Information Technology

Thomas (Personal Web Page Server)

Thomas is the name of the web server students, faculty, and staff can use to create personal websites. All users on the Butler network have a directory on Thomas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I access my Thomas page? ~ Show Answer

You can access your website by going to , where you would replace "username" with your Butler username.

How do I add content to my Thomas page? ~ Show Answer

From an on-campus Windows computer, you can access your Thomas folder by following these steps:

  • Click on the start menu at the bottom left of your screen
  • If on a Windows XP machine, click on "Run..".
  • Type "\\thomas\www" into the box and click "Run."
  • If you are running on a Windows 7 or Vista machine, enter "\\thomas\www" into the search bar in the start menu and press the enter key on your keyboard.
  • If you have already created a website in Microsoft Publisher or a similar program, enter the website folder into this folder.
  • Access your Thomas page to verify that the content was uploaded.

From an on-campus Mac, you can access your Thomas folder by following these steps:

  • At the top of your screen, click on "Go".
  • Click on "Connect to Server" at the bottom of the "Go" drop down menu.
  • Type in "smb://thomas/www" in the Server Address box, and then click Connect.
  • Enter your Butler user name and password into the box that pops up.
  • Your Thomas folder will pop up. You can then drag and drop your website files into that folder.
  • Access your Thomas page to verify that the content was uploaded.

Why do I get "Forbidden" when trying to access my webpage on Thomas? ~ Show Answer

Sometimes when attempting to access a Thomas site a message appears that says "Forbidden, your client is not allowed to access the requested object". This means you have not given permission for people on the Internet to view the page. In this case the folder permissions need to be reset. Follow the steps below to accomplish this.

  1. Open a program that can communicate with a Unix server. SSH secure shell is a good program. If you don't have a program to do this, go to and download putty.exe located at the top of the download area.
  2. After you open the program, you will want to connect to the server "". Login with your Butler username and password.
  3. Once you have logged in and are at a prompt for thomas, type "fix_account" (without the quotes). This will reset all permissions and allow the entire world to view your web pages.

How can I learn how to make my own Thomas webpage? ~ Show Answer

Please visit our  Training Workshops page for more information about learning opportunities for Thomas pages.

Who can I contact if I am having issues with my Thomas account? ~ Show Answer

Contact the Help Desk for any questions regarding Thomas access or issues. Visit the  Help Desk page for more information about hours and contact information.