Connect to a departmental website using Windows Explorer

NOTE: If you are off the TTU campus or connected through a wired connection in the TTU residence halls, you will need to establish a TTUnet VPN connection before beginning these steps.

STEP 1: Open the Run dialog box.

Windows XP: Click on the Start button and choose Run.

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Windows Vista or 7: Type "Run" in the search box, and then select Run when it appears under Programs.

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STEP 2: In the Run dialog box that appears, type the path for your departmental website and click OK. Use the format \\\sites\folder_name, where folder_name is the name of your departmental web folder).

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If you are prompted for credentials, use your eRaider account information and click OK.

  • User name: ttu\eRaider, where eRaider is your eRaider username
  • Password: your eRaider password

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STEP 3: An Explorer window will open to your web space.

Windows XP:

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Windows Vista or 7:

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STEP 4: To manage your webpage you can use "local" (on your computer) or "live" (on the server) editing.

Local (on your computer):

Create your webpage locally (on your computer) using your preferred web design software. Connect to your website using the method in Steps 1-2 above. When you are finished editing your file, drag-and-drop the file from your local computer to the appropriate location in the window that appeared. The file will be copied locally from your computer to the server.

NOTE: Your file will be uploaded and be immediately visible to anyone on the Internet at Any files you delete from here will be unrecoverable.

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Live (on the server):

To edit an existing file "live" on the server, right-click the file in your Depts folder and select "Open With" to choose the program you wish to open the file with. Make your changes, then save.

NOTE: Any changes you save will be immediately visible to anyone on the Internet at Any files you delete from here will be unrecoverable.

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Home pages

The name of the home page required is one of the following:

  • index.php
  • index.asp
  • index.aspx
  • index.htm
  • index.html
  • default.php
  • default.asp
  • default.aspx
  • default.htm
  • default.html
  • home.php
  • home.asp
  • home.aspx
  • home.htm
  • home.html

The web server will look for the file names in the order listed above. The file name is case sensitive. If you rename your home page file to one of these file names, then the page should show up when you go to your website's URL at Be sure you have your home page in the root directory of your account and not in a sub-folder.