Web Publishing on The WELL
Publishing your Web pages on The WELL
CGI – counters, and forms
Web traffic and costs
Tools and resources
Our standard Membership includes Web page publishing. Setting it up to serve Web pages involves two steps: setting up your Web directory and transferring your html pages to your Web directory.
Where are your Web pages on The WELL?
When you publish your Web page on The WELL, your URL or Web address will be:
You may also use the “tilde” shortcut URL:
Setting up a Web directory
To get started you will you can either set up your own Web directory or you can send an email to helpdesk [at] well dot com and ask for a Web directory/folder. If you email helpdesk, Helpdesk will tell you when the directory has been created.
When your Web directory is set up, prepare your files for transfer to the directory.
Transferring your html files
When preparing your html files you should name your main page index.html. If you give the file another name its URL would be:
Files are transferred from your desktop computer by using SFTP (secure file transfer protocol). With any desktop SFTP program, connect to host well.com. Log in with your username and password.Make sure you’re in your WEB folder; change to it if necessary. Upload the files, disconnect your SFTP program and enter your URL in your Web browser to see your Web page. If you get a “permission denied” error message, use your SFTP program to change the permission settings.
CGI – Counters and Forms
The WELL offers two simple CGI programs. Currently, you can set up a mailto form and a visitor counter.
Web Traffic and Costs
The included storage allotment in our current Membership is set at 100 Megabytes, including combined any stored legacy shell email (oldtimers only), plus other home and WEB directory content. Additional storage is charged according to our Membership plans, pricing and billing policies. Surcharges for exceptionally heavy traffic to personal WELL Web pages are also described on that page.
To see your Web site traffic and statistics, check the Analog Web Logs page for your login. If you choose to have raw Web logs sent to your home directory on The WELL, be sure to delete them frequently to avoid storage charges.
Tools and Resources
SSH is a terminal emulation protocol that replaces old, insecure telnet. It makes your machine a terminal for issuing commands to The WELL’s machines. SSH programs for Windows as well as Mac machines can be downloaded from shareware sites such as Tucows or CNet.
Mac OSX and Linux machines have an SSH program in Terminal. Go to the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder to find Terminal and the SSH program. To use SSH from Terminal, just type ssh email@example.com to be connected to your account on The WELL. If you’re on MS Windows, you might have to download an SSH program like putty, but users are reporting that the ssh string works in the Windows 10 command window.
SFTP is a program for uploading and managing files. Like its ancestor, FTP, it is a method for moving files over the Internet. However, unlike FTP, it securely encrypts the connection. GUI (graphical user interface) SFTP programs for Windows as well as Mac machines can be downloaded from shareware sites such as Tucows or CNet. Your current FTP programs can probably be set to SFTP in the Server Settings field.
Mac OSX machines have an SFTP program in Terminal. Go to the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder to find Terminal and the SFTP program. To use SFTP from Terminal, just type sftp firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you upload the files into your WEB folder.
Most modern Web page authoring programs use built-in SFTP to move files. Point them at well.com, enter your login and password, and be sure to change to the WEB folder before uploading your files.
For Further Information…
The Web Conference on The WELL is a good source of expert advice.
For information about The WELL or for WELL Customer Support, use the Helpdesk contact information on the footer of this page.