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manage your website on our machines using Telnet and FTP or
Fetch. With our PlusMail Web Control you can even
perform some management functions using your web browser. Our
servers are connected to the Internet backbone over Multiple T3
Connections, each of which has a capacity of 45 MBPS (million bits per
What’s Your Level?
Okay…if you read the above paragraph and understood
every word of it then you qualify as an advanced user. You will
probably only need to use this manual as a reference tool to look up
specific information. If you cannot find the information you are
looking for here, please feel free to contact us at support.
If you read the paragraph and understood some
of it but not all, then you will probably want to take a little time to
review a few things before diving in. You will find the
comprehensive Index a useful tool for tracking down the information you
need, when you need it.
Finally, if you read the paragraph and found it to be
total gibberish, then it is strongly recommended that you take the time
to read the explanations and instructions in this manual before you
begin a new task that you are unfamiliar with. If you are
completely unfamiliar with Telnet and FTP, and have no desire to learn
about them, you might want to go directly to the PlusMail Web Control
section. The PlusMail Web Control will let you control virtually every
aspect of your web presence from your web browser.
If you need to perform tasks that require you to use
FTP or Telnet, or if you would just like the general knowledge of what
they are, then you should read the section titled The
Novice WebMaster. It will give you a basic, but clear idea of
what you will be dealing with, and take some of the mystery and
confusion out of it all.
We have made every effort to cover all the bases in
this manual, and make it as complete and informative as possible.
However, please keep in mind that if you cannot find the answers you are
looking for here, you should feel free to contact us at support.
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The Novice WebMasterFtp?
Telnet? Unix? Linux?!!! HUH!?
Chances are pretty good that you access the Internet
using a browser program. Chances are also pretty good that you use some
version of Netscape, Internet Explorer, or something very similar
to those two biggies. You may be wondering why I mention this
cause, gee, is there any other way to access the Internet?? You gotta
have a browser…right?? Well…no. You don’t. In fact, the gigantic,
feature laden browser programs most commonly used today are just one
type of program that you can use to surf the net. Granted, they provide
the most visually appealing view of the Internet, and they are the most
fun and entertaining to use with their image and sound capabilities.
They are, in fact, largely responsible for turning the Internet into a
place where people from all walks of life around the world now go to
play, work, shop and learn.
Browsers are not the only programs you can use to
access the Internet, they are certainly not the first, and, depending on
what your needs and tasks may be, they are not always the best program
to use either. After all…your email program is great for email.
But it isn’t necessarily the best tool to use if you want to write a
book. Your browser is great for viewing the Internet, but it
is not always the best tool to use for managing a website. For
that, you will want something simple, fast, and basic that will let you
upload, download, and access files on your site quickly, easily and with
a minimum of fuss and frills. Telnet and FTP are the two tools
that fulfill these needs best.
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Secure Telnet is a program that emulates a computer
terminal, allowing you to view information on site rather than
downloading it to your personal computer for viewing. This is extremely
useful if you need to view large amounts of information, such as all the
files and folders on a web site, or a library catalog for example.
Imagine how long it would take for you to download a web page containing
the entire catalog of book titles from just a city library! With Telnet,
you are able to actually view the information on the library site,
eliminating the download time.
Telnet is not graphics capable, does not play sound
files and is not one tiny bit entertaining. But it is the best tool to
use for certain tasks. You will have a white screen with black
text, much like the old DOS screen only in reverse. And, again
like DOS, you will need to type in your commands. If you use
Windows you will have a Telnet program already on your system. Go to
Start, Programs, Run, and type the word "telnet" (no
quotes) into the window.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. Like the name
implies, it’s main purpose is to make transferring files from one
computer to another as fast and easy as possible. And it is very good at
it’s job! Unlike Telnet, FTP is not a program. It is instead
a "protocol" just like http is a protocol. Your
browser program uses the http (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) for
viewing, reading, and translating HTML into the bright and colorful
interactive web pages you see on your computer screen. In order to
use FTP you will need a program such as WS-FTP for Windows, or Fetch for
Visually, you will not see either the imagery of a
browser, or the blank white screen and black text of Telnet. Instead, if
you are using WS_FTP, you will see two panels, each with folders
(also called directories) and files displayed. One panel will contain
the folders and files on your computer. The other panel will contain the
folders and files on the site you are logged into. If you are using
Fetch, you will see something a bit different.
Linux and Unix
An OS, or "operating system" is the program
you use to operate and run your computer. By far the three most
universally used and recognized by the average lay surfer are Windows in
any version from 3.x to Win 98, NT, and Macintosh. Linux, and Unix are
both operating systems as well. They don’t have, or support, all of
the bells and whistles of the more popular operating systems, but that’s
not what they are meant for. These two operating systems are for
serious stuff…for fast and dynamic data transfer…for allowing one
computer to talk to others quickly and smoothly. Not for personal
entertainment. This is why server computers and many other types of
businesses use Unix and/or Linux operating systems. They aren’t
pretty, but they are smart, they are stable, and they are fast.
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