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What Exactly have I done?  
What do I get with my Instant Web Site
What aspects of the web are supported by My Instant Web Site
Other tools/services we provide

What do I do now?

Adding Your Finished Web Files to Your Web Site
FTP and your Instant Web Site
Your Instant Web Site Account  
The Welcome.html File  
Creating Your Web Site Files  
Modifying Your Web Site Files  
Publicizing Your Site  

So now that you've gone to all this work, filled out all the forms, created this Instant Web Site, you're probably wondering "Just what exactly have I done ?" and "What do I do now ?". Well fair enough, lets start with the first question.

 


What exactly have I just done ?

You've joined the ranks of thousands of individuals and companies by deciding to put up a web site.

  • By signing up with InfoStreeet's Instant Web Sites you now have the following:
    • An FTP account on one of InfoStreet's computers
    • 25 Mbytes of disk space (can be expanded)
    • Use of our web server and your share of computer recourses
    • A fast T1 link to the internet
    • Your own URL
    • Up to 60,000 hits per month (can be expanded)
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  • You can use all of these in your web site:
  • Other tools/services we provide:
    • Search capabilities on your site, updated daily
    • Site usage statistics, number of hits, who visited, what pages were looked at etc.
    • Daily backups
    • Comprehensive help pages
    • HTML examples, lots of images, and backgrounds you can use
    • Tools to help you back up your directories, lock and unlock your web site directories, re-index your site for searching and other things to help you manage your site.

What do I do now?

InfoStreet has set up everything you need for your Web Site, all that is left for your to do is to build it.
Following the steps 1 thru 7 below will get you started.

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1. FTP and Your Instant Web Site

The first thing to do, is make sure you have FTP set up and running on your home machine. Using FTP is a crucial part of using your Instant Web Site. It is how you will transfer files to and from your instant web site account. If you do not have FTP set up on your home system, now is the time. Check here if you are unfamiliar with how to set up or use FTP.


2. Your Instant Web Site Account

Now that you have FTP up and running it is time to login to your Instant Web Account and have a look around. Your account is the key to your Instant Web Site. In fact, it is i your web site once you place your HTML and other web files in it. Your account is strictly an FTP account which means you will need to use FTP to access it.

  • 1) Connect to our machine ( www.instantweb.com ) with FTP and type in your account name and password when requested. If you need help, check here for more information on using FTP with your account.
  • 2) As soon as you log in you will be placed in your account. This is what we call your home directory. It is where you will place the HTML files for your web site. You'll notice there are a number of files and directories there already. It is up to you to determine the structure of files and directories that will make up your web site, however we have created a directory structure of all the common things people use in web sites to make managing your site easier.
  • 3) Please do not change any of the files that are already placed there, as they are necessary for the proper functioning of your site. (Except the Welcome.html file)
  • 4) Now that you are logged in, use FTP to move around your account and become familiar with your files and directories.
    Here is a detailed description of all the files and directories in your account. You will of course add to these as you build your web site.

3. The Welcome.html File

The Welcome.html file is the most important file in your account. This is your Web Site Homepage. This is the page that will come up when you type in your URL. You created a basic Welcome.html page when you signed up for your Instant Web Site, but may want a more complex page. To do this, you need to create a new Welcome.html page on your home machine, then transfer it to your IWS account, and replace the Welcome.html page that is there with your new one.

You do not have to name your homepage Welcome.html, however we recommend that you do, because the web server is set up to automatically show this page, when people type in your URL. If you change the name of your page, make sure you add this name to the end of your URL so the web server brings up the correct page.


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4. Creating Your Web Site Files:

Now that you are familiar with your Instant web account and how to use it, you are ready to start building your web site.

The first step is the create the HTML files that will be part of your web site. You need to create these files on your home machine. You can either create them by hand with a text editor, or use one of the many HTML editors available. For those of you not familiar with how to do this, please see our World Wide Web Help pages.

Please be aware you cannot interactively make changes to your files once you place them in your IWS account, so make sure your files are completely finished, including correct links, gifs, and formatting before you place them in your account.


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5. Adding Your Finished Web Files To Your Web Site:

Once you have finished creating your HTML files, you need to place them on InfoStreet's machines in your Instant Web Site account.


  • 1) Use FTP to login into your IWS account

  • 2) Use FTP to transfer your html files from your home machine to your IWS account

  • 3) FTP can be used change the name of your file, overwrite an existing file, to change to a different directory, or make new make new directories. Most of you will probably be working on PC systems where you have a limit of 8 characters and a .htm extension. We recommend changing the extension of your HTML files from .htm to .html once you have placed them in your IWS account, since the server defaults to this extension.

  • 4) After placing your file in your IWS account, you should be able to see it by typing in the correct URL for your Web Site.

  • 5) When you are all finished, disconnect from your IWS account and exit your FTP session

6. Modifying Your Web Site Files:

Your Instant Web Site is not currently set up to allow you to make changes to the files once you place them in your account. To change a file, you need to use FTP to download the file from your IWS account to your home machine, make the changes you need on your home machine and then use FTP to upload the file back to your IWS account.

  • Use FTP to login into your IWS account

  • Download the file you want to modify from your IWS account to your home machine

  • Make what ever changes you want to the file

  • Use FTP to transfer the modified file back to your IWS account. Make sure you replace the old file with the new file. This will happen automatically if the file name is the same.

  • Remember to change the file extension from .htm to .html (of course you can always use the Rename htm to html tool we have provided in the tools page.

  • Disconnect from your IWS account and exit your FTP session

7. Publicizing Your Web Site:

Now that you have spent all this time making your web site, you want to tell the world about it.

Have fun!!


 

 

 

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