Instructions for Uploading Files to RMIT

Step One : Activate your RMIT server space, following these instructions.

Step two : Acquire FTP software, which we will use for transferring files to and from the RMIT server. We use Fetch FTP software in the labs. Alternatives for use at home include : Fugu – free on mac, WinSCP – free on PC, and Fireftp – a firefox plug-in that lets you FTP transfer from within a browser ( mac or pc, though the mac version requires some extra steps to install for proper SFTP use ). [ There are dozens of ftp software packages available. Choose whichever you like, but ensure it has ‘sftp’ capabilities – ie ‘Secure Frequent Transfer Protocol’, which is the type of FTP we need for RMIT server access. [ If having trouble accessing via a particular type of software, and all details are as below, where your software asks for ‘Port’, put ’22’. ]


Step Three : To Access Your RMIT Server

Open Fetch, and choose ‘File‘ then ‘New Connection‘.
In the box that pops up, type the following address : raws.adc.rmit.edu.au
And use the same login and password used to access your computer in the RMIT lab. The process should be the same for most FTP software packages, and will look like the screenshot below when using in Fetch. Be sure that the ‘sftp’ option is selected.

Step Four : Find your Public HTML Folder
After logging into your RMIT server, always open the public html folder. Files transferred into that folder will be viewable by yourself and others online. Files loaded onto your server outside of that folder will not.

Step Five : Transfer the Files
A simple drag and drop from your desktop to the RMIT server ( and vice versa ) will do the job.

Step Six : Test the Transfer Worked
Uploading a file called example.html into your public html folder, will mean you can locate this in a browser using the URL :
http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s123456/example.html
Try this and see how it worked. Adjust your code and reupload your new effort if need be.

Best Practice Options?
Create new folders on your server for each separate project.
This means a folder titled ‘newproject’ will have the URL : http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s123456/newproject/
Create a file called index.html, and put this inside any new folder.

By default, web browsers read

http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s123456/newproject/ and http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s123456/newproject/index.html as the same. This means you can use the shorter address, if you have loaded an index.html file in there.

Always use lowercase when naming files.
Never use spaces between words in file names. Use underscores instead eg http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s123456/newproject/rad_stuff.html

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