All members (students and staff) of the University can apply for web space on the central webserver, provided they have a username and password for using the computers on campus.

Frequently asked questions

 How do I apply for web space?

You can apply for a webpage/web space either personally, as a society or for your department.

To apply for a webpage/web space complete either the Request personal web space form or the Request department or society web space form, depending on your need.  Ensure you add details about the nature of your request (e.g. what purpose you need the webspace for).

To create a WordPress site, you don't need to apply for web space, you can simply click here to create your site (and see Web space help for more advice).

Personal web space is limited to 50MB for each site.  For academic or research groups we recommend using WordPress, for which the limit is 1GB, or Departmental web space which is unlimited.  LU Box should be used as a storage area for larger files.
 How do I connect to my webspace?
 Connecting from Windows
  1. Select Computer from the top menu (between File and View).

  2. Select Map Network Drive.

  3. Select the drive letter you want to assign (the letter you select does not affect the connection).

  4. In the Folder box:

    1. For undergraduates, type: \\www\httpstud\(your username) - e.g. \\www\httpstud\bloggsj
    2. For postgraduates, type: \\www\httpphds\(your username) - e.g. \\www\httpphds\bloggsj
    3. For staff, type: \\www\httpstaf\(your username) - e.g. \\www\httpstaf\bloggsj
    4. For societies, type: \\www\httpsocs\(your society name)

  5. Tick the box that says Connect using different credentials.

  6. Enter your username in the format LANCS\username and enter your password.

 Connecting from Mac
  1. Right click on Finder in the dock.

  2. Select Connect to Server.

  3. In the box labelled Server Address, type smb://<username>.

  4. Enter your username and password in the provided boxes.

  5. Click the + button. This adds it to your Favourite Servers list.

  6. Select Connect. Another window appears.

  7. In the required fields, enter: LANCS\your username and your password, then click OK (e.g. lancs\bloggsj).

 Connecting from other systems

You can connect to your webspace using Samba from systems that support this. The server address you need is smb://<username>.

In the required fields, enter: LANCS\your username and your password (e.g. lancs\bloggsj).

Your webspace is now connected and will automatically reconnect when you log in to your PC when connected to the University network.

Your url will be: For example, an undergraduate with the username bloggsj will have the url:

 How do I publish my web page on the personal web page index?

Your personal website can appear on an index of personal web pages. The indexes are:

  • Undergraduate - University Web Page Index
  • Postgraduate - University Index
  • Staff - University Index
  • Student Society - LUSU Index

You can make your personal web page appear on the appropriate Index by adding either a default.htm or index.htm file to your personal web space folder.

If you don't want you web page to appear in the Index, ensure that you do not include a default.htm or index.htm file in your personal web space folder.

Creating webpages in your webspace

You can:

  • Copy existing pages into your webspace using Windows Explorer.
  • Create pages in situ using a web authoring system such as Adobe Dreamweaver.
  • Create pages in situ using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++.

Modifying your index entry

You can modify your index entry in various ways by creating a webindex file (webindex.txt) using a text editor such as Notepad.

You can make the following entries (one per line):

  • noindex - the presence of the keyword noindex in the Webindex file will prevent your home page from being listed in the index. This can be useful if you want to unpublish your site while you update it.
  • title; (your new title) - e.g. title; Joe Bloggs - Test Department
    This changes the title of your entry in the index.
  • url; (your new url) - e.g. url;
    This changes the URL that your entry will point to. If your main page has a non-standard name you will need a url line.


Below is an example of a full webindex.txt file. In this, Joe Bloggs has added their department to be displayed after their name, and made 'test-home.htm' their website homepage. The order of the lines doesn't matter.

title; Joe Bloggs - Test Department

 What is the URL for my personal web space?

Your URL is: 

For example:

  • An undergraduate with the username bloggsj has the URL:
  • A staff member with the username bloggsj has the URL: