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Setting up your web page

There are two ways to set up your web page at SVPAL, depending on the type of account you have: text or PPP.

1. Setting up a web page via the menu

From the Main Menu, go to

2. Internet (news,telnet,gopher,WWW)

and then

16. Personal Web Page

                          Personal Web Page Menu

 1. Policy on Web Page Content         10. Edit File with Pico
 2. How to Setup a Personal Web Page   11. Change Permissions of All
 3. CD to public_html Directory            Files in public_html Directory
 4. List Files in Current Directory    12. View Personal Web Page with Lynx
 5. Upload Files with Zmodem Protocol
 6. Upload Files with Kermit Protocol
 7. Rename index.htm to index.html
 8. Rename Files                       14. Helpful Tips
 9. Delete Files (Use this command to
    delete old copy of file before
    uploading new copy.)

 "CD" means 'Change Directory'.

Select option 3 to work on your www directory. See directions below for more information.


SV-PAL is a volunteer-run, community, non-profit Internet service provider, available to individuals and organizations. Subscribers are not permitted to have commercial advertising on web pages and are not permitted to otherwise engage in unsolicited commercial activity.

Subscribers are reminded that they agreed to SV-PAL's "Terms of Use" when they signed the SV-PAL Application. These terms also apply to material used on web pages. Web pages may be used for lawful purposes only and may not contain copyrighted, trademarked, and other proprietary material without proper authorization.

Popular web pages are capable of generating excessive load on overall service. SV-PAL monitors the amount of web access traffic. If a subscriber's web pages result in access traffic which impairs system or network performance, SV-PAL may disable access to those pages.



The "Personal Web Page Menu" provides the capabilities to create and maintain personal web pages. A directory called public_html is created in the subscriber's home directory when the menu is accessed. To create a personal web page, a subscriber must construct a web page file called index.html (or index.htm) and upload this file to his/her public_html directory. Subscribers must dial into SV-PAL when uploading files since this function cannot be done via Telnet. Subscribers with a PPP account may also use FTP to upload the web page files.

Constructing and Uploading the index.html File

  1. Construct a web page file called index.html or index.htm on your computer. Computers running MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows 3.x allow only 3 characters for the file extension. Therefore, construct a file called index.htm on these computers. You may use a web page authoring tool such as Microsoft FrontPage or Adobe PageMill, or use a text editor or word processing program to construct the web page file directly with HTML (hypertext markup language).
  2. Set your current directory to public_html by selecting 3 (CD to public_html Directory) on the Personal Web Page Menu.
  3. Upload the index.html (or index.htm) file from your computer to your public_html directory by selecting 5 (Upload File with Zmodem Protocol) or 6 (Upload Files with Kermit Protocol) and using your communications software program.
  4. If you uploaded a file called index.htm in step 3, rename this file to index.html by selecting 7 (Rename index.htm to index.html).
  5. Upload all additional web page files (that are referenced by index.html) and all graphical image files (that are referenced by any web page file) from your computer to your public_html directory by selecting 5 (Upload File with Zmodem Protocol) or 6 (Upload Files with Kermit Protocol) and using your communications software program. NOTE: All web page and graphic image files must be uploaded to the public_html directory to be viewed on the Internet.
  6. Select 11 (Change Permissions of All Files in public_html Directory) to change the permissions of all files in your public_html directory to the proper value so that your web page and image files can be viewed by others on the World Wide Web. NOTE: This additional step is necessary due to a limitation with the SV-PAL menu system. SV-PAL plans to remove this limitation in the future. At such time, menu command 11 will be removed.
  7. Your web page file can now be viewed by anyone on the World Wide Web as


    where "userid" is your user ID name.

Viewing the Web Page File

All SV-PAL subscribers can use the Lynx web browser to view their web page on the Internet. However, since Lynx is a text-based browser, any graphical images used on the web page will not be seen. Our Full Internet (PPP) subscribers can your their graphical web browser (eg. Netscape) to view the graphics on their web pages.

Subscribers that use web page authoring tools will be able to see graphical images during the construction of the web page. It should also be noted that your web page construction software can be used to view the web page under construction (on the subscriber's local hard disk) without being connected to the Internet. This means that a subscriber can completely develop a web page with graphical images prior to uploading the web page file to his/her public_html directory on SV-PAL.


Check the spelling of words in your index.html or index.htm file with the web page authoring tool, a spell checking program, or a program that can check the spelling of an ASCII file. This will avoid embarrassing spelling errors.

Everyone does not use the same web browser or the latest version of a web browser. Therefore, if you have access to different browsers or different versions of the same browser, view your index.html or index.htm file with several web browsers. If necessary, modify your web page so that it looks reasonable with all browsers.

2. Setting up a web page via PPP/network
A. Setup (first time only) If you know UNIX and your file permissions, you may bypass the menu and create public_html with your FTP program.
B. Maintenance


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