Personal Web Pages

Note: This page is for Personal Sites which were established after June1, 1999.
Theses sites support Front Page Extentions and Long file names.
Note: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .


  1. Getting Started
  2. Overview
  3. How to learn HTML
  4. How to create your home page
  5. Using FTP
  6. How to Use WS_FTP Software
  7. Using Microsoft Front Page
  8. How to place your home page--Windows
  9. How to place your home page--Macintosh
  10. How to test your home page

Getting Started

Before getting into the details, please be aware of the following regarding this service:

  • We will tell you in this document where and how to upload your web pages, but we will not be able to help you with the content. The creation of hypertext is NOT SUPPORTED by ChicagoNet in any way. All web pages are written in a language called HTML, which is very powerful, but is neither intuitive nor simple. Understand that we would like to support this, but for us to help out with HTML creation would be equivalent to us trying to support a complex programming language (like "C++") for all the users trying to write custom programs.


  1. Use an Html editor to create your home page (web pages).
    Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .
  2. Use an image editing or drawing program to create images (graphics)
  3. Test your Home Page (s) offline, locally with a browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer.
  4. Upload you Home Page (s) and graphics via FTP to ChicagoNet's web servers using your special password.
  5. If you are using Front Page Components on your page, you must use Front Page Explorer to transfer pages to your site.
  6. Your Home Page is now live. You may view it with your preferred browser.

How to learn HTML

The first step in learning HTML is to get the beginner's guides. These are available on the WWW itself. You might want to "bookmark" one or more of these links.

A Beginner's Guide to HTML

An HTML Tutorial

Writing HTML

A Quick Reference to HTML

How to create your home page

The next step is to get yourself an HTML editor. These are available in Mac and Windows versions. Again, the easiest way to get these editors or to learn where to find them is using your web browser.

HTML Editors for Windows

HTML Editors for Macintosh

HTML Authoring Tools

These editors usually come with a decent amount of documentation about how to use them for basic hypertext.

With an HTML guide and an editor in hand, you're probably ready to create a trial home page. We recommend that you try creating a hypertext file called "index.html" (just "index.htm" for Windows users). Your initial Web Page, (aka, Start Page, Home Page) must be named : index.html.

Once you have index.html written and saved, run your favorite Web Browser and select File | Open Local File and choose the filename that you created. This will allow you to preview the page you have created before you place it on our web servers.

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


Note: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .
You do not need to set an initial directory for your connection, however, when you connect, the FTP server will place you in the "/" 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 up arrow until you are in the "/" (root) directory, then double click the "web" directory. Or, follow the instructions for using WSFTP. (screen shots, below)
If you are using a command line ftp program, type: cd  /web.

  1. Host Name/Address: .
  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
: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .

  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
  5. Hit Enter
  6. Wait a moment while Front Page Explorer finds your site 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.

How to place your home page--Windows

Once you have composed your html pages and graphics, you will use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program to upload your files to our server. If you are using Front Page Components on your page, you must use Front Page Explorer to transfer pages to your site.

If you do not currently have any FTP utilities, may we recommend downloading:

NOTE: If you need help downloading and/or setting up the above utilities, please feel free to contact ChicagoNet Technical Support either via telephone at 708-656-6900 or e-mail at

WS FTP for Windows :

  1. Configure WS_FTP as shown above.
  2. Connect to ChicagoNet and run the WS_FTP program.
  3. After you are connected, change the directory to the "web" folder. You must upload your content files and create directories inside the "web" folder.

Upload your .html and .gif  files as follows:
Note: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .

  1. Click on the desired file in the Local System text box.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the Local System text box to transfer ( Upload ) the file to the Remote System ( Web Server ).
  3. Upload all of your hypertext files (.html) and graphics files (.gif) . You will see them appear in the Remote System text box as you upload each file.
  4. Close the FTP program.
  5. View your Home page by typing:
    into your preferred browser.

How to place your home page--Macintosh

Once you have composed your htm pages and graphics,you will use Fetch to upload your files to our server. The procedure for this is as follows:
Note: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .
Note: If you not have an FTP program, we recommend Fetch . (Macintosh) 

  1. Connect to ChicagoNet and run the Fetch program.
  2. Open a new connection with the following parameters:
    • Host:
    • User ID: [your user name]
    • Password: [your web site password]
    • Directory: [web]
  3. Click on "Open" to open the connection. After it is done connecting, you should see some files and directories in the window. If you don't connect successfully, then you have probably not entered your user name or your password (or both) correctly.

    **NOTE** The first time you ftp to your homepage account, using Fetch, you will need to create an html folder. After connecting with Fetch, you may select Directories | Create New from the Fetch menu and specify the new file name as: html.

  4. Move into the html folder by double-clicking on it.
  5. Make sure the radio button on the bottom of the window is set on "Automatic" and click on "Put File". Browse around your hard drive for your html files and graphics files, then click on "Open" to upload them. Choose the "Raw Data" format for the upload.

How to test your home page

Note: Your start page (home page) must be named: index.html .
Open the following URL with your preferred web browser:

Replace "yourusername" with your actual username.

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.


Email:  Revised: May 1, 2000

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