Setting up your people.emich.edu account

This is how to set up your people.emich.edu server space, which you’ll need for making the exercises from codecademy into real web sites. If you have your own domain name (like stevendkrause.com) and want to put your work there someplace, that’s fine with me. Let me know and we’ll work it out. But for the rest of you, we’ll be using people.emich.edu, which is very easy.

Follow these instructions:

  • On your computer (NOT in the lab, the computer you use on a regular basis!), create a folder called “444” (lowercase, no spaces, etc.).  Then take the other folders you’ve created for the exercises so far (the first three exercises, that is) and put them into this folder.
  • If you haven’t done this prior to this class, visit people.emich.edu and follow the instructions: that is, go to https://peopleadmin.emich.edu and follow the “Activating your people.emich.edu account is easy” link.  If you have done this prior to class and/or you are using people.emich.edu for anything:  let me know and I can talk you through the next step.
  • A critical part of getting all of these activities to work is a “secure file transfer protocol” (SFTP) client. SFTP clients are applications that allows you to transfer files from your computer to the server space on people.emich.edu, and also to do some management of the files on your server space. Basically, an SFTP program is the “vehicle” that trasnports files from your computer to people.emich.edu, and vice-versa. There are a variety of different programs you can use, but I would strongly recommend and talk here about Cyberduck.  Go to that site, download and install the right version (Windows or Apple; Unix you’ll have to use something else) and go from there.
  • Follow the instructions for installing Cyberduck. There’s a lot of stuff you can do with this software, but we’ll just concentrate here on using it with people.emich.edu. After you launch, click the “open connection” button.  After you do that:
    • Be sure to select “SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) from the drop-down menu in the window that opens up.
    • For server, enter “people.emich.edu
    • For username, enter your my.emich/EMU Mail username; for password, enter in your my.emich/EMU Mail password.  Click on connect and you should get a blank window, meaning you’re connected and set for the next step!
  • Once connected to your people.emich.edu account (and make sure you’ve selected the SFTP option!), transfer your “444” folder to the server. To do this, literally drag the folder “444” from your computer into this open window. Most other SFTP software works in a similar way.  You might be warned about this, but assuming you don’t already have a folder named “444” in your people.emich.edu account, you should be all set.

What you should have when you are done is the folder “exercises” inside the folder “engl444” on your server space!  This means you should be able to use a browser to go to the web site http://people.emich.edu/username/444 (where “username” is your username) and see the folders you have uploaded.  Good work!  Now on to the next part….

Here’s a short video of how this looked on my computer. There are a few minor differences in how this all looks now, but the basics are still the same.