Personal websites

Personal websites are websites that are used to promote campus clubs and organizations and/or the work, research and professional development of individual students, faculty and staff members. Various options are available for personal websites to suit different needs and purposes.

Use Policy

All personal websites must conform to the University Computer Use Policy.

Google Sites 

Web Services recommends Google Sites as the most user-friendly option for students, faculty, and staff who wish to create personal websites or sites for faculty/staff committees, organizations, or interest groups. See our sample Google Site, which contains more information and tips for creating your own site.

Student Organization Websites

Club and organization sites can be created on Engage, which is managed by Electronic Student Services. 

WWW Server (for advanced users)

Faculty, staff and students who are comfortable creating sites in HTML and managing files via an FTP client can host sites on the WWW server. Appalachian provides faculty, staff and students with free web hosting (50 MB) for personal websites as long as they are members of the Appalachian community. By default, all users have web accounts on the WWW server.


Before you can view content on your personal website, you need to build the pages of your site in HTML. To do this, you can use your preferred web publishing software (e.g., Dreamweaver).


Access Restrictions

FTP client instructions


The URL for your personal website on the WWW server will be (you replace YOUR_USERNAME with your ASU username)

If you named your home page index.htm or index.html, this page should automatically appear. Otherwise you''ll need to specify the page after your username: (replace YOUR_USERNAME with your ASU username, and replace YOUR_FILNAME.HTML with the full filename of your page)

Filezilla Instructions

Open the Filezilla application.

Click on the File dropdown menu and select Site Manager...

FileZilla - File - Site Manager...

Click the My Sites folder and then click the New Site button.

Enter to the Host field.

Under Protocol select SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol.

Under Logon Type select Normal.

Enter your ASU username and password into the User and Password fields.

FileZilla Site Manager Window

The first time you connect, you will see the Unknown host key warning box. Click the OK button.

Unknown host key window

After logging in, make sure to select public_html as your web folder.

public_html window


Cyberduck Instructions

Open the Cyberduck application (if you do not have Cyberduck installed, it is available through the Mac Installers).

Click Open Connection.

Cyberduck Open Connection icon

Select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) from the first drop down menu.

Enter in the Server field.

Enter your ASU username and password in the Username and Password fields.

Cyberduck login window

The first time you connect, you will need to accept a host key fingerprint from the server. Click Always and you will not be prompted again.

Upon successful login you will be in your home directory on the server. You will need to place web files in the public_html folder.

public_html directory

Inside your public_html folder click the arrow next to the gear icon and select Upload (you can also drag and drop to your folder).

Cyberduck upload

Browse your computer for the files you wish to publish to your site. Click Upload.