In order to maintain files on your (non-WordPress) BCIT Commons site, you need to use WebDAV. FTP access is not supported at this time. Since the introduction of Windows 7, Microsoft’s support for WebDAV has changed and using the built-in Windows WebDAV implementation has been problematic for many of our Commons users. Because of this, we are recommending that BCIT Commons account holders who use Windows 7 to use the BitKindex WebDAV client available for free. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the BitKinex WebDAV client, the following instructions will help you with setting it up for use with your BCIT Commons account.
Configuration of BitKinex WebDAV Client Software
- Start BitKinex
- Right click on the “Http/WebDAV” item in the main interface, select “New” and then “Http/WebDAV” (see figure 1)
- A new field will be displayed with a black box around it. In here, type a descriptive name for your site. This can be anything, but in this example I’ve used “My Commons Site”. (see figure 2)
- The properties dialog will now display. (see figure 3)
- Select the “Server” tab from the list on the left of the dialog if it isn’t already selected.
- Enter “edit.commons.bcit.ca” in the server address field
- Select “SSL” in the security combobox
- Enter your account name in the User field. For this example site we are using “example”.
- Enter your account password into the password field.
Don’t click OK just yet.
- We need to next configure the folder that your account is located in on the BCIT Commons server. (see figure 4)
- Select the “Site Map” tab from the list on the left of the dialog.
- Select the first path (“/”) in the Site Map list on the right.
- Enter your account name into the field below, with leading and trailing slashes. For this example, we enter “/example/” into the field
- Click the Update button
- Click the OK button now.
Now that BitKinex is configured for your BCIT Commons site, you can double click the new site that you’ve added, “My Commons Site” in this example and your site should then open for editing. (see figure 5)
You can move files to and from your local computer by selecting the file you want to move and then clicking the appropriate arrow button in the center of the interface.
If you notice that a file on your Commons site has a red minus icon over top of the file icon (see figure 6), this means that the file has a lock on it and can’t be updated or deleted. You’ll have to remove the lock status. You do this by right clicking on the file and selecting “Unlock” from the menu. This will remove the lock from the file.
Figure 7 shows a zoomed in view of the lock icon on a file.