Fetch for Macintosh
Fetch is a File Transfer Protocol client program. It allows you to connect to file servers and upload, download, or delete files. You will use this program to post your web pages on an HTTP (web) server.
Getting Ready: Case-Sensitive File Names
Before posting your web page, your entire site should be in a directory, a folder, or on a disk all by itself, separate from any unrelated files.
Web servers are case-sensitive. This means that Index.html is a different file than index.html on a web server. So, before you upload your web page files, you must make sure that the file names on your disk exactly match the file names in your HTML code. Ideally, everything should be in all lower-case letters. If your folder or file names are not all lower case, you must make the necessary changes throughout your HTML code, and make sure that file names are consistent.
Launch and Upload
- Find the Fetch icon on your hard drive and double-click on it. Fetch will automatically open a new connection window.
- In the Host field, enter the name of your email server. To find your email server, go to connections.webster.edu/myaccount and log in with your Connections user name and password. After logging in, click the Settings for my desktop e-mail program link. The incoming and outgoing server is your Host.
- In the UserID field, type your Connections user name (everything before @webster.edu in your email address).
- In the Password field, type your Connections password.
- In the Directory field, enter the default web page directory for your web server. This should be "public_html". Your connection window should be similar to the example.
- Click OK.You should see a window listing all the files in the directory. If this is your first time uploading files to your public_html directory, the window should be empty.
- Click the Put File button. A dialog box will prompt you for the file to be transferred.
- Click on the desktop button and navigate to your first HTML file. Double-click the
file name to start the transfer.
A Put File dialog appears.
- From the Format list, select Text. Then, click OK. Your file should appear in the connection window, as it's now on the server.
- Repeat Steps 7 through 9 for all of your HTML documents.
Transferring image and sound files works the same way, with two exceptions:
- You must choose Create New Directory from the Directories menu to create your "images" and "sounds" folders, and then double-click them to open them. When you click Put File, files will be put into the new directories.
- When you transfer sounds or images, you must choose Raw Data as the format when you transfer the files. Otherwise, your sounds and images will be converted to text during the transfer and will be corrupted.
Viewing Your Web Files or Webpage
Launch your favorite browser. In the address bar, type: http://servername.webster.edu/~userid
Replace "servername" with your email server name, as described in Step 2 above. Replace "userid" with your Connections user name (everything before @webster.edu in your email address). Be sure to include the tilde (~) before your Connections user name.
If your web page does not load, make sure that:
- You typed the address correctly, as above.
- You have a document named index.html, all lower case, on the server.
- index.html and all your other files reside in a correctly named directory ("public_html") on the server.
If you do not have an index.html file, you will see only a listing of the files and folders you have uploaded to the public_html directory.
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