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Creating a web page should be a learning experience for the creator. While NETPLEX can point you in the right direction by providing links to information included in this page, we cannot assist in designing a page for you.

There are an endless number of beginner HTML books available although today there are HTML editing programs available that can help beginners and novices alike generate HTML pages. One of the more popular and reasonably priced programs on the market is Adobe Dreamweaver.

A few Pointers about Creating HTML Pages

  • Always name your home page index.html or index.htm. From within this index page, you should have links to the rest of your pages or other external links.
  • Save all file names, html and graphics, in lowercase with absolutely no spaces or symbols (*()^&%) but it is safe to use the underscore_ or dash -.
  • Filenames are CaSE sEnSiTiVE!!! For instance, CONTACT.HTML isn't the same as contact.html.



To upload your pages to a NETPLEX web server, you will need to use a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program. An FTP client is usually included with HTML authoring programs such as Dreamweaver. Otherwise, we recommend WS_FTP for Windows users and Fetch for Mac users.

Once you have your FTP program, you'll need to configure it to connect to the NETPLEX FTP Server:

Hostname: ftp.netplex.net or ftp.yourdomainname.com
Host Directory: wwwdocs
Username: [Your login username]
Password: [Your login password]

NOTE: Case sensitive, all this information should be typed in lowercase.

1. After you've provided this information to the FTP program,

2. Hit the "Connect" button. This will connect you to the FTP server.

3. Upon logging into the FTP server, you will see files and directories appear in the remote server side of your FTP program (this could be on the right or left side of program window, depending on what program you are using). Files and directories appearing on the opposite side are in the local directory (YOUR hard drive).

4. On the remote server side your site resides in the wwwdocs directory/folder, always make sure you upload to the wwwdocs directory/folder.

5. You are now ready to upload your html and graphic files to the server. On the local directory side (YOUR hard drive) locate your html and graphic files. Select the files (hold down your CTRL key to select multiple files), and then select Transfer (Mac users will select Put File).

6. After your pages have been uploaded, open a browser and type in your domain name or if you are using your dialup or email account web space you can view them at: http://users.netplex.net/~your_username_here/


All dialup and e-mail accounts come with 100MB of disk space for your personal use. You can create a personal website or store files on NETPLEX servers. For FTP insturctions follow the steps above. Once you are done you can view your personal site at the following address:

    *** Please remember to change the your_username_here to reflect your real login username. Also note that the tilde (~) character must preceed your username.

Instructions for Form Mail Script

NOTE: Please e-mail webmaster@netplex.net prior to using this script (we must authorize your domain name).

Copy and paste the following code into your form page script.

NOTE: Remove the comment lines that start with the # symbol after you follow their instructions. Script belongs between the <body> </body> tags.

# Change the value="username@netplex.net" to whatever E-mail address you
# want the submitted results to go to. Multiple recipients can be
# specified i.e value="username@netplex.net,someuser@otherdomain.com"

<form method=POST ACTION="http://www.netplex.net/cgi-bin/formmail.pl">
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="username@netplex.net">

# You can have any input fields you want. The following two lines put in
# an .html file give you two boxes, one labeled First Name and the
# other labeled Last Name. Use this format to create other input variables.

First Name <INPUT NAME="firstname" "SIZE="15"><BR>
Last Name <INPUT NAME="lastname" SIZE="15"><BR>

# The next few lines are configuration variables for the form mail script.
# Include these on every page you intend to have a form. These should come
# after all of your <INPUT NAME> references.

<!-- Hidden configuration settings for FormMail - DO NOT REMOVE -->
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Webpage Submit Form">

# Change the line below to point to a URL file which will let the user know
# that the form has been filled out successfully. For example, have a
# file called thankyou.html that thanks the user for filling out the form,
# and provides a link back to the main index page.

<input type=hidden name="redirect" value="http://www.yoursite.com/thankyou.html">

# Change the line below to include all of the field names you would like the
# submit form to E-mail you. Seperate each with a comma.

<input type=hidden name="required" value="firstname,lastname">

# If you would like the field values which get mailed to you to be sorted, then
# you can include the following line. Be sure to put in all the field names
# you would like mailed to you, in the order you would like to see them.

<input type=hidden name="sort" value="order:firstname,lastname">
<input type=hidden name="env_report" value="REMOTE_HOST,HTTP_USER_AGENT">
<!-- End of FormMail Configuration Settings -->

# The following line provides the Submit and Reset buttons used to control
# the form.

<input type=submit VALUE="Send Form"> <input type=reset>


Hit Counter

Log in to User Services with the username that is hosting the website. You may create a hit counter from there.


Does NETPLEX support or have Server Side Includes (SSI) and/or Common Gateway Interface (CGI) access?

We do support SSI and CGI, but for dialup/personal accounts, SSI/CGI access is restricted. Personal account users do have access to site installed, site approved SSI/CGI scripts. For more information on how to use these scripts, look here.

Does NETPLEX support Java/JavaScript/VBScript/ActiveX?

These are all client side based scripts and/or applets, so yes, they are supported as long as your web browser supports them.

Does NETPLEX support ASP (active server pages)

NO. Currently NETPLEX does not support Microsoft Server Software.

Can I have a counter, guestbook, or other form on my page?

Yes, you can. Please see the previous Question/Answer regarding SSI/CGI.

I uploaded my page, but when I view it I get a message saying "You do not have permission to view / on this server!" What did I do wrong?

You need to make sure your main html page (the one you want to see first) is called index.htm or index.html. Also, make sure that you uploaded your page(s) into the wwwdocs directory on the FTP server. See the above section on uploading your web page(s).

My graphics aren't displaying, but the filenames match the entries in the html source as far as alphabetic case is concerned.

You will need to re-upload your graphics, making sure that your FTP program is set to binary or raw data mode. (NOTE: on Macs, do not set it to Applebinary. Use the Put File button, and not drag and drop).



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