FTP Access to Distance Education Consultants’ Mull-IT Web Site
Here is a step-by-step guide to uploading a web page or virtual museum to Distance Education Consultants’ web site. File transfers will made using the FTP protocol (which in the past required people to learn to use sometimes complicated transfer programs like “WS-FTP”), but we’ll be using Microsoft Windows’ built-in FTP client so that copying files to and from the server is as easy as copying files on your local machine.
[ ] – First, make sure that everything is all set on your end. Load the web page or virtual museum and verify that all the images load, that the text is proofread, etc. It is possible to edit the files later (see below), but doing it now will save time for everyone involved. If you’re making a web page, put everything into a single folder, and make sure that when you load your web page all the images are appearing properly, hyperlinks work, etc.
[ ] – Make sure that if you’re making a web page, the entry point (or main page, whatever you want to call it) is called “index.html”. Important: Microsoft likes to name files with a .htm extension, not a .html extension. Make sure it’s index.html, not index.htm, or it won’t work after being uploaded. Other files in your folder can be .htm files.
[ ] – Remove any special characters from the name of your museum. Change the name of the folder so that it does not include any characters such as: *&^%$#@!`~;:<>?/,. The web site will not accept folders with special characters in them. Spaces are okay. Give the folder a name that describes what is inside, such as “Civil Rights Museum” or “The Bill Kerney Web Page Extravaganza”.
[ ] – You’re now ready to upload, and put your creation on the internet! But keep a copy of this folder on your own computer for backup purposes.
[ ] – A little-known feature of Microsoft Windows (on all systems with Internet Explorer version 5.0 and above) is that is has an FTP client built into it. Open up a new browser windows (or, actually, any Windows window, even “My Computer” will do!) and type in the following line into it (or just copy it if you have a digital copy of this file):
[ ] – When you type this in, a window will come up prompting you for a password. Type it in. Your project coordinator has the password. Write it down here: __________
[ ] – Ok, you’ve connected to the server. Now, this window can be used just like any other open file folder window on your local computer. Drag a file from your local computer onto the open window and it will copy that file onto the server. Drag a folder over and it will copy the entire folder. If you want to delete files off the server, or create shortcuts to your desktop, the process works exactly the same way as if the files were on your local computer – except that copying will probably be a lot slower since the files have to go over the internet. Patience is often necessary when transferring files this way.
[ ] – When you are done, just close the window for the FTP folder, and it will disconnect from the server automatically.
[ ] – The main Mull-IT web site will automatically add your web page or museum to the main Mull-IT page. If you visit www.distanceeducationconsultants.com/mullit.html you should see your creation appear there. If it didn’t appear, then you probably didn’t have an “index.html” file inside of the folder you uploaded – Mull-IT looks for this file in order to tell which folders contain valid web sites. Double check and try again.
[ ] – If you want people to be able to access your site directly, without having to go through Mull-IT, it can be found at the following address (or just copy the hyperlink for it from the main Mull-IT page): http://www.distanceeducationconsultants.com/mullit/<name_of_folder>/
[ ] – Editing files on the server. If you discover a typo, or wish to make a change to a museum already uploaded, you have a couple options. First, you can just select the folder for the museum, delete it, and re-upload the entire thing. (Aha! You did keep a copy on your own computer, right?) Or, if you know the name of the file you want to edit, just copy that file to your local computer, edit it, and then copy it back to the FTP site.