Composer: An Introduction
Tutorial 8: Publishing Your Web Page
Setting the Default Location
So far you have been saving your web page to either
the hard drive or a floppy diskette. That means that you are the
only one who can view your masterpiece. It's time to go public and
post your hard work to the web for all the world to see. There are
several ways to post pages to the web, but the easiest way is to use the
"Publish" button right in Netscape Composer.
||The first step in being able to publish to the
web in one simple poosh of the button is to tell Communicator where your
files will reside on a web server. To set the default location, click
on "Edit" then "Preferences" (last item at the bottom).
||In the dialogue box that opens up (left), you will see a menu of choices.
Locate "Composer" and then click on the plus sign
to the left of the word "Composer." This will reveal the submenu
of choices under Composer (right). Click on "Publishing."
The dialogue box that opens up should look like
In the box that says "Enter a FTP or HTTP site address to Publish to,"
enter the path to your web directory. For Furman faculty the path
is: ftp://alpha.furman.edu/usr/web/faculty/username. For Morehouse
faculty, the path is: ftp://facstaff.morehouse.edu/export/home/username.
The second box is optional. If you want to put in the web page URL,
you may, but you don't have to. When you are finished, click "OK."
Now you're ready to "POOSH THE BUTTON."
One Step Publishing
you have prepared your web page and are ready to post it to the web server,
click the icon on the toolbar that says "Publish." A dialogue box
that looks like this will open up:
To verify that all is as you think it should be,
go out of Composer and into Navigator, type in the URL of your new web
page and view the results.
Enter a page title
Enter the filename including .htm
For location, click "use default location" button
Enter your user name
Enter your password
By default, Composer will publish not only your htm file, but all files
associated with it (ex: images)
Click OK and watch the magic!
Your files will be sent to your web server and a verification notice will
appear on the screen if all goes well (or, a dreaded error message if it
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