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Personal Web Pages

Below are a set of links that may help you with using our People Servers


People2 Retirement

Provision Steps

Installing Fetch

Using Fetch

Installing FileZilla

Using FileZilla


Retiring September 30, 2017

The personal web page option currently offered via the People2 server will be retired September 30, 2017.


Creating pages | Transferring pages | Quota | Using pagesRestricted pages | Assistants



You are eligible to publish a personal website through the university's "people2" system if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Current students
  • Current employees
  • Retirees
  • Former students and alumni - for a limited time after leaving the university
  • Former employees - for a limited time after leaving the university


File Locations on the Server

For brevity, we will use "people2" to refer to the server to which you upload your personal pages. People2 is not the server used for organizational pages or academic and administrative departmental pages, even though the world sees them all as part of www.ohio.edu, the Front Door server.

The people2 server publishes personal pages of current students, current employees, retirees, and — for a limited duration after they leave Ohio University — former students (including alumni) and other former employees. You may not be able to modify your pages during the grace period after you are no longer eligible before your old files are deleted from the server.

On the people2 server, there have been separate folders for the public and the secure subsites, within each of which there is a folder named "people" and within those folders there is a folder for each person. The file locations on people2 are summarized in the following illustration:

Block diagram for people2 transition

If your primary personal home page is on any other server we do encourage you to create a simple home page named "index.html" that contains a link to your primary home page.

Personal pages fall into two categories: those that are under the control of the individual, and those that are not. If in doubt about which category any of your pages falls into, please contact University Communications and Marketing for clarification and guidance.

If an employee's personal site includes work-related information whose content is not under the control of that employee then those pages are generally official, should be marked at the bottom of the page as being copyright by Ohio University, and should include the Ohio University logo signature graphic in the upper-left corner. If that is done, then both the logo graphic and the words, "Ohio University," in the copyright statement should be linked to the Front Door, http://www.ohio.edu/.

All personal pages that are under the control of the individual are unofficial, must not assert copyright by Ohio University, and must not use any official logo graphics, unless specific permission has been granted. It is entirely appropriate for any personal page, and especially appropriate for your home page, to have a reciprocal link to the Front Door. See the rules for the requirement for reciprocal links to the Front Door. Those specifications apply to all categories of pages, not just student organizations.


Creating Your Personal Directories and Pages

The first step is to create your personal subdirectories, one for public and one for secure pages on people2, and then apply the appropriate security settings. You will not be able to connect by SFTP to transfer your files, as documented in the next section, until after you have completed this step.

A separate page provides the step-by-step instructions to accomplish this task.


Transferring Files


There are three prerequisites to transferring your files according to the instructions below:

Once all three of those are done, then you can transfer your web files to people2 by Secure FTP:

  1. Connect to people2.ohio.edu with SFTP, using your own OHIO ID and password.

    Note: If you are using some other SFTP software then it will be useful to know that the server's full specification for the standard default location after connecting is: E:\WebDocumentFolders\people2.ohio.edu\public\people\

    Once the SFTP connection is completed, you will be in the "people" folder inside the "public" folder, and will see an alphabetically sorted list of the Ohio ID-named folders for the people who have already provisioned their public personal subsites.

  2. If you want to work on your password-protected (restricted-access) pages, then:

    • navigate to the "people2.ohio.edu" folder, where you will observe both the "public" and the "secure" folders

    • open the "secure" folder

    • open the "people" folder

    • Scroll to the folder whose name matches your OHIO ID and open that folder.

    See also the discussion of Restricting Access, below.


Disk Quota

If you attempt to upload a file that would exceed your disk space usage quota on the server, the server will refuse to accept the full file, but may accept part of it. Your SFTP software will display one or more error messages. A failed attempt to upload a folder full of files may create a folder with multiple partial files. You should delete any incomplete files to ensure that no one downloads broken files.

The disk space quota is enforced for each top-level folder. Thus, if you are authorized to work on more than one subsite, the files you upload for one subsite will count against the disk quota for that subsite only.

Disk space on the server is not free. The primary value of disk quotas is to prevent one person's broken SFTP process from consuming the entire drive. If you need more disk space, please let us know.

If you were planning to use your personal web space to share large files with collaborators, please be aware that OIT also offers several file sharing and storage options.


Using Your Web Files

Once your files are in place on people2 they will be visible to the world. The first time you upload files to people2 you should promptly look at them with your browser to confirm that they are intact.

Any folder in the /people/ subsite, including your home folder, that does not contain a file named "index.html" or a file named "index.htm" will display a server-generated list of links to every file and folder that it does contain; see http://www.ohio.edu/people/ for example.


Restricting Access to Your Web Pages

You can restrict access to your Web pages, permitting only those people whom you authorize to see your pages. Steps for restricting access to files in your website are available here.


Assistant Pagemasters

If you want to authorize one or more other people to update your personal web presence, do not tell them your password. Let us know the details and we can add or remove assistant pagemasters for a subsite. Submit a request if you need to add an assistant pagemaster.