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GENESSA -- USING WEBRING'S WEBSPACE!

WebRing has made free webspace available to its members! Premium members get more (1g) than free members (a still-healthy 50 mg) but it works the same way for everyone. Server-side scripts are not allowed, but where would WebRing be if it disallowed javascript? Think about it! So of course you can use your SSNB code on any page you have in WebRing's Webspace.

HOW TO ACCESS YOUR WEBSPACE

There are a few ways to get to your Webspace. One is to click Webspace & Storage on your account page toolbar. Another is to click SETTINGS from any Shoutbox. Yet another is to get there one of those two ways the first time and bookmark the page. Remember, though, that you must be logged in to use your Webspace.

What WebRing has to say about it: Need a Site? Use WebRing Webspaces!

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIVACY LEVEL

You may use Webspace to create a website which is accessible to anyone on the web, or to create a more private site, or even just as storage. Here are the levels of privacy you may choose: Public (to which it used to default), which any logged-in member of WebRing can see; Webspace (to which it now defaults, which is much easier for everyone), which is completely public, like any website; Inner Circle, Buddies and Contacts, available respectively to those levels within your People list; and Top Secret, which means for your eyes only.

See where it says "Personal Storage and Webspace (Hint: change your folder to Webspace to upload/edit your Webspace area)"? Right under that you may choose your site's category and content rating, and right below that it says "Folder: Public" (that's the default) with two icons to the right, a file with a blue upward-pointing arrow and a yellow folder. Next to that, you will see "Switch to" and a drop-down menu. Your first move, unless the Public storage space is where you want to be, is to use the drop-down menu to choose your level of privacy. For the purposes of these instructions, which deal with how to use Webspace to make a website, you want "Webspace," not "Public." So if you have not already defaulted to it, choose "Webspace," and then click "Save Settings" at the bottom of the page or -- new feature! -- GO right next to the selection.

By the way, there is a tiny little icon to the right of "Save Settings," which, hovered over, says "View my WebRing webspace." Clicking this will bring up (in a separate window) whatever is on your Webspace's index page, although the URL will not say index.html. If you type /index.html into the URL bar, you will reach the exact same page. If you type in a slash followed by a different existing file name, or existing subdirectory and file name, instead of /index.html, you will see that file.

Okay, now you have switched to "Webspace" and clicked "Go" or "Save Settings" and the "Folder" setting now no longer says "Public"; it says "Webspace." You're ready to roll! What now?

HOW TO UPLOAD EXISTING FILES TO YOUR WEBSPACE

There are two ways to upload files. One is to click the upward-pointing blue arrow. You will be given a BROWSE button and clicking this will give you access to your hard drive, so you can find the file(s) you with to upload. You may only upload one file at a time using this method. When you have chosen your file, click "Save Settings." Your file is now uploaded and will appear below the "Folder" setting. You may even click on it to see what it looks like in your browser. However, the URL in the URL bar will not be its real URL. More about that later. NOTE: If you are uploading a file that already exists (that is, there already exists a file of the same name, regardless of actual content) the old file will be replaced by the newly uploaded one.

If you prefer to upload more than one file at a time, or if you also intend to manage existing files or create a file online, click instead on the yellow folder, which, when hovered over, says "Manage files and folders in (whatever setting you have, in this case webspace)." Suddenly you will see, on the righthand side of the page, three commands, with icons, from which you may choose: "Create folder," "Upload" and "Refresh." You want "Upload." Click it.

You will now see a button called "Choose files " Clicking this will give you access to your hard drive, from which you may choose a file or multiple files to upload. To choose multiple files, hold the Shift key down on your keyboard while making your selections. When you are done selecting your file(s), and have clicked OPEN (or whatever your operating system has provided for you to click while browsing your hard drive), you will see the names of the file(s) you've chosen, and a message announcing that they are awaiting uploading, and a button that says "Upload to server." If the file(s) listed is correct, click that button! NOTE: It used to be the case that if you were uploading a new version of a file that already existed, you would receive a message to the effect that the file already existed, and the new version would not replace the old version, even though the upload would purportedly succeed. This has been fixed and you may now batch-upload to your heart's content, even to replace existing files with new versions!

To get back to what you were doing, click the blue "Save" button now.

