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#18 - get tools for running your site


You just need a few tools to run your Web site, and you probably have a couple of them already. I assume that you already have a web browser and connection software to get you onto the Internet.

If you are creating a Web site on a remote machine, you will need telnet to login to your account. Telnet typically runs on top of a PPP or SLIP connection. You have to specify your server's telnet IP address, and telnet will connect you to the server. The server will ask you for your user name and password, and then you will be logged into your account. From there you can create directories for your web site files, and that's usually enough to get you started. Eventually, you will want to monitor accesses to your Web site, and you usually need to login to do that as well.

Again if you are creating a Web site on a remote machine, you will need ftp to transfer your files to the server. I use ws_ftp, and it works great. Like telnet, ftp programs run on top of a PPP or SLIP connection. You have to specify your server's ftp IP address, your user name, and your password (usually a different IP address, but the same user name and password as you used with telnet). Once ftp is connected, you can transfer files from your personal computer to your web server. At that point, your pages are accessible to the whole world!


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