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TROUBLE-SHOOTING WEB PAGE PROBLEMS

WHY IMAGES DON'T APPEAR ON A WEB PAGE:

The most common reasons images don't appear on a web page after uploading it to a server are:

  1. The web page (.html) document was uploaded to the server but the images weren't uploaded.
  2. The images weren't placed on the server using the same "relative" folder/file path structure as that which was used on the local computer when creating the web page and inserting images.
  3. The web page and image files weren't put on the Kent Personal Server in the correct folder. All web pages must be placed INSIDE the public_html folder on the server for them to be viewable on the web.
  4. To often, students will build a web site using multiple locations to "store" their html pages and images. This happens especially when using floppy disks to store images since they quickly run out of space on the disk and begin using more than one disk. It's very important that a web site is built in one location, it can be in a folder on the desktop, on a single floppy, zip disk , USB Jump Drive or other removeable storage media, but it can't be built with some files in one location (like on a jump drive) and other files in other locations (like on the desktop).

None of these problems are "biggies" but can be frustrating for those not familiar with what's going on when images are inserted into a web page using "traditional" web page authoring applications like Netscape Composer or Dreamweaver.

With some reluctance, I recommend that web “ newbies” use Microsoft Word XP to create web pages for class projects.   Why?

  1. Most students are already familiar with MS Word and can create a web page in Word using the “Web Layout View” then “Save as Web Page” using the save function in Word.
  2. Students don’t have to worry about getting all of their graphics into the same folder relative to the web page since word creates a folder which contains all of the web page's images.  This folder (and its contents) is simply uploaded to the web server along with the web page. The links to the images work without the frustration.

WHY LINKS TO OTHER WEB PAGES ON MY SITE DON'T WORK:

Just like images, links to other pages on your web site have to be "relative links". Unfortunately, MS Word won't help you here. You SHOULD KEEP ALL OF YOUR WEB PAGES INCLUDED IN YOUR SITE ON THE SAME DRIVE and IN THE SAME FOLDER as described above.

LINKS TO DOCUMENTS THAT AREN'T HTML PAGES:

You can create a link to anything including word documents, pdf documents, excel spreadsheets, images, video and audio files, powerpoint presentations, etc.  Just make sure that you first place the documents inside the same folder as your webpage before creating the links to them from your webpage.  Then upload all of the documents to the server so they are in the  same relative position to the webpage as they were on your local computer.