Northwest Nexus
Frequently Asked Questions
Web Authoring

How To Put Your Own World-Wide Web Page On Halcyon:
Q.  Can I set up my own World-Wide Web (WWW) page on halcyon?  How do I
    get the files to the right place?
A.  Northwest Nexus customers who have Personal Shell, Personal SLIP, or
    Personal PPP accounts can create and place pages on our Web server,  However, please bear in mind that we do not provide
    HTML instruction.  If you're having a problem uploading your pages to
    our servers, we will be more than happy to help you solve it.  But if
    you're having trouble writing your HTML or figuring out how to
    reference other pages, we can't help you.  There are excellent HTML
    references available on the Web; try:

    When your page is ready (and you've tested it), use ftp with your
    login name and password and connect to:

    When the FTP connection has been established, you can then change to
    the directory you've created in /www and transfer your Web page
    file to the directory.

    If you don't already have a directory created in the /www tree,
    you can create one.  Using a telnet program (for example, NCSA telnet,
    AIR telnet, Chameleon telnet), connect to:

    ...and go to the shell prompt.  At the shell prompt, type:


    This will create a directory owned by you in /www; the directory will
    have the same name as your login name; if your login name is:


    ...then your directory will be called:


    This associates the directory and its contents with you and your
    halcyon Personal account.  You are responsible for the contents of
    your /www directory.

    Transfer your Web page and associated files to your directory.  If you
    name your page:




    ...your page can be accessed using just:

    Note that the trailing slash is significant; it results in the page
    named index.html or welcome.html being accessed.  If the slash is
    omitted, a user would likely see the listing of files in your
    directory (although some browsers add the slash automatically and thus
    don't provide this option to users).  This is not a bug; it is the
    correct method of constructing a URL.

    Note also that pages count against your total disk space allowance of
    5 Mb, so lots of large GIFs are out of the question.

Q.  What server are you running?

A. is currently running the latest Apache server.
    More information can be found at

Q.  I have my own domain name.  Can I have people access my page at the
    URL ?  Or even better, how
    about ?

A.  If you have a domain name for which we're providing name service (see
    our domain-name FAQ for details), on request we'll create a record
    pointing at  This will allow you
    to advertise your page as:

    For dialup service, you cannot omit the directory name on the server.  However, we do offer Web Presence service
    which allows you to take off the directory name on your web address. You
    can take a look at this service here.
We also offer two business-oriented services on different servers that have this capability; see the next question. Q. I want to run my business through my Web page. Is there anything I should know? A. While we provide reliable service through, it's really intended to be a platform for casual use or for those who are developing pages that will be moved to dedicated or commercial-level servers before they go into full production. We do offer two Web-hosting services intended for business use: Business Web Hosting Service and Premium Business Web Hosting Service. You can read about them at: Q. Okay, how do I *write* my Web page? A. If you don't want to do it yourself, contact the folks who own the pages that impress you the most and ask them who did their work. If you're a do-in-yourselfer, the best way is to copy someone else's pages -- look in the /www directory on at the source files for a page you admire, and start from there. You can also use the "mail source" feature of Netscape to mail you a framework of pages you find elsewhere on the net. And there are not a few templates and programs out there that will help you create a rudimentary page that you can use as a starting point. Q. I want to count accesses to my Web page. How do I do it? A. See our "Counting accesses to your Web page" FAQ.

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