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FAQ: Tutorials - Web Publishing  (4 questions)
How to use different web publishing tools with our system
  1. Using and Publishing with Microsoft FrontPage
  2. Using and Publishing with Macromedia Dreamweaver
  3. Using and Publishing with CuteFTP
  4. Using and Publishing with WS_FTP LE
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FAQ Answers: Tutorials - Web Publishing
  1. Using and Publishing with Microsoft FrontPage

    A. Creating & Publishing with Frontpage 2000

    The following section will guide you step-by-step through configuring Microsoft FrontPage 2002 and earlier to exchange files between your computer and your web site. The steps shown here are for Microsoft FrontPage 2002, however older or newer versions should work in a very simmilar manner.

    In order to proceed, you'll need to have three things: Microsoft FrontPage installed; a connection to the Internet via your Internet service provider; and you'll need to have requested to install the FrontPage extensions when you signed up.

    Create a Simple Page

    Before you can publish an html file to your web site with FrontPage, you must either have a page already created, or create a page. To create a page with FrontPage, follow these simple steps:

    1. With FrontPage open, choose File --> New .

    2. Type in "FrontPage test"

    3. From the menu bar, choose File --> Save As.

    4. Name the html file.
    (If this file is to be your home page , be sure to name it index.html)

    Once you have the file saved to your hard drive, you are ready to publish the file.

    Publish Your Web Page.

    1. From the menu bar, choose File --> Publish Web .

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    You'll get a dialog box like this:

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    2. Click on the Options button

    You will see a dialog box like this:

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    3. In the box below Specify the location to publish your site to: enter the URL for your site but make sure to leave out "www" but include "/public_html" just as displayed above!

    4. If this is the first time you are publishing your site, select Publish all pages...

    5. Select Include subwebs .

    You should now have a dialog box that looks like this:

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    Be sure to use your real domain name instead of 'yourdomainname.com'.
    You cannot upload with FrontPage until your domain name resolves to our nameservers!

    6. Click the Publish button.

    You should now see a dialog box like this one:

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    7. Enter your username and password.

    If you have entered all the details correctly, FrontPage will then publish your site. You will see a dialog box like this one when it has finished:

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    8. Click Done .

    B. FrontPage Component Functionality

    With server side extensions, it's possible that some frontpage components such as shared borders, form mailers, and counters may not work properly. Publishing your web site with this alternative method usually solve the problem.

    Importing Files:

    Start by opening up FrontPage.

    1) Go to File, Open Web

    2) Type in the url for your domain name. you can leave the www portion out of the address

    Again, you will be promted for your username and password. Simply type in your username and password found in your account setup email. From here, you will be on the webserver itself where you can make live edits or even new documents. As far as components are concerned, you would want to import the files from your local hard drive onto the webserver.

    3) Go to file, import

    When promted, simply choose the file or directory you would like to bring onto the webserver. Click on the appropiate button, locate your web files, and click on the import button

    C. FrontPage Forms and Counters:

    Simply log into your account using steps 1 and 2. Right click on the counter or form properties and ensure the settings are correct. (You want to make sure the form is mailing to the right address or if your counter is set to a number you prefer. From there, go to:

    1. file, save as

    2. save the file while you are logged on the server; rewriting the current file that's already there.

    Adding a counter with Frontpage 2000

    1) Open the file that you want to install the counter to.

    2) Once you have the file open, go to "Insert", scroll down to "Component" and click on "Hit Counter"

    3) Now select the Counter Style and set the number you want your counter to start with.

    4) Once you're done, click "OK"

    5) [HitCounter] is displayed on the page as a placeholder for the hit counter. Once you publish your website to your account on the internet, your counter will work!

    You're DONE!

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  2. Using and Publishing with Macromedia Dreamweaver
    Publishing Using Dreamweaver (FTP)

    By popular demand, we have included a tutorial based on using Dreaweaver's built in FTP program. Since Dreamweaver is the recomended web design and publishing tool you should become very familiar with this process. Make sure you have all your domain/website login information handy before you begin creating a session.

    1) Open up Dreamweaver and click on the Site menu. What you want to do is create a new ftp session.

    2) The next menu you will encounter will be the local information. You basically need to specify the local root directory (The directory where your website files are located on your local machine)

    A) Site Name - This is an identifier of the ftp sesson. You can practically call it anything you want. Most users simply type in their domain.

