Web :: Activating & Using Your Personal Web Site

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All Humboldt State University students, faculty and staff can create their own account on the local campus web server to host individual and faculty course websites; that account is valid for the entire time they are associated with HSU. To ensure that all HSU-hosted websites are accessible to the entire campus community, you are required to take a short survey before their account is activated.

Activating Your Site

To start the account activation process, follow these steps.

  1. Complete the ATI survey
  2. Once the ATI survey has been completed (the activation process may take a few hours - you'll receive an email letting you know), you will be able to select a web alias (name) for your site. To do this:
    1. Log into myHumboldt
    2. Select Account Settings
    3. Select My Profile tab. On the Profile tab section Personal Web Site, you should see a "Y" in the text box next to the comment "Can do web development? (Passed ATI survey)".*
    4. From the drop down menu, select one of the aliases listed.
    5. Click Continue
    6. Click Submit

*NOTE: You can select a web alias before you see a "Y" in the "Can do web development?" field, but your account will not be activated until that status is updated. 

You will receive an email when the account has been activated.

Setting Up Your Site

To upload content to your site, you can use either secure FTP (SFTP) or Network Folders, HSU’s remote-access central file storage system for current students, staff, and faculty. Your web site files should be stored in the public_html folder. 

More about uploading content

Site development and management tools

Adding mySQL to Your Site

Once your web alias has been activated, you have the option of adding mySQL to your site. To do this:

  1. Log into myHumboldt
  2. Select Account Settings
  3. Select Requests tab
  4. Select Request Access tab
  5. Click once in the box to Include self
  6. In Section 2, System, click the dropdown arrow and select Personal website
  7. Click the box to select Personal website - mySQL
  8. Click Continue
  9. Click Submit request

Set your mySQL password

  1. Log into myHumboldt
  2. Select Account Settings
  3. Select My Accounts tab
  4. Click once in the box to select mySQL
  5. Enter the New Password. Be sure to follow the rules for creating a secure password. Note that you will need to enter this password again in the Re-type Password text box.
  6. Click Reset password

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not make any file that contains a password to a database, such as a config file, "world readable".

Accessing your mySQL Account

To access your mySQL account in order to create tables and other onscreen data displays for your website, use PHPMyAdmin (mySQL login credentials required). To reference your mySQL account in config files, use the host name user-mysql.humboldt.edu