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Checking Your Website

  • Composer is a WYSIWIG Web editor. No knowledge of HTML is needed.
  • Built in FTP software allows you to transfer your Web page to your Web folder.
  • It works on Windows and Macs.

All full-time and adjunct NOVA faculty and staff are given a Web folder to develop a professional website. NOVA faculty members are encouraged to post their schedules, assignments and any lengthy file attachments to their websites. Instead of attaching large files in emails -- students, faculty and staff can post a link to the website with the attachment information included in the site.

Submit a request to the Help Desk by calling 703.426.4141 to have your Web folder created.

Download Composer

To create your website, you will need to create it on your computer using a Web editor and then publish it to your web folder.

Composer (part of the SeaMonkey suite) is a free web editor. No knowledge of HTML is needed. Composer has a functional FTP capability that will transfer only html and image files to your NOVA web folder. To transfer files, such as music, movies, or presentations, you will need to download Core FTP.

Downloading Composer For Windows

  1. Click on the bottom link.
  2. Click on the Windows, English link. Choose a location to save it, preferably to your desktop.
  3. Navigate to your downloaded file and double click to run it.
  4. Follow the prompted directions to install it.

For Mac OS X

  1. Go to http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/
  2. Click the Mac OS X link to download it. By default, the file is downloaded to your desktop.
  3. Double-click on the .dmg file, and drag the SeaMonkey icon onto your hard disk.
  4. It is recommended that you copy it to the Applications folder.
  5. Now eject the disk image.
  6. If you like, you can drag SeaMonkey to your dock to have it easily accessible at all times.

Using Composer

Run the SeaMonkey application. On the toolbar, click on Window and then ComposerComposer will now load and you will be able to create a webpage.

Adding and Editing Text

In the Content section, enter your text. To edit your text appearance, highlight the text.

Highlighted Text

To change your font style and size- On the menu toolbar, select Format and then Font or Size. Choose the font you would like.

Change your font

To change text color, select Format and then Text Color. Select your color.

To make your text bold, highlight your text and click Bold symbol. For italics, select Italic symbol . To underline, select Underline Symbol.

To indent left or right, use left indent icon and Right indent button.

Alignment can be changed with Alignment icon.

Adding Images
  1. Choose where you want the image to be placed by changing your mouse focus by clicking on the screen.

    Image of Composer user interface
  2. Click onImage icon..
  3. Click on Choose File and navigate to the location of your file.
  4. You can choose to enter Alternate Text. When a user loads your webpage and has images disabled, the alternate text will be shown instead of the image. Select OK. When you publish your website, your image will be uploaded to the root directory of your site.

    Image of alternate text.
Creating Links

To view different pages and files, page links are used.  It’s helpful to have all your files, images, and web documents in one folder before you start.

Folder listing of files.

Saving Your Page

When creating a link to another page on your site, save the page first.

  1. To save, click on Save icon..
  2. On the initial save, you will be prompted to give the page a title.

After saving, links will be relative as related to your current document.  An example of a relative link is page.htm.

An absolute link references the exact server and location of the file. For example,http://www.nvcc.edu/home/jdoe/image1.jpg is an absolute link.

Creating Your Links

  1. Click on where you want the link to be created.
  2. Click on Link text icon.. Under Link Text, you can choose to enter text in for your link text.
  3. Next, specify a link location by selecting Choose File. Under Files of type: change it to All Files. Now navigate to the file you want linked and double click on it.
    Choose file location on your local computer.
  4. Select OK. To publish files other than images or html, you will need to use Core FTP (see below). 

Important. If your website’s link is broken, the link may be an absolute link pointing to the file on your computer instead of the web folder. To correct this, double click on the link in Composer and edit the Link Location to a relative link.


After your page has been completed and saved, it’s time to publish it to your web folder.

Your web folder name is the same as your network user id. For example, if your network user id isjdoe, your web folder is at http://www.nvcc.edu/home/jdoe/.

  1. Click on Publish Page iconPublish Page dialog boxes will popup.
  2. Give your site a name. This may already be filled if the page has been saved already.
  3. Click on the Settings tab. The publishing address is ftp://www.nvcc.edu/home/userid/.
  4. The HTTP address is http://www.nvcc.edu/home/userid/.
  5. Enter in your User name prefaced by nvcc. Ex – nvcc/userid
  6. Enter in your Password. You can choose to have it saved or not.

    Publishing settings
  7. Click on the Publish tab. Enter in your Page Title and Filename. The filename will be the name the file is saved on the web folder.  Make sure to have Include images and other files checked.

    Publishing settings.
  8. Click on the Publish button on the bottom. Your files will be uploaded to your web folder. If it’s successful, you will see a green check next to each of your files.

    Publishing status.
  9. You can view your site by going to http://www.nvcc.edu/home/userid/.

If you have additional files, such as powerpoint, mp3s or video, you will need to upload those withCore FTP.

Downloading Core FTP

Core FTP is a free FTP program that will transfer your files from your computer to the web folder.

  1. Visit http://www.coreftp.com/download.html and select one of the Free version links.
  2. Save the file to your computer, preferably to your desktop.
  3. Run the saved file and follow the prompted directions.

Running Core FTP

  1. Start Core FTP by double clicking on it.
  2. You will be taken to the Site Manager.
  3. Enter in a Site Name. You can give it any name you’d like.
  4. The Host is www.nvcc.edu.
  5. Click on Advanced and go to Directory/Folder. For Remote Start Folder enter in home/userid. Click OK.
  6. The Username is nvcc/userid.
  7. Enter in your password.
  8. Select Connect. If it’s successful, there will be two windows. The one on the left are the files on your computer. The window on the right shows your files in your web folder.
  9. To upload your file, navigate to the folder your files are in the left window. Then highlight the file and click on the right arrow. If it’s successful, it will be listed under the web folder.