University of Southern California

ITS Information Technology Services

Publishing Personal Web Pages (Faculty and Staff)

USC provides faculty and staff 1 GB of network drive space to create personal web pages on the USC web server. This page provides setup information for creating a personal web page as well as information on uploading content to the USC web server.

To transfer files between your computer and the USC server, you must use a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) client such as FileZilla (for Windows users) or Fetch (for Mac users) to transfer files from your computer to the server. UNIX users can use command line SFTP. For detailed information on using secure file transfer protocol, see Secure File Transfer (SFTP and SCP) Overview. To download a free copy of an SFTP client, go to the USC Software Downloads page.


Faculty and staff are responsible for creating the content of their personal web pages. Faculty and staff can use HTML code or a web authoring tool such as Adobe Dreamweaver to create their pages. Since personal web pages on the USC web server are published to the Internet, anyone with access to the Internet can view these pages. Faculty and staff are responsible for ensuring that the content of their pages is appropriate and conforms to the university's computing policies.

The university reserves the right to cease publication of any documents that violate the law, contractual agreements, or the university's computing policies. Violations of the law may be reported to the appropriate authorities; violations of the university's policy and standards will be handled through the appropriate university office.


In order to publish personal web pages at USC you must have:

To activate your USC web account:

  1. Connect to
    • PC users
      1. From the Start menu, select All Programs and then Internet Tools.
      2. Click SSH to Host to start PuTTy.
      3. In the Host Name field, type
      4. Click Open. A UNIX window opens.
      5. Type your username at the Login As prompt and then press Enter.
      6. Type your password at the Password prompt and then press Enter.
    • Mac users
      1. From Applications, select Utilities and then click Terminal to open a terminal window.
      2. Type ssh at the command prompt, where username is your USC username. For example,
      3. Type your password at the Password prompt and then press Enter.

      Note: The cursor does not move when you type.

  2. At the UNIX prompt, type requestwww and then press Enter.
  3. A summary of university policies related to publication of web pages displays. You will be asked to verify that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by these policies. If you do not agree, the program will terminate. If you agree, the program will display a series of setup questions.
  4. Answer the setup questions. You must use your keyboard to answer the questions; your mouse will not work in the UNIX window.
  5. The program displays a summary of your responses. Verify the information.
  6. Submit your request for publication.
  7. Once complete, your personal website will be be published at

You can begin transferring your personal web pages to the USC web server. See Secure File Transfer (SFTP and SCP) Overview documentation for instructions.

Getting Help

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555 or send an email to

Last updated:
June 23, 2010

Web Publishing Documentation

The use of all USC computing resources is governed by the USC Computing Policies.