What is HOMEPAGEHOST
HOMEPAGEHOST II is a Sponsored free service that allows users to create their own web pages. To make using this service easier, we have put together a FAQ and introduction to the program. This tutorial covers all aspects of the service from making an account to logging in to your account to each feature inside the service. We hope that you find it to be useful for you and feel free to email us with your feedback and comments.
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SIGNING UP & LOGGING IN
How do I create an account?
The first step in making an account is going to SIGNUP You will be taken to the actual sign up page. You first need to read over the rules and terms of agreement (if there are any) and if you agree to these rules, check the "I Agree" box and proceed to fill out the short form. The form will first ask you for the member name you want; this name will be used both in the address of your page but also as your login name when editing the page. The next field is your email address, in this field you need to enter a valid email address as instructions and your password will be mailed to it. The Last field is your name. This is simple for use by the administrators and in your web directory listing. Once you have fully filled out all these fields, click the submit button and you will be taken to a new page.
On this new page you should see a box confirming that you signed up and
telling you the location of your web page along with the location of the
HomeFree file manager. If you see anything other then this box, then there is an
error with your account information or with the server. If the error appears to
be about your username, email address or name, click your browser's back button
and correct your entered information.
How do I login to my account?
Once you have successfully created an account, you will recieve your login information on the thank you page. If you were not able to select a password upon signup then one is being emailed to you so check your email after a few minutes. If you were informed that an admin had to first approve your account then please wait for a conformation email before trying to login. Otherwise, proceed to the login screen.
The login page is located at LOGIN. Once you are at the
login page, enter the user name that you selected along with your password and
click the submit button. you will the be taken to your file manager where you can
edit and make your web site. For more help on making your site, see the rest of
When logging in make sure you select from the dropdown box either general business=b or personal=p THIS SHOULD CORRESPOND TO THE TYPE OF ACCOUNT YOU SELECTED AT SIGN-UP.
http://www.hp-h.us/b/username or http://www.hp-h.us/p/username
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Image Files Other Files
View File Types
One of our newest and most helpful features is the ability to view certain file types in each directory. By viewing only one or two file types, you can greatly reduce the load time of your file manager and you will also find that browsing through your files becomes much more simply. You can select the file types to browse when logging into your account or once you have logged in.
Viewing by all types or not selecting any viewing preference to view will show every file of any type in the current directory.
Viewing html files will show only files with the file name .htm, .html or .shtml.
Viewing by images will display any file with a .gif, .jpg or .jpeg extension.
Viewing by other will display any other allowed file types that are not html or image files.
To make new file type viewing preferences be reflecte reflectedin your file listing, click the "Refresh Current Directory" button.
Editing a File
If you already have made or uploaded a hittite file and now wish to edit it, you can do so by logging into the file manager program. Select your directory as explained above and find the section titled "Files residing in the directory". Then select the file that you wish to edit, click the "Edit File" button. You will be taken to a page with a large text box with the contents of your file. Make any changes that you want to make here and then click the save button. If you are unsure what to change or what html is, see our html tutorial.
Deleting a File
If you have uploaded any type of file or created a file online you are able to delete it using this function. You can do so by logging into the file manager program. Select your directory as explained above and find the section titled "Files residing in the directory". The click the box next to all the files that you wish to delete and click the "Delete Files" button. You will then be taken to a page where you must confirm that you with to delete the files. If you wish to delete the files, simply click on "Delete these files", if you do not wish to delete them, click your browsers back button and they will not be deleted. Once a file has been deleted, it can not be brought back by the webmaster.
Renaming a File
If you wish to change the file name of any of your files, log into the file manager program. Select your directory as explained above and find the section titled "Files residing in the directory". Then click the box next to the file name you with to change and click the "Rename File" button. You will then be taken to a page that lists the file name along with a blank field for you to enter the new file name in. Enter the new file name and click "Rename these files" to rename the files, to cancel click your browser's back button.
How do I change directories?
To change your current directory, login to file manager and look for a drop down list containing a list of all of your directories. Select the directory to go to, and click "Jump to directory", you will then be taken to the right directory.
How do I create a directory?
To create a directory, login to the file manager and look for a drop down list with the name of the directory that you are in. Select the directory that you wish to create a directory in (for instance if you want the directory to be user/images, go to the main directory). Once you have selected your directory, go to the next line where it says "Create a new folder in the current directory " and type in the name of the directory you with to create then click "Create New". The file manager program will then be reloaded and a message will appear telling you if the directory was made or not.
