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MATH-Personal Website Setup & Access

There are two offerings for personal web hosting: the U.OSU service offered by the University, and the people.math service offered by the Department of Mathematics. U.OSU is a WordPress hosting solution with modern content management and editing delegation features, while people.math is a more traditional www or "tilde" (~) service with less support but more customization, including PHP, Perl, and MathJax.

Click here to learn more about U.OSU. Read on for instructions to provision and edit a people.math site.

Note that if you are creating a website for an organization, colloquium, or event, it is highly recommended you use the U.OSU service, so that others can be easily added or delegated for editing and ownership, and to effectively follow OSU branding guidelines. For more permanent or complex sites, or if you have a specific need to use Drupal hosting, please contact ASC Communications.



If this is your first time using people.math, your site must be activated.

Click here to activate your people.math site, entering your OSU credentials when prompted.

Your people.math page is then managed via WebDAV at:[name.#]

Note the "-edit" after people, as distinct from the public viewing site, "" Management instructions for each platform follow:



The suggested WebDAV tool on macOS is the free program, CyberDuck. While it is possible to connect to WebDAV using the Finder's built-in "Connect to Server" tool, this method has historically been unreliable and is not recommended.

You can use the Quick Connect button with the settings below, but probably the easiest thing to do is to create a new bookmark. Find the bookmarks tab, and hit the "+" as highlighted in red here:

Fill out the dialog with the required information. Be sure to select WebDAV (HTTP/SSL) as the protocol type, as normal WebDAV will not work.

Clicking the arrow next to More Options will allow you to enter a path, which will be your OSU name.#. (Otherwise, Cyberduck will mount the root directory, though you will not be able to access others' accounts.)

When you're finished, close the bookmark dialog – your information will save automatically. Behind it, you will see a new bookmark has been created. Double-click the bookmark, and you will enter your password. After Cyberduck mounts the WebDAV share, you will be presented with your people.math directory. You can drag-and-drop files into, or out of, Cyberduck, just like you would in Finder. You can also use the Actions button to manually upload files.


The recommended WebDAV tool on Windows is the free program, WinSCP. There is also a Windows version of Cyberduck that works well, but it won't be covered here. Depending on your version of Windows and your connection settings, it is possible to access WebDAV natively, but this is very unreliable and so, unsupported.

The first thing you should see when opening WinSCP is the New Session window. Fill out the required information, as below:

Be sure to select TLS/SSL Implicit encryption for the WebDAV protocol.

Below the password box, you can select Advanced... then, in the left-side menu, Directories, and enter your name.# for the Remote Directory.

Hit OK. Back in the main login window, you can also select Manage > Save As... to save your session details for future connections. When you're finished, click Login and you will go to a side-by-side layout, with the left side being a folder local to the computer you're using, and the right side being the remote WebDAV folder. Drag-and-drop files from each side, or right-click a file to see possible options.


Depending on your distribution, WebDAV access on Linux can be difficult or unreliable. However, these tools usually seem to work:

GNOME 3 Nautilus

Also known as "Files" in RHEL 7 and others, this is the default file manager for GNOME 3. It features built-in WebDAV access, but with slightly different syntax.

Open any graphical folder, then go to Files menu in the very top bar. Click this, and select Connect to Server...

This will bring up an area to enter your WebDAV address. It requires you to specify the protocol as "davs://" You can append your name.# to the end to automatically navigate to your directory.

Pressing Connect will bring up a second dialog where you can enter your OSU credentials.

After pressing Connect again, your WebDAV folder will be mounted as a directory, where you can proceed to drag-and-drop or otherwise normally manage the files.


The command-line WebDAV tool cadaver does work, and is installed on all Math Linux workstations, but will not be covered further here, as man cadaver should be sufficient.


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