Uploading Web Pages
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Now that you have made your website you need a web hosting service. Web hosts provide a place on the internet where folks like you can put up a website so everyone can see it. This web space is called a "web server". Think of it as the folder on your computer where you keep your website files. Most web hosts sell web hosting but there are a few free ones too.
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to register a website address (called a domain name in tech talk). Hey, what good is a website if it doesn't have an address to go with it, right? This tutorial registers its domain at Name Cheap You can buy web hosting there too.
Be sure the file name of your home webpage is index.html because if it isn't your web address will not work.
Uploading by ftp is the most common and easiest way of transferring files to the web server. There are both free and paid ftp software programs, the following is a general explanation how to use one, for specific instructions check the help section of the ftp program you are using.
From a dialog box in the ftp program 3 pieces of information need to be entered that you received from your web host. They are the host ftp url, your login username and password. Once you’re logged in to the web server you’re ready to transfer your files.
In the ftp program you will see a couple of windows:
The local window - this window displays the files on your computer
The remote window - this window displays files on your web space (web server)
Most web hosts require that you upload your files to a folder called public_html, if you see this folder in the remote window open it because this is where your website files will be put. Now it’s simply a matter of selecting files in the local window and copying them to the remote window.
Using a free web host is a good way to become familiar with setting up websites. Sign up for a free web hosting account at 50webs.com, upload your site files and then see the tutorial Pointing a Domain to get your web address working with your site.
And that's all there is to it. Now go get that site of yours online!
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