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While Collin County Community College District does not currently offer web space for personal web sites, it does offer space for instructional or course sites designed for the aid of enhancing, teaching, and producing a classroom environment via the World Wide Web. The college does not limit the amount of web space that instructors can use; however, please maintain your web site on a regular basis to insure that unnecessary content, graphics, or files do not remain in your account unused. For information on beginning web site design, go to  "Page Tutor".

Understanding and Defining Instructional Web Site URL Addresses

For instructors, your web address will be http://ftp.ccccd.edu/(username). If you name your home page (the first page of your web site) as index.htm then you will not need to specify the long URL address. For example (with index.htm as your main page), your web site could be http://ftp.ccccd.edu/jdoe. However, (without index.htm as your main page), you web site would then be http://ftp.ccccd.edu/jdoe/filename.html.

Also, it is important to always give out your web address in full form, meaning that it is beneficial to tell your students that your web address is http://ftp.ccccd.edu/(username) instead of ftp.ccccd.edu/(username). Always include the "http://" in your web address to eliminate any errors that may occur when students try to access your web site.

The first part of your web site address, "FTP," indicates the server where your files are located. If your web site is http://ftp.ccccd.edu then your web account is located on the "FTP" server. The same applies to "WebCT," "IWS," and so on.

Understanding Web Editing Software Programs and How They Apply to CCCCD

Instructors can use any web authoring program to design and edit their instructional sites.  However, the college has adopted Microsoft FrontPage as the college web authoring program and offers training and support for FrontPage. This does not mean that you are unable to purchase a copy of Macromedia Dreamweaver, Corel Web Designer, or Allaire Homesite to create, edit and design your web site. Use the software that best fits your needs. As Microsoft FrontPage is the CCCCD adopted web authoring program for faculty and staff, the college provides support for this product through the Help Desk. 

Regardless of what web editing software program you decide to go with, a fundamental understanding of HTML code is very useful. There are many books and Internet resources for learning HTML, FrontPage, and web design techniques; however, we strongly recommend that all instructors contact the Staff Development Office at CCCCD regarding available courses that provide hands-on instruction, personal learning environment, ability to ask questions to a real person, and so on. This will always be the first recommended first step in web design at CCCCD.

Publishing Web Pages via Microsoft FrontPage to Web Account

If you experience an error when trying to publish your web site or page to your web account via Microsoft FrontPage, then there are several things you will need to check.

  • Do you have "Client for Microsoft Networks" installed on your computer in your "Networks" configuration? To find out, click on "Start" then "Settings" then "Control Panel" then "Networks." On the page related to the "Configuration" tab, check to see if you have "Client for Microsoft Networks" installed. If you do not, then you will not be able to publish your web site or pages via Microsoft FrontPage to your web account. In order to fix this, contact the CCCCD Help Desk and request assistance getting "Client for Microsoft Networks" installed on your computer.
  • Are you publishing during peak hours? Peak hours are generally between 7:00 and 8:30 in the morning, 12:00 and 1:30 in the afternoon, 4:30 and 5:30 in the evening, and 8:00 and 12:00 in the late night. This is the time when most people have an opportunity to log onto the Internet, construct or edit their web site, check their e-mail, chat, check message boards, and so on. Peak hours will slow down your ability to publish large file sizes to your account. In fact, peak hours are known to actually disconnect people who are logged onto the Internet due to high traffic. So, you may want to take this into consideration and try again at another time if a problem occurs.
  • Microsoft FrontPage is known to give permission or "80" errors occasionally. This is a bug in the program. Keep trying and don't give up. The errors will eventually stop and let you through to your account. This problem exists regardless of who you are publishing to, whether a Geocities or other Internet Service Provider web account with FrontPage Extensions enabled.
  • Did you type in your username and password correctly, keeping in mind that the password is case sensitive?

What is a "Web Site"?

In general, a "web site" is a collection of multiple web pages that you maintain.  A "home page" is the first or main page of your web site or page, usually identified as index.html, index.htm, default.html, or default.htm. 

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