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It still has not worked? The server is set up for php nuke, from the host. So I am wondering if it will work since my document is in html?
Is a JPG backround sufficent, or does the image have to be another type?
I'm not sure what is not working. The structure of the site seems OK to me, although, as a web developer I'm a bit more "sensitive" about where files go and typically have an api directory for CSS and js files, a mmedia for swf files and an images directory for ... well you know.
Assuming that your setup of apache is correct you should have no problems seeing your index.html on that site. I also assume that in your /etc/apache/httpd.conf you enabled the use of /home/<user>/public_html. If you did not that is probably the reason you are not able to see the pages.
Other that that, the structure of the site if mostly for organizational purposes and to make development and maintenace easy.
As per images on the web, browsers can handle .jpg, .gif, and .png anything else will not work.
Well I am a newbie at this stuff, and I hate to bother people, but need to start and try to learn somehow....thanks for your time, it's much appreciated.
You said: "I also assume that in your /etc/apache/httpd.conf you enabled the use of /home/<user>/public_html. If you did not that is probably the reason you are not able to see the pages."
The server comapny "Hypernia" set it up for me, I have been able to open up cPanel, and ftp. That is my extent of the Linux knowledge so far. I do know apache servers, are supposed to be one of the best things out there. However, as far as "enabling /home/<user>/public_html", I have no idea how to do that?
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You are actually correct. Just because you have an image in the server that you intend to use as background it will not be displayed unless you specifically "tell" the web served to do so.
This is how your code should look like if you want to display an image in the background:
If on the other hand you want to use a color as a background you would use:
Notice that in the first case I'm indicating the path to the image based on the place where my html document resides. This means that I have the html document in public_html and that the sub-directory images pertains to the same directory.
On the second example we are using hexadecimal notation. Be careful not to skip the "#" as it will cause problems with some browsers, and your color will not display.
What matters here is the location of the image. If you have a directory called images and an image called "dbh_page.jpg" in that directory then that will work.
If your dbh_page.jpg is somewhere else it will not.
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