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16-12-2002, 03:23 PM
I wonder if anyone can give some info. I currently have a webspace provided by geocities where I can upload my webfiles and images using their file manager then once it's uploaded I have to edit the html code for the images to show. I find this method easier to use however very time consuming as I have to individually edit html code for images for them to show on my website.
I found another hosting site where I have to FTP my webfiles, I am not so familiar with FTP. How does it work? Do I have to have special software to use this method? After having uploaded my website, do my images show up without having to edit the html code?
16-12-2002, 03:39 PM
Hello businesslady. Im not familair with geociteis (as I have never used them) but I can help you reagrding FTPing your files into your webspace.
You can get dedicated FTP software to use, but you can also use your browser. Simply type: ftp.yourdomain.com and you will be prompted for your username/ password. You hosting company will have forwarded this onto you. Once you have logged into your webspace, simply "drag and drop" your files/ images from your PC to the folder in your webspace. (Your root folder will be something like "httpdocs" or similar)
Im not to sure exactly what you mean by editing your html code for your images. Basically, if you had an image called "dog" on one of your pages, again, you will need to FTP this image into your webspace, or your site will show an empty square with a red "x" in the corner.
We use various FTP software (rather then the browser) like Ws FTP, Ace FTP, Cute FTP.
Hope that helps.
Design R Web Solutions
16-12-2002, 03:49 PM
Thank you very much for the info.
For example in my computer I have an image name "imageabc.gif" in my file called "my documents/picture". When I upload a webfile onto my space, it will show something like "picture/imageabc.gif" in my code.
For the image to show, I have to upload the imageabc.gif and then I'll have to edit the code..."picture/imageabc.gif" to "imageabc.gif".
Does this make sense?
16-12-2002, 04:02 PM
It does make sence. You will not have to make changes once you have uploaded your files. Before uploading any files/ images, make sure the are linked correctly.
For example, if you had the following:
<td width="100%" height="30"><img border="0" src="dog.jpg" IMG alt="This is my dog" width="406" height="35"></td>
This will now look for the image dog.jpg
If on the other hand, you had the following:
<td width="100%" height="30"><img border="0" src="images/dog.jpg" IMG alt="This is my dog" width="406" height="35"></td>
Your file will now try and find the dog.jpg image in a folder called "images" in your webspace.
All you need to do before uploading your files/ images to your webspace, is make sure they are correctly linked.
Design R Web Solutions
16-12-2002, 04:49 PM
If you are puting a site together I would advise you keep everything organised. By this I mean keep the code and images, etc. for each web page in its own folder and that way you will find it easier when uploading your pages to your web space. For example, your main folder might be called 'website' which will contain all your other folders. Inside the 'website' folder make a new folder for each page, for example 'HomePage', 'Page 2', 'Page 3', and so on. When you use an image for any given page, for example on your home page, simply save that image in your 'Homepage' folder. This way you'll be better organised and when you want to upload your pages you will just have to transfer the contents of each folder.
If you want some FTP software, then there is plenty for free. One is WS FTP Le which you can get at www.ipswitch.com. This is quite an old version which is why it is free but it is just as effective and the new versions. You can also try the new versions on a month free trial.
I started this web design stuff from scratch and found it to be quite a steep learning curve which involved a lot of trial and error. If you are thinking about having a 'trading' site up and running soon and don't have much experience of web design then I would recommend investing a bit of money into getting someone to design a basic site for you, such as Designr.
In regard to editing HTML if you use web design software such as Frontpage or Dreamweaver it does all the code writing for you. You just position the text and images where you want them and give them the colour you want. But again, grasping these packages can also be time consuming.
If you need any more help drop me a line.
18-12-2002, 06:36 PM
Yes, the simplest way to manage your Web site files are to create them in an organised folder + subfolders layout and make sure that you use relative file locations, then you won't need to change any code before uploading to your Web server. Here's a tutorial page if needed:
Regarding FTP programs, they can be fiddly to start with but it's worth the effort in the long run. You can find some free FTP client programs here:
There are some HTML editors that have an FTP program built-in, so you can change your Web pages and then upload them all from one place. I use HomeSite and Dreamweaver, both made by Macromedia. If you want a free editor then check here:
From that list I've tried Evrsoft's 1stPage2000 which is almost exactly the same as HomeSite, but free. Sadly it doesn't have FTP capabilities so you have to use a separate FTP client program.
19-12-2002, 03:05 PM
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