View Full Version : Basic questions regarding setup, cpanel, getting started.

09-19-2005, 06:07 PM
Sorry for asking such a basic question and if there's somewhere else more appropriate to ask, let me know.

I have a web hosting plan and I need to know how exactly to start the web site up.

The site will be very basic for now, about 3-4 pages deep. I have all the necessary files, but how do I exactly upload the pages and to where?

I can upload files using bpftp but so far the only thing I know how to do is upload images.

Where do I upload the first page, then the second, etc?

Also, what exactly is cpanel? I thought it was some independent program or an application on the web hosting site but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

09-19-2005, 06:18 PM
There should be a public_html folder on your ftp. This is where you will upload your files. The stuff you want the users to see will be put there. Cpanel is basically a tool to do all kinds of things to your site. Mostly to check stats, turn on indexing of folders, set passwords to directories. If Fantastico is available you can use it to install CMS software such as WordPress or Mambo. You can also run chron jobs which is basically running a script at a certain time. You can setup new ftp accounts or email accounts if available.

09-19-2005, 07:53 PM
thanks for your quick reply. how would i go about designating a htm file as the home page file?

09-19-2005, 08:07 PM
Your main page that you want users to be directed to when they go to your website should be: index.htm or index.html. So rename whatever page is your homepage as index.


09-20-2005, 10:05 AM
Where do I upload the first page, then the second, etc? While your site stays small, in principle you could upload all the files to the main directory (as indicated, public_html).
If your site starts to grow, to keep track of where everything is it might be a good idea to create a directory structure to separate out the various files; what works best for you is entirely your choice.

I'd recommend starting to place files other than actual pages in separate directories from the start (like images, scripts, stylesheets, etc.); you'll have to take this into account when linking everything up, of course.

To help with this, I personally find it easiest to create the exact same directory structure I plan to use on the server on my local machine so I can be sure all the links remain intact after uploading.

09-20-2005, 10:13 AM
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