|Here you'll learn how to
publish a personal web page onto I-Land's server. Do this as
instructed, and our web server software will recognize your web page and
load it when someone tries to access it with their web browser.
Before you can follow the instructions
in this section, you must have created your personal web page. If you
haven't done that yet, go back to Creating
Your Personal Web Page.
Acronyms used on this page:
- HTML - HyperText Markup Language,
the formatting language used to create home pages for the web.
- FTP - File Transfer Protocol, a
method of moving files from one computer system to another.
- URL - Uniform Resource Locator, the
address of a page on the web; starts with "http://
"; you see it in the "Location" or
"Address" box of your main browser screen.
When your personal web page is ready to
move to our server, gather it and all of its associated files (graphics,
etc) in one place, or make a list of them so you don't forget any.
To copy your web page and associated
files to our server, you will need an FTP program. Many FTP
programs are available on the Internet, and several of them are
available free of charge. Two that we've had good success with are
CuteFTP and WS_FTP. You can download an FTP program at download sites
such as Download.Com or Tucows.
Install your FTP program and load it.
Before you connect to our server with FTP for the first time, you'll
need to enter your username and password, and the address of our FTP
server (which is ftp.iland.net)
. Most FTP programs allow you to save this info so you may easily
connect to our server the next time you want to update your page.
Now that you've entered this basic
information, you should be able to click on a button (possibly named Connect
or Open) to connect to our FTP server. Watch the
status of your FTP application as it connects to our server to ensure
your connection. On most FTP applications, the left window shows
files and directories on your computer, while the right windows shows
files and directories on our server. You'll be placed in your
directory on our server after you connect, which is /export/home/u/username
where "u" is the first letter of your username. Because your
home will reside on a server that uses a Unix operating system, you'll
use forward slashes to separate file and directory names (unlike
DOS and Windows, which use backslashes).
Next, create a subdirectory under your
home directory to hold your home page and graphics files. It MUST
be called public_html. In most FTP
applications, you'll click on a "make directory" button
(probably called MkDir) to create the directory.
Don't forget to name it public_html! The name must be
all in lower case letters, and it must have an underscore character
between the two words.
Now move into the public_html
directory. Most FTP applications will allow you to do this by
double-clicking on the folder. It will be empty this first time.
your web page and graphics files into it, double click on them in the
left window (shows files and directories on your computer). You move
around the directory structure just as in Windows, double clicking on a
subdirectory to move into it, and double clicking on ".."
to move up a directory level.
The next and final step is to be sure
you home page file is named index.html. To do that,
highlight your homepage file in its location on our system (in the right
hand window), then click on the button for the rename function (in most
FTP applications, the button is simply titled Rename)
and enter the filename of index.html.
That's it! Exit your FTP application
then load your web browser. After your web browser had loaded, you can
now type in your very own URL, which is:
That character before your username
(the little wavy thing) is called a tilde. Here's an example of an
existing home page on our system.
The HTML document that you see when you
click on the above link is called index.html and
resides in a subdirectory called public_html under
Jon's home directory.
HTML programming is fairly easy to pick
up on. Spend some time with it, and before long you may be
routinely turning out nice, basic pages with graphics and links.
Once your home page is out on our
system and accessible from your web browser, please fill
out our User Directory form.