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First Dunk Into FTP: How To Get URL? (2 posts)

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  • Started 10 years ago by d3v9d
  • Latest reply 10 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • d3v9d Member

    Hello all,

    I'm about to chance a plunge into FTP-world. I've Fetch site's documentation (what there is of it) but can't say that I've done more than skim it so far.

    My first, pressing task is the mundane one of selling eBay passersby on the virtues of my item for sale. As I understand the process, listing an item and including a picture is straightforward. Easily done, that is, once I can provide the URL of said photo encased in their "HTML image tag".

    Now to expose the depth of my need for help. Is it the function of Fetch (or any other FTP client for that matter) to create such a URL? I've the picture resting nicely on my desktop as .jpg. The usual step-by-step instruction of how to assign a URL to the photo and then transmit it to eBay would be greatly appreciated. I'll then be all eager to stumble into other discoveries of what lies within Fetch's powers. Thanks.

    Dave

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Ebay offers a tutorial on adding images to listings at this page:

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/basics/phototut-1.html

    The first question you need to answer is where your images will be hosted. You need to put your image files on a server computer that can deliver them to anyone browsing your listing, at any time of day. Your ISP may offer some web space on such a server, or you can buy an account from a web hosting company like pair.com.

    Then you use Fetch to connect to the server. You'll need the name of the server (Host), the name of your account on the server (User ID) and the password for your account; you'll get all that information from your ISP or web hosting company (i.e. whoever runs the server that you are uploading to).

    Finally you need to create the URLs to your image files. Unfortunately there's no automatic procedure for this; every ISP and web hosting company does things their own way. The basic idea is that all your files on your web account will have a base URL (something like http://www.web-hosting-company.net/username/), and you will add the name of the JPEG file to that (e.g. http://www.web-hosting-company.net/username/myimage.jpg). Your web hosting company can tell you the base URL for your account.

    I hope this helps,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

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