    B) Local Root Folder - This is your computer and where you are keeping your local website files. Again, it's best that you keep all your html files and images in one folder. This way, you can use other Dreamweaver features to link relative files automatically. The folder you need to place your files on the website is called "public_html"

    C) The http address is simply your domain name.

    3) In the category box on the left highlight the web server info category. This is where you will enter all your ftp information.

    A. From the "Server Access" drop down menu choose ftp.

    B. Hostname will be the hostname sent to you in your setup email.

    C. Again, "public_html" is the directory where all your webfiles go. If you don't put anything in this field, you will get the normal directory structure with your logs directory, cgi-bin, and htdocs directories and your website will NOT work!

    D. Login will be your username.

    E. Password will be your account password.
    * Leave all other boxes unchecked.

    F. Click OK when done.

    4) When you click "Done" you should see standard local and remote site layout. From here click on the connect button located at the very top. Your local files on your computer will be on your right side and your server files will be on the left. You can transfer, download, and rename any files however way you wish.

    5) Remember, your main default/startup page must be named "index.html" or "index.php" for it to load automatically. This is the page that people will see when someone access your website. Also remember that the system is case senssitive so a good procedure is to make all your files lowercase.

    You're DONE!

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  3. Using and Publishing with CuteFTP
    Publishing with CuteFTP

    NOTE: You can get a free copy of this program HERE

    1) Begin by launching/running CuteFTP

    2) Then go to "File" and click on "Site Manager".

    3) A Site Settings window will apprear and this is where you need to put your server login information. You can find all your login info in the "Account Setup" letter that was sent to you when your account was setup.

    Label for site: put your domain name
    FTP Host Address: your Hostname (ie. www.yourdomain.com)
    FTP site User Name: Put in your username
    FTP site Password: Put in your password
    FTP site connection port: 21

    Then click the "Connect" button at the lower right hand corner

    4) By clicking "Connect", CuteFTP is connecting your computer to your webspace our our server. Once it's connected, you'll see 4 folders (cgi-bin, etc, www, public_html, etc...) in right hand window.

    5) Then double click on the "public_html" directory and upload all your files into THAT directory.

    Remember, your main default/startup page must be named "index.html" or "index.php" for it to load automatically. This is the page that people will see when someone access your website. Also remember that the system is case senssitive so a good procedure is to make all your files lowercase.

    You're DONE!

    NOTE: If you need help on using CuteFTP, please refer to their website. They give much greater detail and has excellent instructions. It is located HERE

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  4. Using and Publishing with WS_FTP LE
    Publishing with WS_FTP LE

    You can get a free copy of this program HERE

    1) Open the WS_FTP LE program

    2) A window titled "Session properties" will come up and you'll need to click on "New" button which it to the right.

    3) Now, this is where you need to put your login info so you can access your account on the server. You can find all your login info in the welcome email that was sent to you when your account was setup.

    Profile Name: your domain name
    Host Name/Addresss: Hostname (ie. www.yourdomain.com)
    Host Type: Automatic detect
    User ID: Username
    Password: Password
    Click the "Apply" button
    Click the "OK" button

    4) Notice how WS_FTP has two windows. The window to the left is "Local System" (your hard drive). The right hand window is "Remote Site" which is your web hosting account on our server. All your files need to be uploaded to the "www" directory on the Remote site. So, double click the "www" directory. You can close and open your FTP connection by clicking the "close and connect" button to the bottom left.

    5) After clicking on "public_html", the remote site will show inside the "public_html" directory and you will see a few folders and an "index.html" file. Find and highlight the file(s) you want to upload to your website and click on the transfer arrow that points right. The arrow that points left will download your files from your website back to your hard drive. (great for backups)

    6) Once you see our files on the "Remote Site", then your files have been sucessfully uploaded. Remember, your main default/startup page must be named "index.html" or "index.php" for it to load automatically. This is the page that people will see when someone access your website. Also remember that the system is case senssitive so a good procedure is to make all your files lowercase.

    7) That's it! Now, you can access your website via the browser with your domain name. Remember, your domain name must be active an propagated before it'll work. You can alway access your website with the temporary URL in your welcome email.

    NOTE: This was a very basic explanation of WS_FTP LE so that you can get your website up and running, for full details and other tutorials, go to their website HERE

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