Getting Started Q&As

How do I create sub-directories?
How do I get my page to load automatically?
How do I update my web pages?
What do I name my files?


How do I create sub-directories?
When making a sub directory you should use the make directory "MkDir" function key located on your FTP program. Open up that directory then place all files that need to go in there.


How do I get my page to load automatically?
You should name your main loading file "default.htm". Be sure to name everything in lowercase, not "INDEX.HTM" . UNIX is case-sensitive: default.htm is not the same as default.HTM. Also, this file must†be located in your public_html directory.


How do I update my web pages?
You can create and maintain your web pages, images and scripts locally and upload them to the web server at your leisure via FTP. You can overwrite existing files or transfer a new file. To do it on the fly, consider using Shell Access.


What do I name my files?
The starting point for a Web site is called the homepage. It is the page that is retrieved and displayed by default when a user visits the Web site. The default homepage name for a server depends on the serverís configuration. On many Web servers it is default.htm. If you use FrontPage Explorer , let it name your first page, which in this case will be index.htm. All other pages that follow can be named whatever you choose (but read on). Be careful what you name your homepage! UNIX will auto-open the following in order of priority: default.htm, index.phtml, index.pht, index.cgi, index.shtml, index.html, welcome.cgi, welcome.html, index.htm. †Make doubly sure that your homepage is named one of the above, and that none of your other files are named any of the above.† Note that UNIX is case-sensitive: default.htm is not the same as default.HTM or Default.htm.