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Personal Homepages – What Are They and How Do I Use Them?

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IMPORTANT:  This service will be ending on JUNE 1st, 2021 with Google Sites as a primary alternative. Contact information for the ITS Helpdesk can be found at the bottom of this page for any questions you may have.


  • Personal home (web) pages residing on the server are created and maintained solely by the individual authors, not by the University of Michigan-Flint.
  • The University does not endorse or actively monitor the content of these web pages. These pages do not constitute official University business or statements, and the University accepts no responsibility for their content.
  • All comments regarding the contents of personal web pages are to be directed to the page author.
  • Suspected violations of University information technology policies can be reported to the UM-Flint User Advocate Committee using the online User Advocate form located here:

Before You Begin:

  • Your Homepage directory is a website space allocated on the server that is available to each student, faculty, or staff member. More information is available here: 
  • The Homepage folder is found in your Personal Directory, or (H:) Drive (Homedrive), on-campus computers.
  • After creating an "index.html" web page and placing it in the Homepage folder, your web address will be (You will need to replace the word “uniqname” with your uniqname.)

Intended Audience:

This Quicknote is for the benefit of the faculty, staff, and student members who are looking to host a personal webpage.


Table of Contents

Uploading Your Website: [Back]

Your website must contain a page named "index.html" in order for the address to find your home page.

Uploading on Campus:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Double click your Homedrive (H:) .
  3. Double click the folder Homepage.
  4. In a separate window navigate to the location of your saved website files.
  5. Drag and drop the website from the location where it is saved to the already opened homepage folder inside of your (H:) drive. You may also select the website files where they are saved then Right Click and select Copy.
  6. Click the homepage folder on your (H:) drive.
  7. Then Right Click and select Paste.

Uploading off Campus:

  1. Connect to your Home drive through the VPN at
  2. Open your (H:) Drive.
  3. Open your homepage folder.
  4. Click Upload Files... in the top right of the window.
  5. Browse to the files you would like to upload to your homepage.
  6. Click Upload.
  7. Once you are done uploading files to your homepage folder you should be able to go to your homepage on the web and see your "index.html".

Registering Your Webpage or Editing your Listing:[Back]

Registration of your webpage is required before the webpage is accessible from the Homepage Gallery.
  1. Go to the web address
  2. Select the Get Listed/Edit Listing
  3. Login using your uniqname and current password.
  4. Read through the form, and fill out the appropriate fields.
  5. Once finished, click Save.
  6. Now your webpage has been listed and is available via the Internet. The web address for your webpage is (You will need to replace the word “uniqname” with your uniqname.)

Removing or Reactivating the listing after the site has been Registered

If you have registered your homepage and would like to remove it from the public listing please follow these steps:
  1. Go to the web address
  2. Select the Get Listed/Edit Listing.
  3. Login using your uniqname and current password.
  4. At the bottom of the form select No for the “Home Directory Or Other URL” field.
  5. To make your listing appear again simply repeat steps 1-4, selecting Yes.
Marking your listing as Inactive will not remove all access to your homepage. People may still access it by typing in the full web address of any page in your website. To remove all access to your website via the internet you will need to remove all files located in your homepage folder on your (H:) drive.

Searching for Home Pages:[Back]

To search through the homepages

  1. Go to
  2. Enter in your search terms in the search box in the top right.

Frequently Asked Questions:[Back]

“I know my files are there, but they’re not being displayed!”

Due to the server configuration, there are times when files in your homepage directory which are moved instead of copied attain a set of permissions that disallow them to be viewed by the general public. The solution is to copy the files in question to another location, followed by copying them back to their original location. This will cause the server to reset the default permissions (making the file publicly readable once again).

“How do I get a listing of my files in the web browser instead of this 'Forbidden' message?”

Forbidden/permissions issues can stem from either having BOTH a ".htaccess" file and "index.html" in your homepage folder or have no "index.html" file in it.
  • If you have a ".htaccess" file in your homepage folder along with an “index.html" file, delete the ".htaccess" file and you should no longer receive the “Forbidden” error.
  • With no "index.html" file in your homepage folder, accessing your homepage via its link in the Homepage Gallery may state you don't have permissions.
The process is demonstrated below for creating a ".htaccess" file is detailed below. If you continue to receive the “Forbidden” error and have deleted your ".htaccess" file, as well as have an "index.html" file in your homepage folder, then you may have a legitimate permissions problem. Please contact the ITS Helpdesk for further assistance.

“I would like to list the contents of the /test directory in the web browser with a '.htaccess' file”

  1. Using a text editor (Notepad.exe in this example), create the ".htaccess" file as shown below:
  2. When saving the make sure your "File name:" is ".htaccess" and “Save as type:” is "All Files (*.*)". Please remember the location you saved the file for the next few steps.
  3. Upload the newly created ".htaccess" to the directory you would like to have listings. First, you will need to connect to UM-Flint via a VPN connection. Please see the steps listed above for accessing your (H:) drive and homepage.
  4. That’s it! In your web browser, navigate back to the location in question. You should now see a listing of your files, instead of the “Forbidden” message.

"I’m not sure how to make a homepage. Can someone in ITS do it for me, or give me lessons on how to make one?"

Unfortunately, no one in ITS can make your homepage for you or train you in webpage design. Fortunately making a webpage has become increasingly easier. There are many free online programs that make web design possible for almost everyone. Do not contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance with learning how to use these online programs or help in writing your HTML code.

 “My homepage listing keeps disappearing from the gallery searches and I have to edit the listing to get it to appear again. Why does this keep happening?”

ITS will mark your listing as inactive if your links to your website or blog are broken. Once your listing is marked as inactive it will not show up in the gallery searches. If your listing keeps disappearing from the gallery make sure all your links are working properly.

“I am having trouble getting images and additional pages to display properly. I have double-checked the links, and everything is correct. Why won’t they show up?”

Unfortunately, there is a glitch with the permissions used in your homepage folder. If you move something to your homepage folder, instead of copying/pasting it or creating there in the first place, it may not have the proper permissions set. To correct this problem you can do one of two things.
  1. Create all files directly in your homepage folder, instead of moving them there.
  2. Select the files/images that are causing problems in your homepage to move them out of your homepage folder so they are no longer listed.
  3. Replace them in your homepage folder by selecting them in their new location outside of the homepage folder, right-clicking on them and selecting Copy, open your homepage folder again, and Paste the files in your homepage folder.

"I cannot find my homepage folder in my (H:) drive"

Usually, if you cannot find the homepage folder in your (H:) drive it may have been accidentally deleted or moved. If you do not have a homepage folder in your (H:) drive you will have to contact the ITS helpdesk to have the folder recreated by our System Engineers. The folder contains special permissions that allow the content to link to the homepage gallery.
For instructions on contacting the ITS Helpdesk please refer to the following information:

Troubleshooting [Back]

If you have additional questions or concerns this Quicknote does not address, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.
Location: 206 Murchie Science Building
Phone#: (810)-762-3123 (Option 1)

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