FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What do I need to know to create and upload my home
- First, some information about creating your home
It is not necessary to use a development tool to create
HTML pages. They can be done in a simple text editor. If you use commercial
development tools, the auto-publish function will frequently either not
work, or will introduce errors. www.tdl.com (our Web server) is running in
UNIX, and is therefore "case sensitive." This means that your <IMG SRC =
"filename.gif"> and actual file name (filename.gif) must match exactly.
<IMG SRC="filename.gif"> and FileName.gif would not work together.
How do I upload my Web pages?
- You need to FTP to www.yourdomain.com and log in with your
username and password. This will place you in the root of your directory. cd
(change directory) to public_html and place your files there. Name your
first page index.html. This will cause it to be automatically loaded. Those
without virtual domains must use www.tdl.com as the host address.
What is my Web address? (URL)
- Your URL is http://www.tdl.com/~username/. If you
have a virtual domain with tdl, your URL is http://www.your-domain.com (or
.org or .net). If you place all of your files under public_html, your link
path is very simple, for example, <A HREF ="secondpage.html">
secondpage</A> would be a hot link to secondpage.html. It is not
necessary to use full URLs for internal (on our server) links.
If any of your links or images do not work, the problem
is most likely in the case. Make sure that the call and the file called have
Can I use Perl and CGI scripts?
- You may use custom CGI scripts at TDL. They will be
placed in your cgi-bin sub-directory. The call to them is not logical, and
must look like this: /cgi-bin/cgiwrap/user/script.name, where "user" is your
user name, and "script.name" is the name of the script. The path to your
cgi-bin sub-directory is either /clients/username/public_html/cgi-bin or
Scripts must be executable to execute. To make a file
executable, use the chmod command. chmod 755 filename.ext
Files that will be written to by a script must be write
enabled. To make a file write enabled, use the chmod command. chmod 755
What is the path to Perl?
- For those using custom Perl scripts, the local path
to Perl is: #!/usr/bin/perl. NOTE: this must be the first line of your Perl
script, and must be followed by a blank line.
Will I be able to use image maps on my Web
- Apache, our Web server, provides support for image
What other features are already built-in for me to use
on my Website?
- A graphic visitor counter, and a script to format and mail the
contents of a form are available for your use. See the tutorials on the main Tech Support page for instructions on using them.
I have a virtual domain. What do I need to
know about it besides what is already covered?
- Information pertinent to customers with virtual
domains can be found by clicking here.