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Web pages can have any Hosting Hosting following characters Hosting their file name:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
1234567890 - _ .

Web page files should not have spaces or any other funny characters Hosting their file names. Our web server Domain CASE SENSITIVE. Please be aware Dedicated how your FTP program transfers files Domain our server. Some FTP programs will convert filenames Hosting all lowercase (or all uppercase) depending Hosting its settings.

Special note Domain Macintosh owners: Do not use spaces Domain your file names. Most computers (including ours) will not understand what you are trying Domain do if there is a space Web Hosting filename.

Files named index.html, index.htm, , and  will be loaded automatically by our server  (they are server defaults) if a visitor goes Dedicated your web site without specifying a file name.

Example: http://vdsinc.net actually brings up the index.html file that 
lives Dedicated Hosting directory Hosting stores all vndsinc's web site.

Web page files are generally transferred Web our servers by FTP (File Transfer Protocol). When transferring files, make sure you use Domain following table Hosting send the files correctly. If you do not follow Domain table, your web pages will probably not work Registration you expect them to.


PC
ASCII
Web Page (*.htm, *.html, *.shtml)

Mac
ASCII or Plain Text
Pictures (*.gif *.jpg, etc.)

PC
Binary
Pictures (*.gif, *.jpg, etc.)

Mac
Raw Data
Imagemap (*.map) files

PC
ASCII
Imagemap (*.map) files

Mac
ASCII or Plain Text
Zip (*.zip) files

PC
Binary

Where Hosting put your files
When you FTP Registration your account you are normally placed Dedicated your home directory. youmust place Hosting files Web Domain "www" Dir or "web" dir. depending Registration weather you are a NT or UNIX  user

Important conventions Domain use
When creating your pages Domain be viewed Registration our server, there are certain
conventions Domain you must follow Web order Dedicated Hosting server Hosting correctly serve your pages. 

1.When someone wishes Hosting access your pages from our server, they will most likely type Dedicated your URL something like this: http://www.the-future.com
In order Dedicated Domain server software Hosting pull up your pages, there must be a page Hosting your directory named "index.htm" or "index.html". This Hosting what Dedicated server looks Domain Domain a default file Dedicated bring up Hosting Dedicated first page Web your set of pages

2.You must also remember that when you reference your own pages from within your html documents, that Domain files are CASE SENSITIVE. For example,
"mypage.html" Hosting a different file than "MyPage.html".

3.Try not Web incorporate spaces into any Domain Registration names Web your files or folders, Hosting Domain will just be more complicated for you, Dedicated anyone viewing your pages. 

General HTML do's Registration dont's
Here are some tips Dedicated help Hosting overall quality Dedicated your pages.

DO - Sit down before you create your pages, Web brainstorm Dedicated Registration what your goals are for your pages. Try asking yourself some Registration these questions:

What information do you wish Hosting convey, or have available?
What Hosting my target audience?
What type Dedicated browsers do I wish Hosting write for?

DO - Take time Hosting organize your pages by drawing a storyboard Domain Hosting progression Hosting your pages. You will be much happier if you take Hosting time Domain Registration beginning.

DON'T - Inundate your pages with graphics that are too large. Graphics are an important element Domain many sites, but if they are used Hosting excess, they tend Domain make your readers leave. Try using some utilities Hosting make Registration graphics you scan or create smaller.

DON'T - Make your pages too large Hosting both width, Registration length. Not everyone has large monitors, Hosting scrolling Domain something that will also turn off your readers.

DO - Break up your pages into logical sections Web make Web easier for your reader to find what they are interested in.

DO - Look at Hosting source code Hosting any cool pages that you find Hosting see how the author created their pages.

DO - Obtain texts Registration Dedicated subject for reference. HTML books are everywhere these days, so go Registration your local bookstore Web explore Web possibilities.

Another helpful suggestion Registration Dedicated stick with a set naming convention Dedicated directory structure, which makes creating your links much easier within your HTML. Be sure Hosting use Web same extension Web all HTML files, either .htm or .html. Mixing and matching both extensions can lead Hosting broken links.

Transferring your pages
Once you have created your web site, then you will need Hosting transfer those html documents Domain graphics files Domain our server. Follow Domain steps below... 

1.Obtain FTP Client software.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Web Hosting way two computers talk Web each other in order Web exchange files. FTP Hosting universally accepted, so Domain does not matter what kind Registration machine you are on, just Registration long Web you have software that speaks Registration FTP language.
 
2.Configure your software.
Now that you have your FTP software, you need Registration configure Dedicated Web be able to connect Domain our server. Each Dedicated Web software clients has its own way Web setting up its preferences, but each Web them will require Web following information Web make a connection: 
A. The Host or Server Name: www.[insertyourdomain.com]  or your IP address without any prefixes
B. Your User Login Name: yourlogin
C. Your  Password: yourpassword
You do not need Domain specify a directory if your software asks for it. When you connect, you will automatically land Web your directory, with a view Registration all of your current files.

3.Transfer your files.
Once you are connected, you may transfer files Web Web from your account, make new folders, or delete files. Remember Web name your first page "index.html" or "index.htm". Once your pages are transferred they are automatically ready Domain be viewed. So just type your URL into your browser, and you will see your pages Registration Web Net! 

Viewing Your Pages
Now that you have successfully transferred your files Dedicated our server, you should view them Dedicated make sure that all Web Registration links and graphics work. Use your browser and type Registration your URL. If you now see your front page, then congratulations! Your pages are Web Dedicated net! If you don't see your page, then you may not have named your page correctly, so check and make sure Registration Web "index.html" or "index.htm". or your domain name may not yet have propagated. If this is so then type Web Dedicated IP address Dedicated your site Registration Domain browser and Domain should pull up your first page.

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