PSYCHOLOGY 409a, 409b, 459
for FTP Uploading

G26, Spring 2007, University of Hawaii
Dr. Leon James, Instructor

1) Uploading means sending the copy of a file from your computer or disk to the "server" computer that publishes it to the whole World Wide Web. To upload a file you need the address of the "server" computer, as well as a password to login. Once you are logged into the common class folder, you must create a new folder for yourself, with your last name as the file name (or approved pseudonym) -- lower case letters, no spaces. After creating the folder, its name will show up on the screen, along with the other students' folders.

Double click your own folder. It shows empty now. This is where you upload all your files in the course. It has a Web address which you can use to view all your files. This is also where the Web search engine bots crawl around and make copies of your files. Your document and Web pages will show up in the Web search engines within two or three weeks after you upload anything.

You upload all your files into this folder with your name on it. You can delete or replace or rename any file you uploaded. You can upload as often as you want in order to make changes to your files and folder. Once you upload a file, your document is published and anyone in the world can read it on the Web. After you upload a file, you need to look at it with your Web browser to make sure it looks the way you want it.

2) These are the three pieces of information you must have:

information you must have 409a class
409b class
459 class
Host address: (with IE6 or Safari only)
Login ID: 409as2007 409bs2007 459s2007
Password: (the password will be given out in each class by the instructor )

3) How to Login with your Web browser (using the above FTP Host address)

This feature is now supported only for Internet Explorer 6 (PC) and Safari (Mac). All others must use Method 2 explained below, which uses an FTP client or application rather than a Web browser.

(a) click on the Host Address link. If you get a Not Found message, copy and paste the link address. It will then work. You first get a dialog box saying FTP Folder Error. Click on OK. The dialog box will close. The screen should be blank.

(b) Under the File Menu, select the Login As command. Give the Login ID and Password information. Click Save Password. Click Logon. You will now be in the class home folder. You should see the other student folders, unless you are the first. Now under the File Menu, select New...Folder. Give your last name (lower case letters, no spaces) as the name of the folder. Now you should see it on the screen. Double click your folder. It should be empty. This is where you upload all your files.

4) You should know the Web address of your class folder in which your own folder is located:

409a (Monday): 
409b (Tuesday):  
459 (Thursday): 

For example, if you are in the Monday class and your last name is Jones, then the address of your own folder will be:  

And your home page file called jones-home.htm will have this Web address:  

And the address of your first Outline will be:


Important:  Do not use upper case letters, or spaces, in any file name or Web address.

5) Required Step before uploading your file:

You must do the following before you or the instructor can see the files in your folder with a Web browser:

You need to upload two specific directory type files to your own folder in order to enable this feature. Otherwise you get a 404 Not Found error Message in your browser when you try to see your folder directory.  So in order to prevent that, you must first upload the two required directory files into your folder. Look for these two files in the overall class folder, where you first log in and before you click on your own folder. The two files are called:


When you spot them, select one of the files, or the two together if they are next to each other, right click your mouse and select Copy. Switch to your computer desktop (or other computer folder), and right click your mouse, selecting paste. This will result in downloading the files to your computer. Now select the two files and right click your mouse, selecting the Copy command. Now switch back to your Web browser, which still has your own Web folder open, and right click your mouse, giving the Paste command. This will result in uploading the two files. You can see them on the screen. Now your folder is ready for viewing by anyone with the Web browser. All your files will now be visible.

Note: For the Mac, the instructions are slightly different -- see instructions below.

6) You should know this: Your document may contain special fonts or images, as most Web pages do. When you save your file as a Web page, your word processor saves all the images in a new folder and it names that folder the same name as the file, so you can recognize it.

For example, if your file name is jones-outline1.htm and you save it as a Web page, your word processor will create a new folder on your computer called buchner-outline1_Files which will contain the image files, if you have any (as you will for your two reports). When you upload the file you created, you must also upload the folder created by the word processor. After uploading both into your own folder, you should be able to see your file as well as this folder by the same name as your file.

Now when you look at your document on the Web with your Web browser, all the original images should show normally just as they show in your word processor. When the Web browser shows your file, it also looks for the images in that sub- folder by the same name, and places them in the document where they are supposed be. If that folder is not uploaded, the file will show an empty box where the image is supposed to be.

7) Once you upload a file be sure to always check it with your Web browser. This is why you need your folder address on the Web saved as a favorite or bookmark. Make this checking into a required routine as part of the uploading process. With your Web browser, go to the address of your own folder as indicated above and click on your file. Look at it. If you notice anything you want to change, go back to your word processor and edit the file. Give the Save command again. Do not forget to save it after each change or the changes will not show up in the uploaded file. Now upload it again. It will automatically replace the older version. Now go to your address again with your Web browser and check the document -- be sure to press the Refresh button on your Web browser or else the changes might not show up.

