WP-ORG Web-Publishing Using Netscape
Pictures is based on Netscape® Communicator 4.5
Do not use this as a model for the NetScape Publishing Server.
The server-side does not use the same protocol.
- It is assumed that you have a copy of Netscape Communicator
- It is assumed that you already know how to use the Netscape
Composer that came free with Netscape Communicator.
- It is assumed that you already know something about HyperText
Markup Language (HTML).
- Lastly, you have an FTP account at WP-ORG for publishing.
If you do not have Netscape, you can download the browser for
free at the Netscape homepage.
If you want to learn more about HTML, here are some good sites:
If you do
not have a WP-ORG FTP Account for publishing, go get one here!
When you start up Netscape Composer, take note of your menu
Once you have completed your "composition" and you
are ready to put your work into your home at WP-ORG, follow the
- Ensure that your publication is saved. Press the "Save"
button if highlighted.
- It may be a good idea to "Preview" your work to
ensure that you are not putting anything to the web that looks
NOTE: Once your documents
are published to the web, they are "live" -- that is
they are immediately available to the general public.
- Click on the "Publish" button. This will actually
initiate the "publishing" process.
- The "Publish" window will open and it will look
something like this: (Click on figure to get a more detail discription)
- The "Page Title" is left for you to decide what
to put on there.
- The HTML Filename could be anything, but ensure you follow
these guidelines. Otherwise your page may not show up.
- The filename should not have any spaces
- The filename should only use alphanumeric characters, period,
underline, and dash.
- The filename should never use "(" or ")",
brackets "[" or "]", and !@#$%^&*+=
- The filename is recommended to end with ".html"
The web server default file is "index.html".
The default file is the file that the webserver will return if
you typed only the path of your URL (not including the actual
- On the "HTTP or FTP Location to publish to", you
will enter the URL path or directory. Since you will be using
FTP, ensure to follow this format:
- The ftp://
is the syntax to tell Netscape Composer how to send your document.
In this cas, your document will be send using FTP.
- The argon.west-point.org/
tells Netscape Composer the address of the server.
is WP-ORG's default publishing server.
- The <directory>
is the path to your document. DO
NOT INCLUDE the filename. The filename goes in the
"HTML Filename:" field.
Here are some pointers about the <directory>:
Lets assume that you are publishing a document to this location:
which just so happens to be Jack Price's (USMA '64) homepage.
The publication path will look something like this:
Note that the "/users/usma1964/25244/"
portions match. This is always the case unless we specifically
tell you otherwise.
- Enter your WP-ORG username in the "User name" field.
The word username means the same thing as "User name".
If you do not have one, get one by visiting WP-ORG's Ftpusers
- Enter your password. You can change your password here.
- The "Other files to include" section is left as
- Press the "OK" button and the publication will
start. When the file is transfered completely to the server,
Netscape Composer will notify you. The tool is also very nice
when it encounters an error.
- Now, review your work. Use your browser to navigate to the
WP-ORG and check out if your document actually got there. When
checking your document, make sure you do a reload or turn off
your browsers caching. If you have caching turned "on",
the changes you made my not show up immediately, because the
browser keeps giving you its copy of the document, which just
so happens to be the old one.
- If everything checks out, YOU ARE
When publishing, the stuff you are publishing will be
dumped directly into the path you specified. For general
use, this may be okay. BUT if you are the organizer-type, you
may like to organize your site into different subdirectories and/or
categories. To create a subdirectory, you will need to do a little
bit more work. If you do not know FTP or Telnet, I suggest you
learn at least the basics.
If you are a Windows users, there are programs you can purchase
inexpensively. A Windows program that comes highly recommended
by Van Dyke Technologies.
AbsoluteFTP has a rich set of features, including a familiar Windows
Explorer interface, drag-and-drop file transfers, resume for interrupted
transfers, customizable file types, and multiple simultaneous
connections and transfers (including direct, server-to-server
transfers). Browsing your site(s) to download HTML files, images,
and other files is relatively easy with AbsoluteFTP.
An alternate FTP program is WS_FTP
Pro by Ipswitch, Inc.http://www.ipswitch.com. This
program will navigate the FTP site as if its a windows directory
using the familiar explorer interface.
Another program we recommend is Adobe's PageMill.
It is a far more advanced publishing package than the Composer.
It is compeletely compatible with our system and it is a very
simple program to learn.
You can also use Microsoft's FrontPage, but you cannot use
the server side extension because we do not support it. You would
have to use its FTP-based publishing processes.
Lastly, if you can afford Macromedia's
Dreamweaver 2, go for it. It is rated as the "best-of-breed"
in its class of HTML publishing packages.
If you think your publication failed, here's are some things
- Make sure that the URL is typed correctly in the "HTTP
or FTP Location to publish to" textfield.
- If you have gif files included with your publication, unselect
If you are totally lost, contact feedback.
If you managed to create a new directory to categorize and/or
classify your publication, the new directory when accessed will
return the directory listing. If this feature is okay, then all
is well. However, if you want to make sure that a page is always
returned, you need to save a file called index.html into
the new directory.
The process of saving an index.html file is left to
the user as an exercise.
To delete unwanted files in your homesite, see File
This page was published
using the steps above.