FTP Setup

FTP Setup is easy, because you only have to know four things: the server name, the user ID (login), the password, and maybe the server subdirectory. Unfortunately, it's also hard, because you may not know these things and, even if you do, you have to type them exactly. If your login name is "smith" and you type it as "Smith" it probably won't work.

For some background on FTP and how it differs from the Web in general, see About FTP.

When you choose Connection from Albumatic's FTP menu or click on Publish To Web when there's no connection active, you see the FTP Connection dialog, which looks like this:

Here's some information about the items you need to enter:

Active Profile

A profile is a set consisting of a server name, user ID, password, subdirectory, and note that's stored away under some name for easy retrieval. It's very useful if you use Albumatic with serveral FTP sites, because you don't have to remember the parameters for each once they've been entered. Use New Profile to create a new profile and Delete Profile to delete an existing one. Profiles for several popular sites, including some free ones, are predefined.

FTP Server

The most important thing to know about the FTP server is that its name may not be the same as your Web domain. For instance, if you've been given a personal Web page by Netcom whose URL is "www.netcom.com/~jsmith/index.htm," you can bet that isn't the name of the FTP server. In fact, for "jsmith" it happens to be "pwev.netcom.com," but you'd never know that from the Web-page URL.

So, how do you get the FTP server name? You get it from the people who gave you your Web site. In the case of Netcom, if you wade through all of the material they give you when you sign up, you'll come across some stuff about FTP, and in there will be the name of the server. Other ISPs do things pretty much the same way.

If you can't find the email or other documentation you got when you signed up, try going to your ISPs Web site and search for "FTP" or "Web publishing." If all else fails, send them email or just phone them.

If you're running your own Web server, you're... well... on your own. If you're using an internal corporate site, contact your system or Web administrator.

When you publish an album, Albumatic tries to guess the URL and displays its results in the preview window. You can turn this feature off from the Application Preferences dialog.

User ID (Login)

However you find out the FTP server name, you'll be given the user ID and password also. Just make sure you enter it correctly. Sometimes there are punctuation characters that need to be added or subtracted, so if the login doesn't work right away, try both variations. For example, our fictitious user "jsmith" has to logon to Netcom when when he dials up by typing "#jsmith", but his FTP login is plain "jsmith".

Password

The FTP password may or may not be the same as the ISP login password. If you've been given a separate FTP password, be sure to use it.

FTP Server Subdirectory

This is the directory on the FTP server where the album directory will be created. On some FTP sites you're required to put a specific directory here, often "www". (Not to be confused with the "www" that usually begins URLs, such as "www.basepath.com".) If the instructions that explain how to upload to your FTP site don't specifically tell you to copy your files to a specific directory, don't worry about this requirement.

Even if you're not required to put anything here, you may want to enter a subdirectory that you want Albumatic to use so that your albums are in their own directory. You can have multiple levels, such as "www/VacPhotos" or "Albums/July2001".

When you click the Connect button, Albumatic will create all the subdirectories you've listed if it needs to.

For more information about how Albumatic uses directories, see Local and Remote Directories.

Note for Users of Albumatic Versions 2.00B4 and Earlier

The FTP Server Subdirectory field replaces the Remote Directory field that used to be in the Application Preferences dialog. The change was made because this subdirectory is really specific to the FTP site, and you may want different directories for different sites.

Notes

This is a place to associated some notes with a profile.

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Make extra sure you type all three items exactly as they were given to you. Spaces, punctuation, and capitalization are important. If the password is "applesauce", typing it as "Applesauce" will work about as well as typing "mustard".