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Our Guide To Your Free Webspace

We have a number of useful pages, designed to help you make the most of your webspace with FreeUK. Please note that, at present, we do not support Front Page Extensions. If you are using FrontPage, this does not preclude you from using your pages on your webspace here, but extensions cannot be used on our servers.


Webspace/General Troubleshooting

  • What is a Web Page?
  • What is the URL for my Web Page?
  • How Can People Find My Page?
  • How do you Write a Web Page?
  • How do I upload my Web Page?
  • Hints and Tips for Uploading
  • An HTML Colour Guide
  • How Your Webspace is Calculated
  • A Guide to our CGI Scripts
  • Basic troubleshooting



    What is a Web Page?

    A web page is a way of putting information on the world wide web. It can contain anything you want, about any subject you want. Many people choose to write about themselves or their hobbies.

    These pages are viewed using a 'web browser' The browser translates the files on the system you are looking, which is plain text with some extra information added in the form of tags. Using this information it displays the files in an readable form, complete with formatting.




    What is the URL for my Web Page?

    Your URL for the page is:

    http://home.freeuk.com/yourusername/

    or

    http://www.yourusername.freeuk.com/

    This will tell your web browser to retrieve index.html, which should be the first page you wish viewers to see (make sure index.html is not spelt with any capital letters as it's case sensitive).




    How can people find my page?

    Your page is indexed at FreeUK
    http://home.freeuk.com when you upload you pages to the server. You can also register your pages with various search engines such as Yahoo or Excite.



    How do you write a Web Page?

    There are two ways to go about this:

    1) Learn html

    Web pages are just simple text documents with tags to format the page. A simple tutorial page can be found
    here. There are many guides to basic html on the web.

    2) Web Editors

    If however, like most of us, you don't have the patience to learn all the different tags, there is an alternative - there are many editors avilable which will do this formatting for you. Some of them are available on our ftp site.



    How do I upload my Web Page?

  • Uploading your pages using Cute FTP
  • Uploading your pages using Fetch (macintosh)

    When uploading your pages please remember the following:

    In all ftp clients you will need to connect to: home.freeuk.com. You will need to supply your user name and password. The file index.html which is already in your webspace needs to be removed and replaced by your version (index.html is the first page seen in your web site).

    Upload text files as ASCII - otherwise you may get strange characters. Graphical files should be uploaded in binary mode. File names should be all in lower case. 16bit ftp packages (Win3.x) do not support long file names. You will therefore need to transfer with a short name i.e., .htm not .html)



    Hints and Tips for Uploading

    Basic troubleshooting is available
    here



    How Your Webspace is Calculated

    You are allocated 25,600 kilobytes of space on the web server, which is exactly
    25Mb. The amount will change according to account type, check on the dial-up accounts page to see what space your account type is allocated.

    What happens if I go over my limit?

    A record of the amount of space you have used is kept on the web server, so if you
    try to upload a file that will take you over the 25Mb limit, the upload will be aborted. A good way to check how much space you have used is to goto the directory on your hard drive right click then goto properties and it will show you how large the
    directory is.

    But it only uses 24 something or other Mb on my PC!
    Why can't you tell me what the size limit should be on my machine?

    This would be impossible to do, unix file systems use inodes to represent the structure of files and directories, the size of which can vary depending on the
    number of files in the directory.

    DOS systems use clusters to represent the structure of files and FAT's (file
    allocation table's) to represent the filing structure ie files and directories. The
    size of clusters can vary depending on your OS and hard drive size. The size
    of your FAT will also vary with drive size.

    Everything that represents a file takes up space, a zero byte file can take upto 32k or as little as 256 bytes of disk space. It all depends on hardware and software settings. Directory entries themselves take up disk space too but under a DOS filing system this won't be shown to you.

    When an inode or cluster is not filled up, it is still used but not counted in the file
    size so total filesize and disk space used are two completely different figures.

    Run chkdsk via a DOS prompt on your system it will show you the amount of space directory entries take up and the size of allocation units on your DOS based system. After you've done that, go to your html directory from a DOS prompt
    and run: dir *.* /v

    This will show you the amount space used on the drive and the filesize side by side, at the bottom of the list you'll see the total filesize and actual diskpace used. All file systems do a similar thing, except unix is more efficient than DOS.



    A Guide to our CGI Scripts

    With your 25 Mb of Free web space, you can design and display HTML documents which will then be universally accessible throughout the entire World Wide Web. The following links will provide you with useful information describing how to access some further features of an HTML document.

    Only customers using home.freeuk.com can make use of our CGI scripts. Commercial web space customers must use their own CGI scripts. Try Matt's
    Script Archive as a starting point.

    Please follow these links for more information:

  • Web Page Counters
  • Form-Mail Scripts