How to Publish Your Web Pages
Automatically

You can use the "Publish" function in many web page authoring programs, such as:

to quickly and easily upload your pages to the server.  All it takes is a couple of easy set-up steps, which are described here for some of the more popular authoring products.  You will need to set up your authoring program to publish via FTP


Setting Up Your Authoring Program to Publish via FTP

You must configure your web page authoring program to transmit those pages using the "FTP" method.   Instructions are provided below for:

composericon.gif (296 bytes)Netscape Composer
fpexpressicon.gif (293 bytes)Microsoft FrontPage Express
fp98icon.gif (352 bytes)Microsoft FrontPage98

Netscape Composer and Microsoft FrontPage Express are both FREE and are included in recent versions of Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer respectively.  (If you are on the campus, and are connected to the Campuswide Network, or the ResNet, you can quickly download recent versions of these software packages from the Download Depot.)   Microsoft FrontPage98 is a popular commercial web authoring program included in certain versions of Microsoft Office, or as a separate product.


Publishing from Netscape Composer

Netscape Composer is included free with newer versions of Netscape Communicator.  The steps below assume that you have created or modified a web page, and are ready to publish it.

Step 2-1  
  Once you have gotten your web page looking they way you want it, and are ready to publish it to the web, click the Publish button located near the top of Composer's window.
     
     
Step 2-2  
  The "Publish" dialog box will apear:
  • Type in a title for your page (this appears in the web browser's title bar when people view your page.)
  • Enter your home page's file name (normally "welcome.html".)
  • The "Location to publish to" must be one of the following:

    For STUDENTS:

    ftp://
    uhaweb.hartford.edu/username/

    For FACULTY and STAFF:

    ftp://
    facftp.hartford.edu/username/

    including the trailing "/" (slash) where "username" is your Hartford e-mail name.
  • Enter your e-mail name.
  • Enter your e-mail password
  • Placing a check in "Save password" is highly recommended if you are using your own computer.
  • Click the OK button.

Composer will automatically upload your page and any associated graphics files.

Example of a properly completed Publish screen

     
     
Step 2-2a  
  Once you have published a page, you can keep making changes, and keep re-publishing to update your changes on the web server.  However, Netscape Composer sort of "forgets" your "Location to publish to" (it goofs it up.)  You can get Composer to "remember" your publishing location as follows:

1: Click the list box downarrow.

2: Re-choose the correct FTP address.

Composer will automatically fill in the User name and Password.  Click the OK button to re-publish the page.  Composer will automatically upload your page and any associated graphics files.

Correcting Composer's "goof" before re-publishing


Publishing from Microsoft FrontPage Express

FrontPage Express is included free with some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (you may have to re-install Internet Explorer and choose "Custom Install" in order to specify that FrontPage Express be installed.)  The steps below assume that you have created or modified a web page, and are ready to publish it.

Step 3-1  
  Once you have gotten your web page looking they way you want it, and are ready to publish it to the web, click File and then Save As... on the menu located near the top of FrontPage Express's window.
     
     
Step 3-2  
  When the Save As dialog box appears:
  • Type in a title for your page (this appears in the web browser's title bar when people view your page.)
  • Type in a file name for your page, preceded by one of the following:

    For STUDENTS:

    ftp://
    uhaweb.hartford.edu/username/

    For FACULTY and STAFF:

    ftp://
    facftp.hartford.edu/username/

    including the trailing "/" (slash), where "username" is your Hartford e-mail name, as shown here.  (Unfortunately, FrontPage express will not memorize this setting, and you must re-type this each time you update and re-publish your page.)
     
     
Step 3-3  
  When the Enter Network Password dialog box appears:
  • Enter your e-mail name.
  • Enter your e-mail password
  • Placing a check in "Save this password in your password list" is highly recommended if you are using your own computer.
  • Click the OK button.
     
     
Step 3-3a  
  When re-publishing your web page, FrontPage Express will forget the Page Location, goofing it up as shown to the right.  You will have to re-type the Page Location as shown in Step 3-2.

If you save your password in Step 3-3, you will not be prompted with the Enter Network Password dialog box again.

     
     

Publishing from Microsoft FrontPage (Commercial Version)

FrontPage is a "Step-up" commercial version of FrontPage Express containing more features and a smarter, easier-to-use publishing function.  Once configured, FrontPage remembers the automatic publishing information, and at most, you may have to re-type your password the first time you publish your pages during a FrontPage session.

Step 4-1  
  Once you have gotten your web page looking they way you want it, and are ready to publish it to the web, click the Publish button located near the top of FrontPage's window.
     
     
Step 4-2  
  When the Publish dialog box appears, click the  More Webs... button.
     
     
Step 4-3  
  When the Publish FrontPage Web dialog box appears, type in ftp: and click the OK button.
     
     
Step 4-4  
  When the Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard dialog box appears, type in one of the following:

For STUDENTS:

uhaweb.hartford.edu

For FACULTY and STAFF:

facftp.hartford.edu


for the FTP Server Name, leave the Directory Path blank, and click the Next> button.
     
     
Step 4-5  
  When prompted for your User Name and Password, enter your Hartford e-mail name and password, and click the Finish button.
     
     
Step 4-5a  
  As you make changes to your pages, you can keep pressing the Publish button to upload them to the system automatically.  FrontPage has remembered all of the publishing settings, and you should not have to perform Steps 4-1 through 4-5 again.

However, the first time you publish a page during a new FrontPage editing session, you will be prompted for your password as displayed here.  Type it in and click the Finish button.   FrontPage will remember your password for the rest of the editing session.