Website Export to Internet

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Website Export to Internet

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You can publish your website on the Internet in this window.

WebSite X5 provides both a free Hosting service for the first 12 months and a built-in FTP engine so you can publish your websites directly online. All the files necessary for correctly displaying a website on the Internet are saved on the computer you used to create the website. You have to copy your project files to a server (a computer that is permanently connected to the Internet) so that other people will be able to see your website online.

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Click to expand/collapseReference: The commands to export on Server

To export the Website you first need to report the Upload Mode (what and how you actually want to publish):

Upload all Website files to the Internet: the entire website project is uploaded and published. This option is recommended the first time you upload your website, or when you have made a lot of changes to project files.
Export only the files modified after last export on date : only the files that have been changed since the last export are uploaded. This option is recommended for websites that are constantly undergoing updates as it takes less time to upload the files than it would to upload the entire project.

The publication date is saved in the project file, so it is important to always save changes after publishing files.

Even if you choose to export only modified files, the HTML pages and resource files (in the RES folder) are also uploaded, because it is likely that they will have been automatically modified in some way.

Export only Blog and RSS Feed: if you select this option, only the .PHP and XML files of the Blog and the .XML files of the RSS feed are published (see Step 1 - Website Settings). You can only select this option if the Blog and/or RSS feed have already been published once. It is useful for updating your Blog with new posts and adding new news to the RSS feed, when no other changes have been made to the website.

Once you've done this, you have to report the Webspace Provider you want to use for your website: you can find the available options in a drop-down menu. The first option is the one referred to the free Webspace included with the WebSite X5 licence: next to "WebSite X5 Hosting", you can find the automatic domain name [] or the customized one, if you already connected it to the webspace []. After that, you will find the other WebSite X5 Hosting which you might have bought extra, the active as well as expired ones. Finally, you can find the "Other Provider" option, which is useful if you want to use a Hosting service different than the one included with WebSite X5.

Next to the drop-down menu with the provider list, you will find the button: just click on it to update the provider list.

Regardless the webspace you choose, the following options are available:

WebSite Address (URL): if you use a "WebSite X5 Hosting" space, this field reports the website URL read-only (such as http// the website will be available on once it is online. If, on the other hand, you use another Provider, you need to report the URL yourself: this information is necessary for the possible RSS Feeds, E-commerce and the automatically created and corrected SiteMap to work properly.
Destination folder: enter the pathname of the destination folder on the server you publish the files on. You can type in the name of the destination folder directly, or click on the button to call up the Destination Folder window, which displays all of the folders located in the Server, and click on the one to use.

The folder within which you publish your Site should contain an index.html file. In any case, if you're not sure which folder to publish your site in, contact your Provider and ask them to confirm: not all folders in the Server can be used for publication.

If you decide to export your website on a "WebSite X5 Hosting" space for the first time, you need to activate the space so to make it available for the export. To do this, you simply need to click on the Activate now button. We wish to remind you that activating the service involves technical lead times that depend on the propagation of the DNS, and that can vary from a few minutes to a maximum of 24/48 hours. As far as the space is active, you can proceed with the export.

If, on the other hand, you choose another Provider, you need to report the necessary parameters to connect to the server, to the database and to manage the e-mails sending manually: please don't forget these parameters are provided by the service Provider you chose. To proceed, you then need to click on Parameters so to open the Server Settings window and report the necessary details.

Once the WebSite X5 Webhosting is ready or after you entered the necessary connection parameters of another Provider, just click on the Next button to connect to the Server and proceed to publish your Site online.

During the export, WebSite X5 copies all the files in the save folder to the server. If this folder already contains files with the same names as those being published, they will be overwritten. WebSite X5 will never automatically delete files already present on the Server: you will need to manually delete any obsolete files.

Click to expand/collapseReference: Commands for working on the Server

The Destination Folder window, which is called up by clicking on the button available for the Destination folder option, not only displays the locations of the folders and files on the Server, but also includes a series of commands for managing them:

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Go back to the previous folder

This takes you back to the folder on the previous level.


The contents of the folder are reloaded.

New folder

You can create a new folder.


You can delete the selected file or folder.


You can change the name of the selected file or folder.

Upload file to Server / Download the selected file from the Server

You can publish one or more files on the server that are not part of the project, or you can download files published on the server to your computer.

Display List / Display Details

You can choose the level of detail of the file list.

Finally, there is a section with two further options:

Log: you can choose to display the message log and any errors that may have occurred during the connection with the server.
Queued files: you can choose to display the upload status of the files being published on the server (the maximum number of files depends on the number of simultaneous connections). A status bar shows the progress of each file transfer. When a file has been transferred, it is removed from the queue.