Your Temporary Index Page
You will be able to access your Web site right after you register your
account. To do this, you will have to use an instant domain alias .
Instant Domain Alias is an additional web address which lets you access
your site during the first several hours after the domain name
registration, the time when the site is yet unavailable at the newly
registered domain. Over the next few days DNS servers all across the
Internet will update themselves with your new site name. Once that
happens, you will be able to access your site at the domain you have
The moment your account is registered, a temporary index page is added to your site's directory. It will look like this:
It will be there until you upload your site and replace it with your own
index page (e.g. yoursite/index.html). Meanwhile, from this temporary
page you can:
- administer your account. Enter your control panel login and password
into "Login to your Control Panel". This login and password are e-mailed
to you at the address you specified at signup. Use the Control Panel to
view your bills, change your contact/billing information, change
passwords, get more disk space, report problems to the technical support
staff and much, much more.
- create a web site in a matter of minutes right from your browser. Use
the option "Launch Site Builder". Initially, the password to log into
the site builder is the same as that for the control panel.
Uploading Your Site
Whenever possible, upload your site using the utilities that come with
your web-site development software. For instance, if you made your site
with SiteStudio, FrontPage or Dreamweaver, use their integrated web
publishing tools. If you made your site with simple text editors, or if
your site-building software does not have a publishing utility, use
freestanding FTP clients, such as CuteFTP, SmartFTP, or the built-in
web-based FTP agent.
Please note that site publishing tools don't remove your old web content
from the server. For instance, if you used SiteStudio to upload a site
with 15 pages and later you published an updated 7 page version of this
site, your directory on the server will have all the new pages and the
old pages that haven't been overwritten. If you publish many versions of
the website, the site may become cluttered with old files. Warning: If
you have a complete website, be careful not to overwrite it with a
Don't upload your site to the root of your user directory! Instead, put
it to the specific directory. See below for more information.
Contents of Your Home Directory
Your home directory contains several default subdirectories. Their
number and names will differ depending on your plan, yet some of them
are common for all plans. Here are some of the directories that are
automatically created and may not be deleted:
- Directories that contain your sites. Each of your sites is put
in a separate directory. The name of the directory is the same as your
site's domain name. If you have more than one site, you will have
several such directories. These are the directories where you will
upload your .html files or any other files that you want to make
accessible from the Internet. Each of these directories may contain
their own /webalizer or /modlogan directories. Do not delete either of
these directories! Your site is too valuable to lose at a touch of a
- The Logs directory. It contains directories for every site
with transfer log enabled. Each such directory contains its own set of
log files that are required to write and read the data about all visits
to your sites. Deleting the Logs directory will cause the loss of the
web statistics accumulated in the course of your site operation. Click
here for more on web statistics.
- The Virtual FTP directory. Its name is the dedicated IP
address. This directory is created when you enable Virtual FTP Server
and can be accessed by virtual FTP users to list and download its
content. There are as many such directories as dedicated IP addresses.
Deleting Virtual FTP directories will cause incorrect operation of
Virtual FTP. However, you may harmlessly delete individual files in
these directories. Click here for more on Virtual FTP.
- The subdomain directories. When you make a subdomain, a new
directory is created with the subdomain name as the directory name. If
you delete a subdomain directory, internet visitors will get the 404
"File not found" error when attempting to access the subdomain. Click
here to read on how to create subdomains.
- The ssl.conf directory. This directory stores SSL pairs for
all encrypted sites. Deleting the ssl.conf directory will result in
incorrect SSL operation.
Warning: Don't delete ANY default directories in your root
directory, as this will cause malfunctions of your acount. As a rule of
thumb, you may delete only directories and files you have uploaded
yourselves or that have been uploaded by any of your Virtual FTP and
Anonymous FTP users.