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Web publishing with XP

10:45 pm on Nov 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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May have the wrong forum. If so please refer.

I am having a problem publishing to our FTP site having just loaded XP pro.

Old 98 just let you right click and "send to"

Can any one tell me how to publish to our Freeserve hosted site?

Thanks in advance


8:45 pm on Nov 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There are many popular FTP programs that'll do the job, some of them are free. See this thread [webmasterworld.com] for some suggestions. W2K Pro has a command line driven FTP program included, XP may also.

[edited by: DaveAtIFG at 11:14 pm (utc) on Nov. 13, 2002]

9:06 pm on Nov 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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W98 had a simply wizard for setting up the address to which you wanted to post.

Surely XP pro lets you do the same?

8:15 am on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Try looking at these 4 options...

Open your internet options (from Internet Explorer, click tools, its at the bottom.

1. Under 'Security' tab, click on 'custom level', then scrol down to the bottom, under 'User Authentication' make sure "Promt for user name and password" is chosen.

2. Under 'Advanced' tab, under 'Browsing', check the box "Enable folder view for FTP sites".

3. Under 'Advanced' tab, under 'Browsing', you may need to check the box labeled "Use Passive FTP (for firewall and dsl modem compatibility)" if applicable...

4. Under 'Advanced' tab, under Security, try changing "Enable Windows integrated authentication (requires restart)"

try changing these options and see if it clears your trouble. Also, f you have a software based firewall running, such as from Zone Labs, it may need to be uninstalled to open the ftp ports on Win XP Pro. (regardless of your firewall settings...buggy)

8:58 am on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have had this problem with XP. netcommr is right it is most probably a firewall. XP has a firewall built in and it automatically enables it, this decides not to let you ftp.

Simply go into your dialup connection properties, (I am doing this from memory so please forgive me if I am wrong) The last tab (I think that it is Advanced) there is a tick box that says enable firewall. Untick it you should then be able to ftp. If you still want a firewall there are other products about that give you more control over what you can and can't send.

hope this helps

11:59 am on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have tried this , but I still only get the option to post to X-drive plus

The "enable Windows Integrated Authentication" button was ticked, so I presume you meant to un-select this option.

Could not find Enable firewall box in Advanced selection options?

Any further suggestions? Please...


12:25 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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To get to the XP firewall, right click on "My Computer" on your desktop, select 'manage'. On the left half of the window, expand 'Services and Applications', click on services, then on the right side look for "Internet Connection Firewall...". Right click this and start or stop. I would suggest leaving this ICF service permanently stopped, it's worthless for real security.

Maybe you could try this.
Open Internet Explorer, in the address bar type "ftp://your_domain_or_ip", then enter, you should get a promt for your user name and password. You can select to auto login if its safe, such as your the only user of this computer or you trust others, etc. This should give you the folder view for your site. Then select 'Favorites from the menu and add this url to your favorites. When you need to copy a file to your site (like the old send_to), just right click the file and select copy. Click your shortcut in your favorites menu to your ftp site. Then just right click on the open ftp site (your site) and select paste. This will accomplish the same thing as before.

If you still have troubles, try talking to your ISP/web site host and see if they can spot the trouble.

good luck.

4:25 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I.ve tried all these, Thanks. My Firewalls are all Off and I still cannot get to Ftp to Freeserve hosted site.

Thinking this must be a Freeserve/XPpro problem


6:10 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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spiky, you want to know how to use the Web Publishing Wizard in XP? The option you want is present in XP, but the way you get to it is different now. Take a look at this geekgirl article [geekgirls.com] and see if that helps.
11:33 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Here ya go spiky,

This [creativelement.com] utility has the ability to add an 'ftp_to' for the right click menu for single or multiple files. Just what you had before...

After you install, you have a shortcut in your start menu. When run, scroll down the list and check the ftp utility. Then you see a link unter that to add your ftp server to the list of ftp sites you need to use.

Hope that helps...

Other good features as well, I like the 'find duplicate files' or change dates on files, etc.

8:38 am on Nov 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Everyone.

I would like to try the creative element software, but the download link is not working.

Any one got another link for the download?


8:42 am on Nov 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Download now working... Thanks

Will report back if this gets the thing working



2:18 pm on Nov 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Great. Thank you netcommr

This ftp program works brilliantly and intergrates into XP pro with no problems.

One thing that has changed, our index page, which previously defaulted to our base URL ( called "index" )now is in a sub directory

i.e www.drugtest.freeserve.co.uk/INDEX.HTM

Any one know how I can get this to default to the base URL

2:28 am on Nov 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Glad to see it worked for you.

If the ftp root of your site is not the document root of your site, try using ../ at the end of your ftp url. may work?

(../ is a reference to the parent directory)
(may not be allowed by your isp though)

9:07 pm on Nov 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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No joy in trying the ../

What I have noticed is that the page I am using for the index was re-named to upper case INDEX.HTML (I had edited with word, prior to loading frontpage, think this may have done this?)

Will the upper case label make the server not recognise this as my ftp root?

I can change the "INDEX" to "index" but do not seem able to alter the "HTML" to lower case when saved.

Is this significant to servers?


9:16 pm on Nov 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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*nix (Unix, Linux) web servers are sensitive to lower and upper case of file names. Windows is not. Sometimes the server header checker [searchengineworld.com] will display what operating system your web account is hosted on.
10:49 pm on Nov 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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tried it. got this

Status: HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 22:47:17 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.26 (Unix)
Cache-Control: proxy-revalidate, max-age=61
Last-Modified: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 21:08:23 GMT
ETag: "54fc2-14fa0-3dc984c7"
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 85920
Keep-Alive: timeout=15, max=100
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-Type: text/html

How can I edit the way frontpage now stores the page name/

11:24 pm on Nov 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Server: Apache/1.3.26 (Unix) - Your web host is Unix and files are case sensitive.

If you navigate to your to c:\inetpub\wwwroot (or wherever your web home on your computer is), try to rename your index.HTML to index.html - If you only see index as the file name you need to do the following:

  • Click on Tools, Folder Options
  • Under the View Tab, make sure
    "Hide file extensions for known file types" is unselected

    Now you should be able to rename the index.HTML file to all lower case. For consistency, I try to keep all file names lower case when possible.

    Sun W.

  • 9:01 am on Nov 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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    You Guys are just amazing.


    How did MS manage to make something which was so simple, so difficult!

    10:39 am on Nov 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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    Welcome to MS. ;)

    good post sun...


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