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Chapter 4. Using HomePage > Creating a Site

Creating a Site

When you've created a series of Web pages that you'd like to tie together into a logical group, you may be best served by creating a site. This groups a set of pages together for easier access. Your .Mac account not only makes it easy to create a Web page, but it also lets you manage multiple Web sites with the same set of tools.

To create a site

1.
Log in to your .Mac account using a Web browser, and click the HomePage link.

The main HomePage page loads.

2.
On the left side of the page below the Sites column, click the Add button (Figure 4.48).

Figure 4.48. To add a new site, click the Add button below the Sites column on the left.


The “Create a site” page loads.

3.
In the Site Name field, type the name for your site.

4.
If you want to password protect your site, check the Password On box.

5.
If you've checked the Password On box, type the password in your Password field (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. Give the site a name in the “Create a site” page. Check the On box to the right of the word Password, and type in a password to password protect the site.


6.
Click the Create Site button.

The main HomePage page loads, with a note at the top indicating the URL of the newly created site. A folder (with the site's name to the right) appears in the Sites column on the left (Figure 4.50).

Figure 4.50. Your new site appears as a folder in the leftmost Sites column. Above, a URL for the page is displayed. Of course, no pages are in the site yet—you'll have to add those.


✓ Tips

  • You can't use spaces in your site names.

  • .Mac site names are case sensitive.

  • Don't use your .Mac password for a site's password. If you do, then the people you give the site's address and password to will also have the keys to your .Mac account.


To add a page to a site

1.
Log in to your .Mac account using a Web browser, and click the HomePage link.

The main HomePage page loads.

2.
In the Sites section, click the folder of the site to which you want to add a new page (Figure 4.50).

3.
Just below the Pages section, click the Add button (Figure 4.51).

Figure 4.51. To add a new page to a site, first click the site's folder in the Sites column, and then click the Add button below the Pages column.


The “Select a theme” page opens. From here, you can create any type of page you like, as described earlier in this chapter.

✓ Tip

  • You can move a page from one site to another by dragging the page you want to move to the new site folder in the main HomePage interface.


Getting to Your New Web Site

Once you've created a Web site, others can see it at the following:

http://homepage.mac.com/yourmembername/

Of course, be sure to replace yourmembername with your .Mac member name. This will take folks to your main .Mac homepage. To specify a site within your .Mac Web site, use this URL:

http://homepage.mac.com/yourmembername/sitename/

In the URL above, replace yourmembername with your .Mac member name and sitename with the site name that you specify. This takes people to the specified site in sitename.

You can always find a site's URL by logging in to the HomePage utility and selecting the site (on the left). The URL will appear at the top of the page in blue (Figure 4.52).

Figure 4.52. To find a site's URL, you can always log in to the HomePage utility and select the site's folder in the Sites column. The URL appears at the top of the page.



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