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Publishing A Web Page

A web page is not like a diary. The ultimate goal when creating a page is for its contents to be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This goal is accomplished by publishing it on the World Wide Web.

Publishing a page means to place the files on a Web server where a browser is able to access it.

In this particular tutorial the publisher we've selected is Yahoo!'s GeoCities service. Like almost all free hosts there is some advertising associated with the hosting but being a reputable company you can rely on this content being suitable for all audiences.

  1. If you already have a Yahoo! account you'd like to use then sign in and skip ahead to step 4.

    If you don't have a Yahoo! account go to Yahoo! and set-up an account.

    Location on Yahoo!
front page of new account link

  2. Click "Sign Up" and you'll go to a registration page.

    Complete the registration process. It may take a few tries to get a unique name. If you can use a meaningful name without numbers, it is easier for people to remember.

  3. Once you're finished it will check everything and then ask you if you are "ready to experience experience Yahoo! mail". Click the Continue link which will take you back to Yahoo!'s front page.
  4. Now that you are back at Yahoo!'s front page locate a bright yellow button on the left at the bottom of a list of services that says "All Yahoo! Services". Click this button.

    All Yahoo Services Button

  5. A menu will now slide in from the left. Click the "Geocities" link.

    GeoCities Sign Up Button

  6. Make a note of the address of your page then click the "Start Building Now" link.

    GeoCities Sign Up Button

  7. Yahoo! will then try to collect some information about your intentions for the Web page they are hosting. Answer however you want then "Verify Registration".
  8. Click the "Build Page Now" link
  9. Click the "File Manager" link.

    The click "Open File Manager"

  10. You are now in the file manager where you can upload the pages you've already made or edit pages you've already uploaded. You first click the check box beside the existing index.htm file, next click "delete" and finally click "Upload To" to upload the index file you have created.

  11. Now you have the opportunity to choose the file or files you wish to upload.


    If you now click the link to your page or enter it into a new window you shuld be able to see your page. Any images you have will not be visible yet...

  12. You now need to create a subdirectory by clicking the "new" subdirectory button and calling it "images" (or whatever you called that folder).

  13. Now you should have a folder called "images" which you can click and then upload to in the same way you uploaded your index.html file.

  14. Pat yourself on the back you now exist in cyberspace!

    NOTE: When uploading files and setting folders the most common reason for missing images or pages is incorrect set-up of folders. Your files on the Web host must be set up exactly the same way as they are on your own computer.