Do I Put My Pages On the Web?
confused about how to put your pages on the web? Well, you are not alone.
This is probably the number one mystery for most people when they create
their first web site. Actually, put your site on the web is really not
that difficult. Here is what is required:
need to know the address of the where your site is hosted.
need to know the username and password necessary to add and remove
files at that location.
need software that lets you transfer files to and from that location.
at each of these one by one.
of Where is Your Web Site Located
your house has an address that makes it easy to locate, your web site
needs an address for people to view pages and an address for you to
place your files.
Notice that browsing pages and loading your files require two different
addresses. Why? Because they serve different purposes. Visitors to your
site retrieve your web pages (html pages and their associated images)
in order to view them in their browser. Your goal is place or retrieve
the files to and from your web site. Each of these requires a different
method of accessing the place where your web pages are stored. Certainly,
you would not want visitors to your modifying, adding or removing your
web pages or images!
Lets look at the sample site below for an example.
This shows the structure of a simple web site from the visitors
point of view. When the visitor types in www.yoursite.com in their
browser, the web server automatically sends them the page called
index.html (index.html is usually the default name that most web
servers expect you to call your home page).
is the actual file structure of the site from your point of view.
When you go to up load and download files, you use a method called
file transfer protocol or FTP. Your site will have a FTP
address assigned by the Internet service provider hosting your site.
The site will generally have a folder assigned by your Internet
Service Provider where you place all of your web pages. This is
called the site root folder. In this example, the root folder is
called web. This is the name generally used by Acquired Knowledge
Systems. Another common root folder name is public_html.
Service Provider will provide you with your FTP address. This could be
something like ftp://ftp.mywebsite.com or just ftp://mywebsite.com . Almost
all programs that allow you to do file transfer protocol omit the ftp://
so that ftp://ftp.mywebsite.com becomes ftp.mywebsite.com and ftp://mywebsite.com
User Name and Password.
to have FTP access to your web site, your Internet Service Provider
will give you a user name and password. This makes sure that only you
will be allow to add or modify files on your web site.
to Transfer Files to Your Site.
need software that allows you to send files to your site. This software
allows you to send files using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) described
in the last section. Here are a few options:
Dedicated FTP software-- There are programs whose only job in
life to to send and retrieve files using file transfer protocol. Many
of these are free or shareware. One of the most popular is called WS_FTP.
This software is available free for noncommercial use or for a small
fee for commercial use. It can be downloaded from any shareware site
such as cnet.com .
Web Site Design Programs-- Most Web site design programs have
some type of site management feature that allows you to FTP files to
your site and retrieve files for editing. Even the simplest free program
such as Netscape Composer allows you to "publish" your site
or send individual pages by FTP.
On-line Site Builders-- On line site builders automatically place
your pages in the correct location. Since these site builders reside
on your Internet Service Provider's computers, they know based on your
user name password and domain name, exactly where to place your web
pages. Acquired Knowledge Systems is in the process of developing an
on-line site builder in order to make it easy for you to create and
maintain your web pages.
the web site design tutorial. We hope you found it helpful for more
information about web site design, see our recommended
reading list, visit our html tutorial
or read our e-commerce planning guide.
We hope that we you decide to host your web site that you will consider
Acquired Knowledge Systems!
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