The process by which files are transferred to the Web server is
called "FTP" (File Transfer Protocol). You have unlimited
access to your account via FTP 24 hours a day. This means you are
free to create and maintain your Web pages on your own computer
and upload files to your Website at your leisure. Internet Providers
such as AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy may have a built-in FTP interface.
If you have a PPP Internet account and need an FTP program, you
can download software for either the PC or Mac below. We suggest
that you contact your local Internet Provider to inquire about compatibility.
Attention: Microsoft FrontPage Users
with Microsoft FrontPage
extensions installed on their sites should use only
publishing feature to transfer files. Using regular FTP can corrupt
the extensions, disabling the functionality of the FrontPage and
requiring that the site be deleted to reinstall the extensions.
Step 1. To get started, download one of the following FTP program:
For the Mac, "Fetch" is available:
Step 2. Configure your FTP software:
When you opened an account with us, you received an email which
contained the following necessary information:
- Your username (also known as User ID)
- Your Password
- FTP Host Name (ftp.username.addr.com)
The Host Name tells your FTP software to connect to the Web server
in which your Website resides. In general, the process of configuring
the various FTP software programs is the same. We recommend WS_FTP
for PC users and will be using it in the upcoming examples.
Each time you run WS_FTP the Session Profile window will be displayed.
A profile contains the information needed to connect to your Website.
Creating a profile now will eliminate the need for you to configure
the software each time you wish to connect to the Web server via
FTP. To create a new profile, click the "New" button and
enter a generic profile name at the top of the Session Profile window.
Next, enter the User ID, password and Host Name for your Website
as illustrated below.
Be sure to select "Auto detect" for the Host Type. (see
Fig.1) It is best to select "Save Password" and "Auto
Save Config" to maintain these settings for future use. All
other fields can be left blank. You are now ready to connect to
the Web server. Click "Ok" to continue.
Step 3. Upload your files over:
When you connect to the Web server, you will connect directly to
the root ("home") directory of your account. WS_FTP will display a split screen where files on the left-hand side are within
your own computer. (see Fig. 2). You will see several folders on
the right-hand side such as bin, cgi-local, dev, etc, lib, and stats
which are landmarks suggesting a successful connection to your Website.
In order for your Web page to be accessible
via the Web, you need to upload all the files under the "public_html"
directory (or any sub directories under it). So, before transferring
files, please change the directory by double-clicking on "public_html".
To make your home page load automatically, name the HTML document
"index.htm" or "index.html" in lowercase and
upload it to the "public_html" directory of your account.
To upload a file or files, simply highlight the file(s) on the left
and click the right-arrow button ("-->") in the center
of the screen.
Be sure to upload HTML documents and scripts in ASCII mode
and images in BINARY mode. To transfer a file to a subdirectory,
double-click the appropriate subdirectory to open it before transferring
the desired file(s).
As soon as a file is uploaded to the Web server, it is available
for all to see. If, after uploading a file, you are still unable
to see the updated file via Netscape, you need to clear both disk
and browser cache. This function can be found by selecting Options
> Network Preferences in Netscape. Remember that you must first
be connected to the Internet through your local Internet Service
Provider in order to connect to the Web server.
Notes to Mac Users
Viewing Web Pages in Netscape
- Select "raw data" transfer mode when using Fetch
to transfer both HTML and images.
- PageMill may add either a .bin or .txt extension to your files
which must be removed in order for such files to load properly.
Webmasters often modify an HTML document and re-upload it to the
server. After returning to their Web browser they click RELOAD only
to find the original document unchanged. This is a common occurrence
for Netscape users and is easily remedied by clearing the browser's
disk cache. This can be done in Netscape under Options > Network