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Using Your FTP Account

You can upload your web pages to your web hosting account using FTP software (which stands for File Transfer Protocol)

The easiest programs to use on a Mac are Fetch or Anarchie, and on a PC, the most common programs are WS_FTP and CuteFTP. Users of AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy may have a built-in FTP interface which can be used as well.

You can download the most popular FTP programs at TUCOWS (just do a search for 'FTP')

How to use your FTP software:

There may be slight variations depending on your FTP program, but remember to only fill in these areas in your program:

For the FTP Host/Server name, enter your Domain Name (such as

(If your Domain Name has not yet activated, you can enter instead.)

Enter your Username and Password in the appropriate boxes, and press OK (or press Connect) Be sure to enter your username in all lowercase, and your password exactly.

Once logged in, you will find yourself in your home (root) directory.

Change directories to public_html.

(in most FTP programs this is accomplished by just double-clicking on 'public_html', or you can use the Change Directory button)

The public_html directory is where you need to upload your web pages. Name your home page "index.html" or "index.htm" so that it will load automatically as your home page.

It is important to remember to send HTML and CGI scripts (text) in ASCII mode, and all image files in Binary or Raw Data.

Also, if you are using Word or another text-editor for writing HTML, be sure to save the file as text only, not as a .doc file. It's best to use Notepad (PC) or !SimpleText (Mac) to edit your configuration files or cgi scripts.

If you are using WS_FTP it is recommended to set this setting in the "Options --> Session Options" section: put a checkmark in the box next to 'Use PASV Transfer Mode'

If you are using WS_FTP to upload to the server and are having problems with the date on your files, please see this page for a patch from the makers of WS_FTP:




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