Each engineering account comes with a special folder in the home directory (H: drive) called public_html. This folder has been set so that everyone can read it without the rest of your account being exposed. All files and folders in public_html are set as read only when they are published. If you have problems with your web site, please contact the webmaster.
A web site starts with a web page named index.html. This page is what appears when people type in your web site URL (.old.engineering.uiowa.edu/~loginID). Any web page, including this one, is simply a text file filled with HTML commands.
Even though there is nothing on your newly created page, you (and the world) can see it at the URL: .old.engineering.uiowa.edu/~loginid
Go on to step 2 to learn how create your web pages or step 3, guidelines.