RapidWeaver FAQ - Publishing, FTP and Hosting







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How can I publish my site? What hosting or what server should I use?


Chapter 1: Publishing to MobileMe
Chapter 2: Publishing to a server
Chapter 3: Publishing to a folder or exporting to desktop (publish to local)
Chapter 4: How does an FTP application work and what do I need it for?
Chapter 5: What server and which hosting should I use to host my RapidWeaver created website? Which is the best?



Chapter 1: Publishing to MobileMe


MobileMe was discontinued on June 30th, 2012. See here for more details. If you're currently hosting your website on MobileMe you will have to move it to a hosting other than MobileMe by this date. Have a look at Chapter 5 of this page for suggestions on which hosting to use instead.

Go to File => Publishing Settings => MobileMe

Enter your
Username
and your
Password


Chapter 2: Publishing to a server


Go to File => Publishing Settings => FTP

Type-in the connection parameters as provided by your hosting.



Server: (usually: ftp.yourdomain.com)
User Name: (usually you choose it when you signup for the hosting)
Password: (usually you choose it when you signup for the hosting)
Path: (some hostings have a folder named “public” in this case upload you need to enter public, I have folders named with the name of all my domains to which I need to upload the relative files so in my case I need to type in mydomain.com hence rapidweaverfaq.org)

Check the “Save password in Keychain” box so that you don’t have to enter it every time you publish.

Once you entered the information all you need to do is go to File and choose “Publish Site...”. After the first time you upload it will upload only the files that you changed since the last time you published. It will not publish the whole site all over again every time you hit publish. This saves you a lot of time.


Chapter 3: Publishing to a folder or exporting to desktop (publish to local)


You can publish your website on local (on your computer) and visit your website without uploading it to the web by going to File => Export Site...
Then you could visit it by opening one of the html files.
You could also upload your website by exporting it on local and then use an FTP application as described in Chapter 4 instead of using RapidWeaver’s integrated FTP.

Note that this is not a way to make a backup of your website. RapidWeaver can’t import those published html files. To make a backup have a look at the appropriate FAQ.


Chapter 4: How does an FTP application work and what do I need it for?


Using only RapidWeaver’s integrated FTP is not enough. One reason why you need another FTP application is that RapidWeaver’s integrated FTP is upload-only. Which means that obsolete files (files that aren’t used by the website anymore) still are on the server even if they have no utility anymore (like when you build a page, publish and then delete it from RapidWeaver). To delete those files you need to connect to your server through another FTP client. Another reason is if you want to upload files outside RapidWeaver (like a .pdf document to make a link to or something).

First thing you need to do is choose an FTP client to use, download and install it. I will use
Cyberduck for the example here. Cyberduck is Freeware (or Donationware), it is pretty good, really easy to use and the one I like the most...

First thing I have to do when I launch the application for the first time is configure it to allow it to access the server and retrieve/send data.

I click on Open Connection


and get a dialog window like this one:


In the FAQ’s and/or Support section at my hosting I am told what I have to insert in those fields
What the server is, what the username is to access and of course my password.
I check the Add to Keychain box (so I don’t have to insert the data each time) and click Connect.

It now is ready to connect to my server and retrieves the data from it. It displays the files that are on my server in the main window


To make things easier Bookmark the location you upload your files to in Cyberduck.
Click on then Click on “+” at the bottom of the Bookmarks to add a Bookmark.

Next time you use Cyberduck simply go to


click on the downward flash at the right and a drop down menu will appear from which you choose the bookmarked location on your server to connect to it.

To upload a file go to the File menu and choose Upload, choose the files to be uploaded (index.html + Folder having the same name I named my site in RapidWeaver) or drag&drop them from the finder into the main field.

When the upload starts a window will popup displaying upload progress


and that’s it...

To delete files select them in the main window, hit ctrl+click and choose Delete.


Chapter 5: What server and which hosting should I use to host my RapidWeaver created website?


Basically all hostings are iWeb-compatible. If you can choose what server to use to host your site choose a Linux server.

There are a lot of free hostings to be found on the web. I tried about ten or fifteen of them but I really wasn’t satisfied by any of them. I found them to be pretty unstable, sometimes even signing up for an account was a hassle and the support was poor. I’m glad I switched to a paid one...

The only problem is that there’s a jungle of hostings out there. As always in a jungle there are good hostings and there are bad hostings. The good hostings care about their customers, the bad ones don’t. It’s pretty difficult to know which hosting is good and which one is bad. Unless you know someone who has a website and ask him whether he’s happy with the service his hosting company provides or not.

If you’re looking for a good hosting I would really recommend you to use HostGator since I’m using it for my own websites. It’s working great and their customer support is great too. They are definitely on the good side of the jungle. Also I think it’s really easy to use.


hostgator2


HostGator currently offers the following hosting packages: Hatchling, Baby, Business, VPS.



Hatchling Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build only ONE website.

Specifications:

- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- 1 Domain allowed


and more...


Signup for 3.96$/month



Baby Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build multiple websites.

Specifications:

- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- Unlimited domains allowed


and more...


Signup for 6.36$/month



Business Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build multiple websites.

Specifications:

- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- Unlimited MySQL
- Unlimited domains allowed
- 1 dedicated IP address

and more...


Signup for 10.36$/month



All plans offer toll free customer support by Chat, Phone, Ticket and Forum.

Hatchling allows only one domain so it's only for people who want to build only one website. Baby allows unlimited domains hence unlimited websites. The Business Plan adds a dedicated IP address. A dedicated IP ensures faster response during periods of high traffic load and may also improve your website's ranking on search engines.

If you decide to use HostGator I would not recommend you to use the
Hatchling plan unless you want to build only one website since otherwise it's way too limited. I would recommend you to at least use the Baby plan but better use the Business plan (which is the one I use). Of course you can upgrade your plan at any time.

If you plan having a lot of different websites or a website with a lot of traffic then you may want to have a look at
VPS which offers more resources.

When you signup you can either choose a new domain or provide a domain you already own. You will also have to choose a username and a password. If you signup with an existing domain make sure to change the DNS Servers with the ones you will be provided by HostGator at your current registrar.

You will find a short review I wrote about HostGator as well as some basic instructions and FAQs on how to use HostGator on this page.



Other Hostings:



host-excellence


www.hostexcellence.com

In comparison to HostGator HostExcellence doesn't offer a Forum for support and I find CPU usage on HostExcellence to be pretty limited. CPU is particularly important when having WordPress Blogs or PhpBB Forums. I used HostExcellence myself but am not using it anymore.

You will find a short review I wrote about HostExcellence as well as some basic instructions and FAQs on how to use HostExcellence on
this page.




www.bluehost.com

I didn’t try it myself.


dreamhost-logo

www.dreamhost.com


Compared to HostGator DreamHost doesn't offer customer support by Phone nor does it offer Live Chat. I'm really not a friend of the phone and use it as seldom as possible but I'm happy to know I actually have the possibility to call HostGator if I need to. I didn’t try it myself.


godaddy-logo

www.godaddy.com

An often used hosting is GoDaddy. While GoDaddy is great for Personal Domain registrations it doesn’t seem to be as good for hosting too. A lot of users complain about the poor customer support provided for GoDaddy’s hosting. I didn’t try it myself.




This FAQ is also discussed in my RapidWeaverFAQ.org E-Book (sample)

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