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Creating your Texas.Net Web Page

The Lonestar account will give you 200 megabytes of web space for your own web page. You can create any number of files, images and links, so long as you do not exceed this limit. Our older accounts have a smaller web space.

To create your own web page, you need to start with either a book or some WWW publishing software. You will end up creating the web documents on your own computer, and sending them to our web server (via a file transfer, or FTP program) to be posted. Please note that posting with Netscape Composer or Microsoft FrontPage is not currently supported and you may experience problems doing so.

When your page is complete, you may wish to add a counter to it.

Additional online materials are available from Netscape's Creating Net Sites page, which is very comprehensive and very helpful.


Step 1
First, create your web page. With a WWW publishing program, design and lay out your web page. Try to keep everything together and stored on your hard disk exactly as you want them posted. For relatively simple pages, it's best to keep all of your documents and any graphics in the same directory on your hard disk. When creating your links, keep capital/lower-case letters consistent. When the pages are published on our web server, a file called "a.html" and a file called "A.html" are considered to be different files, so do what you can to keep them consistent. Try to use the full "html" extension if you can (.htm will suffice in a pinch). Your main page (the page you want everybody to see first) should be named "index.html" (or "index.htm").

Step 2
After you have your document created and the images/links appear to work, you need to procure a FTP client. Windows95 has a built-in FTP client (FTP.EXE), which, if you're a DOS lover, should work fine. Otherwise, you may need to download and install a client. Once you've found one, use it to connect to the appropriate web site. If you're a Lonestar customer, you need to connect to the host lonestar.texas.net. For our older or commercial customers, use the host www.texas.net. For the login/password information, you must use your regular login name and your current password. You may then "put" your files/images using the appropriate FTP commands.

Step 3
To view your new web page, open up a web browser and open your URL. Your URL will be:

http://yourlogin.home.texas.net/

unless special reservations have been made. Unless you're a perfect HTML author, you will no doubt notice some differences in the way things are displayed. Typically, you may see some images that fail to load, or an incorrect background being displayed. Links may not function correctly. Most of the problems people experience with their web pages are due to capitalization. In your HTML file, if a line says <a href="mypage.html">, the page it's referring to MUST be mypage.html, not MYPAGE.HTML or mypage.htm. If you don't know how to rename the file, you may have to end up editing the web document to point to the slightly different filename. Another common mistake occurs when you're including images from other directories on your hard disk. If you have an image (in HTML-speak) line that reads <img src="/images/myimage.gif">, you're telling it to go to the images directory on our web server, which won't contain your images. Unless you're familiar with Unix directories, put all of your images in the same directory as your web documents, and transfer them all to the same directory on the web server.


If you end up needing any help beyond what this document can give you, we would recommend that you check out a book in HTML web publishing. You can see some common questions and answers in the texasnet.www and texasnet.help newsgroups. We regret that we cannot offer live technical support for personal web pages, but with the information in this document and other online references, you should be able to get your web site up and running without us.
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