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How to publish Web sites with FTP

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If you already have an account with a Web site hosting company, do the following on your own to help you prepare for FTP publishing.

  • Get the FTP host name from your hosting company (for example, ftp.example.com).
  • Get the FTP directory for your files. If your hosting company doesn't specify an FTP directory, then you don't need to specify one when you publish.
  • Get the correct spelling of your home page file name (for example: index.htm, index.html, default.htm, or default.html).
  • Ask your IT department, help desk, or network administrator if you are allowed to publish with FTP beyond a firewall. Also ask if you need to install special software that allows you to publish beyond the firewall.
  • Make sure you know what your disk space limit is on the Web server.
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