thanks for article four, very helpful.
re: 127.0.0.1 and localhost. it is VERY strange. i must have something screwed up somewhere in my network settings as i've been having problems networking with my pc running pcmaclan as well.
it was loading the LOCAL files as if coming from a remote server. it's kind of nice as i can check download times ;-) the files are all linked relatively and these particular files haven't even been uploaded to my remote server yet so that can't be the error. and localhost doesn't seem to resolve unless i'm connected to my dialup.
but my problem seems to have 'fixed' itself. my browsers (ie and nn6.2) now load index.htm instead of the ugly default index list. i used a wildcard because only a couple of people will be using this staging server.
thanks for your reply. thanks for this series.