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Introduction to WebSpace

Getting Started

Uploading and Downloading Files in a Browser

Uploading and Downloading with WebDav

Accessing WebSpace File Features

Sharing Files


Other File Features

Publishing Web Pages

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Introduction to WebSpace

WebSpace has many features and capabilities; in this tutorial we will cover some of the more basic functions and collaborative work features. Please refer to the ITS WebSpace documentation and the “Help” option within your WebSpace account for additional information.


1. Understand what WebSpace is and what it does.
2. How to upload and download files to and from WebSpace account.
3. How to utilize WebDav (PC) or Goliath (Mac) to upload, download, and move files in WebSpace.
4. Learn the primary capabilities of WebSpace, including the features geared towards collaborative work.
5. How to put your personal Web pages online with your WebSpace.

What is WebSpace?

WebSpace is a file storage, file sharing, and online publishing environment that may be accessed and used through any Internet browser. Each member of the University of Texas community (students, faculty, and staff) has 75 MB of server space available to them through WebSpace, paid for by the university’s technology fees.

How do I access my WebSpace account?

To access your account, go to http://webspace.utexas.edu, and login using your UT EID and password. You cannot login to WebSpace without a valid UT EID login and password.

How do I use my space?

There are many ways to use your WebSpace account; for example, you can use the space to store files, to share files with others, and publish files online. Also, WebSpace has many features that enable collaborative work; file sharing, versioning, and comments are a few examples. Remember, files can be anything: word documents, pdf’s, jpeg’s, html files, and so on.

Please keep in mind that your account is ultimately property of the University of Texas, and is therefore subject to the University’s policies on the acceptable uses of information technologies. Please review the WebSpace Acceptable Use Policy.

How does it work?

WebSpace is a software application that provides you with secure, remote access to a server* for the purpose of transferring files from your computer to the server for storage or publication.

*(Server: A server is usually a computer that provides the information, files, Web pages, and other services to the client that logs on to it. A web server accommodates requests from users, handles requests for data, e-mail, file transfers, and other network services from other computers. —Lui, Site Management Tutorial, School of Information)

When you log on to WebSpace, you are remotely connecting to the server where electronic files are stored. While you are logged on, you can upload and download files to and from the server. When you log off, you are disconnected from the server and cannot upload or download files.

However, when not logged on, you and others may still read files stored in your WebSpace account if these files are either in your “www” directory (published online), the file’s permissions are set to “share,” or you have issued a “ticket” to the file (we will explore these functions more below).


Some WebSpace functions operate differently in different Internet browsers, especially the document sharing functions. You might want to use WebSpace in one browser exclusively for more predictable results.


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