Download and Setup Meteotemplate – Part 6

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On your computer (not your Raspberry Pi), go to Meteotemplate.com and click on ‘Download’ at the top of the page.

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To download the files, you will need to request a ‘token’, which will then allow you to download the files.

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Not sure why this tedious step is necessary and why they can’t just let you download the files without requesting them first, but they don’t. You will now need to wait up to 24 hours (or more) to receive an email with the token to download the files.

Once you have downloaded the Meteotemplate files to your computer, extract them. Using FileZilla, create a Meteotemplate folder on your server, and upload the files there. It’s going to take a few minutes. If you’re unsure of how to setup FileZilla to communicate via FTP with your account with your hosting provider, you will once again need to reach out to your web host provider for help or their support team.

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Once the files are uploaded, use FileZilla to find where your “setup.php” file is located, and navigate to that address in a browser to configure Weewx. Instructions can be found on the Weewx Wiki.

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Once you have Meteotemplate configured, navigate to your Meteotemplate website in your browser, i.e.: www.comoxweather.ca/Meteotemplate, click the “lock” icon on the bottom right of the page to access to the login page. Fill in your info, and you’ll see the Control Panel.

It won’t show up as “online” until you configure it to communicate with Weewx, as described on the next step of this guide.

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Many of the features you can see on Meteotemplate websites, such as mine, are thanks to the free Blocks and Plugins, found on the Meteotemplate website. You can download them, and upload them to your website via FTP (FileZilla).

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On the ‘Setup’ page via the Control Panel, to arrange which Blocks appear on your website and where they appear, simply type in the name (case sensitive) of each block, press enter, and add the next block, and so on. For Plugins, click the ‘Menu’ icon in the Control Panel and manage which Plugins appear and where they appear. It’s pretty straightforward once you see how the included plugins are already done.

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From the Beginning: An Introduction – Part 1