Dear ,

I completed setting up your account for hosting. Try it out.

Now set up your FTP. Open FileZilla. You will notice that there are three input boxes near the top. One is called "Host", the second, "Username" and the third "Password". Ignore the Port box.

In the host, enter

Your username is .

Your password is .

Click the button labeled Quickconnect. You should see on the server in the right window. That is the directory that will hold all of your website files.

If you don't see on the right side, make sure the host is, your username is exactly "" and your password is "". These are case sensitive.

NOTE: Once connected, you can save your Filezilla settings so you don't have to enter the Host, Username, nor Password again! Go to File > copy current connection to Site Manager and follow instructions.

In the right window, you will find your published files by clicking > web > content. IMPORTANT: Only files in the "content" directory can be seen on the internet. "Content" is your root folder. This means that if you want to see you site, you have to enter in the address bar in your browser. Your files in that directory will be seen on the web. Many designers think that they have to enter /web/content. But this is wrong, . Since "content" is the root directory, typing will find your site. All links you create, whether to other pages, images, movies, sounds, lightboxes, css, etc. should not be like /web/content but simply .

You can create subdirectories, too. If you create another directory in the "content" directory, let's say, for example, "random", the URL or web address would be /random/

Remember that index.html is the default file of any directory. There must be an index.html, all lower case, in each directory. If you don't have an index.html in the directory, you and your visitors will get a "forbidden" notice if they surf to that directory on the web. Your homepage should be a file called index.html. When someone goes to , the browser will look for index.html.

Let me know, , if you have problems with this. Keep this email for future reference.


Dear ,

I have completed setting up your WordPress Blog. You can see the default setup at .

We will be exploring and modifying the site in class for the next three weeks. You will also be writing a blog post every week. The Post should be related to Graphic Design. Ideally, you will be sending potential clients and employers to this blog, so the posts should reflect your thoughts and the depth of your talents and enthusiasm for graphic design. I will be grading your posts using, roughly, the following rubric:

  1. On Time (Thursday Midnight) (5pts)
  2. Graphic Design related (5pts)
  3. Original, interesting (insightful, multimedia, infographic) and a good reflection of the author (15pts)

Do not copy and paste your content. These posts should be created by YOU, . Not that this will apply to you, but any lifting of content is easily discovered and will get the deserved zero. You are, in the end, competing with fellow scholars. I will be sure that others are not taking the short-cut of plagiarism to try to outshine you.

You can access the WordPress dashboard, where you manage your blog, by navigating to /wp-admin. I set up your username to be and your password as . We will be changing the password in class, since is not too secure.

If you want to get started because you just can't wait, you can peruse the WordPress guide found at We will be going over that guide page by page in class.

Because you will be creating multiple accounts on social media sites, I created an email account that you can use so you don't get any personal accounts mixed up with your Specs Howard explorations. Your email address is . Your password is . You can access your email at

See you soon, ! We are going to have a lot of fun this term.