Webpages are composed of computer code called HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language). Rather than typing HTML code, most people choose to create webpages using a graphical HTML editor, such as Dreamweaver. These programs work similar to word processing programs like Microsoft Word, making website creation easier, especially for those who are unfamiliar with HTML. Dreamweaver is available in the eDesktop virtual computer lab (MyUWF) and in other campus computer labs.
Every student and employee at UWF receives an I: drive; anything saved on the I: drive is posted to the Internet. For example, if a student named John Doe (ArgoNet account: jdd2) saves his web page as a file named resume.htm on his I: drive, it is then available at http://students.uwf.edu/jdd2/resume.htm. If the webpage were saved within a subfolder named "jobsearch," the web address would be http://students.uwf.edu/jdd2/jobsearch/resume.htm.
Employees: Use the same method, but exclude the word "students." For example, http://uwf.edu/jdoe/resume.htm.
The web address for your home page should be short and memorable. For ArgoNet accounts, the shortest home page address consists of the server name followed by the ArgoNet account name, such as http://students.uwf.edu/jdd2. To create this address, save your home page as one of the following:
The home page must be saved directly in the I: drive, not in a subfolder. It is your choice as to which extension (the letters following the dot) to use on your page; however, you must use the .cfm extension when using ColdFusion.
The University of West Florida offers courses on webpage creation. Online tutorials are also available at Tizag.
Most web sites these days need to incorporate interactive features, such as displaying the current date, page counters, creating forms that email the results to you, or updating databases. You can utilize many of these features in the web site you build in your ArgoNet account.
Sending an HTML form via email (Form Processing Utility)
You can submit an HTML form you develop on your page to a standard form processing utility ITS provides. See the form processing utility help for more information.
By integrating ColdFusion in your web site, you can take advantage of several benefits:
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has an extensive developer's web site.
Requesting a Datasource
If you want to access a database, you must use Microsoft Access. Refer to "Web Publishing" in MyUWF to request the datasource. Please note that the form is customized, so be sure to request it from the ArgoNet account where the database resides! You must provide the Database name to which the Data Source will reference. Instructions for requesting a datasource.
Securing your Datasource
All datasources defined to the server are available to any developer on the server, if they know of their existence. To further protect your datasource, we strongly recommend password protecting your database. This will require a developer to provide the password in a CFQUERY tag before successfully accessing the data.
Unsupported ColdFusion Tags and Functions
Adobe recommends an "ISP model" when supporting a single server with multiple developers. In this model, which we are using on the ArgoNet servers, the following ColdFusion tags and functions are NOT supported: