The following information details how to setup your personal webspace at Telebyte NW®
Creating your web directory
All Telebyte customers, by virtue of having an account with Telebyte NW, may create and maintain their own personal web site. There is no charge for this so long as you do the work, and the combined disk space required to hold your page(s) with all their graphics does not exceed the 100 megabytes allotted to you. Please note, that is the TOTAL storage allotted to you, including storage of mail and other files. We recommend using no more than 40 Megabytes for your WWW site. In case that doesn't seem like a lot, consider that all of Telebyte's pages plus graphics fit comfortably in that amount of space.
To create and maintain your web page, you will need a few tools - a "telnet" program to allow you to create directories, change file permissions, and do command line manipulation of your files; an "ftp" program to allow you to send files between your computer and Telebyte's host server; a "web browser" program to view your work (you have one or you wouldn't be reading this); and an editor program for the creation of the web pages themselves. Any ASCII text editor will do, but some find it easier to acquire an HTML (HyperText Markup Language) editor.
Please note that Telebyte NW uses Linux servers, where the directory names are separated by "forward" slashes instead of the "back" slashes most MS-DOS and Windows users are accustomed to seeing. It is also important to remember that all Linux commands and filenames are "case sensitive" (unlike MS-DOS), which means you must use capitals and lower case letters precisely, otherwise Linux will not know what you are asking.
These directions assume that you have already created the documents for your home page, and also that you have and know the basics of operating programs for "FTP" and "Telnet". There are several sources of information via classes, books, and reference sites on the World Wide Web which will be of assistance should you need further instruction in these areas.
your_account = your e-mail name, i.e. the part of your e-mail address that comes before the @ sign. Example: if your address was firstname.lastname@example.org, your e-mail name would be jones.
- Creating your directory:
- Step 1 - Using whatever program you would normally use to ftp files, log into the host (mail.telebyte.com) using your e-mail name and e-mail password. (You will not be able to log in anonymously). Create a directory called public_html (if one does not already exist), following your program's directions for this process.
- Step 2 - Now that you've created the proper directory, change directories into public_html and move your files into that directory.
- Step 3 - Using a telnet program, telnet into mail.telebyte.com, use your e-mail name and e-mail password to log in, just as you did for ftp'ing the files into your account). If it gives you a menu, type Q to Quit to Shell.
When the mail:~$ prompt appears, type cd public_html That will put you in your www page directory. To confirm it by seeing the files that are there, you can type ls -l.
To change the permissions on your files, type chmod 644 * while still in your public_html directory. Alternatively, should you later upload a new file, you may type chmod 644 filename, where filename should be replaced by the name of the file you just uploaded.
Type cd .. to change back to your home (main) directory. Type chmod 711 public_html, then chmod 711 /home/your_account. All directories that you wish to be readable need to be set in the same fashion.
- Additional Hints and Tips
- If you wish your home page to load from the simplest possible address, then name the first page you wish to load up index.html. If you are using Windows 3.x or DOS, you can rename the file once you put it on the system. NOTE: .htm extensions are fine for other files, and will be recognized as html files, but for the web server to automatically load your first page, it MUST be named index.html
To change the name of the file, type mv whatever.filename target.filename, where whatever.filename equals your original file name, and target.filename is the name to which you wish to change it.
Now, try your home page - it should work from the URL
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