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Unsure which Editor to use? You will choose the one that relates to the URL (address) of your Web site. For instance, if the URL starts http://homepages.rootsweb.com you would use the homepages Editor. Virtual accounts are the exception. If your account looks similar to http://YourName.rootsweb.com it is a virtual account and you would use that Editor.


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File Controls

The File Controls give you control over the files that you have created. You can use these controls to change the name of a file, delete a file, or make a copy of a file. The File Controls appear directly below the file list in the Online Editor, as shown in the following diagram:

Freepages File Controls Diagram


Changing the Name of an Existing HTML File

Once you've created an HTML file, you can use the Rename feature to change the name of the file. When you use this feature, only the name of the file is changed: the contents of the file will remain exactly the same.

  1. In the Online Editor, click to select the file that you want to change.

    Click the button to the left of the file name, as shown in the following diagram:

    Choose File Diagram

  2. In the File Controls area, click the Rename button. The Rename screen appears, prompting you to enter a new name for the file that you selected in step #1.

  3. Click in the text box, and change the name of the file as appropriate.

  4. Click the Rename File button. The name of the file is changed, and you are returned to the main screen of the Online Editor. Note that the name has been changed in the file list.

Advanced users: You can "move" a file using the Rename feature. For example, to move a file named "photo1.jpg" from your main directory to a subdirectory named "images":

  1. If it does not already exist, create a subdirectory named "images" using the Subdirectory Controls.

  2. In the Online Editor, click to select the file that you want to move.

  3. Click the button to the left of the file name, as shown in the following diagram.

    Choose File Diagram

  4. In the File Controls area, click the Rename button. The Rename screen appears, prompting you to enter a new name for the file that you selected in step #2.

  5. Click in the text box, and change the name of the file to include the path to the new location, i.e. "images/photo1.jpg"

  6. Click the Rename File button. The file will be "moved" to the subdirectory you have indicated in the path and you are returned to the main screen of the Online Editor. Click on the subdirectory to view it's contents.

 

Deleting an Existing HTML File

Once you've created an HTML file, you can use the Delete feature to delete the file. When you use this feature, it is completely erased from the RootsWeb server. Be careful with the Delete feature. Once you have deleted the file, there is no way it can be recovered.

  1. In the Online Editor, click to select the file that you want to delete.

    Click the button to the left of the file name, as shown in the following diagram:

    Choose File Diagram

  2. In the File Controls area, click the Delete button.

    The file is deleted, and you are returned to the main screen of the Online Editor. Note that the file you deleted no longer appears in the file list.

 

Copying an Existing HTML File

Once you've created an HTML file, you can use the Copy feature to make a copy of the file. This feature is handy if you want to use a file as the basis of a different page on your Web site.

  1. In the Online Editor, click to select the file that you want to copy.

    Click the button to the left of the file name, as shown in the following diagram:

    Choose File Diagram

  2. In the File Controls area, click the Copy button.

    The file is copied, and you are returned to the main screen of the Online Editor.

  3. Note that the name of the file appears as "copy_of_(file name)."

    Use the Rename feature to change the name of this copy to something more meaningful.

 

Use with Mail Merge

Advanced users: RootsWeb's editor offers a CGI script called MailMerge that allows you to use forms on your web pages and have the form input sent to you in an e-mail message or posted to a file. The Post to Web Page option can be used to create a guestbook or query page. The HTML page for these posts must have the file permissions set to "world writable" so the MailMerge script can write to the page. The Use with MailMerge button sets the file permissions to "world writable."

  1. In the Online Editor, create and save the HTML page where you want the guestbook entries or queries to appear.

  2. In the Online Editor, select the file you have created to display the posts.

    Click the button to the left of the file name, as shown in the following diagram:

    Choose File Diagram

    3. Click the Use with Mail Merge button to change the file permissions to "world writable".

Note: You can use the Online Editor for creating and uploading all HTML files to be used with MailMerge. However, the template files required for MailMerge must be created and uploaded as ASCII files. The Online Editor uploads all files in binary mode and can not be used for Templates.

For more information on MailMerge, see Using MailMerge on FreePages.