HOW TO EDIT A WEBSPACE FILE ONLINE

We heartily recommend that you always keep a current copy of any file in your Webspace on your hard drive as well. Webspace backs up your hard drive copy and your hard drive copy backs up Webspace. You may edit the file on your hard drive, save it, and then either upload it as above, to replace the old version, or you may instead of uploading it copy it and paste it over the version on your hard drive. If you are only changing a very small part of your page, pasting may be the way to go.

Click the "Manage..." icon and instead of choosing "Upload," look at the list of files with checkboxes next to them. Check the box of the file you wish to edit online. Click "Edit" from the menu above the list (your choises are "Cut," "Copy," "Paste," "Edit," "Rename," "Delete" and "Zip," which all speak for themselves except perhaps "Zip," if you are not accustomed to compressing files). Your source code will now come up and you may edit at will. When you are done, be sure you do not accidentally click "Save Settings" or the blue "Save" button; instead, scroll down to the bottom of the document you have edited and you will find two buttons there: "Save" and "Cancel." Choose whichever one is appropriate ("Save," if you have not made a mistake). Now your edited version is online. Be sure it matches the version you have on your hard drive. The "Save" and "Cancel" buttons will still be visible after you save the file; you may click "Cancel" to return to what you were doing. NOTE: The check box will remain checked next to the file you just edited. Remember to uncheck it. Alternatively, you can click "Refresh" to uncheck all boxes and otherwise refresh the directory. There are even a "Check all" link and an "Uncheck all" link above the directory.

NEW AS OF JUNE 2009: WYSIWYG!

There is a new button in Webspace, next to the upload and management buttons. This one says "Edit or create a new document in Webspace. Click again to close editor.

With this new button, you can write WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) right into an existing or new Webspace document. Click it and get a blank document into which to write, with tools to help you. Use the blank line above the document to name it, or use the (now third!) upload feature to the right of that to load an existing document to edit.

If you wish to edit an existing document in this format, use the LOAD command to load the document. Use the array of available icons to make your changes. To save your changes, lick SAVE SETTINGS, which usually is NOT the way to save edits, but in this case is.

HINT: If you're not sure about what you're doing, even in this format, save the file to a new name, check it out, then delete the old file and rename this one to the old file's name. Monkey business? Sure, but it's just another way to play it safe. However, Webspace does also create a backup file for you, beginning with a string of numbers and ending with the name of the original file, so you can always delete the new version and rename the backup, if necessary.

Personal note, to be taken with the same grain of salt you take with anyone else's personal opinion: I do not like this option and don't recommend it. My opinion is bolstered by the fact that I see so many support tickets from people who can't figure out why their changes are not "taking." There is a perfectly good straight editing tool described above and I do highly recommend that.

THE INDEX.HTML FILE

You will have noticed that you start out with a file in your directory -- one you did not create yourself. This is your index.html file, which is what people will see if they click "View (your webring member I.D.)'s Webspace" from your profile. You may paste in the main page of your website, or write/paste anything you want people to see here, as long as it's coded in HTML. Its URL is http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/(your WebRing member I.D.)/ and is the same as http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/(your WebRing member I.D.)/index.html. You may give out either URL; they lead to the same page.

YOUR WEBSITE'S URL

Your website's url is, for each file, http://sh1.webring.
com/people/mb/(your WebRing member I.D.)/(file name with extension). For example, if your member I.D. is honored_member and your file names are main.htm, pix.htm and contact.htm, those URLS will be, respectively, http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/honored
_member/main.htm, http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/
honored_member/pix.htm and http://sh1.webring.com
/people/mb/honored_member/contact.htm. If you have uploaded graphics, the URL of the graphics will likewise be http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/honored_member/
pic1.jpg, http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/honored_
member/pic2.gif or http://sh1.webring.com/people/mb/
honored_member/pic3.png. Here is the current list of accepted file extensions: gif, jpg, htm, html, pdf, zip, txt, png, swf, dcr, mov, qt, ram, rm, mp3, asf, flv. If you are trying to upload a file with an extension not on that list, the file will not be uploaded. There is also a maximum size of 5mb for any one file. Any file over that size will be rejected.

