My website page is now sarasplace.com/index.html and it says
"Coming Soon." Now I am ready to make my website live, but my
webmaster said to just save my sarasplace.com/index2.htm to
sarasplace.com/index.html and it will take the place of the Coming
Soon page. BUT . . . how do I do that. I tried to click on CHOOSE
and that doesn't allow me to do anything. Then I thought I'd SAVE,
but where? Publish?? Can't find how to publish the entire website.
I am sitting here with a website and can't get it on the frickin'
web. I am so sick of trying to manipulate this software!!
Your webmaster is correct. The web server will "serve" up the
index.html file by default, so any file sitting there with that
name will be your "home page". In Contribute, what you'll need to
do is this:
1. Open your current (old-Coming Soon) page currently named
index.html and click Edit to go into edit mode.
2. Then choose File-->Actions-->Publish As New Page.
You'll get a dialog box that will let you save and publish this
file with a new name, such as index_old.html.
3. Now, navigate to (the Choose... button works well for
this) and open in Edit mode your index2.html file and do the same
thing--publish it as a new page and just name it "index.html".
Presto! Your new "home" page will be this page and you're off and
4. At this point, you'll simply need to open and publish all
the rest of the files (pages) of your website individually.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to FTP an entire folder or such as
Contribute handles it one page at a time.
I hope this gets you going! Just a couple of quick
- be sure to create a backup of your new home page by
possibly publishing it with a name like index_bakup.html. This
won't destroy the current "index.html" on either the server or your
machine; it'll just create a copy of it with a different name.
- from now on, be sure to keep the name of your home page
(index.html) EXACTLY as it is; in other words, don't change it to
"index.HTM" or "newindex.html" or some such thing. The web server
is likely set up to be looking for a file by that exact name so
that if a surfer just enters "saraplace.com"
WITHOUT typing the name of the home page file, it'll know to
serve it up by default. Cool!