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Where Did My Webpage Go?

How To Find It After You've Created It!


You've written your first Web site using one of those online hosting services. You're very proud of it. You spent a lot of time and effort getting it just right and it looks great. Now you want to tell your friends where your Web site is so they can come and see all the work you have done. There's only one problem. You don't know the URL {def.}, also known as a Web address, of your home page. What do you do now? How do you find out what the Web address is?

The first thing you can do is go into the file manager that your hosting provider has provided. This will help you find the things that you need to find your Web site. There are 4 basic parts to your Web address. If you know these 4 things you will be able to find your homepage's Web address.

The Domain Name

Of the 4 things you need to know, this is the only one you will have to find out to get your Web address. The other 4 you will already know, even if you didn't know you knew.

The domain name is often the beginning of the Web address. Sometimes, as with Freeservers, it's the second part of the Web address and the user name is the first. This is the part of the Web address provided for you by the hosting provider. It usually has the name of the Web host in it.

For example:


Domain Name: geocities.yahoo.com

Your Web Site URL: http://www.geocities.com/yourusername


Domain Name: www.freeservers.com

Your Web Site URL: http://username.freeservers.com


Domain Name: bappy.com

Your Web Site URL: http://username.bappy.com

Your User Name

When you signed up for your hosting service you had to give them a user name and a password. The user name that you chose at sign-up is the user name for your Web site. Just type this, in the right combination with the domain, and you have the base for your Web address. Find out on the FAQ, that your hosting service provides, where your user name goes in the Web address at the same time that you find out what the domain for your Web address is.

Name Of The Folder

If you have set up a series of folders to keep your pages, graphics and other files in, then you will need to add the name of the folder to your Web address to get to the Web pages that are in the folders. If you have Web pages that you didn't create new folders for then you don't need this part. Your Web pages will just be in the main folder.

Most of the time, if you want to keep your Web site organized, you will have set up folders to keep track of your files. You will have one for pictures, called something like "graphics" or "pictures". Then you will have folders for specific things like dates, family or whatever else your site may be about.

Name Of The File

Every Web page you create will have a name. You may call your Web page "homepage", then the file name will be something like "homepage.htm" or "homepage.html". If you have a good Web site you will probably have a lot of different files, or Web pages, all with different names. This is the last part of your Web address.

What It Looks Like

Now that you know the different parts of the Web address, lets find yours. You found out what the domain is for your hosting service, you know your user name, folder name and file name, let's put it all together. Your Web address will look something like this:




If you are linking to your homepage, and it is located in the main folder, your Web address will look like this:




Have fun showing off your new site when you pass around your Web address!!!

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