will open automatically and connect to your personal web site.
  3. When prompted, enter the password you retrieved from Filelocker.
  4. Use Cyberduck to transfer files between your computer and the appropriate folders on your website. 
  5. To verify that your transfers worked, type your web site's URL (http://people.ohio.edu/[your OHIO ID]) into a browser.
  6. When finished, close Cyberduck.

If you receive a warning that you are exceeding your disc space, contact the OIT Service Desk.

CoreFTP (Windows)

Install and configure CoreFTP
  1. If you haven't installed Core FTP yet, download Core FTP here
  2. Open your email, find the personal web hosting confimation email that OIT sent you, and save the attached SFTP Configuration File somwhere easy to find, like your Desktop.
    • The email also includes an FTP Configuration File. You should only use this file if you encounter problems using the SFTP file.
Connect to your site using CoreFTP
  1. Double-click the SFTP Configuration File you downloaded in step 2 above.
  2. Core FTP will open automatically and connect to your personal web site.
  3. When prompted, enter the password your retrieved from Filelocker.
  4. Use CoreFTP to transfer files between your computer and the appropriate folders on your website. 
  5. To verify that your transfers worked, type your web site's URL (http://people.ohio.edu/[your OHIO ID]) into a browser.
  6. When finished, close CoreFTP.

If you receive a warning that you are exceeding your disc space, contact the OIT Service Desk.

Optional: You can import your website's settings into CoreFTP if you don't want to double-click the configuraiton file each time:

  1. Open Core FTP.
  2. Go to the Sites menu and choose Site Manager.
  3. Right-click the main window and choose Import: Core FTP.
  4. Navigate to the configuration file you saved when first setting up CoreFTP and choose it.

FileZilla (Windows and Mac)

Install and configure Filezilla
  1. If you haven't installed FileZilla yet, download Filezilla here.
  2. Open your email, find the personal web hosting confimation email that OIT sent you, and save the attached XML configuration file somwhere easy to find, like your Desktop.
  3. Open FileZilla.
  4. Go to the File menu and choose Import.
  5. Navigate to the XML file you downloaded in step 1, select it, and click OK.
  6. Click OK in the resulting Import Settings window.
  7. Click OK in the resulting Import Successful window.
Connect to your site using Filezilla
  1. Open Filezilla.
  2. Go to the File menu and choose Site Manager.
  3. Select your web site's domain from the Select Entry menu.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. When prompted for a password, use the password you retrieved from Filelocker.
  6. Use Filezilla to transfer files between your computer and the appropriate folders on your website.
  7. To verify that your transfers worked, type your web site's URL (http://people.ohio.edu/your OHIO ID) into a browser.
  8. When finished, close Filezilla.

If you receive a warning that you are exceeding your disc space, contact the OIT Service Desk.

Generic FTP settings

If you want to use a different FTP client, or if you are having trouble getting your custom configuration file to load, you can enter the settings by hand:

  • Username: Your OHIO ID@people.ohio.edu
  • Password: The unique password you retrieved from Filelocker
  • Server or host name: ftp.peopleohioedu.com
  • FTP and Explicit FTPS Port: 21