Department of Engineering

IT Services

Group web pages on www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk


Setting up a group web site

The IT Services Division runs a web server (www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk) on which research groups and other groups and offices within the Department can maintain their own web sites. Such a site will normally have a home page URL of the form http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/groupname/ .

One or more members of the group can be given access to create and edit the pages. Editing is usually done by connecting to the server as a network drive from a Windows PC or Macintosh.

If your group or project would like to set up a site on www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk, please contact webadmin@eng.cam.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Group name - This is the name that will be used in the URL for your web pages (as in the first paragraph above). This name should be both memorable and relatively short: it is part of the URL that you will publish; remember also that people may need to write it down or to type it! Note: this group name must not contain spaces, but it can contain underscores if you wish.
  • Editors - The userids of the people who will be given access to edit the pages.
  • E-mail recipients - Each group web site will have an e-mail address associated with it, which can be used at the bottom of each page as an enquiries address. The list of people who receive e-mail sent to this address does not need to be identical to the list of editors. When you contact webadmin, we will discuss with you the name of this e-mail address.

We ask that any group intending to use WordPress commit to having someone who understands WordPress and who will be responsible for managing and updating the WordPress installation as required. To host the site using WordPress, we would need to set it up with its own hostname of the form (www-)XYZ.eng.cam.ac.uk.

Editing your group's web pages

From a Windows PC
The normal way of editing group web pages is to connect to the group web directory as a 'network drive' from a Windows PC within the Department. You should connect to:

\\update-www.eng.cam.ac.uk\www-grp

replacing www-grp with the name that you will have been given by webadmin when your site was first set up. Use your Teaching System userid and password.

Once you have connected to the network drive, you can edit or copy pages as you would any other files on your computer. If you have difficulty in connecting to the server, please contact pc-support@eng.cam.ac.uk

From a Macintosh
You can also connect to your group's web space from a Macintosh, using the smb protocol under OSX. From the 'Go' menu, choose 'Connect to server', and enter the following into the Address box:

\\update-www.eng.cam.ac.uk\www-grp

replacing www-grp with the name that you will have been given by webadmin when your site was first set up. Use your Teaching System userid and password.

From the Teaching System
You can upload files to your group's web space from your Teaching System filespace, using the 'smbclient' program, which provides an ftp-like interface. Use the command

smbclient //update-www.eng.cam.ac.uk/www-grp

to connect, replacing www-grp with the name that you will have been given when your site was set up. You will be prompted for your Teaching System password.

From outside the Department
If you wish to update your pages from outside the Department, you will need to transfer the new versions of the pages to your Teaching System filespace using sftp, and then upload them to the web server using smbclient as above.

update-www login/password change

See the update-www login/password if you've had trouble connecting since 14th May, 2014