Sunday, January 16, 2005

Day 5 -- Uploading Your Website Files

Welcome back to your business tips blog. We are now on day 5 of the "starting a work at home business" 7 day course. I apologize for the delay between days 4 and 5 but I have been swamped with business tasks!

If you have missed any of the lessons so far, I encourage you to scroll down and read them. They will help you with the basics of getting going with your online home business.

The past few days we have talked about getting a domain name, finding a web host, how many pages to have in your website, etc...

Today we are going to discuss how to actually upload your files (pages) to your website.

We will talk about how to do it with an FTP Client.

You may be saying, "what is an FTP client?" Well, there is a long technical definition to it, but I will spare you the bore and just tell you that an FTP client is basically just a way to copy files from your computer to your webhost.

Heck, I don't even really know how it works... nor do I care how it works as long as I know how to use it and that is the only thing you will need to know.

Basically, when you register with a webhost (discussed in Day 3), they will give you a "username" and "password" for logging into the control panel of your website.

When you download an FTP client to your computer, you will simply login to the FTP client using the username and password that your webhost gave you. When you do this you will notice two things...

1) You will see files on your computer

2) You will see files on your website

The whole purpose of an FTP client is to get the files from your computer, to your website.

Here are a few really good FTP clients that you can check out. They all have free evaluation periods so you can use them at first without paying anything...

When uploading files (tranferring files from your computer to your website), remember that they must have an extension on them for it to be "live" on your website and on the internet.

You've seen these extensions many times at every website you go to whether you realized it or not. The most common are: .htm, .html, and .php

For example, you can see one of my websites ends with .html ...

This is very important, because if you don't do this, your website won't actually show up on the internet.

Okay, That's all for today's online home business tips...

I will talk to you all soon!

Dedicated to your home business success,
Trent Brownrigg

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