Domain Name Web Sites


Note:  Your start  page (home page) must be named: index.html

  1. Using FTP
  2. How to Use WS_FTP Software
  3. Using Microsoft Front Page
  4. Using CGI
  5. Accessing your Site Statistics: Site settings, Web statistics, Disk usage, Backup and Restore
  6. How to get your Complete Web Site Access Log
  7. How to test your site

Using FTP

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

Note: If you are using Front Page Extentions, Do Not use ftp to upload web pages which contain Front Page Components. You must use the Front Page Explorer. See below.

FTP is widely used across internet connections for transferring files. You can use FTP to transfer you web pages that you have designed to your Web Site. Once the file has been transferred from your computer to the Virtual Server, the file will be readable by anyone. No delays! If you modify a file, just simply transfer the file to the Virtual Server and it will replace the old version of that file. You may also use FTP to rename, delete, or create files and directories on the server.

TIPS on using FTP


You do not need to set an initial directory for your connection, however, when you connect, the FTP server will place you in the "/" (root) directory.
Do NOT upload your site content to this directory.
Your site content must be uploaded to the "/web" folder. You Must change the directory to the "/web" directory.
Using WSFTP double click the "web" directory. Or, follow the instructions for using WSFTP, below. (screen shots, below)
If you are using a command line ftp program, type: cd  /web.

  1. When assigning the Host Name/Address, always use your domain name (e.g.
  2. When sending text files (.txt, .htm, .html, etc.) make sure you use ASCI mode. This will keep your pages readable if you try to download them later and modify them.
  3. When sending any other files besides text files (.zip, .gif, .jpg, etc.) make sure you use BINARY mode.
  4. The type of FTP server you will connect to is UNIX, or you may use Auto Detect Mode.
  5. If you do not use your FTP connection for 15 minutes (i.e. the connection is IDLE), the FTP server will disconnect. If this happens, just restart your FTP session.

Recommended FTP Software (Windows 3.1/95/98/NT)

ChicagoNet recommends using WS_FTP for your file transfers. You may download the software by clicking below:

WS_FTP for windows 3.1/95/98/NT

How to Use WS_FTP Software

Once you have unzipped and installed WS_FTP, start the program. You will be prompted with this screen. The first thing you must enter is a profile name. This is just a name for your reference. WS_FTP allows you to save many different profiles. You then have to enter the Host Name/Address. This will be your domain name. Next is the host type. You may leave it on Automatic Detect, or you may go ahead and change it to Microsoft NT. Then enter your main account userid and password. If you are unsure of these, you will need to contact ChicagoNet. You may leave the account and comment sections blank.  Checkmark the save pwd check box.

Next, go to the startup tab and type "/web" as shown below.

When you are done with the setup,  press OK. (Make sure you are connected to the Internet) You should establish a FTP connection at that time. After connecting you may click on the HELP button for assistance in using the WS_FTP interface.

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Microsoft Front Page

Microsoft Front Page

Microsoft Front Page is an exciting program that allows you to work directly on your web site. No need to use FTP. In order to use this interface you will   need a copy of Microsoft Front Page on your  computer. This software is not provided by ChicagoNet.

Establishing a Front Page Connection

  1. Open Microsoft Front Page Explorer.
  2. Under the File menu, select open front page web.
  3. Click the More Webs button.
  4. In the box "Select a Web Server or Disk  Location", type your domain name or IP Address, (e.g. www.domain .com).
  5. Hit Enter
  6. Wait a moment while Front Page Explorer finds the <Root Web> on the Virtual Server
  7. You will be prompted for a userid and password.
  8. Once you have established a connection, you will see your site files appear in the front page explorer. Use File | Save to transfer files from your home or office computer to your site.

For additional help using your Microsoft Front Page product, please consult your Front Page manual for technical support information.

Using CGI

Virtual sites support the use of CGI scripts, such as those written in Perl, C, C++, or other languages.

File types supported are .cgi and .pl . CGI scripts Must Use .pl or .cgi filename extentions in order to be executed by the web server.

Use ASCII mode to upload CGI files via FTP. Upload your cgi files to the CGI-Bin directory on your site. Once the file is on your site, use your FTP program to make the script executable.

The path to Perl is: /usr/bin/perl.

Accessing your site statistics page

  1. Type into your preferred web browser.
  2. You will be prompted for your userid and password.

Accessing your web site log

  1. Ftp to your site.
  2. Change the directory to "\logs".
  3. Download the file named "access".
  4. Open the file with any test editor.

How to get your complete web site Access Log

  1. FTP to your web site as outlined above and change the directory to "/logs".
  2. Download the file named "Access" using ASCII mode.
  3. View the file with any text editor.

How to test your start page

Open the following URL with your preferred web browser:

Replace "yourdomainname" with your actual domain.

It is in this stage of the process that you will have the most problems. Although we will be unable to help you debug your hypertext, please be reminded that all it takes is one small typo to make your whole web page fail . Please make sure that you go over the instructions above one more time and that you have followed all of them to the letter. Then re-check your html syntax. With patience, persistence, and lots of manual-reading, we are certain that your presence on the WWW will be a success.


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