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Computer Resources


There are several University controlled PC labs on campus that contain all of the software we will use. 205 Chambers is a Mac lab, but it contains the same software. In general, it does not matter whether you are working in a Mac or PC lab as the software and the storage servers are cross-platform. There will be a few minor differences and a few shortcuts will be different.

If you do not wish to rely on the University to provide software you will need to invest in a copy of Adobe's Creative Suite.

Everyone is encouraged to buy a USB mini/ flash drive. These are convenient and inexpensive ways to transport media from one computer to another. Portable hard drive can be used to transport very large projects (i.e. > 1 GB).

Before connecting to Personal Webspace at PSU you should read the following document:Connecting to PSU space. Also, you must pass a test before you are allocated webspace: http://www.work.psu.edu/webspace/

Connecting to the Insys Server 

PART 1: Connection

  1. Open Adobe Dreamweaver (this will not work on versions of Dreamweaver older than CS3). 
    • On your desktop, open the drive (i.e. PASS, space) where you intend to permanently store your files.
  2. From menu bar, select SITE – NEW SITE…
  3. For name, enter My Insys Webspace  or similar title.
  4. For URL, enter http://insys.vmhost.psu.edu/~abc123 where abc123 is your PSU username
  5. Click next.
  6. Select YES for Use Server Technology.
  7. Select PHP MySQL for Server Technology.
  8. Click next.
  9. Select Edit Locally, then upload to remote testing server.
  10. Make sure you see the location of the folder where you will store your local files.  Recommended location is a folder on your PASS space .
  11. Click next.
  12. Select connect using FTP.
  13. For hostname, use insys.vmhost.psu.edu/~abc123 where abc123 is your PSU username
  14. For folder, use www/
  15. For login, use abc123 where abc123 is your PSU username
  16. For password, use your PSU password
  17. Select Use Secure FTP (SFTP)
  18. Click next.
  19. Dreamweaver automatically enters a URL for Root of Site, however, edit this to be the following: http://insys.vmhost.psu.edu/~abc123 where abc123 is your PSU username
  20. Click next.
  21. Do not enable check in and check out.
  22. Click Done: Note: If you are working in a Mac lab, you may run into a 'keychain' problem where a dialog box asks your to enter a 'keychain password'. If this occurs, press the Cancel button until the dialog box disappears!
  23. If you are working in a public lab, your files will be temporarily stored on your computer and will be removed overnight. It is important that you store your site permanently to some other location (e.g. your PASS space) to do this, select Site > Manage Sites... and select Export... from the Manage Sites dialog box. Next you must navigate to, and save your file, in the location where you want to store your information. When you return to the lab, you will need to Import your site information from the location when you have saved your file, so give it a name that makes sense and remember where your file is stored!

PART 2: Using your Webspace

The webspace will appear automatically on the right panel as soon as you finish your connection.  You will notice that there is a folder named www and a file within the folder named index.html.  If you want to change your homepage, you would edit index.html.  Any files you put into the www folder will be accessible using the following URL: http://insys.vmhost.psu.edu/~abc123 where abc123 is your PSU username

For instance, if you create a new file in the www folder called test.html, you can view this from any internet browser using the following URL: http://insys.vmhost.psu.edu/~abc123/test.html

If you want to store files on your webspace without having them be “online,” make sure you do not put them within the www folder.  In other words, create a new file/folder directly under your username.

For saving to your webspace, a good shortcut to use in Dreamweaver is FILE – SAVE TO REMOTE SERVER.  This will allow you to save your current project on your webspace.