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05-17-2003, 10:35 AM
After taking this up with "support" I'd like to suggest westhost includes webdav on its services since there appears to be no way today to get webdav support at westhost.

05-18-2003, 10:43 AM
What is webdav and how would it be useful to other users?

WestHost - CSimiskey
05-22-2003, 09:11 AM
Taken from their website http://www.webdav.org:

Briefly: WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.
Currently we have had no demand for this. We do have a single dedicated server that I am aware of that uses WebDav, but past that, no other requests for it. If we find more demand for this, we will look into making it available for everyone.

06-20-2003, 10:23 AM
I would be interested in a WebDAV so that I could publish my iCal calendar to my site.

Anyone else?

10-21-2003, 05:58 PM
Add me to the list of people who would like to have WebDAV enabled.

Any more thoughts on this from Westhost?

10-21-2003, 07:37 PM
It sounds as if it would helpfull to sites that run an on-line community. It seems as if many of the WestHost clients are on-line stores which could be because they offer Miva. I wonder if they where to add something like this if it would open up a new market for them.

I don't know enough about it to know how usefull it would be. How userfriendly would it be? We have many tools now that seem to fall a bit short of that. Would this add yet anouther on top of that? Just some of the questions that come to mind.


11-29-2003, 12:24 PM
We need this support to move an existing client off of their existing server and on to our reseller package.

Westhost, any way to do "one offs" for customers?

I'll not be able to move one of my clients off their existing host until we get this feature.


12-08-2003, 11:36 AM
Another vote for WebDAV.

04-02-2004, 02:28 PM
The future is webdav. Can the future be now?

WestHost - MMellor
04-02-2004, 03:58 PM
Hello Everyone,
Thanks for the feedback. I will definitely make sure that the right people look into this.

04-07-2004, 06:03 PM
I too would like WebDAV capability. :!:

04-12-2004, 12:21 AM
Me 3 on the webdav vote

08-03-2004, 01:10 PM
WebDAV. Gotta have it for my iCal! No webDAV, no iCal, no hipness. :(

08-05-2004, 06:17 AM
I'd like to have webdav too... I think frontpage extensions support this but they add unwanted stuff. not sure though

08-05-2004, 12:36 PM
I managed to get webdav installed on my account with software and instructions from www.webdav.org. After seeing it works perfectly I disabled it because I didn't really manage to fix the autenthication thing, so practically everyone on the net could access the account.
It's not hard to do, but you have to compile the module, so you have to install the compiler collection from site manager.

08-06-2004, 09:02 AM
One more post for webdav support..

What's the short version of setting up authentication?

08-31-2004, 08:04 PM
You don't need webdav for ical. There are a number of php calendars that use ical files so you can easily post and view your ical calendar on the web. I haven't tried them yet but its on my list of things to do. I don't know quite how updating it would work, for instance.

02-11-2006, 12:39 AM
I managed to get webdav installed on my account with software and instructions from www.webdav.org. After seeing it works perfectly I disabled it because I didn't really manage to fix the autenthication thing, so practically everyone on the net could access the account.
It's not hard to do, but you have to compile the module, so you have to install the compiler collection from site manager.

Can you post specific instructions on how you got WebDAV to work? Here is what I did:

I downloaded mod_dav 1.0.3-1.3.6 from WebDAV and extracted it in my home directory.
I ran configure and it found apxs in /usr/local/apache/bin
I ran "make" and then "make install", and it installed libdav.so in /usr/local/apache/libexec and modified my httpd configuration in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

The only change in the httpd.conf file appears to be a LoadModule directive that points to libdav.so

Everything looks good, so I use the site manager to add a subdomain to my server. I point it to its own directory and add DAV On to the directory section for that virtual host.

I restart my virtual server and httpd fails to start. What's your secret?

Justino Mora, Recruiter
04-05-2006, 02:58 AM
I am a new Client with a Value Bussiness plan. I am in need of WebDAV services. Is there anyaway to get that service on my account??. I read TOMCAT has some connection with this technology. Does this mean that account with JSP TOMCAT will have webdav??

