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Writing In HTML
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Welcome to the world of Web spinning! Creating your own pages is the fastest and easiest way to tell the world about yourself, express your opinions, or just plain have fun. With your account, we have included 5 megabytes of space on our web server for you to create your own personal web site. This space is intended for non-commercial use so please, no advertising. (Please note that ISLC does not provide ongoing technical support for the development and posting of web pages.)

The following tips are not all inclusive, however, they should get you off to a good start.

First we will start with using FTP and transferring files or you can jump right into writing HTML

Step 1: Getting A Client

Get a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Client:
Most users prefer WS_FTP (32 bit) for Windows 95/98 or higher. Check here for Mac compatible software for FTP. Become familiar with these programs before continuing further! *Hint* On the left you will find your computer (local system), on the right you will see our server (remote host). At this point no files are available so you must login.

Step 2: Logging In

Logging in is a snap. First open your FTP program (click Start-Programs-Ws_ftp or double-click your WS_FTP shorcut if you have one on your desktop).

Next, enter the blanks with the following:

Note that "your_login_name" means you type in your ISLC username in lower case letters (such as jsmith). Then click the Startup tab.

Next, enter the blanks with the following:

The Initial Remote Directory should be "/public_html" (without the quotes). The Initial Local Directory is the location of your webpage files on your computer hard drive or diskette. See the example in the window above.

Click OK to start connecting.

Step 3: Transferring Files

Observe the right screen (REMOTE SYSTEM). Directories are listed in the top portion while files (in that directory) are located in the lower half. If you did not specify the Initial Directory on the Remote host your should double click on "public_html". This directory will be empty. This is where you will store all your graphics and html files for web pages.

On the left hand side (LOCAL SYSTEM) highlight the files you want posted; e.g., graphics and html's.

After you have highlighted the files (html and graphics files) on the left side you want transferred, click the arrow (located in the middle) pointing to the right (THE REMOTE SYSTEM)
**Your Intro page must be named 'index.htm'**

Your files should transfer to the right hand side and begin appearing as they are transferred.

Congratulations! Your pages are now on our webserver.
Your pages will be located at
If your main page is called index.htm you should be able to view it by typing in the above URL in the location box.



There are many references currently available for FREE on the Internet so I will not waste space explaining something that's already available. Instead choose a reference that fits your particular skill level.

Troubleshooting Your HTML

  • Are your filenames in the same case (I prefer all lower) as the links; e.g., A HREF="example.html" points to a file named example.html, not Example.html.

  • Are your images in the 'gif' or 'jpg' format? (jpg images provide a higher resolution but are often larger while gif's load faster though can only be saved up to 256 colors.)

  • Do you have open ended tags; e.g., < or > (Tags most always be closed on the opposing ends)

  • Did you begin a function without ending it; e.g., < FONT SIZE="+2" > but no < /FONT > (In most cases you must end a function with < /* >

  • Lastly, are your HTML's written in the ASCii format? (You can use Notepad for starters, though there are many web editors available for free, such as FrontPage Express.) There are also many commercial programs available including FrontPage, HotDog, and HomeSite for example.

Web Tutorials

NCSA Web Primer
Yahoo's HTML Guides
HTML Quick Reference

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