Managing Your Personal Website

Learn how to check your online storage space and deactivate your website.


You cannot have an automatic redirect set up on the server. You may either create a redirect using META tags, or else place a link on the page pointing to the site where you want visitors to be directed.

Recovering Deleted Files

You can recover files deleted within the past 48 hours yourself. A snapshot of your files is taken every hour on the hour and saved for the past 6 hours, as well as at midnight on the current and previous days. These files are in hidden directories named .snapshot on UNIX and ~snapshot on Windows. From your public_html directory, navigate to .snapshot (UNIX) or ~snapshot (Windows).

For example:

cd public_html
cd .snapshot
ls -al

You will see the following directories, each containing a copy of your files:

  • hourly.0: From the top of the current hour
  • hourly.1: An hour ago on the hour
  • hourly.2: 2 hours ago on the hour
  • hourly.3: 3 hours ago on the hour
  • hourly.4: 4 hours ago on the hour
  • hourly.5: 5 hours ago on the hour
  • nightly.0: Midnight today
  • nightly.1: Midnight yesterday

If it was older than the snapshots, request a file restoration. Backups are done very early every morning, so if your file existed at that point we probably have it. Contact the UBIT Help Center (below).

Checking Your Available Space

The files in your personal website are part of your UBfs quota. To learn more about your UBfs quota and how to view your remaining space, please see Viewing Your UBfs Quota.

Deactivating Your Personal Website

You may deactivate your personal website at any time by using the  Personal Websites publishing tool (UBITName and password required). While deactivated, your site will not be visible to the public, but the files will remain intact. You will still be able to connect to and manage your site while it is deactivated.

You may also re-activate your personal website after it has been deactivated.

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.