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Step 7: Publish your site

Once you have completed all of the previous steps, you can publish your files and get your site up and running. This process involves four basic steps:

Ensuring you have the necessary information to connect to the server.

Selecting an upload method and then installing and configuring the appropriate file transfer application.

Connecting to the Web server and uploading your files.

Testing your site.

The following sections provide detailed information on each step of the process.


Getting the information needed to connect

Regardless of what method you choose for uploading your files (FTP or Microsoft FrontPage), you will need to know some basic information in order to configure the client and successfully connect to your Web server. The NetNation Platform Manuals availabe at http://help.netnation.com provide detailed instructions for configuring FTP clients and Web development applications.

Typically, you will need to provide the following information:

Information Description
Host Name

The location to which you will publish files. The host name is your domain name, including your domain extension. For example:

sampledomain.com or sampledomain.net.

If your domain name has not been transferred yet, you will need to use your temporary URL instead of your domain name. You can find your temporary URL by logging in to AccountManager. It is listed on the AccountManager home page when you first log in.

Host Directory or Directory Path

This is the directory that will hold all of the files for your Web site. This is also known as your "Web" directory. Your Host Directory will always be /www.

For Windows 2000 plans, the directory path for the /www folder is: /[masterusername]/www.

For UNIX plans, the directory path for the /www folder is: /home/[masterusername]/www

User Name

This is the user name for the account you will be using to FTP files. You can FTP files using your Master User account. If you have set up an additional user account with FTP rights in AccountManager, you can use that user name as well.

You can view a list of all your user names and their account types on AccountManager's Users/Passwords page. For more information, see the AccountManager User Guide.

Remember that your Master User name is not the same as your AccountManager log in name. You cannot use your AccountManager log in name (customer ID) to FTP files.

Password

This is the password associated with your user name. You can reset and change passwords for all your accounts on AccountManager's Users/Passwords page. For more information, see the AccountManager User Guide.

You can find the specific information for your particular account in AccountManager's Support section. Click Self Help > Uploading files to my website > FTP.


Selecting a transfer method and configuring the client

NetNation provides you unlimited access to your Web server 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing you to set up, change or maintain your Web site at any time.

The most common method of uploading Web files is FTP. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is a protocol that enables you to transfer files between computers on the Internet. FTP is most commonly used to transfer Web page files from an individual's computer to the Web server hosting the Web site. You can also use FTP to download files from a Web site to your own computer.

There are a number of tools you can use to FTP files. NetNation provides a Web-based FTP tool that enables you to quickly and easily connect to your Web server directly from within AccountManager. Because you use this tool while logged in to AccountManager, the application is able to use your account information to automatically establish a connection and authenticate you. To access the built-in FTP tool, select the Website Tools section in AccountManager and then click the Web-based FTP link. For detailed instructions, see Using AccountManager's FTP Tool in the AccountManager User Guide.

There are also a number of third-party FTP applications you can use. Many of these can be downloaded from the Internet or purchased online. Many Web development applications also provide utilities that enable you to publish your Web site files. Some of these include Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage. You can also use the Windows 2000 and WindowsXP Add Network Place component to upload files.

The Platform Manuals available at http://help.netnation.com provide detailed instructions for configuring the most common FTP clients as well as information on working with Microsoft FrontPage.

If you are using Microsoft FrontPage to develop and publish your site, you should not use FTP to transfer files to the server, as this can corrupt the FrontPage Extensions. For more information on transferring files via FTP and working with Microsoft FrontPage, see the AccountManager User Guide or the Platform Manuals available in NetNation's Help Center at http://help.netnation.com.


Connecting to the Web server and uploading your files

Once you have configured your file transfer tool, you are ready to connect to the Web server. Remember, if your domain name has not yet completed the transfer process, you will need to use your temporary URL instead of your domain name. Once you have connected, you will see a directory structure similar to the following.

The exact representation of your directory structure will vary depending upon your specific hosting plan and the features you have activated.

You will upload your files into the /www directory. When you transfer text files, be sure to upload as "ascii" files. When you transfer image files (.jpg or .gif files), be sure to upload as "binary" files.

You must also set your home (default) page. This is the page that first displays when someone types your domain name in a browser. Your default page should be named one of the following:

The default page must be located in the /www directory.

Your site comes with a pre-installed "Under Contruction" home page named index.htm. To remove the Under Construction page, delete this file and replace it with your own home page when you are ready to deploy your site.


Testing your site

Once you have uploaded your files, including your home page, you are ready to test your site in a browser.

If your domain name has already been transferred, simply type your domain name in your browser. If your domain name transfer if not yet complete, you can view your site by typing your temporary URL.

When your site displays in the browser window, check your links to be sure that they are all working properly. Also, be sure that all of your image files display as they should. If you are having problems, NetNation's Help Center at http://help.netnation.com provides a number of resources that can assist you. If you need additional assistance, NetNation's Technical Support Staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact them at support@netnation.com.



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