Your best friend for file transfer.Fetch
recommended reading for beginners (4 posts)
- Started 8 years ago by tomg
- Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
I am having trouble uploading anything to my website. I just get 404 or index listings. Is there a simple book that starts from the beginning to get us new people started?
Even some of the instructions in Fetch require prior web knowledge. I'll learn it - just tell me where.
I had no luck with Cyberduck, either. That tells me that it is I that has to learn something.
Thank you for suggestions. Remember, please don't tell me to check my directory, etc. Huh?
Scott McGuire Administrator
We don't have an immediate suggestion of a book to recommend, although we are thinking about it.
While we've tried to provide useful tutorials on how to upload files and folders with Fetch, the problem is that in order for webpages to work correctly after uploading, they need to be uploaded in the correct place for the server you are uploading them too. It sounds like this is the problem you're running into.
It's a hard problem to provide good instructions about, because every web server and web creation program is different; what you need to do to make things work right on one server or a webpage created in one program is different from what you need to do in another program or with another server.
Which program are you using to create your website? Who are you using as your web hosting company? We may be able to better point you towards some helpful documentation or books once we know that information.
I used an iWeb template. My host is Dreamhost. Everybody is very helpful and I am sure they are dummying advice, they have a Wiki and a forum, but even the help leaves me mystified over the jargon.
"they need to be uploaded in the correct place for the server you are uploading them to."
Exactly. Those are good, simple words but I am sure there is a book out there that shows some simple flow chart so I know what those simple words mean. If I have a general idea, I should be able to adapt across servers and programs.
Update: I got one page up but I'm not sure how. That means if I try to add or change, I'm back to square one. I do understand it's a learning curve - I'm just trying not to skid.
By the way, I think your documentation for Fetch is great, I love the puppy, and I will buy it.
If I find a book that helps me with this pre-Fetch knowledge I'm looking for, I'll let you know.
Scott McGuire Administrator
I reviewed a couple of books that we are aware of, and unfortunately, they were more geared towards using iWeb or writing webpages than the process of uploading them.
My best suggestions are that you should visit a bookstore with a good selection of computer books, and look through the books there to see if you can find one that is suitable; or perhaps find a local computer guru who is familiar with uploading websites and see if they are willing to spend some time explaining it to you, and answering questions - it sounds like a one on one back and forth might be useful. I realize that finding one with free time and who can explain things well may be easier said than done, though.
We have tried to make the Fetch documentation as simple and as clear as possible, especially the tutorial section; I apologize that it does not meet your needs. But if you have specific questions, please let us know.
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