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Personal Web Server

new technology for the www2 personal web server

On January 9, 2011, the Boston College Web Technology Group installed the Personal Web Server ( onto a new server to improve security, efficiency and user experience.

PLEASE NOTE: After January 9, 2011, Personal Web Server users are required to publish their web content using the WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) protocol instead of FTP (File Transfer Protocol). This change is being implemented for security reasons.

The previous use of the FTP protocol on the old www2 server required opening additional ports on the BC perimeter firewall, and which could increase the attack surface of the BC network and make it more susceptible to penetration by attackers. WebDAV uses the same port used by HTTP for web access, and does not require opening any extra ports, thereby strengthening web security.

The pages in the left navigation menu outline how to log onto this new server and how to manage your web content with WebDAV software.

PLEASE NOTE: The Personal Web Server supports standard HTML web pages only. It does not support any web applications, including Drupal, WordPress or PHP/MySQL.