Publishing Remotely

Unless you have your own secure, dedicated web server, in order to put your web site on the Internet you must upload it to a remote web host.

If you are uploading your web site to your own web host’s remote server, you can enter all the information that is needed to transfer your files on the FTP Tab of the Publisher dialog box. Include your web account information, such as your login name and password, as well as the web host’s domain name or IP address and the name of the target publish directory on the web server. For more information, see Publisher Dialog Box.

Your web host will provide all the information you need, including any special instructions for uploading your files. Be sure to have this information handy before you begin the publishing and uploading process.

Some free hosting sites may not allow you to FTP directly to your web site or may require that you use their specialized procedures to upload your files. If you do not already know the procedure or have the required FTP information, please contact your hosting company technical support.

When you set SiteSpinner® Pro to upload your web site to a remote web host, SiteSpinner® Pro first gathers the files to the target directory specified in the Local Publish Directory field on the Pages Tab of the Publisher dialog box. SiteSpinner® Pro then connects via FTP to your web host and transfers the web files from the local directory to the target directories on the remote web server.

This can potentially create problems with missing resource files, such as images, audio, movies, etc. It’s not a problem if you are using the convenient Gather all files option to handle the transfer of your web site’s resource files, including images, audio, etc., because SiteSpinner® Pro will map out valid references to your resource files automatically. But if you are publishing using the Relative Link to Files option, you must make sure that the path relationship in the local directory between the page files and the resource files match the same relative paths on the remote server. For more information, see Gathering Resources and Relative Paths to Resources.

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