To get your website up and running, you need to send the files from your local to the web server. To do this you will need to use a FTP program, please see FTP Software Setup under New Customers in the Support Area.


Additionally, many web design and development applications (Dreamweaver, FrontPage, GoLive) have built in FTP tools for facilitating the uploading and downloading of files to the web server.


There are a few rules to adhere to when uploading your web site:

  1. Your website must reside in the www directory on the server.
    Any file you place in this directory is considered published and anyone on the Internet can gain access to it.
  2. Your main page needs to be named index.html .
    These file names will also work: index.htm, index.php, index.phtm, index.phtml, index.php3 and index.shtml extension.
  3. Keep in mind when uploading files that linux web servers are case sensitive.
    So Index.Html is not the same as index.html.
  4. Do not use spaces in your file names.
    Instead use an underscore like_this.
  5. Organizing your files within folders can make maintenance of your site easier
    For example, you may want to make a directory under the www directory called images, and keep all your images in there. Most FTP programs allow you the ability to create directories.