How to create your own Web Page on Putnam Internet

Well, first things first..

Once you've done that, the next step is to create the pages, and get them on our server. You can do this 2 ways..

  1. Create the pages on your computer, then upload them to the server, or..
  2. Log into the server, and create your pages there.
Many people will want to create their pages on their own computer using some sort of web page authoring tool.Either way is fine, you just have to take care of a few details.

The public_html directory

This is the directory in your "home" directory, where your page(s) and graphics will be stored. Once the pages are in place, they will be referenced as: If you create a page called "index.html", you won't have to put in the whatever.html part, because "index.html" is your default home page. Also, if you want to be listed on the "users' pages page" you are best advised to name your page "index.html" to save us trouble. Most people already have a public_html directory in their home directory. If you don't, you have to log into your shell account, and get to a shell prompt. You can do this by:
  1. Telnetting to PUT.COM.
  2. Dialing in with a modem, and regular terminal software, like Procomm,Qmodem,HyperTerminal,or the like. Make sure you use vt100 or VT102 emulation!

If you get a menu when you log into your shell account, then choose "Shells" and pick a shell (bash is fine...and the default otherwise).

You will find yourself at a command prompt.

To create the directory public_html, simply type:

mkdir public_html

and hit enter.

Getting your stuff onto the server (and into public_html)

The next step is to get your info up to the server. As we said before, you can either edit the files on the server, or you can edit them on your computer, then upload them later.

To create them on the server, you must log into your shell account, then go into the public_html directory by typing:

cd public_html

then hitting enter, at the shell prompt.

If you create them on your own computer, you can either ftp them to your public_html directory, or you can upload them using your terminal software, and Z-Modem, or some other file transfer protocol.

Testing Your Page

Once you have uploaded your page, you should be able to view it with your web browser. As said before, your page will be referenced as:
If it is not showing up, make sure you check the following:

File Permissions

Once you have the files in place, you must make sure that everyone is allowed to read them. You must log into your shell account, and get to a shell prompt. From your home directory, type the following:

chmod -R 755 public_html

And hit enter. This will make public_html and all the files in it, world readable, meaning everyone will be able to see your pages.

This IS the default for a public_html,but it doesn't hurt to make sure.

If you need more help, send email to, or check out theput.www newsgroup.

Last Modified: Dec 25th 1999