Web Services for Web Masters
This Help Note provides an overview of web services on the Social Science web server. Although written for web masters, other web authors will find the information in this note useful.
Social Science Web Services are hosted by Gamma, a Virtual Server hosted by WTS. When mapping drives to the Gamma web server, we will use aliases. If you have a drive on your system mapped to Gamma, please see the list below and change to the appropriate alias.
URLs and Drive Mapping
Most departmental URLs are of the form:
department.uwo.ca or www.department.uwo.caThese are illustrated as follows:
|Department||New URL(s)||Drive Mapping|
|Dan Program in Management and Organizational Studies||
|Centre for American Studies (NeoAmericanist)||cas.ssc.uwo.ca
|First Nations Studies||www.firstnationsstudies.uwo.ca
|Migration and Ethnic Relations||www.ssc.uwo.ca/mer/merProgram
|Research Data Centre||www.rdc.uwo.ca
|Social Science Default Web Site||www.ssc.uwo.ca
The department’s unique URLs provide a concise web site address that should be used instead of the traditional format.
Note: Departments whose names are not unique at Western have ".ssc" included in the URL.
A web site can be mapped to a drive letter using the drive mapping path listed in the table above.
Drive Mapping by Web Masters
Departmental web masters should map a drive as following:
start > Computer > Map Network Drive…
- Select a Drive: letter (usually I: for Internet)
- Enter the Drive Mapping for your department from the table above into the Folder: field
- Make sure to check Reconnect at logon
Drive Mapping by Departmental Faculty and Staff
For security reasons, and to make access more convenient, departmental faculty and staff who simply maintain a course or personal folder should map directly to the folder to which they have been given access. For example, to map to the folder “courses\jsmith” in the Psychology web site, a person would follow the same procedure described above by entering the following for the Folder:
It is possible to use SFTP to transfer files to a web site or folder. If you require SFTP access to your web folder, please contact Heather Stevens in SSTS to have that access setup.
Most departmental web sites are now edited using the new Western templates within the Cascade content management system. To access an existing Cascade site or request a new Cascade site, please contact SSTS. You can also use the form that WTS has setup on their website for Cascade access.
If you already have Cascade access, you can edit your site by going to cms.uwo.ca. Help with the Cascade system is available online. The web style guide is also available to help you see how the template is used.
If your site has not moved to Cascade yet or you are still supporting pages previously created in Microsoft Expression Web, you will need to use Microsoft Expression Web for those pages only. You should not edit pages that have been created with Cascade as they may be overwritten by Cascade during a re-publish.
Installing Expression Web
If you do not have Microsoft Expression Web installed on your computer you may do so as follows:
start > All Programs > SSC Network > Add-Remove Programs > Install a program from the network > Microsoft Expression Web 4
If you are a web administrator you may open your site as follows:
- Run Expression Web (from the start menu).
- Click File > Open Site, in the Site name: field type \\sscweb\www_department$ (see the above list) and click Open.
Other SSC Network account users can be authorized to edit specific files and folders in your non-cascade web site. Examples include professors who wish to manage their course web pages and a graduate student managing a seminar series. Non-administrators can run MS Expression Web, navigate to their files and edit them. However they may not edit or even view the contents of other files for which they have not been authorized. See Drive Mapping above.
Editing from a mapped drive
To edit files in Expression Web, non-administrators should run MS Expression Web, click File > Open, and navigate as necessary to the folder that they mapped above, select a file to edit and click Open.
Support is provided by Network and Data Services.
Additional support is available to those using the former Western Standard web design (see the Help Note Editing Western Standard Web Pages). In particular SSTS can help with Expression Web, templates/shells, style sheets and image editing.
If your site has migrated to Cascade, you will have a search tool at the top of your pages that use the Google search tool to search your site. The search tool on the main SSC web site will search all Social Science web sites using the Google search tool.
If your site has not migrated to Cascade, you may have a search page and indexing setup for your site. The built in Microsoft Indexing Service has been configured on our web server to serve as the search engine for your non-Cascade web site.
The Indexing Service indexes files on your web site, along with properties such as file size and modification date. This information is stored in catalogs that are searched via the web interface developed by SSTS.
Note that unlike Google which indexes and retrieves only pages that are linked from other web pages, the Indexing Service indexes and retrieves all files with web content contained in your web site. This means all .html, .htm and .asp files will be indexed and are retrievable by user searches, even if those files are not linked from other web pages. Therefore, if you have pages stored in your web directory that you don't want publicly accessible, because of content or the fact that the pages are under development or old, it is recommended you remove them from your web site and place them in a development area outside of your central web site folder.
Departmental intranet folders are excluded from the Indexing Service. If you have other folders that should be excluded please contact SSTS.
The location of your search page would typically be:
A link to search tips is provided which you are encouraged to take note of.
Note: Your service searches only your departmental web site.
As is the case with web browsers and online retrieval systems, a variety of search strategies can be implemented. These can include keyword, Boolean (and or not), free text and prefix/truncation (*).
Display of search results
Search results include document title, abstract (if there is one), URL, and descriptive information including byte size and modified date.
AWStats is an Open Source program that accesses the log files generated by our web server and displays them in a useful and organized format. Web masters can find the AWStats for their department at:
Login with your SSC Network username and password. The AWStats is accessible only to the members of your Web authoring team. The AWStats are updated nightly and viewable for any month since inception.
Understanding the Report
- Unique Visitors. Uniqueness is measured by accesses from a unique IP #.
- Number of Visits. This is the number of visits made to your site.
- Pages. The number of actual pages visited.
- Hits. Each page visited plus each of the graphic files called from within a page are called Hits. This is an inflated value.
- Bandwidth. This is the total amount of data sent out which includes all images and text sent to the visitor’s browser.
Full List. Anytime you see the words Full List you can click on them to see the complete listing for the month.
Robots and Spiders
Robots and Spiders are automated programs that enter websites and follow internal links to all pages of the site to index websites for search engines like Google.
Click on the Full List link under Pages-URL. To see a specific page, enter part or all of the file name in the Filter: field and click on OK.
The logs record the browsers that people are using to view your pages. You might want to consider testing your web pages with some of these browsers.
Connect to Site From
Go to these links to see how pages are linking to your site. You may find some old links that need to be corrected.
Search Key Phrases and Keywords
What key phrases and keywords are directing users to your website? This is useful information for modifying your site. You can adjust your content for the kind of things that people are searching for.
HTTP Status Codes
The 404 Status Code is triggered when a page cannot be found. The 404 is linkable. This gives you an idea of what pages or links are not working properly on your website so you can fix them.