GETTING STARTED ON WEB SITE HOSTING
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
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:
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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