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Publishing To Msuweb


Every MSU student has the ability to publish a personal web site, or course related documents on the MSUWeb server. This post will show you how to access your MSUWeb space, and how to publish files to it.

Preparing Your Files

Before you are ready to publish your website, create a new folder that will contain all of it’s files. The folder should be named html1, html2 or project depending on the assignment. Please refer to the assignment instructions for details on naming your folder.

Your folder should contain the following:

  • The HTML file named index.html
  • The CSS file named style.css (for html2 and project only)
  • Any image files you have used in your website

Place all the files in the folder, and double-click on the HTML file and make sure all your styles are applied and that all the images are showing up. If you see broken images, or missing styles, make sure you have all the files you created in the new folder.

Publishing Your Website On Campus using MSU Lab Computer

Accessing MSUWeb on campus using one of the MSU provided lab computers is very easy. First log in to your lab computer using your NETID. If the computer is already showing the desktop, hit the Start menu and log out, then log back in.

Once you are logged in, the MSUWeb storage should be accessible as the W: drive under My Computer.

To publish your website, simply copy and paste the entire folder you created in the previous step to the W: drive.

Once you do this, make sure you access the published website via a web browser.

Accessing a Published Website

Any files you place in your W: drive will be immediately published to the msuweb.montclair.edu web server and made available online.

Each student is assigned their own folder on the server, named using their netid. Your personal folder will have the following url:


Naturally, replace ~YOURNETID with your actual NETID. For example, mine would be ~maciakl. Please do not forget to put the tilde key in front of your NETID when doing this. The tilde key can be found to the left of the #1 key on your keyboard (you will have to press Shift to type it):

Tildae Key Location

To see the files you have published, you have to append the name of the folder, and the name of the HTML file you have just published to the URL above. So the actual URL you will be accessing will be:


For example, imagine I have named my folder html1. Then my URL would be like so:


Substitute your own NetID and folder name into the URL above, and test it in your web browser. If it works, and you can see your web-page, complete with formating and images, submit the URL via Canvas.

Publishing Your Website from Home Using Windows

If you are trying to do this lab from home, using a personal computer with Windows, you will not have the W: drive accessible. You will have to connect it.

To do this, click on start menu and type in cmd. This should bring up Command Prompt icon. Click on it.

In the Command Prompt window, type in the following command:

net use w: https://msuwebdav.montclair.edu/pubweb_vol1/YOURNETID

Naturally, you replace YOURNETID with your actual NetID. For example, for me this command would be:

net use w: https://msuwebdav.montclair.edu/pubweb_vol1/maciakl

You will then be prompted for a user name and a password, which, as you might have guessed, are your NETID user name and password.

Windows Net Use Example

If you did this correctly, you should see The command completed successfuly in the command prompt window, and the W: drive should now be available under My Computer.

Publishing Your Website from Home Using a Mac

If you are trying to do this lab from home, using a Mac computer you won’t have the W: drive accessible. You will have to connect it.

  • Open Finder
  • From the menu choose Go
  • Click on Connect to Server
  • In the Directory Adresses box type in: https://msuwebdav.montclair.edu/pubweb_vol1/YOURNETID
  • Click on the + button
  • Click Connect
  • You will be prompted for your NETID user name and password

If you have done this correctly, you should see the MSUWeb directory accessible from the sidebar in Finder.

Publishing Your Website from Your Dorm Room

If you live on campus, and you are trying to do this lab from a personal computer connected to toe MSU network, please omit the .montclair.edu part of the address to the MSUWeb folder and use this, shortened version:


For example, I would use:


Refer to the Windows or Mac section above for detailed instructions.