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Once you've got the hang of building web pages and uploading them by FTP (which isn't actually that hard), the sky's the limit. It's just down to your own imagination, creativity and dedication.

Before you start
First, you'll need to be familiar with HTML - the language used to build web pages. There are a number of resources available on the internet, and a quick search on some search engines will reveal lots of links to online HTML guides. But if you don't want to learn HTML - or you don't have the time - you can go a long way using software that does most of it for you!

Please remember, our help desk can't help you with designing and building web pages. We do, however, have trained technical staff who are available at an hourly rate - please call us for details if you need to hire a programmer. Check out our web design and development services.

And finally, you'll need an FTP program. There are a large number available, and you'll quickly be able to choose one that suits you. There are lots of well known programs (both for Windows and Mac) in the 'FTP Applications' section of cnet.com and downloads.com.

Building your site
Build and test your pages on your computer before uploading them to our server. Once you're happy with your web pages, it's time to let the world see your masterpiece.

It's a good idea to call the front page of your site any of these:
· index.htm
· index.html

Make sure that when you build your web site, it doesn't refer explicitly to files on your computer, otherwise the site won't work when you upload it to our web server! For example, if you make a link that points to a file on your hard disk (e.g. c:\websites\mysite\index.htm), people who visit your site won't have the same file in the same place on their own hard disks, so the link will fail to work.

Uploading your site
Connect your computer to the internet in the normal way, and start your FTP program. Next, set up an FTP connection to your allocated web server. Your Kaboom Welcome Packet will detail this once you have signed up and will make connecting to our servers from your PC as easy as pie.

On the web server, you will see many directories and html files. Find the www directory and open that. Usually a single click will do it if you are using a visual FTP tool. You may then upload all your html web pages into this www directory.

Now you can upload your web pages, along with any image files you're using. Remember to upload the files into the appropriate web site's directory, and not into the first directory you see when you make your FTP connection.

Using your FTP program, you'll find that you can make your own sub-directories in your web sites (like the 'cgi-bin' and 'logs' directories). Some people create one called 'images' to keep all the image files separate from the HTML files. Another use is to separate the HTML files for different subjects or topics - this can make your site a lot easier to edit and update.

Finally - a word of warning: we strongly advise you to keep backup copies of your web site files! Kaboom Hosting, LLC does not take any responsibility for backing up, copying or otherwise maintaining your web space.

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