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Once you have your website

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any changes, additions, or questions. See these resources to help you choose your site style and features.

Uploading content

Small files can be sent as an email attachment to your domain webmaster. Most sites have an upload page at /upload/ where you can upload individual files (including zip files and compressed directories). Please notify me when you do, and tell me what you want done with them. Each has an FTP interface at ftp.YourDomain and I can provide userids. Anonymous FTP costs extra, and is currently available only at static.valleychurch.org. I also use dropbox.com and Google Drive.

You can try using the FTP access method in Windows XP (and presumably later versions) My Network Places. I have had limited success with this.

Creating an FTP location

  1. Start -- Control Panel -- My Network Places
  2. Click on Add a Network Place
  3. Click Next
  4. Make sure "Choose another network location" is selected, and click Next again
  5. Type ftp://YourDomain into the space provided, and click Next
  6. Uncheck the "Log on anonymously" checkbox, type in the username and click Next
  7. Give the connection a name (Website Photos, for example) and click Next
  8. Click Finish to save that location (it will appear in My Network Places) and then it will make a connection for you. You will be prompted for your password, which you can ask your computer to remember if you wish.

Transferring Files

Once your FTP location has been created, you can find it in My Network Places. Double-clicking it may open your remote location in the same way as Windows opens folders, and you can drag (or copy and paste) files from local folders to the remote folder and back again in the familiar manner. If you do not have the same behaviour, check Internet Explorer settings. The IE settings are tools, internet options, advanced, browsing, put a check besite "Enable folder view for FTP sites".

Email

I provide an unlimited number of email addresses as forwarding only, mailbox only (POP3 or IMAP4), or both. Each mailbox has a simple web interface at webmail.<yourdomain>. Keep track of your email password. You can administer your mailbox at mailboxes.<yourdomain>, including changing your password. Please don't keep huge volumes of email on the mail servers. That impacts performance for everyone. Mail older than 30 days in Spam, Trash, Junk, and Deleted is automatically deleted. Gmail will not deliver an email it originally sent back to the sender. This means that trying to test the forward by sending an email from a Gmail address to a domain address which forwards to it may not work. Try sending to it from a different email address.

I also provide email discussion lists powered by Mailman. Because DreamHost.com is serious about discouraging spam, they limit the number of emails a user can send in an hour. If you have a large distribution list, it's a good idea to manage that with a discussion list or an announce list. To reduce bogus post and subscription attempts, in Privacy Options, turn Advertise to No and set subscription requirements to Confirm and Approve. Set Mung From so people with Yahoo addresses can post. DreamHost provides DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) records for all domains they host. I found (but have not checked out) this DKIM validation tool. Set a reasonable filesize limit and use other mechanisms to transfer large files.

Forwarding to AOL and sometimes Comcast

As of December 19, 2011, DreamHost will not forward to an AOL email address and sometimes also Comcast email addresses.

Setting up your email client

Here are some general hints for setting up your email client to use mailboxes on your domain.
Thunderbird: Edit -- Account Settings
Outlook: Tools -- E-mail Accounts
The mail server is mail.<yourdomain> (both incoming and outgoing). The userid is your complete email address, such as JohnDoe@<yourdomain>. I'll tell you your initial password, but you should change it. Use POP3 or IMAP4, your choice. I use SSL/TLS security with password authentication, so that emails are not transmitted in the clear from me to the mail server.

Spoofing your From: address

Yes, there are legitimate uses for this. When I send email from my primary website development address, I want to show From: webmaster@ for whichever domain I'm writing about.

In Thunderbird, Edit -- Account Settings
then choose the account. The button at the bottom for Manage Identities. Add the new identity.
Then, when I send an email, when I write (compose) an email, I choose the identity from the pull-down list for the From: line.

When in Gmail:

Settings (the gear at the top right)
Settings
Accounts and Import
Send mail as:
Add another email address

When composing an email, same as with Thunderbird.

Using the email web interface

http://webmail.YourDomain

using just your userid (JohnDoe) and your password. The login page includes a link to mailboxes.<yourdomain> to manage your mailbox, including changing your password.

Domains using DreamHost junk filtering

If your domain has junk filtering enabled, then in general, every mailbox (but not forwarding-only addresses) will have a new Junk folder. You will want to check this folder for any valid email miscategorized as junk. The webmail interface is a good way to do that. For more details on this feature, see this DreamHost Wiki entry.

Website Statistics

My web hosting service provides detailed statistics. Using the userid and password I provide to you, visit:

http://www.YourDomain/stats

I'm not sure how much traffic from search engines and other web crawlers their tools filter out. A site with nothing but a placeholder index.html shows 2-3 page requests per day. The monthly report shows traffic for known robots. That should help you figure out how much of your traffic is real. In general, a request for a page means that a client (usually a browser) requested a page (such as about_us.html). That should mean that a person pointed their browser to that page. If they revisit that same page while their browser has a fresh cached copy, it should not show up in the stats.

For some sites, I have implemented a crude page counter. I prefix with FAN_ accesses by me. If you provide me with your IP address, I can separate yours as well. You can find that here. I think these counters increment only when a browser actually displays the page. Again, revisiting a cached page would not increment the counter. You can view the counters at any time with:

http://www.YourDomain/cgi-bin/counterShow.pl

Driving traffic to your site

Why do you want traffic? What kind of person do you want to find your site? What are they looking for? What would they be searching for? With these answers, make sure you have content that matches what they're looking for. Make sure it's described with generous, but appropriate, usage of the terms they would be searching for, including alternative terms. It's very helpful to have other appropriate sites link to yours in appropriate ways. If you have a section of resources, you can make appropriate links to these peer sites. Include a brief description of why each is appropriate. Show this to your peers and ask them to reciprocate. Submit yourself to relevant listing services. Pretend you're searching for whatever you offer, and see what comes up. If you find things like Yelp, local business indexes, chambers of commerce and so on, submit yourself to them. When things like Yelp are appropriate, ask your satisfied customers to write reviews of you. Post relevant comments in social media, including the link to your website. When web visitors begin to have significant value to you, build a well-designed ad campaign with Google AdWords or something similar.

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