Student Web Space

SOIS Students have access to free space on our LAMP server. A LAMP environment is a standard open source software stack. This acronym stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. With this service students have the ability to learn and experiment with Web Design and Development.

SOIS Students will be granted:

  • 5GB of Space
  • MySQL Databases
  • SFTP Access

This space is to be used for SOIS course purposes ONLY. This space is not intended for research projects, personal sites, or anything of a non-instructional/non-SOIS course related purpose. If you wish to use the web space for any other educational purposes please notify SOIS Tech ( to ensure your account is not suspended and terminated.

The server will be purged each semester, and will not be backed up. It is highly recommended that students retain copies of their website offline.

We reserve the right to suspend and terminate accounts at our discretion. This service comes without warranty or official support. Users are responsible for their use on the SOIS web space.

With that being said; if you have issues and wish to request unofficial support please contact or stop by our onsite Tech Office located in NWQ-B 3432. We will do our best to provide general guidance. Your SOIS instructor will also be able to give you an overview of how to connect and manage your SOIS web space for your course. The SOIS Tech office does not provide homework help or tutoring.

How to Access the SOIS Web Space:

To access your account please register using your UWM ePanther ID and password. If you are unable to register please email and request access. Please be sure to email us using your UWM email and provide the SOIS courses which you are enrolled in the current semester.

If you have forgotten your password you may reset it using our online self-service tool. Please note that this tool will only change your web space password and not your ePanther password.

URLs to Access and Modify your Web Space are as follows:

Web URL:

FTP Access:
Login with your UWM ePantherID and the password that you set. You can use any FTP client of your choice. Please note that the password that you set when you register for the webspace is different than your UWM ePanther password.

Control Panel URL:
Login with your UWM ePantherID and password that you set. Please note that the password that you set when you register for the webspace is different than your UWM ePanther password.

SSH Access:
If you want to use GIT or any other command line tool with your account you should use SSH. The suggested windows SSH client is Putty, while MacOS users can use terminal. The host is and the default port of 22 can be used.

Be sure to replace “your-ePantherID” with your actual ePanther ID and password that you set while registering for your webspace. Please remember you must first register in order to login and access your space and that the webspace password that you set will be different than your UWM ePanther ID password.

Troubleshooting “Internal Server Error” & PHP Permissions

If you run into an “Internal Server Error” message, it may mean that your permissions are set incorrectly on your files and directories. All directories should be set to a permission of 755 and all PHP files to a permission of 644. You can recursively reset these permissions in most FTP clients such as FileZIlla or via SSH.

FileZilla FTP Client

Click here to download FileZilla free of charge

This software is not guaranteed or supported by SOIS Tech.

Please understand that with any software download there is risk of installing malicious software as well.

For virus removal options please see the UWM Tech Repair site.

eAcademy - Free Software (Microsoft Imagine & VMWare)

Through the Microsoft Imagine & VMWare Academic service, SOIS provides Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost to SOIS students, faculty and staff.

Login Information: eAcademy Login

(login with you UWM ePanther ID and password)

NOTE: This software agreement is ONLY for School of Information Studies Faculty, Staff and Students. If you are not enrolled in or instruct SOIS classes you are not eligible for this agreement.

Microsoft Imagine & VMWare Software List

The list of available software is constantly changing, please log into MS Imagine for the more up-to-date list of software available. Some software included:

  • Windows 10, 8.1, and 7
  • Access 2016
  • Project 2016
  • Visio 2016
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Windows Server 2012

Please note that SOIS does not control the availability of software, we only facilitate access to the portal.

How to use Microsoft Imagine for free software

    • Navigate to the eAcademy Login page.
    • Make sure you have the MS Imagine radio button selected, then log in with your UWM ePanther ID and password.tuts_it_msimagine_1


    • Click on the Start Shopping link to enter the software center.


    • Select which product you want to download or purchase.


    • Click Add to Cart for any software you wish to obtain (Note, there may be individual restrictions on certain software).


    • Once you have selected your items, click Shopping Cart.  tuts_it_msimagine_5


    • Click Check Out.tuts_it_msimagine_6


    • You have to read and accept the terms of use.tuts_it_msimagine_7


  • After the order is complete, you can obtain the Product Key and a Download Link for your software. tuts_it_msimagine_8
Office 365

Office 365 is here! The new email system provides a variety of new features to help aid the UW-Milwaukee campus community, including new collaboration tools, a cloud-based storage system, greater storage space, and OneDrive.

To learn more about Office 365 and all of its new features, check out these tutorials:

Get started with the new Office:

Office 365 for business learning center:

Still have unanswered questions? Check out the UW-Milwaukee Office 365 Implementation Project page:

Desire2Learn (D2L)

Desire2Learn (D2L) is UWM’s Learning Management System (LMS). If you enroll into online or blended courses you will use D2L to access course materials, content, submit assignments, and interact with other students.

If you take an on-site course, you are likely to still encounter D2L as a means to access course readings and other miscellaneous materials.

Below we have produced a D2L overview video geared towards SOIS students. Feel free to also review the campus provided help files.

D2L Video Overview

For D2L tutorials, please visit the Learning Technology Center’s Tutorial page.


UWM uses PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) to enroll in courses, manage financial aid, pay tuition, and much more.PAWS can be accessed from To login to PAWS, please use your UWM ePanther ID and password.

Video Tutorials

General UWM Documentation