How to Set Up a Home Page

  • Faculty & Staff

Many SAS faculty and staff members will prefer to put their professional web site in our WordPress platform (, because it is easier to create and maintain. They can request a WordPress (CampusPress) site on our server.

Faculty and staff members in the School of Arts & Sciences are able to create home pages or complete web sites for their professional use by using their facstaff accounts.

In order to set up a professional web space for yourself on our SAS Server, it is first necessary to have a web-facstaff account. Check with your LSP if you do not already have a web-facstaff account.

Next, you need to have a shell account. Visit the Facstaff.SAS Account Config page. Look in the navigation menu on the left. If you do not yet have a shell account, you'll see a link for creating one. Follow the instructions.

Your web address (URL) will be:

where "username" is your facstaff username. The character before your username is the tilde character, typically located in the upper left of your computer keyboard.

After you have your shell account, you can use a Secure FTP (SFTP) client, such as Fetch (for Mac) or WS_FTP (for Windows). Both of these clients are available for free to Penn faculty and staff. You can also use the Secure FTP upload feature in web editing software such as Dreamweaver, Contribute or iWeb. Use these settings:

  • Host (or hostname or server): web‑
  • Port: 22
  • Connect using (or protocol or servertype): SFTP (or SFTP using SSH2)

Log in with your facstaff username and password.

In your account area, you'll find a folder named "html". In order to be seen on the Web, all of your web materials need to be in this folder.

If you need assistance, please contact your LSP.