Building your document requires creating a package file that lists the files to upload to the remote server. Publishing your website involves uploading all the files to the remote server so that it is accessible to visitors on the Internet. Before you can publish your website, you must have WebEasy ‘build’ it by converting the WebEasy document into files that work on the Web. WebEasy creates a website package file (a TXT file) with information about which files to transfer to the remote computer.
To build your document into a website:
1 On the Publish tab, click Build, or choose Export>Website from the WebEasy menu.
2 In the Build Dynamic Website dialog box, click the Browse button for the Folder box. In the Choose Folder dialog box, locate and select a folder for storing the website files. Click Open. (You can also type the path.)
Note: WebEasy places all the files required to view the website, such as the HTML files, the graphics files, and any other necessary files (depending on the type of website) into this folder.
3 In the Package name box, change the document name, if you wish, to a name for the website package.
In general, only use lower-case letters and use the underscore ( _ ) character to separate words. Do not use spaces or non-alphanumeric characters in the name.
4 Select the Output range:
Current page creates a website only for the current page.
All pages creates a website that includes every page in the document.
5 If necessary, change the name for the main page in the Index Page box. (The web hosting service may require the main page to be something other than index.html.)
6 If necessary, change the image file type for determining which file have transparency: JPEG, GIF, or PNG.
7 Click the Build As button and specify the type of website to build: XHTML with CSS, HTML with CSS, Dynamic HTML, or Simple HTML.
8 Click the with button and specify the type of pages for your website:
For XHTML with CSS or HTML with CSS, specify how to position the pages:
Standard Page displays the website at the top left of the browser.
Centered Full Page displays the pages in the center of the browser’s window with the any texture or gradient background showing in the center, but the extra space is filled with a solid background color.
Centered Transparent Page displays the pages in the center of the browser’s window with any texture or gradient background filling the extra space.
For Dynamic HTML, you can specify positioning or add navigation by page numbers or icons to the pages. You can also have the pages divided into frame sets.
For Simple HTML, you can specify no additional navigation or have page numbers or icons for navigation. If this is an eBay page, specify Source for eBay sellers.
9 Specify colors for linked text.
To set or change the color of Standard, Visited, and Active links, click the appropriate color block and select a color. For details see “Specifying Colors”.
10 Click the Advanced button to personalize your website by specifying the color palette or scroll bar availability.
11 Click the RSS button to set RSS channel settings.
If you do not have RSS set up, leave this set as RSS Excluded. For information about RSS, see “Adding RSS”.
12 Select the Publish on Internet check box if you are connected to the Internet, have the relevant details from your web hosting service, and want to publish the website now.
After WebEasy creates the files, the Publish Assistant opens for you to upload the files immediately.
13 Select the Run Now check box to display the website in your browser after the HTML files have been built.
14 Select the Publish on Internet check box to open the WebEasy Hosting Services Publishing wizard after creating the website.
15 Click OK.
The build process takes a few moments, depending on the size of your website and speed of your computer.
Publishing a website transfers all necessary files, such as web pages, graphics or sound files, to computers connected to the Internet so that other people can view the website with their browsers.
To publish, you must have an account with a hosting service that gives you space for your files on their server (their host computer, also known as the remote host). When your files are on this server, your website is accessible on the World Wide Web.
You can publish your website to space provided by your ISP or another web hosting service.
Before publishing your site, make sure you have all the information you need from your ISP or web hosting service to upload to your account or domain.
Note: Some hosting companies offer domain registration, website hosting, and dedicated software for publishing your website. You can use WebEasy to integrate with the third-party publishing software or transfer the files with a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software from your computer to the server of your choice.
There are two ways to publish your site to another hosting service in the 3rd Party Hosting section of the Publish tab, click to transfer the files with FTP Max.
Remember that the hosting service must support the FTP protocol.
advanced users can publish websites using FTP Max, an easy-to-use FTP utility. With it you can transfer files to and from your remote server and manage your remote files.
For detailed information about using FTP Max, click the Help button in the FTP Max window.
To run FTP Max and upload your files:
1 Click the Publish tab and in the 3rd Party Hosting section, click Transfer Files.
2 In the Connect dialog box, select the profile for your website space.
If you haven’t created a profile, select a defined profile from the list of popular ISPs.
If your ISP is not in the list and you have not created a profile, see “Creating Connection Profiles” for information.
Note: You must have the connection details from your ISP or host to continue.
3 If you selected a standard profile, fill in the information for connecting to your account.
4 Click OK.
5 After the connection is established, to transfer the files, in the FTP Max window, specify the remote folder, if necessary, in the top area.
6 Locate the folder with the files in the Local Folder box.
7 Select the folder or open the folder and select the files in the lower panel.
8 Then click Upload.
9 After the transfer completes, click Finish.
If this is the first time you’re publishing your website, check that the space your ISP has allocated to you for a website is greater than the size of the contents of your local website folder. Your local website folder is typically at:
\\My Documents\Web Easy\HTML\your_web_site_name
If the allocated space on the remote host is smaller, you can either request more space from your ISP or reduce the size of your website. You can reduce the size of your website by reducing the size of any large graphics, by removing a page, or by removing large files that are linked to the site.
If you have already published a website, you can make the one you are publishing now smaller, or you can delete the first website from your remote host. Deleting a website from your remote host does not remove your local version of it.
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