Setting up your account on the web server.


1.      Be sure you have an account activation through the DePaul School of Computer Science and Digital Media (CDM). This is needed both to use CDM labs and to have an account on their web server.

2.      Download an FTP client such as FileZilla. I’d recommend starting with this one, even if you choose a different client at a later point in the course.

3.      Configure your FileZilla account to connect to the web server.


Account Activation

This is an important step as you will need to activate your account through CDM not only to have access to the web server, but also in order to use any CDM lab at DePaul. This only needs to be done once a year Go to to complete the process. You will be prompted to choose a password.  This is the password you will use to log on to the computers in the CDM labs, and is also the password you will use for your account on the web server.


Download an FTP Client such as FileZilla

There are many different FTP clients out there. FileZilla is probably a good choice as it is simple and free, and is available for both PCs and Macs. There are also a few minor drawbacks which I will discuss in class. You can download the client at


Configure Your FTP Client to Connect to the Server

Here are the basic instructions if you are using FileZilla. However, please note that different versions may work slightly differently. We will also go over this step together in class.

1.      Click on File -> Site Manager -> New Site

2.      Choose a familiar name for this connection such as CDM Web Server

3.      Under ‘Host’ enter the server name ( – fortunately you’ll only have to enter this once!

4.      Under ‘Protocol’ choose SFTP (not FTP)

5.      Under ‘Login Type’ choose ‘Ask for password’.

·         If you are at home or using a laptop, your may choose ’Normal’ and it will remember your password.

6.      Enter your name and password in the appropriate fields

7.      Click on Okay

8.      The first time, you may be get a dialog box saying ‘Unknown Host Key’ and offering you the option to Always trust this host. If you see this dialog, click okay (you may have to check a box first). This should be the only time you see this dialog unless you later use a different computer.


Transferring Files to/from (uploading/downloading) Your Account

We will demonstrate in class.  Briefly: 

·         The left side of the screen shows your local computer. The right side is the web server.

·         To upload, you can simply drag-and-drop from the left side to the right. To download, do the opposite.

·         You can also right-click one or more files and choose upload or download.

·         You can also delete files, create and remove directories, and other standard file management procedures.


URL to Your Account on the Server

For example, the URL to a file called ‘my_first_page’ on my account on the server would be:


Some of you may wonder why the host name in the URL is different from the host name when you created your FTP profile. In fact, the host name is the official/proper name of the server. However, because it is fairly long and awkward, the server administrators, thoughtfully provided us with a slightly friendlier server name  ( that you can use when providing URLs to your page.  However, don’t forget that when creating your FTP profile, you must enter the official name for the Host field.

Duration of Account Access

As far as I know, these accounts are available through the quarter following your IT-130 class. However, you may be able to request an extension by contacting the site administrators. Also, if you take additional courses, the account should remain active.


404 Permissions Error

While this is not common, some students encounter an error saying “You do not have the proper permissions to view this file.” If you are one of the unlucky few, don’t panic, the fix is easy. Please see this file.