Getting Started - The Basics

Accounts at any provider are best organized according to a few basic guidelines. Of course these guidelines are just that... guidelines and not hard and fast rules.

The only "rule" is that you must have an index.html page in your ROOT (main) directory. We put one in each account when it is set up. You are free to replace it with whatever the "front door" of your website is (it needs to be named index.html.. not main.html or frontdoor.html). You can customize it as you wish or leave it "as is".. but an index.html page of some sort needs to be in your ROOT.

You may want to take a little time with a piece of paper and pencil and think things through .... What will you be building here? Is this just a storage account for linkable things for e-mail? Are you building a gif site? A midi site? How big are you going to make it? Or are you just going to have a lot of stuff for your e-mail and build a few webpages for fun to share with others? Now that you've decided what you're going to use the space for, what do you do next?

Ok... you have a brand new account with all this empty space in your file manager. Time to fill it up right? But wait, it is a good idea to organize files by type and possibly by topic, especially if you have or are planning to build a large website. It is much easier to start off organized than to try to re-organize after you have gotten so disorganized that you have trouble remembering where everything is. A good starting point would be to create directories or "file folders" before you start moving in. Name them appropriately like music or midis, gifs, holiday, backgrounds and so on, and when you get further down the road you will be glad you did!

You've got several empty directories now right? Now you can start to "beam" in all your stuff!! Our Beamer Instructions will guide you if you need help with beaming files. Feel free to print it out to make things easier when you use it for the first time. Keep in mind your overall game plan as you bring files into your account and beam them into the appropriate directories. Generally, most of you will find that putting all your HTML files into your main directory (root) or "workspace" is the best approach. This allows you to use "relative" links on your pages as opposed to full link addresses. All this means is that instead of typing <<>img src=""> ... you would type <<>img src="gifs/cutepuppy.gif"> ...'Relative links' are less coding as well as faster loading!

One thing to keep in mind is the number of files you put in either your ROOT or in any specific directory. The general rule is to keep a maximum of 100 to 150 files in any one area of your account. Some "webbies" can handle more, some can't handle that many, but in general, those numbers are optimal. If you have questions or concerns about this, please write us at the Help Zone , and we will assist you.

Another place to get some Helpful Hints from other WTV-Zone members is at the Tip-Zone. It is a list of tips posted in our forum by other members to help each other. You can post any questions you have about the WTV-Zone in the User Forum . Don't forget to visit the Birthday Zone and let us know when your birthday is so we can celebrate it with you!

Stop by Zone Homes to see who else is in the neighborhood, and submit your site as well!

The WTV-Zone is a community unlike any other webhost. We care about each other, and we treat each other with respect. The most important thing to remember throughout all of your journeys through "cyber-space" is to have fun! Welcome to the WTV-Zone!

Now ... onto the Tutorials !!!

Any questions regarding any of the pages of this tutorial, feel free to write The Help Zone