Upload Guide

So you've finished creating your new website, and you're ready to put it online for the world to see. To get your files from your computer to your Virtualis server, you'll need to upload them using FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The following are complete instructions for uploading to your server using some of the most popular FTP programs available.

Cute FTP

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Starting Out

When you first log on to Cute FTP, you will find yourself in the FTP site manager. The easiest way to connect to your server for the first time is to use the Connection Wizard, which will pop up when you open the program.

  1. Choose your ISP - This actually means your web host, not your dialup connection. Select "other."
  2. Enter a label - Use something easy to remember, such as your domain or username.
  3. FTP Host Address - www.YOURDOMAIN
  4. Username and password - Your Virtualis username and password. Do not check "Anonymous login."
  5. Default local directory - this is the directory on your computer where your files are kept, e.g. C:\mystuff.
  6. Additional options - you can choose to connect automatically when you open the program, and/or add the site to your right click mouse menu.
Uploading

The left frame shows the files on your computer; the right those on your server. To upload, simply click on a file on the left and drag it into the panel on the right. You can hold down the shift key to select multiple files to upload.

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SSL

Uploading to Your SSL Directory

After you order SSL, you will receive an e-mail containing your secure directories path and its URL. You will need both of these in order to use your secure server. If for any reason you did not receive this information, please contact support for the information. Your secure server (SSL) directory is located on our special secure machine.

  • Changing the working directory:
    • The button to do this may be different from one FTP program to the other, but they should all be similar: In WS_FTP95, the button is marked as ChgDir on the right hand side.
      With CuteFTP, the SSL directory should be typed in this step.
    • Once you have clicked the appropriate button, it will ask for you to put in the new directory path. Type in the directories path provided for you by Virtualis.

  • Uploading to the SSL directory:
    • See the Transferring file section of either WS_FTP95 or CuteFTP

Making a Link to Your SSL Directory

The address of this space will be given to you upon your purchase of the secure space. You will use this like any other link in your HTML code. If for any reason you do not receive this information, please contact support.

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Telnet

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Please note that uploading with Telnet is recommended for advanced users only. Most users will probably find FTP software more convenient and easier to use.

Connecting

There are a number of different Telnet (aka NetTerm) programs out there. The only major difference between them is their appearance and features. The information you use for connecting is the same.

  • Configuration and Connection:
    • Click on File
    • Select Phone Directory from the File drop down
    • Select Telnet Default in the Phone Directory window
    • Click on the Connect button located at the bottom of the window

  • Logging In:
    • Type YOURDOMAIN.EXT (Do not include www)
    • Press Ctrl + J
    • To login, type your USERNAME
    • Press Enter
    • Type your PASSWORD
    • Press Enter
    • You are now logged into your server account

  • Moving to Upload/Publishing Directory:
    • Type cd /usr2/compayusers/USERNAME/public_html (note the space after cd)
    • Press Enter
Getting Around

Once you are logged in to your account, you will need to know some basic commands for moving around and making changes to the information. Here are some simple commands to help you move around with Telnet:

  • You can view all the files and directories in your current directory by typing ls. All files will have extensions (index.html, person.jpg, fun.avi) and all directories will have no extension (images, business, misc).

  • Incidentally, cd means "change directory."
    • If you know the proper directory that you wish to be in, use this command with the directories path.
      Example: cd /usr2/companyusers/USERNAME/public_html/images

    • Assuming that it exists, this will bring you to your images directory. It is important to remember the space between the cd and the directory path.
    • If you would like to just move into an adjacent directory, type cd then the name of the directory.
    • To move one directory down, type cd .. (yes, those are two periods preceded by a single space).
    • To edit files in Telnet, use vi.

Closing Up

When you are finished with your Telnet session, it is important to exit the program properly. When you are in a directory and not in a file:

  • Type exit
  • Press Enter

The green light in the lower left hand corner will turn red, signifying that the connection has been terminated. If you do not exit the program in this way, you may leave certain processes running. This can cause difficulties for you the next time you login.

For more Telnet help, please consult our Telnet Guide.

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Netscape Communicator

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Publishing

Once you have a page in Netscape's Composer, you can upload it and all relevant pages to your server with the Publish function. When in Netscape Composer, follow these instructions to publish to your main site:

  • Click Publish (located in one of the top bars of Composer)
  • For HTTP or FTP location to publish to, type ftp://www.YOURDOMAIN.EXT /usr/www/
    USERNAME/httpd/htdocs
    (note the space after YOURDOMAIN.EXT)
  • Enter your USERNAME
  • Enter your PASSWORD
  • For Other Files to Include, select which files you would like to upload along with the page. If you are not sure which files are used for this page, select files associated with this page
  • Click OK
  • Your site has now been uploaded

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Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard (WPW)

Publishing

  • Select the file or directory that you wish to publish by using either the Browse Files or Browse Folders button.
  • If this is the first time you have published to your server, then click on the New button. If you have previously used WPW to publish to your server, then select the server description from the list.
  • If you have previously published to your server using the WPW, then please jump ahead to the final step below.
  • Enter a descriptive name for your server and then click on the Advanced button.
  • From the Connection Method list, select FTP
  • When prompted for the URL or Internet Address enter it in the following format:
    • ftp://YOURDOMAIN.EXT// usr/www/USERNAME/html (note the space after YOURDOMAIN.EXT//)
    • The Local Directory should be set correctly.
    • You may now be be asked for your FTP hostname and your remote directory, both of these should be set correctly. We recommend that you check them, however. They should be in the format of:
      • Host: YOURDOMAIN.EXT
      • Directory: /usr/www/USERNAME/html
    • Click on the Finish button. You will then be prompted for you username and password, which are included in your welcome e-mail. If you have previously published to your server with WPW and chose to save your password you will not be prompted to enter it again. You should now see your files being published.
Windows Update

In Windows 98, click on your Start Button and selected 'Windows Update'. This will automatically open MSIE and take you to the Microsoft Windows Update Web Site. Follow the online instructions ensuring that you select 'Web Publishing Wizard' from the list of updates.

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Other FTP Programs

FTP Explorer - More Info and Download

"FTP Explorer is a file transfer protocol client for Windows 95 and NT 4.0, that looks and acts very much like the Windows Explorer, offering a fun way to FTP..."

LeechFTP - More Info and Download

"LeechFTP is a freeware multi-threaded FTP client for Windows! In addition to its FTP capabilities, LeechFTP can do HTTP file downloads..."

More!

There are many other FTP programs available on the web and you may use any of your choosing. If you'd like to see what else is out there, here is a list of download sites for you to browse:

  • Nonags - Windows freeware and shareware
  • Tucows - Windows freeware and shareware
  • Winfiles - Windows 95, 98, NT software
  • MacDirectory - Macintosh software only

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