Before you upload your site, you should run through every page, every link and every image to make sure that everything is working. It is a good idea to have several Internet browsers on your computer so that you can see what your page will look like as different people look at it.
Once you have got everything working locally (your own hard drive) it's time to upload or FTP your new site to your ISP's server. To do this you will need a FTP program. Here are a few that I recommend:
Using your FTP program is very simple, open the program up. Click on new connection. Type in your site URL, username and password. Now click on connect.
This will plop you right in the directory where you need to be. Most FTP programs have two windows on them. The left window displays your hard drive contents and the right window for the server's contents. Navigate your hard drive to the directory where your HTML files are located at. Simply double-click on the files or directories on your hard drive and they will be uploaded to the server.
NOTE: The first page that the sever looks for must be named index.html (on most servers). Rename your homepage file to index.html if it is not called that already. If not, when you go to your site on the net, you will just see the contents of your directory instead of loading the page.
Once your entire site is uploaded to the server, go to the web address and re-check everything. Sometimes you will have to rename some of the files to get them to work properly. It is also common that graphic files get corrupt as they are uploaded. If this is the case, re-upload them.
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