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Web Retirement FAQ

  1. Why are the WWW2 and WWW3 servers being retired?
  2. How do I find out who currently has access to this website(s)?
  3. The WWW2/WWW3 Migration Search Utility does not show any web authors for our sites or else none listed work for our department. How can we find out if we need any of the data on the listed websites?
  4. What will I be responsible for if I am designated as the person managing a web site on WWW2 or WWW3?

  5. When I open the URL indicated on the file, no content is displayed. Does this mean there is no data in this website?
  6. The website listed redirects to a web page on a different server. If I indicate the site can be deleted, will you be deleting the redirect or the website on the current server?
  7. What web tool do you recommend since FrontPage is no longer supported?
  8. Some of the directories within our departmental website are actually faculty pages. How should these pages be handled?
  9. How can I tell if my site on WWW2 or WWW3 is using FrontPage extensions?
  10. Can I have password protected directories on the new web server?

Question: Why are the WWW2 and WWW3 servers being retired?

The WWW2 and WWW3 servers must  be retired due to aged hardware that is out of warranty and no longer supported.  This means that all of the web pages on WWW3 need to be moved to a new server by Nov. 1, 2010. Much of the information on these web servers is more than 10 years old and appears to no longer be accessed.  OIT needs your help in identifying which information should be moved to the new server and which can be deleted.

Question: How do I find out who currently has access to this website(s)?

The WWW2/WWW3 Migration Search Utility can be used to see who has web author permissions for a site. Go to the URL tab and enter the entire web address for which you are interested including the "http://", for example: http://www2.uta.edu/departmentname.

Question: The WWW2/WWW3 Migration Search Utility does not show any web authors for our sites or else none listed work for our department. How can we find out if we need any of the data on the listed websites?

The WWW2/WWW3 Migration Search Utility can be used to see who has web author permissions for a site. When you reply back to the e-mail for the WWW2 or WWW3 migration, indicate who you would like to manage that site and we will give that person the necessary permissions.

Question: What will I be responsible for if I am designated as the person managing a web site on WWW2 or WWW3?

A ticket will be created for you listing the website(s) for which your are managing. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Accessing the ticket through Self Service.
  • Listing any sites you are ready to have deleted.
  • Listing any sites you are ready to have moved to the development website.
  • Listing any sites you are ready to have moved to the new website.
  • Any possible redesign that may be necessary if the old site was using FrontPage extensions.

Question: When I open the URL indicated on the file, no content is displayed. Does this mean there is no data in this website?

No. This only means there is not a home page for this website. You should access the old website to see if there are any files that need to be moved to a new location. Learn more about accessing web spaces.

Question: The website listed redirects to a web page on a different server. If I indicate the site can be deleted, will you be deleting the redirect or the website on the current server?

We will be deleting any content on the WWW2 or WWW3 website. Although your home page on WWW2 or WWW3 redirects to your current site, you should still review the other files stored on your WWW2 or WWW3 site to ensure you will not lose any important data.

Question: What web tool do you recommend since FrontPage is no longer supported?

When Microsoft dropped FrontPage, it replaced it with Expression Web. Unfortunately, at that time Microsoft elected to sell it as a separate product rather than bundled as part of the Office Suite. When this occurred, it no longer fell under our UT System Microsoft Campus Agreement. Therefore the Expression Web licenses aren’t paid for through UT System as are products that are covered in the Microsoft Campus Agreement.

We have created instructions for publishing web pages using either Expression Web or Dreamweaver. Expression Web is included because it is the FrontPage replacement provided by Microsoft. Dreamweaver is included because it is an industry standard, taught in many UTA classes, available for use in the OIT computer labs, and limited training for it is available in the Library’s Digital Media Studio.

Dreamweaver can be purchased at the UTA Bookstore. We have provided instructions on how to purchase Expression Web at http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/software/microsoft/web-expression-studio-4/index.php. This page provides a link for an RTP for purchase (~ $50) and a link to UT Austin’s purchase information page.

Question: Some of the directories within our departmental website are actually faculty pages. How should these pages be handled?

Please ask that the directory path be relocated to the faculty directories at wweb.uta.edu/faculty.

Question: How can I tell if my site on WWW2 or WWW3 is using FrontPage extensions?

Some of the common FrontPage extension utilities were web forms, hit counters, and active menus. If you weren't using these type of elements, you probably weren't using FrontPage extension. The best way to find out is to request that we move your site from WWW2 or WWW3 to the development website. If it works correctly there, then you'll know for sure that your site will work on the new web server.

Question: Can I have password protected directories on the new web server?

Yes. These permissions will not transfer over in the migration. In the Question section of the Web Retirement ticket, please note the directories on which special permissions need to be set.