Step 9 - Uploading Your Website to Your Website Hosting Company

You built your web page or website and now you want to get it on the internet!  great!  Now, we need to use a specialized tool, called an "FTP client" to copy the page (called a "file") to your space on the web hosting computer.

  • FTP or SSH/Telnet?
    Most webmasters  use FTP or "File Transfer Protocol" programs to upload their webpages and other files to their hosted server. FTP clients are very easy to use, and are accepted by almost all hosting companies.  They are also buit into better html editors like Frontpage and Dreamweaver, so you can literally write  page save it and press a "publish" button.
    • Click here to find out where to get the programs
      If you use a built-in FTP client in your html editor, you don't need to buy or download anything else.  There are advantages to stand alone FTP programs, too, so here is a list of free and inexpensive FTP clients and links to download them.
    • How to use the FTP programs
      They all come with a tutorial that shows you how to do.  It's very easy; you just navigate in their interface) to the directory on your computer where you saved the web pages you made, then tell the program where your web host's computer is (When you signed up at the web host, they gave you that information.  Many web hosts, like Lunarpages, provide videos and simple directions to tell you, step by step, how to do it.