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TECHNICAL FAQ Technical FAQ Administration of your account
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The web language 'html'
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After notification that your account has been created on the NetCulture network, you may then connect onto the system to load your web pages, cgi programs etc. Your home directory will already have at least three directories created :-

www : used to hold all your web pages, images etc.
cgi-files : the directory for any 'cgi' programs used on your web server.
ftp : the area for all your files which you wish to make available to other users.
logs : all your log files for both web and ftp are created here.

You may freely create or manipulate any directories or subdirectories. Please remember that files in either ‘www' or ‘ftp' are freely accessible by any user on the Internet !

If you have selected to use FrontPage administration on your account, the details below are not relevant. Please see our FrontPage web page available here.

File transfer to the NetCulture system

The main tool for transferring files is by using ‘ftp' (file transfer protocol). Most versions of TCP/IP have a copy of ‘ftp' built in, but if using Windows 3.x or 95 we would suggest using the graphical program WS-ftp or CuteFTP, (available at the Tucows Site ). These shareware programs allow much easier administration of sending of files over the network. NB. Please respect the shareware policy agreement included in the packages.

Once running the ‘ftp' software, simply connect to the domain address with the username and password indicated on your account creation e-mail. You may then copy over all web pages ‘html' or ‘htm' files and images onto the NetCulture system. REMEMBER, transfer all your web pages and text files using the TEXT and all images using the BINARY formats.

Remote ‘login' for maintenance

To make administration easier for the testing of server side programs or manipulation of files, all accounts have the ability to actually ‘login' to the server. It should be noted that not all users will need to ‘login' for maintenance. Files can be modified and then transferred using ‘ftp' as explained above.

Logging in is achieved using the ‘telnet' program. Windows 95 users should already have ‘telnet.exe' available in the ‘C:\WINDOWS' directory, Windows 3.x users are recommended to take a look at the Tucows Site.

After the connection is established to the Internet, instruct your ‘telnet' program to connect to the domain address indicated on your account creation e-mail. Once connected, you may then ‘login' to the server with the username and password already advised. NB. Our systems use the Unix operating system, you should therefore have some understanding of the commands to use.

To disconnect for the server, use the ‘exit' command.

Maintaining your log files

Every transaction through to your account will be logged. This gives the ability to i) monitor all traffic on the server and ii) check to ensure that everything is running smoothly. All the log files are located in the sub-directory 'logs'. The www access log is named 'www-access_log' and error log as 'www-error_log'. All 'ftp' activity is held in the 'ftp-access_log' file.

There are various utilities available to analyse web log file output. Please check the Tucows site for further information.

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