Question re: index page

I am a beginner with this html stuff. I have created
an account and received authorization on my domain. My
question is:

I have created a page titled “index.html” and
successfully published it to my domain. When I go to
my domain, it is not there. It says Index of/ and
Parent Directory.

Any advice?

Thanks much!

[quote]I have created a page titled “index.html” and
successfully published it to my domain.[/quote]
Make sure that “index.html” has been placed in the correct folder (which should have the same name as your domain). If you can’t see the file in the list of files titled (Index of/), it is in the wrong folder - that list only comes up if “index.html” is missing.

In future, please include your domain name in your posts, so that we can see what the problem is for ourselves. Failing that, please add it to your discussion forum profile.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog

My domain name is

I don’t know how to put index.html in the correct folder, can you assist me :\

One other thing… Make sure that the filename is index.html, all lowercase. That could throw things off also.

I’d give my right arm to be ambidexterous!

[quote]My domain name is

I don’t know how to put index.html in the correct folder, can you assist me?[/quote]
Certainly. First of all, I can confirm to you that the “index.html” file is not in the correct directory (or folder) at the moment. You will need to transfer that file from your own computer to the folder that has been created for you on the DreamHost server. To do this, you will need to use a technique known as FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

You can do this quite easily if you are using Windows XP, but you will need the main username and password given to you in the email you received from DreamHost when you setup your account. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to “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 into the space provided, and click “Next”.
  6. Uncheck the “Log on anonymously” checkbox, type in the username from the email and click “Next”.
  7. Give the connection a name (My Webspace, 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.
  9. You will be prompted for your password, which you can ask your computer to remember if you wish.

You can now transfer files in and out of your webspace as you please, almost is if it was a folder on your computer. The “index.html” page (the page that everyone sees first when they browse to your website) must be in the folder called, assuming that is what DreamHost called it.

I hope that helps.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog

I have now added a modified version of these instructions to the wiki.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog

Wow, thank you so much. This helps a lot! I won’t be able to transfer until I get home (I’m at work on a Mac) on my PC.

Once I put my index.html into the correct folder, do I add all the other folders in there for my site?

Thank you so much,

Yes. In fact, I recommend keeping a “mirror” of your online site in a folder on your local machine. You can drag the entire contents of that folder into the folder, images and all, if you wish.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog

I followed your instructions but got an error messge that reads: “A connection to server cannot be established.” Do you know why it would say this? I verified that I typed everything correctly.?

I’ve no idea why you should get that error. It is possible that there is some kind of FTP outage going on, but it is not affecting me.

Simon Jessey
Keystone Websites | si-blog