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Quick-Start
Understanding Your Service

Web hosting is complex--we get that. We want to simplify it for you and give you confidence to take advantage of all the functions you want to command.

The first steps were paying for your hosting service and getting the DNS records set to our servers. If you've already done that you probably have received your email from us by now giving you your operating passwords. Because every hosting service operates has their own style here is where you find out how to use them.

For our examples we're going to use a hypothetical domain and passwords as follows:

Domain: http://www.example.com
Login: trythis
Password: try222this
Details: 25 MB disk space, 500 MB bandwidth, 5 email accounts etc.
FrontPage: Activated. Username: tryfp; Password: try222fp.
Shared IP: 142.4.15.240
Activation: January 1, 2015
Email Activated: bob@example.com
Price Charged: $79/year PAID by VISA

 ~ Initial Upload ~

To begin with you'll want to upload your site. However it takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours from the time the DNS records are "set" until the various nodes around the world update to recognize it and make your domain available. If you use FrontPage or another custom upload-assist program you'll have to wait. However if you use an FTP program (Dreamweaver does use FTP) you can upload immediately by using the IP instead of your web site. So where you would normally put example.com, you can put in 142.4.15.240 for the domain name, trythis for the login, try222this for the password, and you'll want to type in public_html for the folder to put your files into. Now you can upload before the domain has resolved. After the domain has resolved the only change you'll want to make is to replace the IP number with your domain name.
Your front entry page needs to be named either index.html or index.htm. In setting up your domain we put a home page there called index.html. When setting up your name we gave it a dummy front page called index.html:

The dummy front page we place on your domain when setting it up. If you have a file named index.html just upload it over this one. If not, just delete this one when you upload your site.

If you haven't overwritten it with your own index.html page you will need to delete it.

Once you have uploaded your web site you can immediately look at the pages even before the domain has resolved by going to http://142.4.15.240/~trythis in your browser.

 ~ FrontPage Extensions ~

If you are using FrontPage you can NOT use the IP address (142.4.15.240) at any time, which means you can't upload until the domain has resolved. When setting up, your domain is www.example.com; username tryfp; password try222fp. If you have access to FTP, do not use it if you plan to use FrontPage extensions because FTP tends to corrupt FrontPage, and you'll have to delete them and upload them again in order to use FrontPage on the site.
Unlike FTP, with FrontPage you do not need to input the public_html folder to load your site into: FrontPage defaults there automatically and will get confused if you tell it to go there.

Domain Control

The login screen for your control panel. Here your username is your domain name, 'example.com'.

You have great control over your site through our cPanel control panel. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the users manual. You can access your personal control panel at either: https://example.com:8443/ or at https://server-7.com:8443/. The second option is recommended as it has a security certificate installed and thus you won't have to see the warning message you will with the first one. Aside from that they both operate identically. Your user name is your domain name: example.com, and your password is try222this.

Your main control panel, after logging in.

As you can see the panel is filled with various features. The users manual will describe each of them for you and give step-by-step use instructions.

 ~ Email ~

One initial email address has been set up for you. Usually it would be your first name. Please note that for email your user name is the name of the email account you are wishing to access. So if the email address you want to reach is bob@yourdomain.com your username would be bob.
Through your control panel you can set up more email addresses (up to your assigned limit), and you can alter the one created for you. Three different things to note about email passwords:

Your webmail login screen.

1. On the initial email address your password was set the same as your FTP password. This was done for simplicity and is NOT desirable for long term security.
2. To be able to read your various email addresses correctly you must never use the same password for more than one email box.
3. For security passwords must have a mix of numbers and letters and must not contain the username. To access your email go to http://www.example.com/webmail. There your username is bob and your password is try222this. Note that your user name is the name of the email box--each email account you create IS its username.

The email in box. This one is empty!

Don't let this confuse you: you read, sort, send, and receive email here in your webmail panel. But you create and alter email addresses in your cPanel control panel.

Finally, a reminder that you can have all your email automatically downloaded into your regular email program on your computer, and send through your own account from your computer email program as well. On our web site you can learn how to do this from our help file titled 'Receiving Your Email In Outlook Express'. It also works for other email programs.

  ~ Basic Server Paths ~

Here's a few notes on the paths for specific types of files uploading to the server for those who desire to use features requiring them.

Where to put Perl/CGI scripts:
/usr/local/psa/home/vhosts/YourDomain.com/cgi-bin
In other words, the CGI-BIN folder is outside the main folder. However note that you can execute CGI scripts in any directory, not just the cgi-bin directory.

The path to Perl:
/usr/bin/perl
In most CGI scripts the standard path line is therefore: #!/usr/bin/perl

The path to sendmail:
/usr/lib/sendmail
/usr/sbin/sendmail

  ~ More Help ~

We hope this information is useful for your needs. And we're always just an email away if you have further questions.



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