Connect to a departmental website using Finder in Mac OS X

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: Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.

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STEP 2: On the menu bar, click Go and then Connect to Server.

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STEP 3: In the Connect to Server prompt that appears, type the path for your departmental website and click Connect. Use the format smb:// for the Server Address, where folder_name is the name of your departmental web folder.

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OPTIONAL: Click the plus (+) button to add the path to your Favorite Servers so you will not have to type the address in the future.

STEP 4: If you are prompted to sign in, choose Registered User and type your information as shown below. Then, click Connect.

  • Name: ttu\eRaider (where eRaider is your eRaider username)
  • Password:your eRaider password

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STEP 5: Finder will now open a window to your departmental website files.

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STEP 6: 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 creating 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, Ctrl-click the file in your Depts folder and choose Open With to pick the program with which you wish to open the file. 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. Be sure you have your home page in the root directory of your account.