How can I edit my web pages so easily?
By Xin Feng (11/08/98)
I still remember how excited and frustrated I was the first time I wrote my first home page and FTPed it to a Unix server where my home pages resided. I then renewed my pages once or twice and never wanted to do it again. FTPing back and forth is simply not fun, and organizing pages and images on a Unix server is a nightmare for newbies. That's why you see many web sites stay unchanged for months.
So, I transferred my home page to a Windows NT server. With Microsoft Front Page 98 and its server extension installed, I could edit and organize pages remotely no more any hassle.
Now I have a Linux server which runs my personal HTTP server. I like it the most is the feature of virtual hosts provided by the APACHE HTTP server. On the same server with only one IP address, I can give my self a www home of http://fix.ml.org; my friends http://johnxu.ml.org, http://arlow.ml.org, ..., and get rid of the long names like http://fix.ml.org/~xinfeng, http://fix.ml.org/~johnxu, http://fix.ml.org/~arlow.
To avoid the FTP hassle, I set up SAMBA on my Linux server, so everybody can open his/her home directory just like open a shared Windows directory! So they can edit their home pages directly in their home directories, from any Windows 95/98/NT PC with MS Word.
So ask your administrator to add SAMBA today! It runs on almost any Unix platforms.
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