Publishing your Genealogy Website

Now that you have created, validated and tested your genealogy website, you are ready to publish to your server.

Publishing to RootsWeb or FreePages servers

If you are publishing your site to Rootsweb or the Freepages server and you are using FrontPage, you can use the FrontPage Publish via ftp feature.

If you have used Dreamweaver to create your site, see Pat Asher's Uploading with Dreamweaver. You can also use a stand-alone ftp program to publish to the Rootsweb servers.

You may also use the RootsWeb File Manager feature to upload/publish your site. If you wish to use the RootsWeb.com file manager, make sure you select the correct file manager for the type of website you have at RootsWeb.com.

Publishing to a Server with FPSE - FrontPage Server Extensions - Installed

If you have created your site in FrontPage and your host has FPSE installed, you need to use the Publish feature in FrontPage to upload your site to your server space. If you choose to use an ftp program, you may "break" the server extensions. All screen shots are using FrontPage 2003. If you are using a different version, your screen may look different.

Step 1 - Open your site in FrontPage.

Step 2 - Make sure and check your settings before you try to publish/upload your site.

Step 3 - Choose File | Publish Site

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Step 4 - In the dialogue  window that pops up, choose the "Remote Web Site" tab. Tick the button beside "FrontPage or SharePoint Services" and then enter the correct information in the following fields: "Remote Web Site Location" - put in your site url  - http://your-site.com/

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Then click on the "Publishing" tab at the top and check Publish | Changed Pages Only - Changes | Determine changes by comparing source and destination - Logging | Log changes during publish (gives you a log entry to review if you have problems uploading)

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Step 5 - When you click "OK", you will get a window to input your ID and password.  Be sure to type them EXACTLY as they were given to you - including capitalization. The first time you upload your site, you may be asked for two separate usernames and passwords. Your server space may have one username and password and FrontPage another.

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Step 6 - You will see your website (on your computer) in the left window.  The server space  file you're publishing to is shown in the right window. 

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Local to Remote should be checked then Click the Publish Website Button. This is the one I use most often as it compares all files and uploads those that have changed. If you have deleted files from you site on your hard drive, a box will pop up to ask if you want to remove them from the remote site.

  • You could also choose only one or two of the files and click on of the arrow keys to transfer just those files Local to Remote.
  • If the site on your hard drive became damaged or was inadvertently deleted, you could create a new web on the hard drive and use this same process to reverse publish your site on the server to your hard drive. Check Remote to Local | Click Publish Website Button
  • Synchronize compares the site on your hard drive and the one on the remote server and moves the data back and forth until they match.
Step 7 - If you use the "Publish web site" button, when complete you will get a message that your file is finished uploading. You are then given a choice to View Your Remote Site.

Publishing to a Server without FrontPage Server Extensions - Installed

If you have created your site in FrontPage and your host does NOT have FPSE installed, you can use the Publish via ftp feature in FrontPage to upload your site to your server space. You could also use a stand-alone ftp program to publish the site. The steps are basically the same as publishing to an http address.  Some of the screenshots will look different when publishing via ftp.

Step 1 - Open your site in FrontPage.

Step 2 - Make sure and check your settings before you try to publish/upload your site.

Step 3 - Choose File | Publish Site

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Step 4 - In the dialogue  window that pops up.  Choose the "Remote Web Site" tab. Tick the button beside "FTP" and then enter the correct information in the following fields: "Remote Web Site Location" - put in your site ftp location  - ftp://genealogy-web-creations.com/genealogy-web-creations If you have included the full location including the ftp directory, you can leave the FTP Directory line blank. Check Use Passive FTP.

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Then click on the "Publishing" tab at the top and check Publish | Changed Pages Only - Changes | Determine changes by comparing source and destination - Logging | Log changes during publish (gives you a log entry to review if you have problems uploading)

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Step 5 - When you click "OK", you will get a window to input your ID and password.  Be sure to type them EXACTLY as they were given to you - including capitalization.

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You will see your website (on your computer) in the left window.  The server space  file you're publishing to is shown in the right window. 

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Step 6 - Local to Remote should be checked then Click the Publish Website Button. This is the one I use most often as it compares all files and uploads those that have changed. If you have deleted files from you site on your hard drive, a box will pop up to ask if you want to remove them from the remote site.

  • You could also choose only one or two of the files and click on of the arrow keys to transfer just those files Local to Remote.
  • If the site on your hard drive became damaged or was inadvertently deleted, you could create a new web on the hard drive and use this same process to reverse publish your site on the server to your hard drive. Check Remote to Local | Click Publish Website Button
  • Synchronize compares the site on your hard drive and the one on the remote server and moves the data back and forth until they match.

Step 7 - If you use the "Publish web site" button, when complete you will get a message that your file is finished uploading.

If you have problems, make sure and check your username and password as they are case sensitive and the url you have inserted into the location.

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