Web Servers and Web Server Accounts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Web Center

Q. What is a web server?

In simplest terms, a web server is a computer configured to deliver (i.e., serve) web pages to other computers upon request. When you enter a URL into the address bar of your computer's web browser software (i.e., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, SeaMonkey) or when you select a link on a web page, the web browser on your computer sends a request for that page to the web server storing that page. The web server locates the page and sends it across the Web/Internet back to your computer's web browser.

Q. How many web servers does Ohlone have?

There are many web servers at Ohlone. All are managed by the IT Services Department. The most-used web server is the computer for WebAdvisor. Two additional web servers run the College's main website: the development web server and the main web server. Other servers run a number of other applications/services provided to students and the College. In addition to web servers, Ohlone also has a bunch of network file servers for file storage.

Q. What are the development and main web servers?

The first is a "development" web server on which websites can be posted, tested, validated for accessibility and web standards, and checked for adherence to the new Ohlone College Web Style Guide.

The second is a "main" web server that holds all published, publicly viewable web pages.

Each web server has two subdomains:

Web Servers Summary
Web Server Subdomains For Websites Managed by
development web server


Web Team


main web server


Web Team



The "dev" and "www" subdomains hold all pages managed by the Web Team using the standard design templates in the Zope web content management system (what is Zope?).

The "dev2" and "www2" subdomains hold all other web pages (non-Zope files).

If you manage a website on the ohlone.edu domain, your website is stored on the "dev2" subdomain on the development web server and on the "www2" subdomain on the main web server.

When a website is managed by the Web Team by converting it to use the standard design templates, the URL for that site will change from "www2" to "www". The website directory name may also change.

Q. I'm confused. I want a link on my web page to a web page on another Ohlone College website. What do I use in my link?

  • To create a link on a page in your "www2" website to a page on the "www" subdomain, use the complete (also known as absolute) URL for the page. A complete URL uses http:// then the domain name followed by a directory/filename path. For example:

  • To create a link on a page in your "www2" website to a web page on the "www2" subdomain, use a "root" link. A "root" link starts with a forward slash (/) which represents the top level of the current subdomain's directory path. For example:

    • When linking to a homepage for a website, do not include the filename. For example:

    • Alternatively, you can use the complete URL for the page. For example:


Do not create links using the "dev" or "dev2" subdomain names in the complete URL. The "dev" and "dev2" subdomains are for development and testing, not for live publication.

Q. How do I get an account on the development web server?

First, review the Web Center's Getting Started Guide, then review How Do I Get A Web Server Account?

Q. Can I use my personal web server account to access the Division/Department/Committee/Other Campus Group website I maintain?


Q. Is there a quota on disk space for a website on the Ohlone College domain?

Yes. Each website is limited to 100 MB. Please contact the Web Team if you feel you need additional disk space for your website. We ask that you do not use the web servers to archive files for later use (transfer them to your hard drive, network drive, ZIP disk, or other off-line storage medium). Please remove any information that hasn't been used in 12 months or won't be used in the current/next academic year.

Q. I am a student. Can I create a website for myself on the Ohlone College domain?

Students cannot create personal or classwork-related websites on the web server. There are many online services that will allow anyone to create a website.

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