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The problem that I'm having is that my "style" (I could be using the wrong term) isn't showing up online, just simply the text and links. I'm using a program called ClassicFTP for my mac to upload.
any suggestions would be appreciated!
the site is <snip>
[edited by: bill at 6:19 am (utc) on Dec. 16, 2009]
[edit reason] No personal URLs please [/edit]
I don't use fancy tools like DreamWeaver so I don't know all the details, but the symptoms indicate that you have not uploaded all of the files that are needed from your computer to the server, or that the references to these files in the code of your pages is incorrect. Top suspects for missing files would be your templates, images, and .css files.
Taking it one step further - or possibly making it easier to understand, the Mac paths are different than Windows - gain a small understanding of how servers work versus your Mac. On your server, there is no "Hard Drive:projects:web site" (lol . . been too long for me and the G3 here . . . )
Servers **usually** have what's called a document root, which is the "starting point" for your web site. In your web pages ,it is this:
So example.com/ is the "document root." (not always true, but usually.)
In your web pages, your links to CSS and images can then be accessed like so. If you have these "folders" on your server,
In your documents, set the paths like so:
The leading slash is **almost** exactly what phranque is saying with the full URL. It always means "start at the domain root." So if you have this page,
You don't have to do this:
because this will always start at the document root:
Same result as this, just shorter
THE DOWN SIDE: When looking at these pages offline, / will fail because it requires a web server. The full URL won't fail if you have an always on connection, but it won't reflect local updates either, because it will be going out to the live site to get it.
So when working offline, use local paths, then just before uploading, change them to / or the full URL. DW has a robust find/replace feature that makes this sort of thing a snap.
When creating a site it is best to create a dedicated folder on the PC and save EVERYTHING there. This will immediately identify any additional files or folders that your editor has created. Then you just upload the lot, files and sub folders and don't miss any.