Loyola University Chicago

Web Support

Linkon for Personal Home Pages

What is Linkon?

The Linkon program is used to create a new personal page for you, complete with file directory and correct permission settings.  Linkon provides an excellent resource for individuals with little or no training in Web publishing, since it automates much of the work of developing a Web page. For those people who have already created a home page using HTML, Linkon will check the page's permissions and link it to the Loyola home page directory. If you have already created a home page with HTML, DO NOT create a new one with Linkon.


What Do I Need to Use Linkon?

You must have an Orion account and password to access Linkon. You can find the form to request an Orion ID here . Once you have created a "generic" home page with Linkon, you will probably want to edit that page to reflect your unique tastes and interests using HTML. See What's Next? for more information.


Connecting to Orion

Full instructions about connecting using PuTTY are available here.

After you have connected to Orion with PuTTy, Open the Linkon program by typing linkon at the orion: prompt. The Linkon menu appears.


Creating a Personal Home Page (from scratch)

There are instructions for publishing personal pages using Web Development documentation.  You will need knowledge of basic HTML tags and how to upload your pages using Filezilla

  • If you intend to link your self-made page to the Loyola home page directory, name your file index.html and place it in a subdirectory called .web. Otherwise, Linkon will not be able to find the file or link it to the home page directory.


Creating a Personal Home Page (with Linkon)

  1. Open the Linkon program by typing linkon at the orion: prompt. The Linkon menu appears.
  2. Type 1, press Enter. Linkon will create a new subdirectory called .web to hold the file for your new home page. Then it will create the new file, named index.html.
  3. To see your new home page, open your Web browser and type the following address in the "Location:" or "Address:" field: http://orion.it.luc.edu/~username where username is your username. Don't forget the ~.
  4. Return to Orion and press Enter to continue.

Setting Permissions

Whether you created your own personal page or Linkon created it for you, Linkon can check the page's permissions for you. Permissions allow users at Loyola and around the world to view your page using the Internet. If you do not set read permissions for your page, no one will have access to it and Linkon will not link your page to the home page directory.

  1. Type 2, hit Enter.
  2. Linkon will provide a running commentary while it checks permissions for your home directory, your .web subdirectory, and your index.html file. If the permissions are incorrect, Linkon will offer to change them for you or will furnish detailed instructions on how to change them yourself.
  3. After the correct permissions have been set, press Enter to continue.

Linking Your Page to Loyola's

Once you have created a Web page and set the appropriate permissions, you are ready to link your page to the Loyola home page directory (at http://homepages.luc.edu). If you have not already checked your page's permissions, Linkon will automatically check them before adding the link.

  1. Type 3, hit Enter.
  2. Linkon will display a disclaimer outlining your responsibilities as a computer user at Loyola. You must read the disclaimer before continuing. If you agree with the terms of the disclaimer, type yes and hit Enter.
  3. To view the new link to your page, open your Web browser and type http://homepages.luc.edu into the "Location:" or "Address:" line. Click the first letter of your last name in the index at the top of the page.

What's Next?

Now that you have created a "generic" Web page, you probably want to customize it with your own information. To do this, you will need some knowledge of HTML.  For more information about HTML, visit the sites below: