You may have already created your
pages, if you have, great! If not, you will
need to download an editor from one of the sites listed
find some specific software suggestions here. Or
use a simple text editor such as NotePad.
To learn more about basic html and creating Web pages,
For help with basic html web site creation applicable to
try the html help
Another good beginning HTML site is
You may want to try out RootsWeb's
Online Editor and File Manager
for FreePages users.
For more information on the Freepages Online Editor and File Manager,
documentation. WebTV users must use File Manager or
a similar program to create and transload pages to
their Freepages account.
There are a few things you need to know before you
upload your pages...
Your first (home) page should be called index.htm(l)
That is the first page visitors will see when they go to your
where xxxxx=community name
Your Freepages pages can not include business advertisements for your
business or company,
and RootsWeb asks they be respectable, i.e. suitable for family viewing.
- If you have any questions
concerning Freepages policy, HTML, or FTP (uploading), please
your questions on the FreePages-Help
You were automatically subscribed when your
Freepages account was created. If you have
unsubbed, follow the instructions
here to resubscribe.
You can use programs like Netscape Gold
or Microsoft FrontPage to build your pages, but you
will not be able to use any of the FrontPage extensions.
You must upload your pages
via FTP (Explained Below).
your pages to your
directory on the Freepages Web Server:
The example below uses WS_FTP, but you can use any FTP
CuteFTP. See RootsWeb
Wizards - FTP - How to Upload Files to RootsWeb for more
Please note! You will need to substitute the hostname
in the examples you find at Wizards.
You may download a copy of WS_FTP from Ipswitch
Connect to the Internet.
Start your WS_FTP Program.
Create a New Session
Profile Called: My FreePages
In the Host Field,
Host Type should be set to
In the UserId
the userid that was provided in your account info
that was emailed to you
In the Password Field,
enter the password that was provided (copy and paste
assures an exact match)
connected to the server, double-click on the folder
"xxxxx_html" where "xxxxx" is replaced with the community that you want
pages in. For example, if you have genealogy pages, you will
"genealogy_html" and upload your pages into that directory. If you have
local history pages, you will upload your pages into the
on. You upload by highlighting the file that you want copied on the
left side of
your screen (local files on your computer) and then click the arrow
that points to the
(the Freepages server).
may come up:
If you use CAPITAL letters
in your names, you must be consistent. Pages named
"index.html", "Index.html", "INDEX.html", and "INDEX.HTML" are all
pages on the web.
Long file names may also cause a
problem, especially for GIFs and JPGs. You may NOT
use spaces or special characters in your file names. If you are getting
denied" message when you try to upload, it is most likely because the
contains spaces or some other forbidden character or is too long.
If your program tells you
that access is denied, please do not assume that the
password is wrong. It can also mean that you have made a typographical
in the hostname OR the password. We have tried to eliminate the small
"l" and the capital letter "I" because of the confusion it causes. We
99.9% of time that the problem is NOT the password.
more about using
WS_FTP, please visit http://www.ipswitch.com/support/ws_ftp/tutorials/tours/index.htm
address will be:
**** is your userid ( account
name ) and xxxxx
is the community that you
selected for uploading your pages.
Based on the original © 1998-2002, Betsy Mills
Modified to update URLs by Pat Asher, Jul 2008
Published here with permission.
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