Guidelines: Personal Web Pages
*You are personally responsible for the content of your Web pages.
Home pages typically include address, phone number (complete with area code), email address (as a mailer), credentials, areas of expertise, degrees, research interests, publications, and public service information, as well as special interests.
Remember that Web pages are public; don't put in information that people could use to hurt you, but don't be overly cautious either.
Your Web pages describe you and your interests to the world. Put some thought into how you represent yourself. Consider that potential future employers may read your Web pages.
Guidelines Follow conventional standards of ethics and polite conduct. Do not use your Web pages to harm other people. Do not appropriate other people's intellectual output. Think about the social consequences of the Web pages you write. Use your Web pages and computer in ways that show consideration and respect. As a public university, the University has a particular responsibility to avoid any question about its affiliation with, sponsorship of, or endorsement of non-University sponsored organizations. Therefore, web pages may not be constructed in such a manner as to establish or support a University presence of, endorsement of, or association with a non-University sponsored organization.
Violations of these guidelines may result in the suspension of computing privileges, disciplinary review, termination of employment, and/or legal action through standard University procedures.
Include your email address on your home page. Use the mailto: tag to provide a clickable mailer, specifying your email address, as in the following example, which sends mail to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Email your comments to: email@example.com
Last Modified Date
Include a "Last modified" date. For example:
Last modified: Jan 06 2003
This information is often placed at the bottom of the page along with the comments mailer. Be sure to change the date whenever you make a change to your page.
Multiple Personal Pages
While most people on campus will only have one personal home page (called index.html) that describes themselves and their interests. Some people may wish to have more than one, so that they may emphasize skills, interests, and accomplishments in specific areas.
For example, a faculty member may have one page that emphasizes teaching, another which emphasizes research, another which emphasizes public service, and another describing personal interest.
All individuals are responsible for the content and maintenance of his or her home pages. All pages will reside in the same directory, the individual's public_html directory. The page that describes personal interests should be called index.html. The following file names are recommended for the functions mentioned above for consistency and to make the jobs of information coordinators for groups easier: teach.html research.html service.html
URLs for Home Pages
The URL for a personal home page (index.html) on the www.ysu.edu server would simply be:
The URLs for the other pages would be suffixed by the filename. For example:
Individual's home pages should be in one directory because: All of an individual's pages will be deleted at the same time, when they leave the University. It will be easier to maintain the files if they are together.