Step 3: Transfer the Files

You have images, and you have nice Web pages that will let folks browse those images. Now all you have to do is put your handiwork on the Web. Your ISP account may include a small amount of personal Web space; if not, you can probably cheaply purchase some space from your provider. Start your Internet connection as you normally would. Then open FTP Explorer by clicking Start, Programs, FTP Explorer.

You need three important pieces of information: your host address (the name of the server where your pages will reside--your provider can clue you in), your user ID, and your password. This information needs to go into an FTP profile. Start by clicking the Add button. Name the profile something easy to remember, like "My Web Space." Enter the host address, login (your user ID), and password in the appropriate boxes. Click the Save button, and then click the Connect button. Wait while the program connects to your Web server.

In the FTP Explorer window, navigate to the folder on the Web server where your files need to reside. (Your provider should have given you the pertinent details. You might not have to switch folders at all, or you might have to enter a folder with a name like public_html.) Now use My Computer to navigate to the folder on your PC where MyAlbum put your Web files.

Drag the files that you want to upload--both the images themselves and the HTML pages that MyAlbum created--from My Computer into the right pane of FTP Explorer. (Don't bother grabbing the .ALB file--it's specific to MyAlbum, and won't do anything sitting on your Web server.) Kick back while your files upload. Then launch your Web browser, visit your site, and enjoy. Repeat as necessary! And don't forget to e-mail the URL to Aunt Lizzie.

Paul Heltzel is a frequent contributor to PC World who specializes in multimedia and Web design topics.

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