Uploading Your Web Pages

If you have your web hosting and domain name up and running then you're ready to begin uploading your HTML files so that people can view them. There are a couple of ways to do this:

Using an online file manager

Most web hosts give you a web browser-based method of uploading, deleting, and moving files around on your web server. This can be great if you want to just upload a couple of files or if you don't want to install any specialist software. To find your online file manager, log into your web hosting account and you should find that it's easy enough to find. If you can't find it then get in touch with your web hosting company; I can't offer any specific instructions because all web hosts are different.

Once you find your file manager you will find that the layout is intuitive and not dissimilar to your computer's file manager. You should be able to upload files from your computer, select files for deletion, create new folders, rename files, and all the other tasks you need to organize your web pages how you want them.

Online file managers tend to be fairly limited in a couple of ways - firstly you can usually only upload files one at a time. This is ok if you don't have many files to upload, but if you've got a very complex website with hundreds of web pages and images it would take you a very long time. Secondly, web browser-based file managers tend to be quite slow to use because they are constantly loading new web pages.

If you find that your online file manager is a bit slow to use then you might want to consider setting up our second method of file transfer.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

FTP file transfer is carried out by a dedicated program rather than a web browser-based system. This makes it considerably more user friendly and much faster to use for uploading multiple files. Rather than having to upload files one at a time you can simply drag a whole bunch of files from your computer to your web server and the FTP software will do the rest.

FTP takes a bit more setting up than an online file manager but the effort is worth it if you have a lot of web pages to upload. First you will need to download a dedicated ftp program (I recommend FileZilla). Next you need to find your web hosting FTP settings - you can usually find these through your web hosting control panel, or you can send your web hosting company an email to find them out.

Once your FTP program is up and running you can connect instantly to your server and drag files around as you would do on your own computer. Once the files are uploaded simply visit your web pages via your internet browser to make sure they're running smoothly.