University Web Server Space

Webster University provides all faculty, staff, and students with an allocated amount of ftp space on the e-mail servers. In this section you will learn how to access your FTP space, and how to display your files in a web browser for others to access.

What can I use my personal web space for?

  • A web site for one or all of your courses.
  • A repository of course recourses, assignments, links, etc. to be linked from your Connections Course Tools each term (be mindful that space is limited).
  • Please note that your personal web space cannot be used for for-profit activities or distribution of copyrighted materials.

What does FTP mean?

FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a commonly used protocol for exchanging files over any network that supports the TCP/IP protocol (such as the Internet or an intranet).

How do I access my personal FTP space?

You will need to use a program such as WS_FTP (Link opens in a new window) for PC or Fetch (Link opens in a new window) for Macintosh. Your username and password is the same you use to log in to Connections (your Connections ID). The server you will connect to is the same as your email server. This is also true for faculty, staff, and students alike.

To find out your email server name, go to (Link opens in a new window) and log in with your Connections username and password. After logging in, click the link that says "Settings for my desktop e-mail program". The name listed for Incoming Mail Server is your FTP Host/Server name.

How do I access these files once they are uploaded?

To access these files, type the following URL address in a web browser: http://server name/~username/.

  • Replace "ftp server name" with your FTP Host/Server name, for example
  • Replace the word "username" with your Connections ID. You must keep the "~" in the address.