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Welcome to Visual Link Internet's Guide to creating and setting up your own personal web page.
Ready to set up your own Web Page? As a Visual Link Internet Customer, you are entitled to 50 MB of space for your personal web page. All you need to do is read the rules, send in the agreement, and you are ready to go - we set up your access to our FTP site - and FTP your web page to our server.
This document should help you get started and point you to further information on creating, maintaining and transferring HTML documents.
- Planning your home page.
- Getting everything you will need.
- HTML Editors
- FTP Clients
- Creating your home page.
- Uploading it to Visual Link Internet.
- Testing it out.
Please feel free to suggest any additions to this guide that will help other users. We would also like to know your comments on what works and what doesn't; which software is user-friendly and which you need a rocket science degree to use.
This is perhaps one of the most important steps in creating a home page because, either in your head or on paper, you are deciding what your page will look like and how you want to present it.
This can be as involved as drawing out a logical map of what connections you want, or as simple as sitting down and collecting your thoughts for what you want this page to be.
First, and foremost, consider what it is you want to put on your page. Common things to put on a page include:
- A list of links to the pages of friends, or other cool things
- Information about you
- Hobbies that you have, with links to other WWW resources that deal with your hobby
- Other miscellaneous things
The tools required to setup a home page are:
- Your Existing PPP Software
- An Editor of Your Choice (Text or HTML)
- An FTP Client
- HTML Editors : These are helper programs to use while writing HTML code
- FTP Clients : These allow you to put your finished HTML files on Visual Link
You need to format your page using plain ASCII text. You create effects like bold, italics, and other effects like headings, etc, by using HTML tags. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. Resources are available online to assist you in writing your HTML documents. comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html is a great source of information. There are several online HTML references available as well. A good one is found at w3.org's site.
There are several different programs to use to edit your HTML files. Under DOS/Windows, you can use Notepad, DOS edit, or any text editor. On a Mac, you can use SimpleText, TeachText, BBedit, as well as any text editor you can think of.
Lots of people love the "HTML Authoring Programs". There are tons of these available on the Internet.
UPDATE: Visual Link now includes a free online Webpage Creation software to all our our webhosting customers. All you need to do is call our office at 722-6705 and request it be added to your account.
This is the software you will need to transport your web page(s) to Visual Link Internet. If you bought an "All-In-One" type of Internet connection package, you may already have FTP software. If not, try some of the following:
- CuteFTP: http://www.cuteftp.com - in zip format.
CuteFTP is a Windows FTP client, designed to simplify remote file transfers via Internet. Winsock-based FTP client.
This step, while not exactly self-explanatory, will require some exploration on your part. Following are some general reference links for HTML. Between these, your HTML editor's Help files and reference books that are available (Barnes & Noble has a good selection), you will now start learning about HTML. The concepts are rather simple. The goal is to create a way of defining a page so that it is independant of the machine that is viewing it. To do this, you include instructions on the layout and display of your page, instead of sending an image of your page. The advantages are soon evident. First, this requires less time to transfer the document across the Internet. Second, whether the person on the other end has a Mac, a PC, or any other type of computer, they can see your page the way you designed it (hopefully...).
No matter what route you decide to take to compose your pages, they need to have a certain format. Here is a rough outline of the format:
<HTML>HTML Reference Links
<TITLE>Insert your title here</TITLE>
Here is where the body of your page goes....
- The Art Of HTML (Great Resource)
- The HTML Primer
- The HTML Quick Reference Guide
- Netscape Communications' Guide to Creating Web Services
- HTML Guide
- W3's HTML 3.0 Tour
- W3's HTML 2.0 Reference
- A Beginner's Guide to HTML
- HTML Learning Center
This is the easy part and you're almost there.
- Name your main page index.html.
- If you are using a DOS/Windows system, you are limited to 8 character filenames with 3 character extensions (so you will not be able to end your file in '.html' - try index.htm for now). You should rename your HTML files once you have uploaded them to Visual Link Internet's server. More about that later.
- Now you will want to switch to the FTP Client you had previously setup. You will now create a connection to client.visuallink.com with the following settings:
- Hostname: 184.108.40.206 or client.visuallink.com
- Username: (Your username)
- Password: (Your password)
Unless otherwise indicated, we will use your original connection password.
Some newer browsers with FTP built in will be able to access your directory by using an address of
ftp://(Your username):(Your password)@client.visuallink.com/~(username)
- Most of the recommended FTP clients work with the familiar drag-and-drop method of copying files. After bringing up your created home page on the 'local' side of the screen, you will simply 'drag' it over into your directory on the remote side.
- Copy the files to your web directory. You must put them in your web directory on client.visuallink.com.
- Once your pages are uploaded to your home directory, you should (if you need to), rename the index file so that it has the .html extension, rather than .htm. Here is how you rename a file:
move filename.htm filename.html
After successfully uploading your page, it will be located at the URL:
The best tool for testing out your page thoroughly is WebLint. As they say, WebLint is a lint, it can be picky, but you too can have a well-crafted and mistake-free web page with WebLint.
Also test it out by running your WWW Browser, and pointing it at your new URL and testing your links and verifying that everything is how and where you want to be. This really cannot be emphasized enough. If your page is incomplete or has errors, it will not be the kind of place that someone wants to come back to. Remember, when people go to your page, they are forming their first impressions. What impression do you want to make?