Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why are my links broken or still pointing back to the Alphas?

Why are my images missing/broken?

When will my site be redirected to PantherFile?

Will my PantherFile-hosted site be searchable?

What will happen to my Google ranking?

Can I get a "vanity" URL for my personal page? I don't like the PantherFile URL.

My CGI/Perl applications aren't working - what do I do?

If I had created links to files outside of the www4 folder, will those be moved too?

Can I get a copy of the Xythos drive software and install it on my home computer?

Why are my links broken or still pointing back to the Alphas?
Depending on how your site was built, links may have been coded in a manner that would force the browser back to the old web environment instead of using the new web environment. Check that your links are not hard-coded to www.uwm.edu. To check your links, open a HTML editor and look at either the code or the link properties. Ensure that the link is NOT pointing to something like http://www.uwm.edu/~your_epantherid/about.html. To correct the link, change it to: http://pantherfile.uwm.edu/your_epantherid/www/about.html or just simply about.html. More information about this type of linking can be found here: http://www.communitymx.com/content/article.cfm?cid=230ad


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Why are my images missing/broken?
Depending on how your site was built, images may have been coded in a manner that would force the browser back to the old web environment instead of using the new web environment. Check that your images are not hard-coded to www.uwm.edu. To check your links, open a HTML editor and look at either the code or the image properties. Ensure that the image is NOT pointing to something like http://www.uwm.edu/~your_epantherid/images/smile.gif. To correct the link, change it to: http://pantherfile.uwm.edu/your_epantherid/www/images/smile.gif or just simply images/smile.gif. More information about this type of linking can be found here: http://www.communitymx.com/content/article.cfm?cid=230ad

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When will my site be redirected to PantherFile?


All personal sites are set to be redirected to PantherFile on October 15, 2009. To request an immediate web traffic redirect to your PantherFile-hosted site, e-mail alpha-redirects@uwm.edu.

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Will my PantherFile-hosted site be searchable?


The same searching capabilities that were available on the alphas will be available in PantherFile. PantherFile will be open to all major search engines. Like the alphas, the UWM Google Appliance will be restricted from crawling and indexing personal pages on PantherFile.

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What will happen to my Google ranking?
Your personal site's Google PageRank will not be affected by the migration of your site to PantherFile. A redirect code (301) will be used to tell Google and other search engines that your page has permanently moved to a new location. Additionally, a 1:1 page redirect will be used to ensure your visitors are redirected to the same page, even if it's a page deep within the structure of your site. The combination of these two methods will help preserve your Google PageRank. For more information about redirects, visit http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=93633

 

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Can I get a "vanity" URL for my personal page? I don't like the PantherFile URL.
Yes. After the final redirect to PantherFile occurs on October 15, every personal page will have a vanity URL of http://people.uwm.edu/your_epanther (where 'your_epanther' is your ePantherID username). This vanity URL will automatically redirect to your PantherFile-hosted personal site.

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My CGI/Perl applications aren't working - what do I do?
Unfortunately PantherFile does not support CGI/Perl applications. If you have CGI/Perl scripts (including server side includes) installed on your web site, they will not function when loaded in PantherFile. You do have some options, though. Many of the common functions provided by CGI/Perl scripts are now available as services provided by UWM or third-party companies. For example:

Online surveys: The online survey instrument was launched in early Summer, 2009. This survey instrument allows for the building of online surveys and provide detailed data analysis and reports. The use of this instrument is free to anyone with an ePantherID. For more information about the survey instrument, its features, and availability, check out: www.surveyinstrument.uwm.edu.

Counters/Visitor Tracking: 

Google offers a very powerful (and free) web analytics package. Reaching well beyond your basic counter, Google tracks page visits, browsers, page ranks, keywords, etc. The software is free and only requires a small line of code be added to each page you'd like to track. For more information, check out www.google.com/analytics


Server Side Includes:

Server side includes will not work in PantherFile. However, initial research has indicated that certain client side includes will work.

If the alternatives to CGI/Perl outlined above do not meet your needs, other options might be available. Please contact the project management team by filling out our contact form found at www4.uwm.edu/projects/alpha_retirement/contact to discuss your needs and investigate other alternatives.

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If I had created links to files outside of the www4 folder, will those be moved too?

No, only files that reside in your www4 folder will be copied to PantherFile. Any other files outside of the www4 folder on the Alphas will have to be moved by you. Please see the Personal File Space Migration at www4.uwm.edu/projects/alpha_retirement/file_space for more information on how to move those files.

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Can I get a copy of the Xythos drive software and install it on my home computer?

No, due to licensing restrictions the Xythos drive software can only be installed on campus computers. You can access your files from home by going to pantherfile.uwm.edu and logging in using your ePantherID and password.

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