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Webpage Construction Tutorials: Uploading websites to the Personal Server

Using SSFTP tools to upload files and websites to the Kent Personal Server


If you create a website using html or a program like Dreamweaver, you can upload it to Kent's personal server. Secure FTP is the only way to upload files to Kent's personal server. You can use FileZilla to do this.


Why images don't appear on a webpage

The most common reasons that images do not appear on a webpage after uploading it to a server are the following:

  • The webpage (.html) document was uploaded to the server but the images were not.

  • The images were not placed on the server using the same relative folder/file path structure as that which was used on the local computer when creating the webpage and inserting images.

  • The webpage and image files were not put on the Kent personal server in the correct folder. All webpages must be placed inside the public_html folder on the server for them to be viewable on the web.

  • Too often, students will build a website using multiple locations to store their html pages and images. It's very important that a website is built in one location- it can be in a folder on the desktop, on a USB jump drive or other removable storage media, but it cannot be built with some files in one location (like on a jump drive) and other files in other locations (like on the desktop).

  • None of these are major problems but can be frustrating for those who do not have a strong competency in webpage creation.

With some reluctance, we recommend that web newbies use Microsoft Word XP to create webpages for class projects. Why?

  • Most students are already familiar with MS Word and can create a webpage in Word using the "Web Layout" view then select "Save as Web Page" under the save options.

  • Students do not have to worry about getting all of their graphics into the same folder relative to the webpage since Word creates a folder which contains all of the webpage's images. This folder (and its contents) is simply uploaded to the web server along with the webpage. The links to the images work without the frustration.

Why links to other webpages on my site don't work

Just like images, links to other pages on your website have to be "relative links". Unfortunately, MS Word won't help you here. You should keep all of your webpages included in your site on the same drive and in the same folder as described above.

How to create links to documents that are not html pages

You can create a link to anything including Word documents, pdf documents, Excel spreadsheets, images, video and audio files, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Just make sure that you first place the documents inside the same folder as your webpage before creating the links to them from your webpage. Then upload all of the documents to the server so they are in the same relative position to the webpage as they were on your local computer.