Week 1: Demo

Server and Web Paths

The arrangement of assets that we use for our website inside of the file structure of our hard drive is how we should consider the structure of the files once we upload them to our web server. When we consider the locations of our HTML files, CSS files, images, and any other assets, we want to consider the relative path that they are from each other.

Relative Path

The relative path allows us to refer to a file based on where the current HTML or CSS document is located.

Absolute Path

An absolute path is how we might link to a webpage completely outside of the server/domain where our HTML file is located. This is simply the process of connecting websites, which must be done with absolute paths. On the web, our absolute paths must begin with either http:// or https:// (the latter being a SSL encrypted connection between client and server).

FTP Paths vs. WWW Paths

When you upload your files to the class server, you are uploading them to your user directory on the class server. More specifically, to make them accessable through the class web server via a web browser, the files need to placed inside of your personal "public_html" directory. This is known as the "root directory" for your user account, and will appear at this equivalent URL:

When you add the "acad275" subfolder inside of your "public_html" folder, it will show up at this location in your web browser:

When you add your classpage.html file in your "acad275" subfolder on the server, it will show up at this address in your web browser: