How to manage this web site
(Private - for Lynne's use only)
Home -> Management
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - SOME OF THIS PAGE STILL MISSING.
MUCH OF THIS IS NOW OBSOLETE, SO DON'T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY
See also the Remote control page.
Miscellaneous management details
If you want a domain name for this web site, see the domain names page.
Where the files are kept
There are, at the moment, two identical copies of all of these files:
for having two different copies are for security - in case one copy is
accidentally deleted - and for ease of editing. The easiest way to
update your web pages, in my opinion, is to update the copy on your
workstation, and then use a file transfer program
to copy the updated version to your server computer. That way, you
don't have to deal with the fact that your server computer doesn't have
a keyboard or monitor.
- The master copy is on your workstation computer, in the folder called "LynneWeb", which is a subfolder of "My Documents".
working copy - that is, the copy that is actually displayed as web
pages - is on your server, in C:\Program files\Abyss Web Server\htdocs.
(For improved security, you might find it useful to burn a backup copy onto a CD.)
Within these directories, you have the following subdirectories:
The top-level directory contains some HTML files that you will need to edit. These contain the actual content of the web pages.
- cgi-bin: contains the program that displays your family tree.
- cgi-bin/data: your GEDCOM file of family tree information.
- images: graphics files that you want to display on web pages.
- instructions: the instructions you are now reading.
- photos: that part of your photo collection that you want to display on this web site.
How to edit a web page
install a program called "Composer" to do the editing. You start this
from your Start button, like any other Windows program. Use the
File/Open to open the HTML file you want to modify. The editing
operations are similar to those in a word processor - I'll show you the
details. At the end, do a Save. Then press the "refresh page" button in
Firefox to see the result. If you don't like the result, you can do
more changes. It's a good idea to keep a backup of the previous
version, so that you can go back to it if your editing session was a
How to display photos on your web site
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - CONTENT STILL MISSING, BECAUSE I HAVEN'T YET WORKED OUT THE EASIEST WAY TO DO THIS.
How to update the family tree
you have the latest version in Family Tree Builder, use the File/Export
Gedcom menu option. When asked where to save the file, specify the
cgi-bin/data directory. The file name should be crocker.ged. (You could
give it another name, but then you would have to change the link on the
family web page.) Then use a file transfer program to copy it to your server.