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Welcome to the netINS Showcase. As a contributor, you may use 20 megabytes of disk space to make information available to the world via the World Wide Web.

Your Showcase space is located on showcase.netINS.net (with FTP access through basic.netins.net).

The URL path to your homepage will be:

http://showcase.netins.net/web/your_area_name/

Getting started

First, if you plan to use Microsoft's FrontPage and/or Web Publishing Wizard, please review these notes.

To upload files to your Showcase account from a Windows or Windows 95 machine connected through PPP, we recommend that you use SmartFTP (as used in this example) or a similar FTP program. You may also need to get a Zip/Unzip program.

Start up this program and open a local browser by clicking the "FTP" menu at the top and selecting "Local Browser". Fill in the address bar with "basic.netins.net"

What Your SmartFTP Should Look Like

When you have this filled in, click the "connect" button in the upper left. This will bring up the Login Screen. Fill in your Username and Password, then click "OK".

Smart FTP login screen

You will now have 2 windows open in Smart FTP. The one labeled "Local Browser" will display the contents of your computer's hard disk. The one labeled "basic.netins.net" will display the contents of your free webspace. Open the .web directory on the server by double clicking ".web" in the "basic.netins.net" pane.

Smart FTP when connected

If you are uploading text files, such as HTML documents, you should upload them as ASCII data. If you are uploading graphic files, such as GIF or JPEG images, you should upload them as Binary.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Your "home page" must be called index.html and should overwrite the existing index.html file that resides in your .web directory. This will remove the "Already Registered" page that is found when you look at your Showcase site.

Please note that your Showcase files reside on a Unix system, and can not have spaces in the file name. Also, file names are case sensitive. We suggest using all lowercase letters for your file names, such as 'webpage.html' to avoid confusion.


Where to Get Help:

The best place to look for help with your Showcase is the Frequently Asked Questions page.