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Publishing your site using Dreamweaver

Depending on your version of Dreamweaver, go to Site/Edit Sites... and either select your site from the list and click Edit, or click New to create a new site. On the Advabced tab, select Remote Info. Use the following settings:

Access: FTP
FTP Host: www.yourdomainname.com
Host Directory: public_html/
Login: yourusername
Password: yourpassword

You should also check the boxes to Save your login info, and the box for Use Passive FTP.

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Using Internet Explorer 7 for FTP Access

In IE7, open a browser window and go to ftp://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A box will pop up asking for Username and Password. Enter

Username: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Password: yourpassword

For detailed instructions on how to upload, download, open, rename and otherwise manipulate files in FTP, open IE 7 and click Help/Contents And Index. Search for the article there named "FTP sites". This article gives complete instructions on using IE7's FTP features.

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Using Other Programs for FTP Access

NOTE: Buffalo Web Services offers WS_FTP software to our clients for free. To obtain your copy, please refer to your "Welcome Letter".

For any type of FTP software, the following information will be needed to connect to your web site via FTP, and should have been contained in the "Welcome Letter" you received at sign-up.

  • Hostname (eg, www.yourdomain.com)
  • User Id
  • Password

The hostname tells your FTP software to connect to the web server upon which your web site resides. In general, the process of configuring the various FTP software programs (such as CuteFTP) is the same. Below are examples using the WS_FTP program.

Each time you run WS_FTP the Session Profile window will be displayed. A profile contains the information needed to connect to your web site. Creating a profile now will eliminate the need for you to configure the software each time you wish to connect to the web server via FTP. To create a new profile, click the "New" button and enter a generic profile name at the top of the Session Profile window. Next, enter the userid, password, and hostname for your web site as illustrated below.


Be sure to select "Auto detect" for the Host Type (see Fig.1). It is best to select "Save Password" and "Auto Save Config" to maintain these settings for future use. All other fields can be left blank. You are now ready to connect to the web server. Click "Ok" to continue.

How to Transfer Files 

When you connect to the web server, you will connect directly to the root ("home") directory of your account. WS_FTP will display a split screen where files on the left-hand side are within your own computer (see Fig.2). You will see several folders on the right-hand side such as bin, cgi-local, dev, etc, lib, and stats which are landmarks suggesting a successful connection to your web site. These are the various system folders for your site.


Double-click on "public_html" in the right-hand side of the screen. This is where you need to place your files so that they can be seen on the internet. You can transfer files directly to the public_html folder and/or create subdirectories within public_html. (The only system directory that you may need to use is cgi-bin; this directory is reserved for custom scripts written in Perl, Unix Shell, or C). 

To make your home page load automatically, name the HTML document "index.htm" or "index.html" in lowercase and upload it to the public_html directory of your account. To upload a file or files, simply highlight the file(s) on the left and click the right-arrow button ("-->") in the center of the screen.

Some files will need to be uploaded in "ASCII" mode, while others will be uploaded in "Binary" mode. Check the box for "Auto" to let the program automatically transfer your files in the correct mode. (When transferring .cgi, .pl (perl), or .txt documents, you will specifically need to select ASCII mode). To transfer a file to a subdirectory, double-click the appropriate subdirectory to open it before transferring the desired file(s).

As soon as a file is uploaded to the web server, it is available for all to see. If, after uploading a file, you are still unable to see the updated file via Netscape, you need to clear both disk and browser cache. This function can be found by selecting Options > Network Preferences in Netscape. Remember that you must first be connected to the internet through your local internet service provider in order to connect to the web server.

Acceptable File Names 

Our operating system (LINUX) is case sensitive. In other words, the file name "faq.html" is NOT the same as "FAQ.html". If your HTML code references a faq.html, but the actual file name is in uppercase, this will result in a File Not Found error. This applies to directory names as well. 

To prevent errors, we suggest naming all files in lowercase. Spaces and special control characters are generally not a good idea. The underscore character ("_") is acceptable. You should avoid special characters ( ! @ # $ % ^ & * : ' ) in file names. We also suggest that you keep the length of file names to a minimum. The tilde (~) cannot be used in directory or file names.