01-04-2007, 05:20 AM
I need WebDAV for a project I'm working on. I'd be willing to pay someone to install it on my account

WestHost - BChambers
01-04-2007, 05:28 PM

We have a Custom Services department that would be happy to look at this for you. You can contact them at https://corp2.westhost.com/customservices/

05-09-2007, 10:23 AM

I was wondering if WebDAV will be available on WH3.0?

I would like to host my iCal calendar on my WestHost VPS.



05-10-2007, 12:15 PM
WebDAV worked fine for me when I beta tested a WH3 account. It does require you to configure stuff via httpd.conf, but the modules are precompiled and everything should be relatively easy to setup as long as WH does not remove dav from their configure options.


06-05-2007, 02:25 PM
Is there any new info about Westhost providing WebDAV. I would like to have it installed on my server.

09-10-2007, 12:33 PM
Another vote for shared ical support.

I've tried Thyme (with Joomla) and the subscription synchronizes downstream but not upstream for me.

I'm still on manager 2.0. waiting, waiting, waiting for 3.0.
I don't mind a bumpy transition if that speeds things up.

04-11-2008, 08:37 AM
Hi there everybody,

After reading the comments in this posting, I've put together some short instructions on how to use WebDAV with a WestHost 3.0 account. Please note that these instructions will require that you edit configuration files directly on your account, so please proceed only if you're comfortable with that. I tested this on my own account and it worked smoothly for my basic needs.

1) Create a directory that you'll use for your DAV area, e.g.
2) Edit the file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
3) Add a section like this, at the end of the file:
<Directory /var/www/html/davstuff >
Options +Indexes # If you want -- this makes it list the files when visited in a
web browser
# If you want it password protected, include these lines:
AuthType basic
AuthName "DAV Secure Access"
AuthUserFile /etc/dav_passwords
require valid-user
4) If you did want it password protected, also run this command for the first user:
htpasswd -c -b /etc/dav_passwords user1 pass1
5) For additional users or passwords:
htpasswd -b /etc/dav_passwords user2 pass2
htpasswd -b /etc/dav_passwords user3 pass3
6) Make your changes active with this command:
apachectl restart

1) If you don't get the lines in httpd.conf right, your web site won't come back up when you do the "apachectl restart" command. It will probably give you an error message about line XX - just go correct the problem and it will come back. Worst case, just remove what you added entirely.
2) I would highly recommend password protecting your DAV directory, since it's easy for people (unknown third parties) to use your account to store their own files (legal or otherwise) if it's not protected. However, this will keep Windows XP from mounting it as a network drive. If you know a way around Windows' inability to mount a password-protected DAV share, I'd be interested to hear it!

Corrado Fiore
04-11-2008, 04:56 PM
Hi All,

first, thanks to Christopher for sharing the info about WebDAV. May I suggest a page containing directions to solve the Windows XP authentication issue?


Also, does anyone know if the "Webpasswords 1.5" ValueApp can be used to create / manage WebDAV users?

Thanks, best regards,

04-15-2008, 03:16 PM
Hi Corrado,

The 'WebPassword 1.5' application could be used to manage WebDAV users, yes. The application creates an .htaccess file in the location specified, so you could just provide the path to your WebDAV location when it asks for an URL. I don't think WebDAV would be confused by the .htaccess file -- a quick test seems to confirm so -- but it's probably wise to refer to the same AuthUserFile in both your httpd.conf and in the .htaccess file.

Also, thanks for that link - very interesting!


09-23-2008, 10:23 AM
I've tried this, but I still keep getting an:

"HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error"

The only difference I have from the above code is
AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/.htpasswd

as I'm using the password manager to manage passwords. The authentication seems to work (when I put in bogus values it gives an authentication error) but iCal won't publish. I tried support but it's out of their scope. The guy was helpful but couldn't fix it.

Is there anything else I could try?