FINDING YOUR VOICE ONLINE- CREATING YOUR OWN WEB SITE
Stage 1: Activate Your UW Web Publishing
§ You should know your UW NetID to proceed. If you do not have one or you are unsure, go here first.
§ Next, activate your account for web publishing. You can do that by going HERE.
§ If your account is activated, you should be able to see a picture of a man digging something on http://students.washington.edu/yourNetID.
§ If you already have a web page, inform me.
Stage 2: Designing your Web Page
§ Open Microsoft Word.
§ Create your page the way you want it. Think small at this point. You will obviously want to improve on this as time goes by.
§ Name the file index.htm.
§ To insert links, use “Insert-Hyperlink”. All inserted hyperlinks must start with http:// (e.g. http://www.cnn.com). “Save as Web page” ON THE DESKTOP to create a HTML document.
§ DO NOT ADD PICTURES AT THIS POINT. DO NOT ADD FANCY BACKGROUNDS EITHER.
Stage 3: Moving it to your Web Account
The file you just created (index.htm) looks good.
§ However, it currently lives on your desktop PC.
§ For the world to see it, you have to move it to your web account.
§ EVERY TIME YOU MAKE A CHANGE, you need to repeat this process.
§ Locate SSH-Secure FTP on your desktop/PC.
§ Click on “Quick Connect”.
§ You will see a pop-up screen. If the host name is blank, type in dante.u.washington.edu. For user name, enter your NetID. Click on Connect.
§ If you have activated your account, you should see a public_html directory. Click on it.
§ You should see your file in hyper-text. Click the “Refresh” button if changes do not appear. Click on the links to make sure they work.
You have just created your first web site.
§ Putting the file in the wrong place- Did you click on public_html before uploading?
§ Not uploading the file.
§ Linking to a document that does not exist. If you have linked to a file 2.htm, make sure the file is not named 2.HTM.
§ DO NOT NAME THE MAIN FILE INDEX.HTM or INDEX.htm. It has to be named index.htm (all lowercase).
§ Not clicking on “Refresh”.
§ Not being able to locate the file on your PC (save to desktop).
§ Not saving multiple versions of a file. Save multiple versions. Save multiple versions. (get it?)
Stage 4: Uploading Pictures
§ Open index.htm in Microsoft Word and insert the picture in it.
§ Save the document on to your desktop using “Save as web page”.
§ You will see a new FOLDER on your desktop that says something like index_files.
§ You will need to UPLOAD the index.htm file and the entire index_files folder and its contents to the public_html directory.
Stage 5: Creating Multiple Pages
You have successfully created a web page. A web site has multiple web pages. You are ready for your next baby step.
The file index.htm will be your home page. That will load when you type- http://students.washington.edu/johndoe
Create another page- call it 2.htm. Make sure it has things that your index.htm file does not have.
Go to Microsoft Word.
Create a page. “Save it as web page” as 2.htm on your desktop.
Now using SSH-Secure FTP, create a sub-folder under public_html.
Call the sub-folder searchweb2005.
Now, upload 2.htm to the sub-folder searchweb2005 under public_html.
You (and people in
Stage 6: Uploading a pdf file.
Go to the web and download a pdf file to your desktop. E.g. go to Google.com and type in-
“customer service” filetype:pdf
Call the file test.pdf. Now, using SSH-Secure FTP upload test.pdf.
You (and people in
You can use this technique to upload pdf files, Powerpoint files, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents etc.
Stage 7: ADDING MEANINGFUL CONTENT
Up to this point, you have been exposed to the mechanics of creating a page. Now is the time to add meaningful content.
Stage 8: ENABLE WEB STATS
Use the following steps-
§ Logon to catalyst.washington.edu.
§ Locate SimpleSite on left toolbar. Click on it.
§ You will come to a new screen with a list of options.
§ Select “Manage this web site’s usage statistics”.
§ You have successfully enabled the site’s stats.
§ Starting tomorrow, you can see the site’s stats at- http://students.washington.edu/johndoe/webstats