How to get your Map on the Internet

After you created your web map you probably want to put it on the internet. This means we have to put it on our web server, also known as our hosting space.

FTP Connections

What is Web Hosting?

Your web page, and web map, is served to the internet on a web server. A web server is actually just another computer, but its purpose is to put content on the internet. This is called hosting. The server 'hosts' your page and materials, allowing others to see them. For most of us, we don't want to maintain our own servers, so we purchase web hosting space on WebFaction, Bluehost, GoDaddy, or one of the many options available. Check out the first session of the workshop series for more on hosting:

Hosting in the 'Code your First Website' Tutorial

Web folders commonly look like the following. Note the index.html, which is what contains our page content, and the other folders, which contain things like images, data, styles, etc.:


You can see in my structure I have images for holding images, css for holding style files, and js for scripts, and then my index.html. Your local folder and webhost space should look the same!


Drag and Drop using FTP

In order to get your map to appear on your page, you have to upload ALL the contents of your web map (index.html, geojson, and all) to the Web Folder that is on the hosting space (ie WebFaction). This is easiest with an FTP client. Using the FTP client you can drag the contents of your local folder to the web folder on your hosting space.

Check out the DUSPviz FTP Tutorial

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Prepared by Mike Foster

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