You probably have already a page holder on the NEIU server:
Check to see at http://www.neiu.edu/~youruserid.
If you get "file not found" or "forbidden", report it by emailing
Your first page will be very simple and similar to
To see the underlining html code of that page, click on the pull-down menu
View and choose Source, (or right-click).
Edit that page by changing the title, the heading, the email (to yours),
the link to one of your favorite pages, and finally the image source to some
other picture on your site or on the web somewhere (do this in notePad or in
Copy this new source and paste into your home.htm or home.html on
your disk or in gamut (you are about to do this 2 steps below here in
An alternate easier way may be to ftp (file transfer protocol) this into
your http directory by going to ftp.neiu.edu on your browser and entering your
login and password from the file menu (or clicking on FileZilla ftp at NEIU
with gamut.neiu.edu as your server).
Another way is:
If you are at NEIU,
click on gamut on your desk top and sign in your userid and password
(same as for neiuport)
From your home click on putty.exe
from your browser (if you work in Windows), and run gamut.neiu.edu to get into
gamut, with your userid and password.
Note that you are using the Unix operating system now and the mouse does
not work here. Instead use the arrow keys to move about.
Check to see if you already have an http
directory by typing "ls" (which means to list) and enter (enter key). Most
likely you'll see the http and bin directories listed.
If you don't have an http directory listed, create one with mkdir:
However if this is not possible, call the help desk at NEIU.
Then change to that directory by using cd (change directory):
Note that nothing is mentioned there as a feedback--Unix is not a very
to make sure in what directory you are type pwd
after the gamut prompt. It should show you that you are in the http
Once in the http directort check to see if you already have a home.html
file by listing all the files in the directory:
Edit the new/old home.html file by using pico as below:
If the system does not allow you to change home.html, just pico home.htm
without the final l. Later you could remove home.html by
Once in pico (the edit mode of Unix), you can paste what you copied above
from the edited test.html page (my little birdy page).
You may have to right click your mouse or use the edit pull down menu
if there is one above.
If you have extraneous lines you may delete them by pressing cntl k
To end the edit and exit, click on cntl x
You will be prompted to save and verify the name of the file. this is your chance to change
the name of the edited file if you so choose.
Go back to your browser under your home page holder and refresh to see if
your page is there. If you get the message "no permission", go back to gamut and:
You will be prompted to press b for a web page, then enter and eXit.
Your page should be ready
To work some more on your page, go back to gamut and make sure you are in yor
http directory and re-edit your file. You can work on new files in there to
which you can link with relative addressing.
The best way to figure out what to write in a home page is to view one
written by someone. So as you read this, click on the view menu above and
go down to view page source. You may copy portions of it by highlighting
and pressing cntl C to copy, then paste with cntl V in your home.html
Note the menu at the bottom of the screen:
^X Exit (control X) to exit the edit
^k to delete a line
^V Next page
^Y Previous page
First line should start with <> with "html" within the
Second line follows with <
> with "body" within the brackets.
You end your file with "/body" within brackets and then "/html" within
All commands in html are surrounded by <>.
Examples of commands:
P for new paragraph. /P not necessary
H1 for first header. /H1 at end of header
H2 for 2nd header. /H2 at end of header
Font size=5 for big font. /font at end of big font
a href="url" for a link, and then /a at the end of the link
This will be shown in nice navy blue as it is enclosed between the font tag
<> and the ending font tag<>
A font color in HTML is designated as a combination of three pairs of
alphanumeric characters that are hexadecimal values for the intensity
you want for the three primary colors: Red, Green, and Blue. The
expression FONT COLOR="#000080" corresponds to a font color containing
no red, no green, and blue at 50% of its maximum possible intensity
(thus the "nice navy blue" you see). A black font (the default) is
"#000000", and a pure white font is "#FFFFFF". You can play with all
kinds of combinations (there are about 16.8 million possibilities).
"#909000", for example, generates a yellow font.
Color codes are usually enclosed in quotes, by the way, so that the
browser properly recognizes that it should work with all six characters
(though you could probably get away without the quotes), and the #
character at the start of the string alerts the browser that the digits
coming up represent a hexadecimal number.
If you feel like doing a little surfing, you can probably find a free
graphic utility at cnet.com that will generate the appropriate numeric
codes for whatever color flips your switch.
Look at the following web site that shows you all the color codes.
You can mix them as you want. The website is http://www.colormix.com
Another good site.