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Logging in to Angelfire

Don’t just bookmark www.angelfire.com. Instead, after you log in to your account, bookmark the Angelfire Web Shell.

The Web Shell lets you upload pages, create directories, and edit your pages on the server. Once you have logged in, Angelfire sets a “cookie” in your browser and automatically logs you back in each time you visit the Web Shell with that browser.

If you share your computer or do not want an automatic login, then clear the “Sign me in automatically” checkbox on the Login page.

If you login at a computer other than your own, you may also want to clear the browser cache when you are finished. (See the browserÕs settings or preferences.)

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File names

Angelfire has a few special rules about file names. (They do not apply to every web server.)

  1. File names are cAsE-seNSiTive. That means index.html and Index.html and INDEX.html will be treated as three different files. They will not overwrite each other.
  2. Hyphens (-) are not allowed in file names; use underscore (_) instead. If you upload new-file.html, the Angelfire server will automatically change the name to new_file.html. That means any links to new-file.html will not work.
  3. You cannot delete index.html. Angelfire requires that a file named index.html be present in your root directory at all times. If you want to get rid of it, you must overwrite it with another file named index.html .

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Keeping track of your site

Rule No. 1: Always be sure you are editing the most up-to-date version of a file. Beginners often change a document on the server but forget to update their local copy. Then they upload the local copy to the server — and their changes are gone.

Best method: Keep copies of your HTML files on your own computer (the “local machine” or “local host”). You should have a local folder that exactly reproduces the contents of your Angelfire directory (the “remote” location). Make changes to your local files first, then upload them to Angelfire, either with the Web Shell or with an FTP client.

When uploading files to Angelfire from a Windows PC, be aware that file names of eight letters or fewer may be automatically capitalized by Windows, or possibly set in uppercase. But this is not the case on every Windows PC.

You can use the Web Shell to edit files on the server, but donÕt forget to update your local copies as well. The easiest way — and it’s not very convenient — is:

  1. Select the file in the Web Shell, then press the Edit button.
  2. Select the contents of the file inside the editing window. (You must drag your cursor over the file contents to select them. (If you use Select All you will select useless text from the surrounding page as well.)
  3. Copy the selection.
  4. Open your text editor and paste what you copied.
  5. Save this file to your local web directory, overwriting the existing file.

Of course, you can visit your site with your browser and view page source. But if you want to make changes, you must delete all of the banner ad code first. It’s easiest to work with the files on your local machine.

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Banner ads

Banner ads will appear at the top of every Angelfire page be default. (This is how Angelfire attempts to pay for its free hosting service.)

You have the option of having ads appear in pop-up windows rather than at the top of each page. You can change your preference at the Angelfire Web Shell; here you can also make small changes to the ads’ appearance.

You can avoid the ad banners entirely by omitting the <BODY> tag from your code! HTML 4.01 documents are valid without a <BODY> tag, but in some cases you will still want to leave <BODY> in place. The CSS body selector will work even if the HTML <BODY> tag is not present.

If you use a browser to view the source for one of your pages, you will see a long block of ad-related code. Delete everything from the comment <!-- Start of Angelfire Ad Code --> to the comment <!-- End of Angelfire Ad Code -->.

When viewed with Netscape 4.7 or earlier, Angelfire banner ads may cause serious errors on the page. (Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about that; it’s a flaw in the Angelfire ad code.)

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FTP clients

If you want to use an FTP client to move pages to and from your Angelfire site, all you need to know is your server name, username, and password.

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