Repeat this process as often as needed.

8) Now create your Home Page in your word processor file and name it lastname-home.htm Do not use other file names. Do not use upper case letters. Do not use spaces in the file names. The minimum on your home page must be

If these links do not appear on your Home Page or if they do not work, points will be deducted.

The Home Page is due at the same time as you upload your first Outline. Penalty points for the Home Page being late or incomplete = 2 points per week.

9) Warnings:
Do not delete or alter other people's files and folders! 
Do not give out the class password to anyone!
Always keep 2 copies of all your files in different places for safety (e.g., your hard drive and a CD or flash drive).

For Uploading Instructions with a Mac

4) You should now see the class folder and all the student folders there. If you are the first to login, the screen will not show any student folders. But you will see the two files you are supposed to install in your folder:        


5) Under the File Menu, select New, Folder. The new folder will show on the screen and you are given the opportunity to type in the name of the folder. This name must be your last name or approved psudonym. Use only lower case letters and no spaces, periods, hyphens, or slashes.

6) Now click on your own folder. You get a new screen, that is of course blank because your folder is still empty with no files in it.

7) Switch to your desktop. Find the folder where your file is (report or outline or images). Select the file you want to upload. Give the Copy command (right click mouse).

8) Switch to the Web browser. The screen is still blank. Now give the Paste Command (right click mouse). Your file will now be uploaded (it takes just a few seonds). Now you can see the file on your Web browser screen.

9) Click on your file and view it. Test all the links, the formatting, font, and the appearance.

10) To correct or edit: Go to your desktop. Open the file on your computer using your word processor or whatever application you used to create the file. Switch to the Web browser and see what needs to be edited. Switch to your word processor and do the corrections.

11) Give the Save command.

12) Upload the corrected file using the same procedure as before. It will automatically replace the old copy.

13) If anything needs changing, switch back to your word processor and make the changes.

14) Give the Save command.

15) Upload the file and view it in your browser (make sure you click the Refresh button).

16) Repeat the process as often as you wish until you get the file to look exactly what you want.

Warning: Do not use background colors for page and table Properties. Only white background should be used for all documents.

Method 2

How to Get FTP client software for your computer
so you can upload your files

Note: The UH UNIX server with your email service requires secure FTP called SSH. But the Social Sciences Server we are using for this class does not take secure SSH. It takes regular FTP only.

Generation 26 students recommend the free FileZilla FTP application. Use FTP setting on it (default), not SFTP. Download it here:

The University of Hawaii ITS service online also has a free downloadable application: 

I tried the following FTP application they offer called FTP Navigator, and it is easy to use, and free:    

For the Mac operating systems, Fugu is an easy to use free FTP application:

There are also many commercial FTP applications that cost around $40. Just go to and type in FTP software. I use one called SecureFX which allows for regular FTP as well as Secure SSH:

Here is a site that offers free downloads for FTP applications for Windows operating systems:

1) Download the program called FTP Commander and run it. It will install itself.

2) Start the program. Under the Connection Menu Select Connect to Server

3) Fill in the dialog box:

Within a second or two you will be logged in. You can see this on the right hand side of the window. It should show the folders of the other students, unless you happen to be the first in class to create a folder. Click on MkDir (make directory). It will let you name the folder. Use only your last name for the folder's name (all lower case letters, no spaces). As soon as you click OK, you will see your new folder on the right hand window. This means you have successfully created a folder of your own on the Web. Anyone can now see whatever files you upload into this folder. Double click your folder and you'll see what's in it. At first nothing, of course, until you upload files into this folder.

Make sure you are in your own folder before you upload any files. All sorts of bad things happen when you upload files into some other student's folder. Note also you can select any file, and click either Delete or Rename. Be sure you never delete another student's folder or file!! You can do anything in your own folder, but stay out of the folder of others to avoid any mistakes or accidents.

Look at the left window. Find a file on your hard drive or diskette. Check to see you're still in your own folder. Your name should be showing on the top filed in the right window. Select the file on your computer and drag it into the right window (or click the arrow in the center of the screen). You will now see your file in the right window. This file can now be seen on the Web. Check it out with your browser (see above for instructions on this).

In order to use this application remember that you're dragging files from your computer to the server computer (uploading), or vice versa (downloading). Also, remember that to do something you want to select a file then look around the screen to find the command you need -- e.g., Delete, Rename, connect, disconnect, etc. After you save your login address information, it should appear on the right window when you start the application. You select the name (soc or whatever name you gave it) and click on connect.

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