Introduction | FTPc | Interactive help | Quick instructions | Initial setup | Uploading | Advanced features | How Simple Upload works | Disclaimer
Simple Upload is an application that makes the uploading of your web site
much more simple! It automatically works out which pages have changed since
you last uploaded, and tells the FTP server to upload them. It will also
delete pages from the server when they are no longer required, ensuring that
your web space isn't wasted.
Simple Upload uses an application called FTPc, written by Colin Granville,
to do its uploading. You will need to obtain version 1.32 or later of this
program before you can use Simple Upload.
The latest version of FTPc is available from http://www.ftpc.iconbar.com/
Simple Upload supports interactive help in all of its windows and menus. You
can find out what any function does by using the !Help application that came
with your computer.
You may find that you can use the application, along with interactive help,
without needing to read this Help file at all!
If you are already familiar with RISC OS applications, web sites and FTP
- Choose Setup... from the iconbar menu and enter the details of your
local pages and FTP server.
- Click the left mouse button to create a script containing details of the
changes that have been made to your site.
- Click the right mouse button when you are online to upload the pages.
If you don't understand the above, or want to know more about how Simple Upload works, read on...
These instructions assume that you have a web site to upload, and that it is
contained in a directory somewhere on your hard disc.
Double-clicking on the !sUpload icon loads the application onto the iconbar
as usual. Use the middle mouse button over this icon to open the Simple
Upload menu, then click on Setup... (If you are using Simple Upload for
the first time, the Setup window may already have opened automatically).
First, you need to tell Simple Upload where the local copy of your web pages
is kept - in other words which directory on your hard disc contains the
- Drag the folder icon for that directory into the setup window. The
pathname of that directory should now appear in the top box, for example:
Now you need to give Simple Upload details of the FTP server that you use to
upload your web site. You will have been given this information when you
signed up with your service provider.
- In the first box, enter the hostname of the server, for example
- In the next two boxes, enter the username and password that you use with
the FTP server
- The final box contains the remote directory into which the pages should be
uploaded. This should be in the form directory/subdirectory without a
final /. If you don't need to change directory after connecting to the
server, leave this box blank.
Click the Save button. Your settings will be remembered for use in future
uploads so you only have to enter them once!
There are two stages to the uploading process.
Simple Upload will remember which pages it has uploaded. When you make
further changes to your web site, it will only upload the pages that have
changed since the last upload.
- Click the left mouse button on the iconbar icon. This causes Simple Upload to scan the local copy of your web pages and determine what
changes have been made. These changes are stored by Simple Upload in an
- The iconbar icon will change to show a green arrow and a white "script"
in the top left corner.
- This stage can be carried out while you are offline if you wish.
- When you are online, click the right mouse button. Simple Upload will
automatically start FTPc, connect to your FTP server, and upload the web
pages as necessary!
Note: you can click the left button as many times as you like between
uploads. Simple Upload will still upload all of the pages that have changed
when you next upload as long as you have clicked the left button after the
most recent changes.
The above instructions are sufficient for everyday uploading of your web
site. However, Simple Upload provides some more advanced functions that give
you more control over the process, and may be of use if there is a problem
during uploading, such as a lost connection.
The extra functions can be found on the Utilities submenu. As with the
rest of the application, a description of the functions on this menu can be
obtained using !Help.
- Repeat last upload
- this repeats the last upload that was initiated. This
is useful if the connection was lost part way through uploading. You must
be online to use this feature.
- Upload all files
- this creates a script that will cause all the files of
your web site to be uploaded, regardless of whether they have been
uploaded before. Note: this only creates a script; you must then click
the right button on the iconbar icon to start the upload. This feature is
useful if you need to upload your website to a new server, for example.
- Delete all files
- this creates a script that will cause all the files of
your web site to be removed from the FTP server. Again, you must click
the right button to actually carry out the process. Note: Simple Upload
will only include instructions to delete files that it knows have been
uploaded. Files that have been uploaded directly to the FTP server will
- Abandon script
- this returns the program to the state it was in before you
created the last script. No files are uploaded, and no changes are made
to Simple Upload's record of which files have been uploaded.
- Neglect changes
- this abandons the current script, but also records the
changes that have been made to the pages as if they had been uploaded. No
files are actually uploaded. In effect, this fools the program into
thinking the files have been uploaded when they haven't. This is useful
for synchronising Simple Upload with the remote copy of your web site
when changes have been made directly by FTP. It is also useful if you
want to use Simple Upload to maintain a site that already exists on a
server. In the latter case, you should choose Upload all files then
Neglect changes - future uploads can then be carried out by clicking on
the iconbar icon as normal.
- View script
- this loads the last script to be created into a text editor.
The syntax used is similar to that of a Unix-based FTP client. It is not
recommended that you edit this script by hand.
Simple Upload records the name, directory path, filetype and datestamp of
each file. If any of these have changed when the next script is created, it
knows to include the necessary commands in the script. At the same time, it
records the new details of each file. When an upload is carried out, the new
file list replaces the old one so that the program has an up-to-date record
of which files have been uploaded.
The author can accept no responsibility for loss of data or other damage
resulting from the use or misuse of this application. Use of this software
is at the user's own risk.
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