Updating Webpages


For Starters


This session is about maintaining and updating existing webpages. You should either have a master copy you are working from or download one to your hard drive.


For downloading a site, navigate to it in Windows Explorer and drag a copy of the folder to your hard drive.


To update an individual page; Display the page in IE, right mouse click and show source. Or go to the view menu-->source. Then File--> save. Open in  an html editor or text editor, make your changes and save.


If on the users server, you should have login privileges. FTP the file to the appropriate location. (FTP=File Transfer Protocol, so a noun has come into usage as a verb). See below for FTP options.


If on the www.stlcc.edu server, you can FTP the file if you have privileges. Otherwise send the file with instructions on the location it should replace to your campus web coordinator:


FV- Herb Niemeyer

Meramec -Chuck McPherson

FP- Donna Bakke



Alternatives to text editor for updating html


Netscape Navigator (free download)

Frontpage (standard installation on campus)

Dreamweaver (in this lab and in Media Services)

See individual tutorials- this class cannot cover html editing in depth.



The most important thing I can tell you about Dreamweaver: Define your site and turn off “Refresh Local File List Automatically”



Tutorial site for Dreamweaver




Frontpage tutorials




Anthony’s Netscape tutorial:





How to FTP through Windows Explorer on Windows 2000


On a Windows 2000 machine.

Press Start  Choose Run

type in \\emerald\public_website\fvdocs

it may ask you to login.

If so login as madcc\your username and use your Outlook e-mail password.


When you are in your site folder on Emerald you can right click and create a shortcut to the site on your desktop.  You then will be able to drag folders from your computer to the website to update pages.


All files must be at least three seconds newer than the existing file. It takes up to five minutes for the change to get to all the parts of the public web-site server array.



How to map a network drive using Windows XP


*          Go to Start, My Computer. Right click on My Computer, Map Network Drive. 


(You may also open My Computer or Windows Explorer, go to Tools, Map Network Drive).

*          Select Drive letter you prefer (Drive S in this example).  This may be any available drive letter.  You’re simply associating a drive letter with your space on the network.

*          Enter the Folder information as desired, with the pattern type in \\emerald\public_website\fvdocs

it may ask you to login.  If so login as madcc\your username and use your Outlook e-mail password.








Using Fetch on a Macintosh



Password is the same as you email password, typically fv plus last 4 digits of you SSN unless you have changed it.