How To Put Your Own World-Wide Web Page On
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,
www.halcyon.com. 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. www.halcyon.com is currently running the latest Apache server.
More information can be found at www.apache.org.
Q. I have my own domain name. Can I have people access my page at the
URL http://www.mydomainname.com/logname/ ? Or even better, how
about http://www.mydomainname.com/ ?
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 www.yourdomain.com at www.halcyon.com. This will allow you
to advertise your page as:
For dialup service, you cannot omit the directory name on the
www.halcyon.com 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
A. While we provide reliable service through www.halcyon.com, 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 ftp.halcyon.com 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.