How do I delete a directory?
To delete a directory, login to the file manager and switch to the directory below the one you wish to delete (for example, to delete user/images/gifs go to user/images).Once you have selected your directory, look for text that says "Folders residing in the directory: The Directory Name", then look at the following lines where each of your folders is listed with a radio next to them.
Click the circle of the directory that you wish to delete and then click the "Delete Folder" button. You will then be taken to another page that will prompt you to confirm that you want to delete the directory. If you still wish to delete the directory, simply click "Delete this directory", otherwise click your browsers back button and the directory will not be deleted.
Creating a New File
Creating a Plain HTML File
To create a plain html file where you can insert whatever code you would like, proceed to the Create File Page (as explained above). Once you reach that page, you will be sent to a page with a large text box for you to enter your text or HTML code in. Once you are done making your file, type the file name that you wish to save the file as and click "Save Changes" to make the file which can later be edited, renamed and deleted.
Creating a file with templates
To create a plain html file where you can insert whatever code you would like, proceed to the Create File Page (as explained above). Once you reach that page, you will be shown several options including the option to use the ez-editor and/or make a page from html code by hand. You will also see a list of Templates along with a brief description of each template. These templates allow you to fill in a few fields and create a simple and standard web page. The fields for templates will vary but they normally will contain a few normal options like Bg Color which sets the back background color. Page name, which sets the name for the page. Text/ Link color which set the text and link colors for the entire page. Other options will vary but should be mostly self-explanatory and simple to use. When you are done filling out a template form, you will have the option to either save the template or preview it. Saving it makes the page a part of your web directory (with the file name chosen by you). You can later edit a template created file if you would like. Below is an example of a simple and generic template:
Creating a file with EZ-Web
To create a ez-web html file where you can use our editor to create files, proceed to the Create File Page (as explained above). Once you reach that page, click the EZ-Web button and you will be taken to a page with many options.
The first option is to give the file a file name. This option is required or your file will not be able to be saved. If you want the file to appear on the web, name it something.html.
The next two text boxes allow you to enter a page description and keywords. These are optional fields and are used to add your pages to search engines (meta tags) and allow your page to be found when someone searches through your host's site.
The Page title field is used to make a page title that will appear as the name for your window when someone visits your page, just as this page has the title "HomeFree Web Page FAQ 2". While a title is not a required tag, it is key to making a page that users will like and return to.
The Background color option allows you to select a solid color for the background of your page. This is also not required but you may want to use a color to make your page lindeterminesk more life like. Just remember to pick a text color that works with the background!
The background image option allows you to select from a list of predefined images for a background image. Background images will automatically tile (fill up the whole screen) and override any background color. To preview an image, select the image from the drop down list and then click the image icon.
Text color determines the default font color for your page. You should always pick a color so old browsers can view your page properly, even if that color is black.
The link color is the color that links will appear in before they are visited by a user. This is not required and browsers will show their default colors of you do not select one.
The visited link color works exactly the same as link color only it is the color of a link after the user has viewed the page.
Drop down list options: These options can be added, deleted, moved or edited at any time.
Text - this allows you to insert a section of text into your webpage.
Link - allows you to make a link to another file in your site or to another site. The link url is the url to send the user to. The link text is the text that appears for the link and the mouseover text is text that will appear in the status bar when a suer's mouse passes over the site.
Image - this allows you to insert an image anywhere in your page. The image can be one of your own or one from the pre made images list. You should specify the image height and width to save on load time. You also can align the image to the left, center or right to make it fit into your page.
New Line - this tells the page to start your next image or link or text on the next line instead of the same line.
Email link - this lets people click a link or fill out a form to send you an email. You can select text or an image for the link.
Start Font - this allows you to select a specific font to use such as a certain height or style or face or even bold/underline.
End Font - this ends your previously started font so that the rest of your page does not reflect the settings of that font.
Horizontal Rule - this creates a thin line across your page (Horizontally) to divide content.
Once you have create a page you can either preview it or save it. You may come back and edit a saved page whenever you want using the editor. You can not however use EZ-Web to edit a hand coded page.
How do I upload files?
