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How Do I transfer files to my website?

Files must be transferred to the web server via either FrontPage or File Transport Protocol (FTP). If you have a PPP internet account and need FTP software, you can download a program for either the PC or Mac from most shareware locations. Many Internet providers such as AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy may have a built-in FTP interface. Please refer to out Microsoft FrontPage FAQ for detailed info on publishing with FrontPage.

Can OASYS recommend an FTP program?
Yes! If you are not using FrontPage, we recommend using an excellent FTP shareware program for Windows called windows commander and ws_ftp . You can download this program directly from any shareware site For the Mac, we recommend using: Fetch

download windows commander
download ws_ftp
download fetch
download cute ftp

How do I get started with FTP?


The process by which files are transferred to the web server is called "FTP" (File Transport Protocol). You have unlimited access via FTP 24-hours a day. As such, you can create and maintain your web pages on your own computer and upload files to your web site at your leisure.

Internet providers such as AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy may have a built-in FTP interface. If you have a PPP internet account and need an FTP program, you can download software for either the PC or Mac below. PC users should download WinZip if you do not already have a program to extract .zip files.

WS_FTP 16 bit version for Windows 3.1 users. WS_FTP 32 bit version for Windows 95 and NT users. For the Mac, "Fetch" is available:

Microsoft FrontPage Users should use only the FrontPage publishing feature to transfer files. Using regular FTP can corrupt the extensions, disabling the functionality of the FrontPage web and requiring that the site be deleted to reinstall the extensions.

What are acceptable file names for use on OASYS's  web servers?
Spaces and special control characters are generally not a good idea. The underscore character ("_") is acceptable. You should always avoid special characters ( ! @ # $ % ^ & * : ' ) in file names. We suggest that you keep the length of file names to a minimum.

What should I do if denied access via FTP?
If you are denied access AFTER entering your userid and password, you may be using the wrong password. Please double check the password and try it again.

If you cannot connect at all, or connect and then "hang", there may be problems with connectivity.

Also make sure that the startup directory in your FTP profile (on the "startup tab" in WS_FTP or Cute FTP) is left blank and the "Host name/Address" is  ftp.ndmc.net

Why canít I connect with my FTP program to my Web Site?
There could be several reasons for this. The most common mistake is wrong username or password. If you are unsure of your username and password, contact support@oasysis.com to obtain the correct ones.

Also make sure that the startup directory in your FTP profile (on the "startup tab" in WS_FTP or Cute FTP) is left blank and the "Host name/Address" is your complete web address. I.E. www.your_domain_name.com

If your domain name is new or being transferred, it might still be propagating. This is the process needed for the change to your domain name to filter out to the rest of the world. It all starts with the InterNIC. A simple test is to try to connect to your site by using the IP address instead of the domain name. If you can connect. Your domain name has not propagated yet and you should continue to use the IP address for a couple of days. When you use the IP address in place of the domain name, please do so as follows:

Always use the IP address, without ftp. In front or .com at the end..

Like this: 199.227.217.299

Not like this: ftp.199.227.217.299.com

 
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