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Setting Up a Website

UC San Diego students have server space to publish a personal website.

1. Create your first web file

You can either log into the server and build your website there, or you can use a text editor on your computer.


Please remember that all activities on ETS systems, including setting up personal websites, are subject to the ETS Acceptable Use Policies.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not violate Copyright Laws.

2. Upload your web file

There are many ways to do this—here are a few ideas:

SFTP Client

Download your favorite SFTP client and use the following to access your web space:

  • Server: acsweb.ucsd.edu
  • Port: 22


Open a Terminal window and enter the following command:
scp file.html username@acsweb.ucsd.edu:~username/public_html

If you plan on uploading a folder, don't forget to use the recursive flag:
scp -r folder username@acsweb.ucsd.edu:~username/public_html

3. Set file permissions for your web pages

Log into our Home Page Setup Tool and check the box reading Allow others to see documents in public_html.

If you ever want to change your permissions to prevent anyone from seeing your web page, use the tool again and select Return to "no-risk" permissions.

4. View your site

Once you have completed these steps, you may view your site at:


When our friend Ben completes these steps on acsweb, he will find his site here:


What about my student organization?

Student organizations qualify for a registered hostname (e.g. jediknightacademy.ucsd.edu). This will be processed when you renew your ETS resources.