What this means for YOU is that IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL PAGE POINTED TO CORRECTLY BY THE DEPT WWW PAGE, YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DONE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. On the public server, you need to have a directory named ~username/public_html with the HTML file, index.html, which is your home page. (where ~username is your user name). 2. If you want to keep your homepage somewhere else, you will need to put a "redirect" in place in order to have browsers link directly to your homepage. To do this - create a file called .htaccess in ~username/public_html with the following contents: Redirect /~username
Redirect /~username/ Redirect /~username/index.html where is the URL where your homepage is actually located. With this in place, you can give your URL out simply as http://www.cs.umass.edu/~username. And the dept WWW page will automatically point to your page. For webheads who want more information on using the Redirect tag, see http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs/tutorials/howto/Redirect.html
If you do not have and/or do not want a WWW page of your to be pointed to by the dept WWW page, we will eventually remove any URL pointer to you from the dept WWW page (you need do nothing in this case).
While many of you have done either 1 or 2 already, we realize that now some of you will have to either move your homepage to ~username/public_html or put a redirect in place. We hope you understand that we are asking you to do this (one-time only) because we want to keep the listings of the many hundreds of people in this department up-to-date, and to do so with as little centralized effort as possible.