Access & Upload Instructions For
Web Sites Of Organizations and Individuals
Hosted For Free At www.trainweb.org
To upload your web pages, FTP to "trainweb.org" and
use the User ID and Password (lowercase only!) that
were sent to you via e-mail from us. (You must FTP
to "trainweb.org" and not to "www.trainweb.org").
Please note that your "User ID" and your "www.trainweb.org" suffix are not necessarily
the same. If you have a long suffix, we will usually assign something shorter for your
"User ID". However, your actual web address will be the web address that you requested
and not the shorter "User ID" version of the name.
You can use any FTP (Internet File Transfer Protocol) program to upload and download files
from your new web account hosted on TrainWeb. I use the free Ipswitch product "WS_FTP LE
(32-bit)" from home and the $37.50 professional product "WS_FTP Pro (32-bit)" from my office.
I am going to explain how to use "WS_FTP LE (32-bit)" to log into your web account and upload
files. If you are using some other FTP program, you will need the information that I am
about to give you, but your FTP program might ask for the information in a different order
and have different names for requesting each piece of information.
If you don't yet have an FTP program, I would recommend the above products from Ipswitch.
You can download the home version for free or even the professional version for a free 30
day trial. Click on any of the links below to download WS_FTP now for free:
If you have problems using the above links to download and install WS_FTP, then use your web
browser to go to www.download.com, search for "WS_FTP", and then download it from there. You
can click here to go to www.download.com now.
Once you download, install, and run WS_FTP, follow these
instructions to access your web account:
- Click on New
- For Profile Name:, type the name of your web site
- For Host Name/Address:, type trainweb.org
- Leave Host Type: as Automatic detect
- For User ID:, type the User ID you were sent via e-mail from us
- Use your mouse to click on the Save Pwd box
- For Password:, type the Password you were sent via e-mail from us
(All lowercase! The last 4 characters of your password are usually a 4 digit number.
If there is a "0" in the last four positions, it is probably a zero.)
- Leave the Account: and Comment: fields empty
- Click on Apply
- Click on Startup and you will see a new screen
- Unless you know where your HTML web files are located on your local computer,
leave the rest of the fields empty. If you do know where your HTML web files are
located on your local computer, you can type that into the Initial Local Folder: field.
- Click on Apply
- Click on OK
- You will now see the contents of your web account on the TrainWeb server in the right window
and the contents of your local computer drive in the left window.
- You should see a temporary file called "index.html" in the
right window. If you don't see it and don't know how to fix this problem, then
click here to send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will need to use the left window to navigate around your local computer to find the
web pages that you have created. Once you find those pages, you can highlight them and
click on the right arrow to upload those pages into your web account.
- If you need further help, then I would strongly recommend that you
click here to order
the HTML For The World Wide Web Book. That book explains about creating web
pages and about using WS_FTP to upload them into your web account.
If you are already very familiar with using FTP, then the important items you will
need are your User-ID and your password.
You can use any web design utility to create your web pages. Many of the WebMasters
that have their web sites hosted at TrainWeb use Adobe PageMill both for Windows and
for the MacIntosh and recommend it highly. Several others use Netscape Composer which
is built into and comes free with the Netscape browser. I would strongly recommend that
you DO NOT use Microsoft Front Page to create your web pages. We get more problem
reports from WebMasters using that software than any other. Microsoft Front Page is also
more likely to generate web pages that violate the current HTML industry standard than
any other web design utility and could result in pages that will not operate properly
on our server or sometimes only display properly for people using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Internet Exporer also generates a large array of files in various folders with
encoded names that make it very difficult for us to help you if you run into problems with
your web site. We have not seen similar problems with any other web design tool and would
suggest that you use any tool other than Microsoft Front Page.
Your home page at TrainWeb must be named "index.html" or "index.htm". If you use
3 letter filename extensions (".htm") instead of 4 letter filename extensions (".html"),
then you MUST delete the temporary "index.html" file that we have placed into your
web account. You can use FTP to delete this file.
To view your web site, just set your web browser to:
"http://trainweb.org/???" or "www.trainweb.org/???",
whichever you prefer. They both work. In this case, "???"
represents the web address suffix that you requested.
This will not necessarily be the same as your User-ID !
As soon as you have your web site up, I'll place links to your new web site from other areas
in TrainWeb and announce your web site on the "What's New" page. When you get a chance, design
a ".gif" banner for yourself that is 200 x 40 pixels and no larger than 3000 bytes in size.
Send it to me via e-mail at email@example.com.
If you do not know how to create a ".gif" banner, then go to the web site at
If you are not an expert in computer graphics, you may find it very difficult to create anything
more than a very basic banner that still stays under 3000 bytes in size. I suggest that you use
just 2 colors in your banner and avoid pictures or graphics. A person with experience can make
a banner that is a bit fancier and still keep the final size under 3000 bytes. As soon as you
submit your banner to me via e-mail, I will add it to the other banners that appear throughout
the TrainWeb community of web pages. Visitors to any of those web pages that click on your
banner will be sent directly to your new web site!
If you have problems following the above instruction to access and upload files to your web
account, the following procedure will also work and might be easier to understand:
FTP to "trainweb.org" and login using the above User ID and Password.
Upload your index.html file into that directory.
That file becomes your top web page. You can upload
additional web pages and graphics into that directory
or you can create additional subdirectories under that
directory. (If you are using a MacIntosh or Windows-95,
"subdirectories" are also called "folders").
To view your web site with your web browser, just set
your browser to: "http://trainweb.org/???"
(or "www.trainweb.org/???"), where ??? is the www.trainweb.org suffix that you requested.
That is the address that you should publicize to let
everyone know how to get to your web site.
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