Obtaining a personal website is fairly easy. You just need to call or email the
webmaster with your request. There are however
a few things you should know:
We prefer your personal web account username be the same as your dial up username, but the server is limited to
8 characters. Also, the server can only have letters and numbers in the username. You can have a different password
if you want one (for example, your dial up password is one thing, so that your children cannot get online without
supervision, but you allow them to maintain a website).
If you are planning to use Microsoft's FrontPage 98, 2000, 2002, or XP (not FrontPage Express) to design your webpage, I
need to know so I can setup FrontPage extensions in your web directory, to enable FrontPage's advanced features.
For various reasons the personal web server cannot host additional domain names (www.yourpage.com). Web sites
with domain names will have to be hosted as a commercial site.
Personal webspace is 10 Megabytes, or about 7 - 3.5" floppies. If you exceed 10 megabytes, you will automatically be
billed $.50 per megabyte each month. .
While Valley Internet provides backups of our customers data on our webservers, we do not
maintain these backups indefinitely. Any requests for file restoration should be made in a timely fashion. Also, while
server up time is important to Valley Internet, the personal web server is not considered a critical component to our
operations and restoration of service on that server will not be of the highest priority in a crisis.
Personal webspace is for a personal, non-commercial site only. No banner ads or solicitations of
products or services, commercial/affiliate links, or storage for other sites for commercial purposes (including
auction sites such as Ebay) are allowed. Also, no adult, illegal, warez, hacker, or similar objectionable
content is allowed.
- Web files must be uploaded to the html directory.
- In order for our system to recognize the first (index) page of your webpage you must name that page index.htm,
index.html, or default.htm (or index.shtml if using SSI. If you don't know what that means don't worry about it
it's not important to you).
- Once you have an index page on your site, it will be automatically listed on our
personal server homepage within 48 hours
- The operating system you are putting files on is case sensitive... the index file must be index.html, not
INDEX.html or index.HTML for it to work right. If you upload a graphic named picture.JPG the link in the file
that points to it must use picture.JPG, not Picture.JPG or picture.jpg.
- There are a few more major details. Don't worry if you don't understand some of this. Many of these details
apply to more advanced web design and usage, and can be safely ignored by most people.
- We have an automatic Web Log generator to show you your 'hits'. The information is compiled weekly and at the
end of the month. To access it, go to http://personal.vallnet.com/yoursite/usage. If you wish to stop the
logs from being generated read the instructions at http://personal.vallnet.com/yoursite/usage/howtostoplogs.txt
Please note that the usage directory will not be there until a week or so after your website is created.
In order to use CGI files create a cgi-bin directory in your root directory (/home/yoursite) and place
the files in there, and make them executable. In order to access them use the
- Our server supports CGI, HTML, SSI, and has Perl, Compilers for various flavors of C, Unix Shell, and
similar systems. We support MS FrontPage via FrontPage Extensions for Apache. We do not support JSP,
ASP, PHP, or CGI written in Visual Basic.