Personal Web Site Starter Kit


Congratulations! You have created your own Personal Web Site, which includes a home page, resume, and photo album. You can press CTRL+F5 to run your site right now.

You can use the site as-is with some small customizations, such as adding your own content. In addition, you can add pages to the site. The following sections explain how to use the Personal Web Site.

Creating an Administrative User

The first step you must take is to create an administrative user. The administrative user has permission to upload photos and create albums.

To create an administrative user

  1. Run the site at least once before proceeding. This ensures the initialization of the Membership and Roles databases.
  2. In the Website menu, click ASP.NET Configuration.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. Click Create user.
  5. In the Create User box, type a user name, password, and e-mail address for the administrator user. You must also provide a security question and answer that is used to help you recover your password, if necessary.
  6. In the Roles box, select both the Administrators and Friends check boxes to make the user into an administrator and a member of the Friends role.
  7. Click Create User.
  8. Close the Web Site Administration Tool window.

Managing the Personal Web Site

The following sections provide basic information about how to administer the site.

Designating Guest Users as Friends

Visitors to your site can register themselves on your site. You can make registered users into Friends, which gives them permission to view private photo albums.

To give users permission to view private photo albums

  1. In the Website menu, click ASP.NET Configuration.
  2. Click the Security tab.
  3. Under Users, click Manage users.
  4. In the user list, click Edit roles for the guest. (If you do not see the user's name, use the search box.)
  5. Under Roles, select Friends.
  6. Close the Web Administration Tool window.

Working with Photo Albums

The photo album feature allows you to:

To create an album and add photos

  1. Login to the site as an administrator.
  2. In the menu, click Manage.
  3. Under Add New Album, type a name.
  4. If you want everyone to be able to see your photos, select Make this album public. If you leave this check box unselected, only users who are registered as friends can view the album.
  5. Click Add to create the album. 
  6. Under Your Albums, click the blank photo for the new album.
  7. Under Add Photos, type or select the photo file name, type a caption, and click Insert.
  8. Repeat Step 4 for each photo you want to add to the album.

To bulk upload photos into an album

  1. Copy your photos to the Upload folder in the Web site.
  2. In the menu, click Manage.
  3. In the album list, click the photo of the album to use. (Create a new album first, if necessary.)
  4. Click Import. All the photos in the Upload folder are added to the album.

Publishing your Site

When you are ready to share your Web site with others, you can copy it to your Web server. You need to know the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) address of your server, and if required, the user name and password you use.

  1. In the Website menu, click Copy Web Site. The Copy Web Site tool displays the files from your Web site under Source Web Site.
  2. In the Connect to box, click Connect to ....
  3. In the Open Web Site dialog box, click the FTP Sites tab.
  4. Type the FTP address of your server, and if required, the user name and password that your hosting site has provided. The FTP URL usually has a format like this:
  5. Click Open. The files on the Web server are displayed under Remote Web Site.
    Note: If you have trouble connecting to the server, contact the server administrator.
  6. In the Move Files list, click All source files to remote Web site.
  7. Click the Copy Web Site button. The files from your Personal Web Site are copied to the server.

Further Resources

The information in this page is only an overview of the Personal Web site. For more information, see the topic Personal Web Site Starter Kit in the documentation.