Accessing personal webspace
Your myACTV residential Internet account comes with 10MB of space for a personal web site. The site is located at http://members.myactv.net/~username/ (where "username" is your username)
To make your personal web site available on the World Wide Web, you'll need to create the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) pages which make up the site, then upload them to the MyACTV web server.
There are tools which allow you to author HTML pages, requiring varying degrees of HTML knowledge. WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editors are similar to word processing software, and allow users to author web pages without knowing any HTML markup codes.
Non-WYSIWYG editors allow you to directly edit the HTML which makes up each web page. While authoring pages in HTML is a more complex task requiring a greater level of knowledge, it often offers greater control over the final look and functionality of the page. For this reason, many experts prefer to hand-code HTML pages using non-WYSIWYG editors.
You may find Wikipedia's listing of WYSIWYG and source code editors helpful.
Once you have created the HTML pages which make up your site, you'll need to upload them from your computer to the myACTV web server. To accomplish this, you'll need to use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program. See our page on popular FTP programs for some options.
Although user interfaces differ somewhat between FTP programs, the basic upload process is the same:
- Enter members.myactv.net as the "Site Address," "Host" or "Host Address" that you want to connect to.
- In the "Username" and "Password" fields, enter your myACTV username and password.
- You may need to select a transfer mode of "Passive".
- You may need to select "Only use plain FTP" for the encryption.
- Click "Connect".
- Once connected, open/enter the "public_html" folder on the remote system.
- Select the files you want to upload in the "Local System" or "Local Directory" window pane, then transfer them into the public_html folder on the remote system.
Any files which you upload to your public_html folder will now be available under your personal web site URL. For example, if your username is monkeyman5639, and you just uploaded a file called my_monkeys.html into your public_html folder, that file would be accessed on the WWW by typing in the URL http://members.myactv.net/~monkeyman5639/my_monkeys.html
If you upload a file called "index.html", that page will automatically come up when users access your web site URL (e.g. http://members.myactv.net/~username/).