Uploading a File To upload a file, login to the file manager program and scroll down until you see a section titled "File uploads -- Upload files from your hard drive to current directory". Click the browse button on any of the following 5 text fields and select a file off your computer. By default, html files will be the only file type that will show up in this box, but you can change this by selecting what type of files to show from the drop down box on this popup window. Once you have selected your file(s), click the upload button and they will be sent to your site. The file manager program will then reload and all your uploaded files will show. Note: uploading large files may take a while so be patient.
ALL USERS FILES ARE UPLOADED INTO ONE ACCOUNT. THAN YOU IMPORT THEM FROM THAT GENERAL ACCOUNT.
YOU CAN ONLY IMPORT FILES NOT DIRECTORIES!!! YOU HAVE TO CREATE THE DIRECTORIES IN THE FILE MANAGER . SO IF YOUR LOADING A INVISION BOARD AS A EXAMPLE. MAKE SURE YOU CREATE THE DIRECTORIES IN THE MANAGER FIRST.THAN UPLOAD IN STAGES TO KEEP THE DIRECTORY TREE INTACT. ALSO MAKE SURE YOU USE THE EXACT SAME NAME AND LETTER CASE AS THE DIRECTORY YOU WANT TO TRANFER TO. BOARD is different than board.
THE ACTUAL FTP USERNAME,PASSWORD,AND SERVER WILL BE SENT ONCE YOUR ACCOUNT IS CREATED
To upload with the import ftp feature for files is a couple of steps
1.First login to the ftp info below, create a folder with your username
2.Upload your files, than log into the file manager http://www.hp-h.us/cgi-bin/manager.cgi
3.Go to "Import files uploaded via ftp to current directory"Select files to Import - check the files you want imported.
4.Go back into ftp and delete or empty your folder asap.
5.Its your responsibilty to delete/empty your folder at ftp after you
What types of files may I upload?
You are allowed to place .html, .htm .jpg .gif .jpeg .php .php3 .php4 .png .shtml .tif .tiff and .xml If you would like to upload another file type, please send us an email and we will consider adding the file type to the accepted types list.
Why do I receive an error when uploading?
If you are receiving an error when uploading, it is either because you are out of space on your account and therefore can no longer upload files; you are trying to upload a file type that is not allowed or your isp/the host does not like you uploading files of that size or at that time so try again later.
Do uploaded files override other files?
Yes, a file that you create, rename or upload that has the same file name as another file will override this file. Many parts of the program will notify you if you are overriding another file, but not everything, so check your files against the file name before uploading.
Checking and editing account information
Changing your user information
One of the great features of HOMEPAGE-HOST II is that you have the ability to change your password, name, email address and site name/description. To change any user information login to the file manager program and go to the very bottom of the page where you will see a drop down list. Select "Change user info" from this list and click the "Submit Query" button.
Changing your password
Once you are on the change user information page, you have the ability to change your password by simply typing the new password into the password field and clicking the "Update Account Info" button. This will change your password for the file manager so write down the password as administrators may not be able to get it back for you if you loose it!
To check how much web space you have left on your account, login to the file manager program and scroll down to the bottom of the page. There should be a line telling you that #### used, ##### space free space is left. This tells you just how much space your site and webboard is taking up now and how much space is left on your account for you to use. To get more space, delete files or request it from the webmaster.
Errors you might encounter
Error: This service is temporarily not available
This error is caused by the server and normally has to do with the host having used up all of it's disk space, there being an internal server error or the server is partly down. Email the webmaster and inform them of this error.
Error: The username or password you entered it
This error is caused by the user and simply means that your user name is wrong or the password is wrong. Re-enter your password and user name and try again, also remember that capitals matter. If you are sure that your password and username are right, then email the webmaster as your site may have been deleted or changed by an admin.
Error: This directory already exists
This error is normally caused by the user and occurs after making a directory or changing directories and then hitting the "reload" button. To fix this error, click the back button and try again. If the error persists, contact the webmaster.
Error: This services is temporarily not available
This error is entirely caused by the host and the only solution is to email the host about it so they can come and fix your directory for you.
Error: Your account is on hold
This error is found when logging into your account and is the result of either just creating an account or having an admin place your account hold. If the message is anything other then "All accounts are placed on hold until approved" then you may want to contact us for details as to why we placed your account onhold.
Error: Invalid Account or Login Information
This error occurs when you try and login to manager.cgi and is a result of your account username, password or category being incorrectly specified. To correct this error enter your proper login informaiton. If you are certain of your information and using the lost password feature does not help then contact us incase your account was deleted or your information modified.
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