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How do I develop my website further and upload it?

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patz9999
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How do I develop my website further and upload it?

Hi guys, I am a newbie. Bought the package at the WIS in Melbourne. So, am in the middle of week 2. I am following the 90 day plan step by step, but am confused about all the website stuff. I have my topic, domain name, host. I wrote a one page to get the site up, but don't know how to upload to the website. I know I am also supposed to have a link to it - but what do you link, and how do you do it? I also have managed to create blog site or page. However, with hostgator I get free website templates. Do I use these? It seems I might have to get an elancer to do my site for me, but as I have no idea what to ask (and I know you need to be specific) I feel I could be wasting money. I read Spider's journey on setting up - and he seemed really au fait with computer lingo, so could converse easily with the techno geeks. I realise there should be tabs and stuff going to articles and the blog, but how on earth do you do that? Can someone please enlighten me?
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patz9999 wrote:Hi guys, I am a newbie. Bought the package at the WIS in Melbourne. So, am in the middle of week 2. I am following the 90 day plan step by step, but am confused about all the website stuff. I have my topic, domain name, host. I wrote a one page to get the site up, but don't know how to upload to the website. I know I am also supposed to have a link to it - but what do you link, and how do you do it? I also have managed to create blog site or page. However, with hostgator I get free website templates. Do I use these? It seems I might have to get an elancer to do my site for me, but as I have no idea what to ask (and I know you need to be specific) I feel I could be wasting money. I read Spider's journey on setting up - and he seemed really au fait with computer lingo, so could converse easily with the techno geeks. I realise there should be tabs and stuff going to articles and the blog, but how on earth do you do that? Can someone please enlighten me?


Welcome,

You upload your website files to your webserver with the information that your host gave you. You should have 3 basic things....FTP, Username, and Password.

Getting a link to your site is as easy as pie. Just comment on some blog with a link back to your site.

Hostgator should provide things such as wordpress that you can use as a blog. It is a simple install through your control panel and you can do that. No need to hire someone on Elance for that.
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markling
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Sounds to me like you've jumped in headfirst! I've got a lesson on how to FTP in the works since it's a REALLY common question on this forum. In the meantime there are a couple of methods you can use.

1) In lesson 2 of the 6-part mini course I show you a way top upload using cPanel, which is your website administration panel. Your host should have given you information for accessing the cPanel. Typically you enter something like
    http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel
and you'll be asked to log in. Your host will have given you this information too.

2) Another simple way is to get an FTP program. Do a search for "Filezilla" -- it's free, and pretty basic. Here's a tutorial I found that seems to cover the basics: http://www.thesitewizard.com/gettingstarted/howtoupload.shtml

3) You can use Dreamweaver if you're creating your site in Dreamweaver, but it's a little complicated to wrap your head around when you're first starting. My choice would be for method 2... it's pretty intuitive if you're used to working in a windows environment.

with hostgator I get free website templates. Do I use these?

You can if you want, but it will probably be more complicated in the long run, since you'll need to modify things and it sounds like you don't have the HTML knowledge to know how to do that. (I'm not familiar with the free templates Hostgator offer... someone can correct me if I'm wrong.)

I recommend that you either do a hunt around the internet for some basic web design tutorials (eg. http://www.yourhtmlsource.com for basic HTML tutorials, but also other things) or go out and buy a "web design for dummies" book. They're not just for dummies! What you need is some perspective, since it doesn't seem like you know how things connect together.

In terms of getting your site linked to, all you need is one link from a site that is currently being spidered by the search engines. A lot of people recommend posting in blogs... this is good, so long as the blog hasn't elected to block spiders from following links on their page. Another really good way is to write an article (it doesn't need to be very special at all) and post it to an article directory. This is free, and by including a link to your site in the bio box, it should get the search engines spidering your page.

Let me know if that clears things up for you, or if you need some more help. I'll definitely get to work on that FTP tutorial!

All the best,
Mark
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patz9999
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Hi Mark

Thanks for the advice. Yes, I have really jumped right in - without realising you need to know a bit about computers and stuff, however, not to worry, I am managing to work my way through. Thanks for the advice re ftp. Followed your advice on step 2, however, when I go to my website, there is only the control panel for hostgator. What have I done wrong?

Have also started reading the html site you suggested. Seems easy enough to understand, so hopefully I will get the hang of that as well.

Patsy
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Was one of the pages you uploaded to your site called "index.html"?
Unless you upload an index.html page, you won't see much happening on your website, since the HostGator placeholder index.html will be the first thing that comes up.

If you *did* upload an index.html, did you put it inside the /public_html/ directory? When you first connect to your site in the FTP program, you'll probably see a whole bunch of files. You need to find the file to put all your website documents in, and then upload your files into that. If it's not called /public_html/ it might be called /http_docs/ or something like that. If you really can't find it, or you're really not sure, consult Hostgator's support information. This will be a really common question, so it will probably be in their FAQ. It's something that differs between hosting providers, I'm sorry I can't be more specific.

Let me know if you have any more problems.
Mark
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