Now, assuming that you have also downloaded or bought and installed an FTP client (program) and have obtained the username and password to access your webspace by FTP,

Let's Get Ready to UPLOAD!

  1. Setup your connection in your FTP program (CuteFTP is pictured here).
  2. Connect to your webspace. You will know you are connected by the status window at the top...it will say you are connected, and download the file list on the server.
    • What you see in the left hand pane is what is on your machine.
    • What you see in the right hand pane is on the server.
    • At the bottom is a status pane for the files you will be UPLOADING.
  3. On the left, you can see you are looking inside the 'My_Page' directory on your desktop.
  4. On the right, you can see the setup for this particular webserver.
    • The directory 'httpdocs' is your 'public' directory. It is the ONLY directory in your webspace from which your webpages can be access by the public from a web browser.
    • On some servers this might be named differently, such as 'htdocs' or 'public_directory', or 'public_html', or even 'html_public'.
    • It is entirely up to the server administrator at the time he/she is setting up his/her server defaults. If you are in doubt as to which directory is YOUR public directory, call your ISP and ASK. They will let you know.
  5. If you don't see a 'cgi-bin' on your server, don't worry about it. At this point you have no use for a cgi-bin anyway, and when you are ready for one, you can call your ISP and request that they install one for you.
  6. Log files are the server Access_log and Error_log for your domain, and are not something you need to mirror. (You may not even have a Logs directory in your webspace, if your server uses the 'main' server logs only).


Fig. 4

Now you need to begin the 'mirroring process':

  1. Move UP one level and change the name of your 'My_Page' directory to MATCH the name of your public directory on the SERVER.
  2. Click on the public directory on the server, (httpdocs in this case) and OPEN IT. There is probably nothing inside, or perhaps just a 'placeholder' index.html for your domain.
  3. Click on the httpdocs directory on your desktop (formerly, My_Page directory) and OPEN IT).


                                                                                                         Fig. 5


  4. Now 'drag' the entire images directory from the left pane into the right pane, (if the cursor shows a little '+' mark you are on the right track) and that should start the UPLOAD. Your program may ask you to verify that you want to upload the directory, just click YES or OK.
    Once the images directory has fully uploaded, you will then see the same directory on both sides.
  5. Now do the same drag and drop with your 'index.html' (the one you made with your WYSIWYG page editor). YOU JUST UPLOADED YOUR WEBSITE!!

CHECK IT OUT!

Once it is fully uploaded, you can open your browser and type in your URL = if it's your domain name, http://www.yourdomain.com (there is no need to type in 'index.html' because the browser will ALWAYS open the index.html or index.htm page by default. It is ALWAYS your first page).

DOES YOUR PAGE LOAD??
IF IT DOES, CONGRATULATIONS!!
IF IT DOESN'T
:((
We gotta do some 'troubleshooting':

  1. Check to be sure that you have the correct URL.
  2. Be sure to check with your server and make sure
    your account/domain has been activated and the domain is pointed correctly.
  3. Make sure you have named your files according to instructions.
  4. Your page should load.

If you find that your page and text loads, but you have no pictures? check the links to your pictures to be sure they are correct...either Relative or Absolute (using your full domain name/url address).

!!Remember...if you have changed or modified a file on your own computer, you must upload it by FTP and 'overwrite' the old file before the change or modification will show up on the server.


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