In order to maintain file organization we suggest that you maintain a master copy of every file on your own computer, for development work and for local testing, and then transfer each of the revised and new files to the server.
Note: When uploading new files, the file names must be identical to ensure proper linking
The instructions given here are for ww2, which uses SFTP. The people2 system has also been configured to use SFTP software for file uploading. Some of the details are different, but you may find the following discussion useful anyway, because the basic approach is the same.
Uploading a file to ww2 or to people2 destroys the previous file of the same name, replacing it immediately.
We provide instructions for Fetch on Macintosh and FileZilla on Windows: those packages are free to Ohio University students and employees and are known to work. We will test with them before we install any SFTP server software updates on the staging or production servers. We expect that most other SFTP software will also work; you are free to decide to use any other package, but please be aware that we will not be able to provide as prompt, complete, or effective assistance with other packages.
If you fail to connect, your software is likely to report that as a wrong password. ww2 and people2 use SFTP. Trying to use standard FTP may result in a failure that looks like a wrong password.
Note: In order to login, you must have changed your Ohio ID password since October 1, 2007. To change your Ohio ID password, use the "Change Your OHIO Password" link in the "Manage your OHIO ID account" section at the top of http://www.ohio.edu/oit/services/myaccount.cfm.
The static-page Front Door server also provides "virtual host" services for sites that the world sees with a variety of other names. For a list of those currently in place, see
Step-by-step instructions for using Fetch with a Macintosh: Fetch Steps
Step-by-step instruction for using FileZilla with Windows or Macintosh: FileZilla Steps
Once you have transferred your files to ww2, you should immediately verify that they have arrived uncorrupted and with no obvious mistakes. Open the appropriate URL in your favorite web browser and verify that the display is what you planned.
Note: You may need to force your browser to reload the file or you may even have to erase your browser's cache -- steps for erasing your browser's cache can be found here -- before reloading will display the updated page.
Follow all the critical, new, and modified links to verify that they function as intended. Examine all new or modified images to verify that they display as intended.
Make sure that the appearance of your pages is reasonable under all four major browsers: FireFox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. The HTML "standards" are still evolving, and those browsers are often not identical in their implementation of the newest aspects of HTML. Be sure to examine your page on both Macintosh and on Windows as well as on both Apple and Android smartphones.
Once you are confident that there are no bugs in your files, you should delete any relic files that have been made obsolete by the changes you have made.