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  1. Author: Hodges
    User type: Standard User
    Posts: 1
    Date: June 28, 2006, 8:40 p.m.

    Hi, Im trying to setup a homepage with my internet provider.(Paradise.net.nz.)
    I have got as far as loading a sort of page See:http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/brianmur/ but I would like to change it around but am unable to find out how.
    So if there is anyone out there that can tell me how to move my saved web-page from the ftp site to my web site I would be grateful.


  2. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 130
    Date: June 28, 2006, 8:52 p.m.

    Hi Brian,

    When you upload to FTP, it should normally actually go directly to the web. FTP usually points to the same place as your website, no additional copying from FTP to web should normally be necessary.

    It depends on the web host, but most services have a folder under FTP called either "public_html", or "htdocs", where the website goes under. Do you see anything like that?

    If so, upload the website to that folder, and it should theoretically show straight away.

    I see you have already uploaded a page successfully once, so maybe there's a possibility your FTP client is not overwriting the old file, when you upload the same file again? There may be a setting like that in your FTP program which prevents this.

    You did say you tried at least two FTP programs, as I understood, without luck, which has got me a little puzzled :roll:. Personally, I use SmartFTP, as this was recommended to me by some friends and other people in the industry a few years ago, have been using it without problems for at least 3-4 years now. ;-)

    I have tried WS_FTP, CuteFTP, FTP Explorer, and FileZilla in the past, but personally prefer SmartFTP, for it's extensive features and the fact it looks and feels like an msoffice application sort of. The program gets rave reviews too. :-)

    I haven't used a recent version of CuteFTP, so am not too familiar with the program, maybe check the options in the program, for an "overwrite file" setting or something along those lines??


  3. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 130
    Date: June 28, 2006, 11:23 p.m.

    Just thought of another possibility, standard HTML files get cached in the browser, forgot all about that, I don't use standard HTML files that much. Try to press the refresh button in the browser, this should force a reload of the page.

    Let me know how you get on anyway.


  4. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 130
    Date: June 29, 2006, 11:52 a.m.

    Hi, I just have a few little recommendations for new web designers, to try and help steer people in the right direction. Just a few positive hints, I hope this will help.

    First one would be image size, I noticed the image was quite large, around 1mb which may take a while to download on modem. If you can, try to reduce the image size a bit. The idea is to try to avoid resizing the image in the web page editor itself (this can give a distorted or grainy image in some cases too, as well as a much larger file size than actually necessary), but instead resize the image in an image editor first. Read more...

    If you need a good free (and easy to use) image editor, try Paint.NET.

    Spaces in filenames isn't a good idea on the net, as they get translated to "Filename%20with%20spaces", which is hard to read and difficult to type by visitors. Some older browsers also struggle with filenames that contain spaces. The idea is to try to use all lowercase letters (as the web is case sensitive), and no spaces. You can use underscores "_" or hyphens "-" instead of spaces. Read more...

    Try to avoid starting web development using a word processor, it might lead to more grief than initially bargained for. I would highly recommend using a proper webpage editing tool over a desktop publishing tool. Try out the OpenSource program NVU, it's completely free, easy to use, and created specifically for making web pages only, which a word processor is not. NVU also creates highly compatible web pages, that work on most browsers, it is based on the original Mozilla Composer program. Read more...

    I hope some of these things have helped. I personally believe starting out the right way can lead to fewer hassles for the future, and there's no fun in re-learning something you already know at a later date.

    Let me know if you have any queries anyway, but most of all have fun!


  5. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 130
    Date: July 1, 2006, 3:36 p.m.

    Hi, Brian. I'm not quite sure how far you got? It would be nice to see your question resolved. If there's anything that I may not have explained too well, don't be shy and just ask. Here to help anyway :-).


  6. Author: Uber_deathworld
    User type: Standard User
    Posts: 63
    Date: July 2, 2006, 9:11 p.m.

    HODGES ;-) whats up my fellow brother :twisted: