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How to "FTP" your pages
onto the Web:


Resources:

The Macintosh Resource Page
This download page has links to lots of the software you will need to work on
the Web, including FETCH. Download a copy, then come back here.

Windows FTP programs
Go look at the list, find one FTP program that appeals to you. (I like the FREE ones!)
Download a copy, then come back here. My instructions won't be exact,
but will help you figure out what to do once you have the software.


Once you have the FTP software installed on your hard drive, launch it. You should see a window like below (Fetch), or a double-window in the Windows FTP program.

Your "host" is your Internet Service Provide (ISP). It could be aloha.net, lava.net, pixi.com, aloha.com, netcom.com–whichever.

Your user ID is your logon name. My e-mail address is zztype@alohatown.com. My user name is "zztype" so that's what I use.

Usually it is the same password you use to access your e-mail.

The directory is usually "public_html" but varies. If you're not sure or if that doesn't work, just leave the directory blank and look around for something similar like "public" or "html" or "web" in the window that shows up.

Windows FTP program users will need to read the information that comes with the program. You will need to click one of the buttons in between the two windows that comes up and set up a new session. You will need the same information as above, though.

Once you click "OK" you should see a window like this:

Your directory will likely have no files or one or two files in it – index.html for example.

Anything you drag to this window will be immediately uploaded and accessible on the Worldwide Web.

I have selected the "class" directory in the window above. A double-click will take you to the inside of the "class" directory:

Notice the directory contains the class files we uploaded from class. Anything you drag to this window will be at http://www.yourdomain.com/class/ (if you have a domain) or http://www.yourisp.com/~yourname/class/

The index.html page:

An "index.html" file in any directory will be the default file presented when someone visits that address or directory. (Some Web servers specify "default.html" as the index page).

If you don't use an "index.html" file, you will need to specify the full address to the file, including file name: http://www.yourisp.com/~yourname/class/yourfile.html

If you don't have an index or default page in your directory, some Web servers will simply display the contents of the directory as individual files or folders that can be clicked on. This may have the side effect of letting the public see files not intended for them. Some Web servers are configured not to show directory contents and will display a "forbidden" warning if someone tries to view a directory with no index.html page.



Please e-mail me with any questions, any time.

Blaine Fergerstrom
zztype@alohatown.com

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