This chapter will cover meta
tags and help you transfer your pages on to the www. To do so , you will need to get yourself an ftp program. You can download a free trial version of CuteFTP from the link at the bottom of this page.
Meta tags are read by search engine 'spiders' that come around and read your keywords/description and use this information to index your page.
All meta tags are placed between the <head> tags at the top of your page. These tags are self explanatory so I wont go into too much detail. None of these tags or their contents will be visible on your page. Only by viewing the source will your visitors be able to see them. To supply keywords to spiders use this:
<meta name="keywords" content="type, words, here, separated, by , a , comma">
To tell your potential visitors who have found your page via a search engine, what your site is about use this:
<meta name="description" content="This page is about blah blah blah. Here you will find yadda yadda yadda. Keep this description short and informative.">
To leave your stamp on the page use this:
<meta name="author" content="Your name">
To deny robots or spiders the ability to index your page use this:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
On occasion after uploading your page to the web , it looks a little different from what you expected. The cause could be any number of reasons. Here are just a few.
- The cAsE on your image file names do 'nt match the case on your script.
- You uploaded in binary form instead of ASCII. All text files should be uploaded in ASCII form. All images, java class files and zip files should be uploaded in binary form.
- You may have forgotten to upload all files or you renamed them.
Here I will explain how to use CuteFTP to upload your files. First you need to add some information about the host you want to connect to. We add this to CuteFTP's site manager (Fig. 1) which can be found under 'File'. Its like a little address book for cute ftp 'phonenumbers' . After you enter this info , you can then 'speed dial' anyone of your many hosts. Ok.
In the 'Label' section , enter any easy name for this site.
Next, in the 'Ftp host address' section , enter the url you want to connect to. You'll need to either ask your host or visit their homepage.
Then enter your user name and password (the same ones you got when you signed up with your host or isp). Leave ' Ftp site connection port' as 21 and press 'Connect'.
You should now be logging on to your hosts harddrive.