Public Web-Hosting

All members of Linfield College may create folders to share information online. Visit the Public Directory to view and navigate all published folders, or check out some tips for making a website. This provides greater freedom for posting online, avoiding the restrictions of social media platforms. You also don't need to configure your own website and purchase a domain. We have some expectations outlined below, but we're more liberal in the types of content that can be shared. The review process is subject to our judgement. If you want more freedom, make your own website, and put yourself at legal risk. We will help you make your own site. And finally, Linfield regulates student behavior in their college policies; be mindful of those rules when sharing content or expressing your views, as you are still subject to their authority, online and off-campus.

Content Guidelines

Github's Terms of Service regulate what is published online, since we use their service to host files. Additionally, Netlify's TOS regulate our content and behavior.

Github prohibits content that:

  • is unlawful or promotes unlawful activities;
  • is or contains sexually obscene content;
  • is libelous, defamatory, or fraudulent;
  • is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;
  • contains or installs any active malware or exploits, or uses our platform for exploit delivery (such as part of a command and control system); or
  • infringes on any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other rights.

Additionally, please adhere to these expectations, which should cover the expectations from Github and Netlify sufficiently.

  • Don't harass or intimidate people, and do not violate others' privacy.
  • Don't upload large files (over 10MB) or use our site as a file-storage system. All uploaded materials are public and should be accessible to visitors. Encrypted files are not permitted at this time, unless the password is made publicly available and is easily accessible.
  • Don't use these services for automated, spam activities. Advertisements may not be hosted on our domain, and you may not load advertisements within any webpages. Affiliate links for Amazon products are specifically banned, and other pop-up advertisements from external domains are also banned.
  • Notify visitors if your webpages analyze their behavior (mouse movement, device data, etc), run coin-mining software, or do anything else unexpected. Don't trick people; informed consent is required.

If you have doubts, please ask first to save us legal trouble. By using GitHub, we're able to moderate site content before it's published and resolve disagreements.

Getting Started

Here are some tips for making a website.

The recommended approach is to have an index.html page inside your folder, so people can visit your folder's homepage with a short link. See this example student, Jane Doe:

~/public/students/jane-doe/ (index.html is implied)

From there, you can create whatever page names you'd like, and they'll be after your folder, like this:

~/jane-doe/webpage-name

You could even upload photos, music, documents, or other small files. This is primarily for art and music majors, but other students may find it useful. Videos should be embedded with YouTube, Vimeo, or another service.

~/jane-doe/music/piano-sonata.mp3

Professors can share their course materials, homework assignments, and other files online, too, avoiding the Blackboard software. Campus clubs or other organizations can post under a group subfolder to communicate scheduling, events, or whatever else.

If you have any questions, ask for help.