Connecting to

This page explains how to set up your web page on the ITS web server. Follow the steps below to create a directory on the central server and then upload your pages to it.

1. Prior to proceeding...

  1. You must have a Cruz ID account and know your username and password.

  2. You must be able to write your own web pages with HTML or using an HTML editor.

  3. You should know how to use a secure file transfer protocol client (SFTP) or know how to configure your HTML editor to upload to your site.

  4. Ensure you are connected to the UCSC Campus VPN network.
    1. UCSC's Campus VPN Overview
    2. Instructions for Installing UCSC "Campus" VPN

If you are not comfortable with these recommendations, please consider other campus Web services.

2. Upload/Download your pages to the server

After you have created your web page files, you will need an SFTP client, e.g. FileZilla, etc., to access your personal file space and upload your files. You must use the SFTP protocol, not FTP. 

Connecting to the Web Server

To connect to the server where your web pages will be stored, your SFTP software will need the following information:

    User name:  UCSC CruzID (use your UCSC email login)
    Port Number: 22
    Authentication Method:  CruzID Gold Password
    Directory: /webroot/sitename/public_html, Or /webroot/www2/sitename/public_html

Download the files from the public_html directory to synchronize the files on your computer with what is on your website.

Edit your files with an HTML editor, e.g. TextEdit, NotePad++, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, etc.

Upload files to the public_html directory. Do not change or delete the standard files and directories in your root directory (.cache, .config, welcome, etc.)

If you delete, change the permissions on, or move your public_html directory, your web page will not work, so use caution with this folder.

If there is no public_html directory, contact the Support Center.

4. View your pages

View your page with a web browser set to:


If you have issues with the connection:
Verify you are on Campus VPN or using Cisco VPN Client.

If the connection is not working, use a web tool such as ‘whatismyip’ and contact the Support Center.

If you have issues with the login contact the Support Center.