So I’m finally getting around to making use of the free 10 MB of web space that comes with our DSL account.
Like the vast majority of ISP accounts, Verizon tosses in “personal web server space”, i.e., an FTP space to which you can upload files which in turn can be accesses by other folks’ browsers, and you can therefore operate your own web site (minus fancy cgi and minus unlimited traffic and all that, as you’d expect of free web space).
I have a similar arrangement with Earthlink which is my old telephone dialup ISP. With Earthlink, the ftp URL for uploading the files is a bit different from the http URL for viewing them – i.e., it isn’t just a matter of replacing “ftp” with “http”.
With Verizon, their incredibly badly written online help indicates that the http URL would take the form
and makes no mention of an ftp URL. I spent a couple hours on the phone with their “tech” “support” people trying to ferret out the ftp URL, and while this was happening I kept playing with the string in my ftp client, and finally accidentally discovered that the correct ftp URL was
ftp://members.bellatlantic/net// (yeah, a double-slash) using the DSL account username and password; or, to write it another way,
When I ftp to that, I get a window showing one alias to “bin” plus folders named “etc”, “dev”, “usr”, and “public_html”. The last one is the one to which I have writing privs (the others are empty and are read-only). In other words, all as expected.
So, using that, I uploaded a couple of files, created some directories, etc. (Just a few as test items). Having found it out on my own, I courteously discontinued my tech support call.
So then I go to my web browser and open up
and I do not get a directory listing; upon copying in an index file, I do not get the index page. I get an error message page from Verizon. Adding “/public_html” at the end doesn’t help. Adding the extra slash at the end of bellatlantic.net/ doesn’t help (I didn’t think it would).
So I call back and explain that I need the http URL. They “don’t support” the free web space feature, they just provide it, so tech support is not very cooperative, and, when cooperative, aren’t knowledgeable. Great – so I’ve got space I can ftp into, but can’t browse because no one knows the damn formula for translating the ftp URL to an HTTP URL on their server??
At this point I’ve decided that if there is an SDMB member who uses Verizon web space, I’ll get far better and faster tech support here, so…anyone know the http URL of a file in Verizon’s free web space, given the FTP URL?