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web Page setup 1st time

Post by aburt408 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:44 am

Hi,
I am trying to set up my webspace for the first time.
I clicked through the exetel page where you set it up. I got an email to say it was setup.
I downloaded Blue voda to create pages.
I downloaded FileZilla to upload the files.
I successfully conected to the exetel server and uploaded some basic pages succesfully (including index.htm)
then I typed http://temporary.home.exetel.com.au/abps (abps was what I called my webspace when prompted by exetel)
I got "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"
Can anyone help me or point me to a post that has a step by step way to set up the web space correctly?
Any help would be geatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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Re: web Page setup 1st time

Post by Dazzled » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:49 am

Your site has been set up at http://home.exetel.com.au/abps, and is viewable, but the contents are a bit of a mess, so you will have to look at that. I have no knowledge of Bluevoda, as nothing beats a text editor (eg Notepad). Even Office can create an index.html file if needed.

See also http://forum.exetel.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=221&t=29653

{edit} I downloaded your index file - it is a 16KB binary file, viewable only in a hex editor.

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Re: web Page setup 1st time

Post by Dazzled » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:33 pm

I see you sorted it using MS Office. The code Office produces is execrable, but as you see, it may do the job for you.

The odd question marks are non-displayable characters that have flowed through from using Microsoft Word. If you open index.html in Notepad, you should be able to find them and change them to spaces, or to something else that the browser can show using the charset.

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Re: web Page setup 1st time

Post by aburt408 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:38 pm

Thanks Dazzled,
I must admit getting a great web page is Daunting...but thanks for your help

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Re: web Page setup 1st time

Post by Dazzled » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:29 am

aburt, I sent you some info re your page privately, which I hope is useful.

I should add for anyone having a go at coding web pages, that the online reference for cascading style sheets (CSS) is at http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/css/ with a look up reference for each css element at http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/css/properties.html

There is a similar reference for html coding at http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/

You can test your work as you go with online validators:
html: http://validator.w3.org/
css: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
html/xml: http://validator.aborla.net/
These also give detailed descriptions of any errors found, much like a compiler does.

Online tutorials are fairly common. One I came across is at http://pageresource.com/ There are lots more. The easiest way to learn is probably by modifying simple existing code, using the references, a step at a time, and observing the result in your browser - backtrack if necessary. The main principle is that content is written in html, appearance and layout is specified in css. Professional css can get quite complex, but that shouldn't be a problem in simple Exetel user web sites.

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