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Microsoft KB Archive/172769

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How to Post Web Content to a Web Server

Article ID: 172769

Article Last Modified on 11/17/2003



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard 1.5 for Windows 95
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition



This article was previously published under Q172769

SUMMARY

This article describes how to post Web content to a Web server with the Web Publishing Wizard (WPW).

MORE INFORMATION

Before posting Web content to a Web server using WPW, you must obtain the following information from your Internet service provider (ISP):

  • Web server name (for example, www.myprovider.com)
  • Posting method (for example, Hypertext Transfer Protocol [HTTP] or File Transfer Protocol [FTP])
  • User login name
  • Password
  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address for your pages (for example, http://www.myprovider.com/~myname)
  • Location of your Web pages on the Web server (for example, /myname/www)

For information about how to add the Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard 1.5 component in Internet Explorer 4.0, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

171229 How to Add and Remove Internet Explorer 4.0 Components


For more information about the availability of Web Publishing Wizard 1.5, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

168636 Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard Updates Available


To post Web content to a Web server with WPW, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Internet Explorer, and then click Web Publishing Wizard.

    NOTE: If you installed Web Publishing Wizard 1.5 on your computer before installing Internet Explorer 4.0, click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Web Publishing, and then click Web Publishing Wizard.
  2. Click Next.
  3. In the File Or Folder Name box, type the path to the file or folder for the Web content you want to post, and then click Next.

    NOTE: To select only one file to post, click Browse Files, navigate to the folder that contains the file you want to post, click the file, and then click OK. To select all of the files and folders within a folder, click Browse Folders, navigate to the folder that contains the files you want to post, click the folder, click the Include Subfolders check box to select it, and then click OK.
  4. In the Descriptive Name box, type a descriptive name for the Web site you are posting to, and then click Next.
  5. In the Select Your Service Provider dialog box, click the service provider used by your ISP, and then click Next.

    Service Providers:

    • FrontPage Extended Web
    • FTP
    • HTTP Post
    • Microsoft Content Replication System
    • Automatically Select Service Provider

    NOTE: When you choose Automatically Select Service Provider, if WPW cannot determine the service provider used by your ISP, you are returned to the Select Your Service Provider dialog box. If you do not know which service provider your ISP uses, contact your ISP.

    For intranet Web sites (usually internal corporate sites running on a local area network [LAN]) using Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) version 3.0 or later, you may be able to use one or more of the following methods to post your Web content:

    • Microsoft Content Replication System.
    • HTTP Post (RFC-1867 compliant).
    • FrontPage Extended Web.

    These methods may require the Web server's administrator to make configuration changes to the Web server. We recommend you contact the Web server's administrator to determine the preferred method.

    For Internet Web sites, the FTP protocol is the most common method of posting Web content to a Web server. There are versions of the FrontPage Extensions for Web servers using the UNIX operating system. To determine whether your ISP supports these extensions, contact your ISP.
  6. Use the appropriate method for your service provider.

    • FrontPage Extended Web

      In the URL Or Internet Address box, type the URL or Internet address to access your personal Web pages. In the Local Directory box, type the path to the folder for the Web content you want to post, and then click Next.

      If you are prompted a second time for your personal Web page URL address, type the name of the URL in the URL Or Internet Address box, and then click Next.

      When you are prompted, click the appropriate connection type, and then click Next.

      NOTE: If you click Dial-Up Networking in the "Choose a Dial-Up Networking connection to access a server on the Internet" dialog box, click the appropriate connection type and connection settings for how you want to connect to the Internet.

      WPW verifies that your ISP is using the FrontPage Extended Web service provider, and then displays the Publish Your Files dialog box. Continue to step 7.
    • FTP

      In the URL Or Internet Address box, type the URL or Internet address to access your personal Web pages. In the Local Directory box, type the path to the folder that corresponds to the URL you typed, and then click Next.

      In the FTP Server Name box, type the name of your FTP server. In the Subfolder Containing Your Web Pages box, type the path to the folder for the Web content you want to post, and then click Next.

      NOTE: Some providers do not keep user Web pages in the same folder as in the http address. To verify your Web page folder's location, contact your ISP.

      Note that for security reasons, server administrators can create folders that are mapped to other parts of the server, or in some cases, a file system on a different computer. These types of folders are known as virtual folders. A common example is illustrated below:

      To access your Web content, you use the following URL address:

      On the Web server, these files are actually located in a folder called:

      /users/home/myname/html

      When the URL to your pages is requested from the Web server, the Web server knows that "~myname" means to look in the "html" folder in your home folder. So, if you request

      the Web server retrieves the file

      /users/home/myname/html/default.htm

      and sends it to your Web browser. In this case, the "~myname" folder is the virtual folder.

      When you post files using FTP, you need to know what actual folder the virtual folder maps to. Usually, this folder is found in your home folder. If you are uncertain, contact your ISP.
    • HTTP Post

      In the URL Or Internet Address box, type the URL or Internet address to access your personal Web pages. In the Local Directory box, type the path to the folder for the Web content you want to post, and then click Next.

      If you are prompted, type the server name, a posting command, an option for Secure Socket Layer (SSL), and an option for post- processing if required. Click Next.
    • Microsoft Content Replication System

      In the URL Or Internet Address box, type the URL or Internet address to access your personal Web pages. In the Local Directory box, type the path to the folder for the Web content you want to post, and then click Next.

      NOTE: If the Postinfo.html file cannot be located or read, or the project name cannot be determined, type the server name in the CRS Server Name box, type the project name in the CRS Project Name box, and then click Next.

      NOTE: Contact your ISP or the server administrator if you receive the following error message:

      Could not bind to the CRS server with the information you specified. Please re-enter the requested information.

      For automatic detection of the posting type to work properly, the ISP or server administrator must have created a Postinfo.html or Webpost.html file that contains all of the server-specific information. The Postinfo.htm file contains several definitions for the WebPost client, one of these definitions being the posting URL, which by default points to Posting Acceptor. The Postinfo.html file is used by the Web Publishing Wizard only. The WebPost application programming interface (API) on the client's computer determines where to post content using the information it receives from the Postinfo.html file. ISPs can get more information about creating a Postinfo.html file from the following Web site:

    • Automatically Select Service Provider

      In the Specify The URL And Directory dialog box, type the URL or Internet address in the URL Or Internet Address box to access your personal Web pages, and then click Next.

      NOTE: WPW attempts to verify the posting method the server uses. If WPW can determine the posting method, the Publish Your Files screen appears. If the screen appears, continue to step 7. If the screen does not appear, you are returned to the Select Service Provider dialog box.
  7. In the Publishing Your Files screen, click Finish. If the posting method requires you to log on, you are prompted for your user name and password. Once you log on, WPW copies your files to the Web server. When this process is complete, the following message appears:

    The Web Publishing Wizard has successfully published your file(s) to the Web server.

  8. Click OK to close the Web Publishing Wizard.



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