Website Hosting Help

FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol. You have to use an FTP connection to upload your files to a web server, thus making your files available on the Internet.

Typically, you will work with your files offline and afterwards upload them with your FTP client. Remember that your home page must be called index.html. This page is the page appearing when people try to access your home page without writing a specific filename, normally just your domainname, www.yourname.com, for example.

Do I need Frontpage Server Extensions?

Only if you create and upload your site in the program called "Microsoft FrontPage". Read more about Frontpage here...

Which FTP-client?

Although there are many free and low-cost FTP programs available, we recommend CuteFTP, which is a shareware program. Go here to download CuteFTP.

Setting up your FTP-connection in CuteFTP:

After you have started CuteFTP, go to "Site Manager":

Click"FTP" in the upper left corner

Click"Site Manager"

Click"Add Site"

Fill out the following fields:

Site Label : "My FTP connection", or a descriptive name for your site. Only you will see this.

Host Address : Your domain name, for example "www.yourname.com". If you do not have a domain name, and you are using your personal space on our public server, then use "www.3rivers.net"

User ID : Your username that you use for Internet access

Password : Your dedicated/chosen password

Login Type : Choose "Normal"

The standard settings for the program are the following which should not be changed:

Transfer Type : Auto Detect

Port : 21 (Under "Advanced")

Host Type : Auto Detect

 

If you have your own domain name

If you have a domain name you should set up your FTP like this example.....
Instructions for those not having a domain name are in the next section

After you have set up your FTP program, click the "Connect" button to begin the process of uploading your files to the Internet. On the left side, locate your folder/files using the small down arrow button on the left screen and double-clicking to open the folder you want to upload. On the right side, double-click on the "data" folder to open that folder. Now click and drag the folder from the left side to the right side. This will upload the files into your site on the server. To add additional pages simply repeat the drag and drop procedure above. When making changes to or updating existing files, drag the files and/or folders from left to right and the existing files will be replaced with your changes.

NOTE: You must upload all files into the data folder and your main page must be named index.html.

 

If you do not have your own domain name

If you do not have a domain name and want to upload a personal web site to your free space on our public server, your FTP host address is www.3rivers.net.

Follow the example as shown to set up your FTP...

After you have set up your FTP program, click the "Connect" button to begin the process of uploading your files to the Internet. On the left side, locate your folder/files using the small down arrow button on the left screen and double-clicking to open the folder you want to upload. On the right side, double-click on the "public_html" folder to open that folder. Now click and drag the folder from the left side to the right side. This will upload the files into your "public_html" folder on the server. To add additional pages simply repeat the drag and drop procedure above. When making changes to or updating existing files, drag the files and/or folders from left to right and the existing files will be replaced with your changes.

To view and test your web site, open web browser and browse to the following location: http://www.3rivers.net/~username. (Remember to use the "~" symbol which is normally in the upper case position to the left of the 1). For example, if your username is test, your web page URL would be http://www.3rivers.net/~test.

Remember that the file name of your main page must be "index.html". If you see an error message instead of your HTML page, check that a file named "index.html" is present in your public folder on the server.

If you do not have a domain name and would like more information about obtaining a domain name, click