Creating a Webpage for Your Astronomy Class
Each semester, we will post links on the department website to all current instructor course pages. This will allow students to rapidly locate your pages.
To create a webpage for an Astronomy class, create a subdirectory called
public_html in your home directory. Within that directory, create another directory with the name of the class as the directory name. For example, if you are teaching ASTR101, you should create a directory within
ASTR101. Finally, create a file called
index.html in this class directory to be displayed as the class home page. This file must be in HTML (see bottom of page for training resources).
It is important that the two directories and
index.html file have protections which make them readable by everyone. You can achieve this by using the command "
chmod a+r index.html" and the command "
chmod a+rx" on each of the directories.
As an example, suppose that Doug Hamilton was going to add a page for the ASTR101 class. He would move to his home directory (
/home/dphamil) and type the following commands:
mkdir public_html chmod a+rx public_html cd public_html mkdir ASTR101 chmod a+rx ASTR101 cd ASTR101 vi index.html chmod a+r index.html
Of course, your favorite editor can be used in place of vi.
When this is finished, contact the webmaster and let him/her know which class is going to have a home page in your directory. It would be helpful to pass the entire directory path to the
index.html file. Your link should appear on the department page by the next day.
The following websites are generally useful for creating HTML webpages:
- HTML Tutorial: This a webpage which provides a very general overview of the various HTML tags and syntax help.
- HTML Goodies: A little more intensive HTML help webpage with some other goodies.