How to use FTP with your Instant Web Site

Now you have your Instant Web Site, you will want to create web pages to put on it. You can create your HTML pages on your own system, and then use FTP to transfer the files to your Instant Web Site. You will need to do this if you want to do more detailed HTML with fonts, lists, and tables, or do clickable images or forms.

For those of you unfamiliar with FTP and how to use it, this page is for you. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is commonly used to transfer files from one system to another over the Internet. With it you can put files on another system, remove files, rename files, make directories, change directories and all the things you will need to do to create your web site. For more information about FTP and how use it check here.

In order to use FTP, it needs to be installed on both your system and the system you are trying to talk to. If you are on a UNIX machine, then this is already done for you. If you have your own Windows or Macintosh system, then you need to make sure your system has FTP installed on it. Many times, FTP will come as part of the networking software that you use to connect to the Internet. If you are unsure about this, check with the person who set up your system, or with the vendor of your networking or Internet software. If you do not have FTP already installed than you will have to get FTP and install it. Many vendors make FTP software. Here are places to down load Shareware or Freeware versions.

There are two pieces to FTP software, the client and the server. Some FTP software comes with both pieces. You need to make sure you have an FTP client. This is the piece that will talk to Infostreet's FTP program. If your software does not specify then it is probably an FTP client. Another thing to note, is that you will find FTP software classified under different headings, such as Internet applications, winsock applications, networking, client/server applications, and TCP/IP stacks. It can seem confusing, but they are all referring to the same thing.

Once you get your FTP client installed and running, you are ready to connect to your Instant Web site. We have created an FTP account for you on our machines. When you signed up for your Instant Web Site, you were given an account name and a password. You will need these to log in. (Your account name is a name no longer than 8 characters. It is not the same as your site name, which is part of your URL.) This account only allows FTP access, you cannot log in as a normal user.

Unix Users:

If you are connecting from a Unix machine Type in the following command from your prompt.


You will see the system connecting to our site. Next you will be asked for an account name. Type in the account name you were given when you signed up for the Instant Web Site and press "enter". You will then be asked for your password. Type in your password and press "enter". When you are properly logged on, you will see the ftp prompt.


At this point you can enter ftp commands. For more information on FTP commands check here.
When you are finished type "exit" at the ftp prompt, and the connection will be closed.

Windows and Mac Users:

Unlike Unix systems, on a PC your FTP program will be using a graphical interface so you will not need to type in ftp commands. Since all the FTP programs are different, these instructions may not be exact for your program but it should give you an idea of what you need to do.

To start FTP, double click on your FTP icon.
Click on the connect menu ( or choose connect from the correct menu). The connect option will ask you for some information. It will want your host name or the machine to which you want to connect. Type in

It will also want your account name and password. After you fill all these in, click "ok". You will see the program trying to connect to our system.

Once connected you will see two columns. The one on the left shows the files and directories on your system, the one on the right shows the files and directories on the Instant Web Site system. In the Instant Web Site side, you should see a Welcome.html page, and some directories like cgi-bin, forms, gifs, admin, and samples. This is your home directory.
In between the columns are all the ftp commands. The basic premise is you choose the file you want on one side, choose the place you want to place it on the other side and click on the correct command in the center to do what you need to be done. Most of the commands have arrows on either end, so you can specify which side/system the command should affect.
One other thing to note, is the transfer type. This is either ASCII or binary. Any file that is only ASCII text, such as HTML files can use the ASCII option. For any images, programs, scripts, or executable files you are transferring, make sure you use the binary option.
Once you have finished with your work, choose the disconnect menu, and your connection will be closed.

If you need more information about your FTP program, please refer to the program documentation.

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