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Web Hosting

  1. 1. Intro to Hosting
  2. 2. What is Hosting? <ul><li>So far you have made several websites, ranging from Classical Manchester, thru Moon Inn, to your final project… </li></ul><ul><li>But none of them have actually gone on-line… yet! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Hosting <ul><li>To get your website ‘on-line’ you need three things: </li></ul><ul><li>The website itself </li></ul><ul><li>A web address (such as www.mywebsite.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Somewhere to store it online </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hosting <ul><li>…and this is how they all link together: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hosting <ul><li>There are basically four ways to get your website online, known as ‘Hosting’: </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a server and host it yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to a paid for web hosting service </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to a free web hosting service </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to the web space that your ISP provides as part of your subscription </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hosting for Geeks <ul><li>The first of these options is very technical and would probably only be used by large companies with a dedicated IT department to keep things up and running. </li></ul><ul><li>The second (using a paid for service) is the best option for a company website, as it should provide you with more webspace, bandwidth and e-mail addresses. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hosting for Free <ul><li>But who wants to pay when you can have something for nothing? That leaves us with the two free options either to use your ISP or a free service as a Web Host… </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is a Host? <ul><li>A web host is a service provider that places your web site on a computer which is always connected to the internet (called a ‘server’) . </li></ul><ul><li>A web host will typically have a fast connection to the Internet and they may host thousands of web sites on many servers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good News! <ul><li>If you access the internet at home there’s a good chance that you already own some web space. </li></ul><ul><li>How? Before you sign up to use the Internet from home your Internet Service Provided (BT, NTL, Tiscali, Orange, etc…) will tempt you with offers of free web space (that you probably forgot about)… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good News!
  11. 11. Not So Good News <ul><li>The drawback to these is that if you change ISP then you lose your web space. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, these Web Hosting accounts tend to be very basic – so they may not be suitable if your site expands to include Message Boards or an e-mail request forms. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How do I Get to my ISP Webspace? <ul><li>Go to BT-Yahoo, NTL, etc… and access your account details online. This is usually found under ‘Existing Customers’ under the heading of ‘Your Account’. </li></ul><ul><li>From within Your Account there will be an option to activate your web space. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Something for Nothing <ul><li>You can actually get your website hosted for free – even if you don’t have a ISP! </li></ul><ul><li>Free web hosts can be tracked down at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.freewebspace.net </li></ul>
  14. 14. So What’s the Catch? <ul><li>Well… </li></ul><ul><li>These are great for small websites </li></ul><ul><li>But… you usually have to have some kind of small advert on every page </li></ul><ul><li>…and don’t expect any customer support when it won’t work! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Which Should I Choose? <ul><li>There are at least three free hosts that have a good reputation… </li></ul><ul><li>www.5gigs.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.50webs.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.freewebsitehost.net </li></ul>
  16. 16. What Should I Look For? <ul><li>When considering a free host consider: </li></ul><ul><li>How Much Space Do I Get? </li></ul><ul><li>(20 – 100mb is the norm) </li></ul><ul><li>How Do I Get My Website to the Host Server? </li></ul><ul><li>(You need FTP – more later!) </li></ul><ul><li>What Type of Adverts Are There? </li></ul><ul><li>(Avoid ‘banner ads’) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Getting On-Line <ul><li>OK… So what does all this mean in reality? </li></ul><ul><li>First of all, you will need an e-mail address before you start. If you haven’t got one then go to Yahoo or gMail and sign up for free. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Getting On-Line <ul><li>Next you need to decide which host you are going to use to get on-line. </li></ul><ul><li>You ultimately need three items of information off them: </li></ul><ul><li>Host Name </li></ul><ul><li>Your Username </li></ul><ul><li>Your Password </li></ul>
  19. 19. Signing Up with 50webs.com Go to www.50webs.com and click on the FREE option
  20. 20. Signing Up with 50webs.com … then fill in your details:
  21. 21. Signing Up with 50webs.com <ul><li>Now wait for 15 minutes or so… </li></ul><ul><li>Then check your email. 50webs will send you an email containing Your Username and Password . </li></ul><ul><li>The email will also tell you how to set up (create) a Host Name for your website. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pause for breath…
  23. 23. What follows is a really a primer for two/three weeks time when you will be ready to put your finished website on line... If you fancy giving it a go at home feel free but you might not have college FTP access until next week...
  24. 24. FTP <ul><li>So, one last thing… </li></ul><ul><li>File Transfer Protocol (FTP) </li></ul><ul><li>…basically, this is a way to copy your website from your computer to the server. </li></ul>
  25. 25. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>Since day two of the course we have been Defining each new website we have produced... </li></ul>
  26. 26. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>...when doing so we are asked: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ How do you connect to the remote server?’ </li></ul><ul><li>...and the Golden Rule is you always choose: ‘ None ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Now we’re going to change this Rule! </li></ul>
  27. 27. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>In Dreamweaver open any one of your </li></ul><ul><li>websites and choose: </li></ul><ul><li>Site >>> (select your website) >>> Edit </li></ul><ul><li>Then click ‘ Next ’ three times... </li></ul>
  28. 28. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>In the box beneath when DW asks you ‘ How do you connect to the remote server? ’ change ‘None’ to ‘FTP’ </li></ul><ul><li>A set of boxes will appear... </li></ul>
  29. 29. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>Fill in these three boxes with the: </li></ul><ul><li>Host Name </li></ul><ul><li>Your Name </li></ul><ul><li>Your Password </li></ul><ul><li>Information you have received from your web host (Say, 50webs.com) </li></ul>… then click ‘ Next ’ >>> ‘ Next ’ >>> ‘ Done ’
  30. 30. FTP in Dreamweaver <ul><li>Leaving you with just one thing left to do... </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading Your Website </li></ul><ul><li>Open your website in Dreamweaver. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the right-hand panel where your site Files are displayed... </li></ul>
  31. 31. FTP in Dreamweaver
  32. 32. FTP in Dreamweaver Select the files that you want to upload and click on the blue Upload Arrow. It may take several minutes to upload. You can also select ‘Remote View’ to see the files on your host’s server, just like looking at any other folder on your PC/Mac!
  33. 33. Intro to Hosting ---End---