Uploading Files

The following tutorials give more specific instructions on how to upload files with certain applications:


For www.gmu.edu or mason.gmu.edu

The following information pertains to the www.gmu.edu and mason.gmu.edu servers.

IMPORTANT: Fix Server Upload Permissions

The default setting for newly uploaded files is that they are only readable by the user that uploaded them. This results in a “Forbidden” error when the files are viewed through a web browser. In order to access them, you have to make them world readable. Follow this tutorial to adjust this setting:

General Uploading Information

Personal Sites

Once you’ve connected, if you’re uploading files to your personal site, you should see a public_html folder. Double-click on it to enter that folder. If you do not see a public_html folder, please follow the instructions in this guide:

Note: In order to upload your files onto your public_html folder, you must upload an index.html file to the folder first. You will be able to view your contents only then.

Colleges, Departments, and Student Organizations

Once you’ve connected, you’ll want to switch to the directory that contains the files for your department or organization: /usr/local/htdocs/your_directory_path (Replace your_directory_path appropriately. For instance, if your site is located at www.gmu.edu/departments/english, your_directory_path would be departments/english)


Last Updated: September 6, 2017