Traditional Webserver (


NOTE: Amherst College IT no longer maintains the webserver. No new accounts are created on the server, which is being decommissioned. If you still have content on the server that you would like to preserve please contact AskIT.

IT maintains a traditional Apache web server,, as a platform for some web applications, services, and websites that were not migrated into the Drupal environment. Note that using this service requires substantially greater technical skill in comparison with the main Amherst web site.

Note: The web server will be decommissioned after the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. Please contact IT if you have content that must be migrated from the server.

Features and Benefits

Features and Benefits: 

All faculty, staff, and students have a personal web space on the traditional web server where they can build web pages from scratch, with full access to all HTML, CSS, and JavaScript capabilities.

In addition, the PHP server-side preprocessor is available, though it is currently version 4.3.2 to maintain compatibility with older applications. It is recommended that new server-side applications be built using IT’s web hosting service.

The web address (URL) is in the form (if you use just, it will be forwarded to www3).



Web pages on the traditional web server are accessed by mounting a network volume on a local computer, or via accounts on Unix servers that also mount this network volume. The Unix servers can be accessed via SFTP clients, which are commonly built-in to web-development software such as Dreamweaver, or by using an SSH client and Unix commands.

Getting Started

Getting Started: 

Generally speaking, it’s advisable to edit your web pages on your local computer’s disk or on your U: / Userfiles network volume, test them with a web browser, and then publish the files to the web volume afterward (since they are then immediately visible to the world).

To directly mount the web volume, learn about your Unix Network Space.

To access your traditional webspace with SFTP, see the Dreamweaver Configuration page to learn how to set up an SFTP connection. The settings for other FTP programs will be analagous to those described here.