Freepages at RootsWeb: FTP Instructions

Some General Pointers....

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:

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:


(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

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

FTP Server Address:
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

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:

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):

However, my food files would be at:

[ 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.


In SITE LABEL, put what you want to name your page. Example: My freepages stuff or My bird page


in USER ID put what was given to you in your letter as your account name.

in PASSWORD, cut and paste the password that came in your letter. Example: CAtbIRd

in HOST TYPE click auto-detect

Initial Remote Directory can stay blank

Remote Directory Filter can stay blank

Initial Local Directory-click on the little dots, then chose the directory your page is in

Local Directory Filter can stay blank

Login Type click normal

Transfer Type click auto-detect

Then click OK.

Instructions by Clare Midgley.


PROFILE NAME: Whatever you choose to name it. Example: my dog page, freepages


HOST TYPE: autodetect or UNIX (Standard)

USER ID: The account name you were given when you account was created.

PASSWORD: The password that came in your welcome to your account letter.

ACCOUNT: You can either leave this blank, or put your account name in it.

Anonymous box: do NOT click.

Save password: DO click.

Initial remote site folder: blank

Initial local folder: the path to whatever directory on your machine that your pages are in. Example: c:\mypages

Instructions by Megan Zurawicz.

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