How to use an Apache media folder

Before you start

An Apache media folder is a site-specific folder that sits outside the content management system. It is used to host large media files (video, audio, large PDF files, large image files, etc), which may then be linked to or embedded on your website.

You should use an Apache media folder to host video and audio files and any other files over ten megabytes.

Apache media folders are not set up automatically with the creation of a new website, and must be requested separately by the website's site administrator.

Creating an Apache media folder

If you are a site administrator, you can request a new Apache media folder. Send your request to the Webmaster team.

Giving web publishers access to an Apache media folder

If you are a site administrator, you can request that other web publishers be given access to your Apache media folder. Send your request to the Webmaster team.

Using an Apache media folder 

You should use this path to connect to your Apache media folder - paste this into a Windows window (NOT into a web browser window), replacing [DEPARTMENT NAME] with the name of your site, eg medical-school:

The old method for accessing Apache media folders (via \\web-srv.bris.ac.uk\www\[DEPARTMENT NAME]\media) no longer works.