Publish or Perish: Putting Your Page on the Web 85 Webmaster Wisdom If you want to give your page a thorough HTML check, there are resources on the web that do the dirty work for you. These so-called HTML "analyzers" check your page for improper tags, mismatched brackets, missing quotation marks, and more. I tell you about a few of these in Chapter 22, "Some HTML Resources on the Web." · URLs are easy to mistype, so double-check all your links. The best way to do this is to load the page into a browser and then try clicking the links. · Different browsers have different ways of interpreting your HTML codes. To make sure your web page looks good to a large percentage of your readers, load the page into as many different browsers as you can. Note that Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer together control about 98 percent of the browser market, so you should always run your page through some version of these two programs. · Pages can also look radically different depending on the screen resolution. If your video card supports them, make sure you view your page using the following resolutions: 640 × 480, 800 × 600, and 1024 × 768. (To change the resolution in Windows, right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then select the Settings tab. For the Mac, pull down the Apple menu and then select Control Panels, Monitors.) · One of the advantages of using a word processor to create HTML files is that you usually have access to a spell checker. If so, make sure you use it to look for spelling gaffes in your page. You might want to add all the HTML tags to your custom dictionary so they don't constantly trip up the spell checker. In any case, you should always reread your text to make sure things make sense and are at least semigrammatical. · Make backup copies of all your files before beginning the transfer. If anything un toward should happen while you're sending your files, you'll be able to recover gracefully. Okay, ship it! Now, at long last, you're ready to get your page on the web. If the web server is on your company's or school's network, you send the files over the network to the directory set up by your system administrator. Otherwise, you send the files to the directory created for you on the hosting provider's web server. In the latter case, you probably need to use the Internet's FTP (File Transfer Protocol) service. (Note, however, that AOL and some web hosts offer their own file upload services.) For this portion of the show, you have a number of ways to proceed: · Use the demo version of CuteFTP that comes on the CD with this book. This is a Windows FTP program that makes it easy to send files from your computer to the web server. The next couple of sections show how to configure and use CuteFTP to get the job done. · If you're an America Online user, you can use AOL's FTP service to ship your files to your "My Place" home directory.