Here are two nifty ways to remember your website's basic url:

1. Hover your mouse over (or right mouse click and choose COPY SHORTCUT for) the link to your index.html, either from your profile or from the bottom of the Shoutbox. That is one version of your url, without index.html showing (it's the same file whether it shows or not) and you can just add the file name to that. For example: my URL is http://webspace.webring.com/people/wg/genessa when I copy the shortcut under the Shoutbox or the link from my profile page. If I add /index.html to that URL, the page is the same. The file I uploaded as my main page (mirrored on the index) is http://sh1.webring.com/people/wg/genessa/genessa2.htm . Why the sh1.webring.com instead of webspace.webring.com? No clue. It all works. You may use them interchangeably. The only differences between my URL(s) and yours are 1. the wg will be another pair of letters for you, again for reasons unknown to me; 2. your member id will replace genessa, naturally; and 3. your file names will be different, except of course that everyone has an index.html whether they actually use it or not. You don't have to. However, whether or not you do, index.html is where those links go, from your profile and from the bottom of your Shoutbox (everyone sees their own at the bottom of the Shoutbox, but on your profile they see yours). If for reasons of your own you do not wish for your site to be accessed from your profile, don't use the index.html!

CREATING A FOLDER

If you choose "Create folder" you will be asked to name your folder; it will then appear as a subdirectory in whatever folder you were using (in this case, "Webspace"). Subdirectories are handy for keeping different kinds of files organized; you can organize by file extension (keep all the .htm documents in one folder, graphics in another, multimedia in yet another) or by topic (everything about your birthday party in one folder, stuff about cats in another, etc.). Or perhaps you can think of another method of organization that works for you. Subdirectories will help you do that.

MIGRATING YOUR SITE FROM ANOTHER HOST

For some general information about migrating to WebRing's Webspace, check out Website Migration to WebRing Webspace.

If you are migrating your site from another host for whatever reason (an example that springs to mind is the imminent closing of Geocities, about which, for more information, we refer you to Geocities Has Given Notice.) you will need to have all the pages of the site on your hard drive in order to upload them to Webspace. If your host has a "download" feature, use that. Otherwise, view, in your browser, each page that you wish to save, and right-mouse-click on it to bring up a menu that includes "View Source," which is what you want. The page of code for that page will come up in Notepad (or its equivalent for your operating system). Save that to your hard drive to a directory you will be able to find, and in a name that you would like it to have when you upload it to Webspace. (You can rename files but why not do it right the first time if possible?)

If your host has added things to your page, you will want to delete all that. Example: free sites may add code for a footer (or, worse, a header) with advertising. Hosts for which you used a template will have put the code for the template onto your page. You may or may not be able to use that, depending on whether the template had commands in it specific to that host. If you are not conversant with HTML and other applicable code, you may wish to ask for help. If you need WebRing's help migrating your site, email membership@webring.com with GEOCITIES in the subject line (or if you are not migrating from Geocities, but from somewhere else, use "HELP MIGRATING SITE" as your subject).

A very important thing you may need to do -- certainly if you have more than one page in your site -- is change the URLS of all internal links so that they refer correctly to your new Webspace location. If you only have a few of these links to take care of (and don't forget to change the URL in your header as well!) you may be fine doing this by hand. However, if you have an immense index (look at the index on the lefthand side of this page; would you like to do that by hand? Neither would we!) you will want to consider finding and downloading a batch find-and-replace utility, which is a program that will allow you to replace one string of text or code with another string of text or code everywhere it appears in any file(s) you indicate, including a whole folder full of files! When USApages let its domain registration expire (not bothering to warn its users, we might add), thus rendering GENESSA's web presence temporarily nonexistent, we used just such a utility. We replaced the rest of all our internal URLs on about 170 pages, all at once, in less than a minute! We replaced "www.usapages.com/" with "sh1.webring.com/people/mb/" in every file in a single folder (so make sure all the files you wish to change this way are in the same folder); the http:// didn't need replacement, and genessa stayed the same, as did the file names. Exactly what you need to replace depends on how your current URL is constructed. You should not have to change the http:// or the file names at any rate.

If you would like to know how GENESSA handled the loss of two hosts in a row, feel free to read How WebRing Saved My Butt and My Website.




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General email:
genessa@unforgettable.com

email Gail M. Feldman, Managing Partner:
genessa@unforgettable.com

email Richard L Cohen, Partner:
rlc48@comcast.net

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