Now, for those who are having difficulty posting files, I thought I might make a few points that may clear up some of the confusion about FTP. But let's keep in mind that everybody is probably doing things a little differently, everyone is using different software packages, and everyone has different levels of experience and knowledge about web publishing. With that in mind, don't be surprised if you see someone talking about having 40 directory names to choose from and you never see any directory names. And try not to get frustrated when you see people posting messages about how they've never even turned on a computer before until tonight and it was easy as pie for them to publish a 500 page website about their family tree. :) The bottom line is, everyone's approach to this is going to be different. However, here are a few pointers that we can all use: 1) Whatever program you're using to send your files to the webserver (whether it's an HTML editing program, or a standalone FTP program), the place you'll be sending the files to is: users.freepages.rootsweb.com It doesn't matter if you want to put your files under a different "community" such as genealogy or tv or family or science fiction or wherever . . . whatever files you're sending will go to the above address. You'll determine which area they go in next: 2) Depending on what area you want your files to go into, you now have to pick a directory name. For those who are using a standalone FTP server, once you connect to the above address you will see a list of 40 or so directory names to choose from. You will need to double click on one of those directory names in order to change to it - you cannot post files in the root directory. You must change to another directory, and then you can upload your files. (As a tip, if you're always going to be posting to the same directory, most FTP programs will allow you to put in a default directory. That way you don't have to double-click on the same directory name every time.) HOWEVER, For those who are using an HTML editor such as FrontPage or Composer or NetObjects Fusion, you will need to tell that program what directory to put the files in BEFORE YOU PUBLISH YOUR PAGES. If you try to publish without giving your program a directory name, you will receive error messages and your files will not be transferred. When setting up your FTP (or Publishing) information, you should see at least four different options you need to set: SERVER ADDRESS, DIRECTORY, USERNAME, and PASSWORD. The Server Address is listed above. The directory name can be any of the following: arts_html autos_html collecting_html computers_html crafts_html cultures_html dance_html education_html family_html folklore_html food_html games_html garden_html genealogy_html health_html history_html hobbies_html houses_html humor_html literature_html living_html misc_html money_html movies_html music_html nature_html outdoors_html pets_html radio_html rural_html science_html sf_html sports_html tech_html theatre_html travel_html tv_html women_html work_html writing_html (I hope I didn't spell any of those wrong! And yes, Rootsweb chose to use "theatre" rather than "theater" for their community name. Don't ask me why!) Please notice they all have an underscore (the "_" mark), they all end in html, and they're all in lowercase letters. The username and password were sent to you previously in the welcome message from Rootsweb. They, too, are case sensitive, so be sure to type them exactly as they appear in the email. So if you're creating a web page about food, you would use the following information: FTP Server Address: users.freepages.rootsweb.com Directory Name: food_html Username: (your username) Password: (your password) Later if you choose to create a page about writing, the only option that would change is the Directory Name which would change from "food_html" to "writing_html". 3) Whichever directory name you choose from the above list to post your files in will determine what URL you will use to access the files later -- and please note that this URL is different from the FTP Server Address. For instance, if you posted files into the genealogy_html directory, you will see your files at the following URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~username/ Notice the second word in the URL, in-between "freepages" and "rootsweb", is the community name. So since my username is mdouglas, my genealogy files appear at (or WILL appear at): http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mdouglas/ However, my food files would be at: http://freepages.food.rootsweb.com/~mdouglas/ [ But don't bother looking there because I haven't posted any. :) ] Just keep in mind that the above URLs have nothing to do with where you are sending, or FTPing, your files to. They are only for the viewing process. Hopefully these tips should help those who may be having difficulty, or may still be confused about where the files should go. If anybody has any specific questions not covered here, be sure to post them to the list and I'm sure someone will jump in and answer it.Helpful hints courtesy of Marcus Douglas.
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