People Pages

File Type Limitations

The following types of files are not allowed on People Page sites:

Executable files

Executable files are usually placed in People Page sites accidentally. However, executables can also pose a security risk as they are often key culprits in the spread of malware and viruses.

Examples of executable files include (but are not limited to): EXE, MSI, PKG, BAT, CMD, etc.

Video files

Video files require significant bandwidth and specific server optimization to provide a reliable, quality viewing experience. The server on which People Page sites are hosted is not designed to handle this significant load. It is suggested that site owners leverage tools that are built for video streaming (e.g. vBrick, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) for their video content needs.

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Examples of video files include (but are not limited to): AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, MKV, etc.

Audio files

Audio files pose little security risk and require relatively minimal bandwidth to stream; however, the hosting of audio files poses potential legal concerns. Openly distributing copyrighted materials, even accidentally, is a violation of federal law. Oftentimes, site owners accidentally move large numbers of copyrighted audio files to their People Page sites, or may make available copyrighted works to allow classes easy access to music or podcasts. It is suggested that site owners leverage tools that require authentication with UWEC credentials (e.g. D2L, DESI, VBrick, etc.) for audio files used within an academic context.

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Examples of audio files include (but are not limited to): MP3, AAC, M4P, RAX, AMZ, etc.

Dynamic web files

Dynamic web files require specific server configurations—and often a database—to run properly. The server on which People Page sites are hosted is setup as a static content server and does not support dynamic web files.

Examples of dynamic web files include (but are not limited to): PHP, PL, ASP, JSP, CFM, etc.

 

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