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Each time you run WS_FTP the Session Profile  window  will be displayed. A profile contains the information needed to connect  to your web site. Creating a profile now will eliminate the need for you  to configure the software each  time you wish to connect to the web server  via FTP. To create a profile, click the "New" button and enter a generic  profile name at the top of the Session Profile window, such as  "My Web  site." Next, enter your Host Name/Address (yourdomain.com), User ID, and  Password for your web site.

Next you need to click "OK" to continue. This will connect  you to the  web server, where you will connect directly to the root ("home") directory  of your account. WS_FTP will display a split screen where files on the  left-hand side are  within your own computer. You will see several folders  on the right-hand side such as www, domain-logs, domain-secure which are  landmarks suggesting a successful connection to your web site.

You need to double click on www to get to your web directory. This is  where all your files will be downloaded, and/or you will create sub-directories.  The only system directory that you  may need to use is cgi-bin; this directory  is reserved for custom scripts. To make your home page load automatically,  name the HTML document "index.html" in lowercase and upload it  to the www  directory of your account. To upload a file or files, simply highlight  the file(s) on the left and click the right arrow button (->) in the  center of the window. Be sure  to upload HTML documents and scripts in ASCII  mode and images in Binary mode. To transfer a file to a subdirectory, double-click  the appropriate subdirectory to open it before transferring  the desired  file(s). To create a new directory, click on the MkDir button when you  are inside the www directory or subdirectory.

As soon as a file is uploaded to the web server, it is  available for  all to see. If, after uploading a file, you are still unable to see the  updated file via Netscape, try hitting the "Refresh" or "Reload" button.  If  that fails, you need to clear both disk and browser cache. This function  can be found by selecting Options>Network Preferences in Netscape. Remember  that you must first be connected to the  Internet through your local Internet  service provider in order to connect to the web server.

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