Note: These instructions were accurate as of November 2007. The Microsoft Office Live website may have changed since then, making these instructions inaccurate. We provide these instructions for your convenience, and do not endorse this or any other online service. We are not responsible for the service you receive from Office Live.
Office Live is a service provided by Microsoft that offers free websites and domain names (for example, mywebsite.com), as well as email accounts. The free websites you can create do not contain ads, but do include the Office Live logo and a Windows Live search box on each page. Crossword web pages that you upload to your site will not have this logo or search box. Though the service is free, you need a credit card to sign up, to help prevent spam.
Before you begin, you should already have a crossword puzzle web page from EclipseCrossword that you want to put on the internet. If you don't have that yet, you should create one before you continue: How to create interactive puzzle web pages.
Now, to get started, go to the Microsoft Office Live site at officelive.com. We'll keep this help page open in a separate window so you can switch between the two. Or, you can print these instructions if you prefer.
Important: When signing up for Office Live and editing your website, you should use Internet Explorer. The website you create will work in other browsers such as Firefox and Safari, but some parts of the Office Live site require Internet Explorer.
On the main Office Live page, choose Office Live Small Business, and then choose to create a new Office Live Basics account. The other account service levels are not free, but add additional features. If you want more control over your website in the future, you can consider upgrading to a more expensive plan.
|Choose the Office Live Basics plan.|
After you click this, you'll be taken to the account signup page. Answer the questions on this page to choose your domain name (such as mywebsite.com), email accounts, and so forth. The Windows Live ID that you create during account signup will be the password you use to log into your website to upload files and make changes, so don't forget it!
Once you've finished the account signup process, your website will be ready, and you can upload your crossword puzzle web page.
Important: It can take a day or two for new domain names to become active on the internet; the domain name you chose won't take effect immediately. In the meantime, you'll get a temporary address.
After you finish the account setup process, you'll be taken to the Member Center. If you created your website a while back and don't remember where to go, go to officelive.com and click Sign In to get to the Member Center.
Once you're in the Member Center, click WebSite to make changes to your website.
|Click WebSite to edit your website.|
Next, click Document Gallery. From the document gallery you'll be able to upload files to your website, such as crossword puzzle web pages. Click the small Upload button to upload a crossword puzzle web page.
In the Document Uploader, click Browse to pick your first crossword to upload. Find the file you want to publish to the internet, and then click Open. Then, click Add to add it to the list. You can add additional files now if you want. Once you're done picking files, click Upload to finish. You should see "the documents were uploaded successfully." Good; click Close to close the Document Uploader.
Congratulations! Your crossword puzzle web page is now on the internet.
One thing that you can do with your puzzle is send your link through email, or post it to forums on the internet. Back at the Document Gallery, right-click on the puzzle web page you just uploaded, and click Copy as Shortcut. This will copy the address of your web page to the clipboard. Then, in your email software, or on a website that lets you share links, press Ctrl+V to paste this link. For example, if you had a website "www.mywebsite.com" and you uploaded a crossword puzzle web page called "Kittens.html", the address will look like this:
Anyone you give that link to can click it or type it into their browser's address bar to check out the crossword puzzle you uploaded.
Note: The website address displayed in your browser will be a temporary address until your new domain name becomes active on the internet. Check back in a couple days to get the permanent address of your website.
Now that you have a website, you can add a link to your puzzle to your new home page. From the Document Gallery, click WebSite to get back to the website options. Then, click Page Editor to open the Office Live page editor. From the page editor, you can change all of the text on your home page, as well as changing the colors, layout, and theme.
Feel free to delete any of the placeholder text that appeared here automatically, and replace it with anything you like. When you're ready to add a link to your new crossword puzzle, type the text you want to be a link—for example, "Play my crossword puzzle." Then, click and drag to highlight it with your mouse, and then click the Hyperlink button on the toolbar at the top.
|Click and drag to select your text.||Click Hyperlink.|
The Insert link popup window appeared. Click Document, and then Select document. Pick the crossword puzzle you uploaded from the list, and then click OK, and then OK again on the Insert link window.
|Now you have a link.|
Congratulations! Now you've got a website with a link to a crossword puzzle web page you created. You should save your work now. Click Save in the upper-left corner. Then, click View to see the real thing in your web browser.
Now that you have your own website, you can continue adding more crossword puzzles to it, as well as other content: pictures, more pages, and so forth. Check out the documentation on the Office Live site for details on what to do next.
We hope this has been a helpful, informative tutorial. We'd be happy to help out with any questions you have about using EclipseCrossword. Unfortunately, if you're having issues with Office Live, we probably won't be able to help you; you should contact the Office Live technical staff with those questions.
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