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Personal Web Pages


This policy addresses acceptable uses of personal web pages by students, faculty, and staff on the Geneseo campus web server (   Personal web pages are web files (e.g. *.html, *.css, *.js, *.php) accessible via a personal web account URL (e.g.,


In the past, Geneseo supported web pages exclusively via personal web accounts on the campus's production web server.   The pages in those spaces were accessed via "~" URLS (e.g. or via Virtual URLs which were mapped to the tilde URLs (e.g.   Files were maintained manually via tools such as DreamWeaver and FTP.   The files were stored within a file space (i.e. public_html folder) associated with an account.  

These type of personal web page accounts have been used by students, faculty, staff, departments, and organizations to create their web pages.

New tools and technologies such as Web Content Management Systems and WIKIs have become available to support the development of web pages in a more secure and efficient manner.  Personal web spaces are no longer the recommended alternative for the campus.  We will continue to support personal web spaces for existing accounts and for exceptions where warranted.

This policy provides:

  • Recommended web content solutions.
  • Policies for personal web spaces.


Recommended Web Content Solutions:

The following list provides recommended web content solutions:

  • Web Content Management System (CMS)
    • Departments, Organizations, and Faculty web sites.
  • Campus WIKI
    • Student web sites.
  • Course projects - Campus WIKI
 Personal Web Page Policies:
  • Accounts must be requested from CIT (via link tbd.   Try to sell them on alternatives).
  • No PHP.
  • No 3rd party packages (bulletin board, db).
  • No socket programs.
  • No file uploads.
  • No Cross-Site scripting (or other hacking).
  • No file system access outside web folder of account.


Paul Jackson
Assistant Director for Information Systems,  Computing & Information Technology

Sue Chichester
CIO & Director, Computing & Information Technology

Effective Date:
Last Updated: 1/6/2009


  • What solution do we recommend (in the short term) for people who need the following:
    • Forms (we hope new CMS will support forms)
    • Complete flexibility in design/skin of site (CMS & Wiki both have limitations)
  • Do/how we speak of new CMS?
  • Need notes on students who need to do programming - notes to CS
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