Setting Up Hosting Account for a Web Site

To host a web site on the server:

  1. Click the Clients shortcut in the navigation pane.
  2. Click the required client in the list.
  3. Click Add New Domain.
  4. Specify the domain name just as you have registered it. Leave the www check box selected if you wish to allow users to access the site by a common and habitual URL like www.your-domain.com.

    Having the www alias preceding a domain name will not cost you anything, but it will allow users to get to the site no matter what they type in their browsers: www.your-domain.com and your-domain.com will both point to the same site.

  5. If you have previously created a domain template for this client and predefined all hosting features and resource usage allotments (as described in the chapter Simplifying Setup of Domains and Web Sites), select the required template from the Select template box.
  6. If you have a number of IP addresses to choose from, select the required address from the Select an IP address drop-down box.

    Bear in mind that e-commerce sites need a dedicated IP address (not shared among other sites) to implement Secure Sockets Layer data encryption.

  7. Make sure that there is a check mark in the Proceed to hosting setup check box and click OK.
  8. Select the Physical hosting option to host the Web site on this machine.

    Upon completion of this procedure, your control panel will set up the domain name server on this machine to serve the new domain name and prepare the web server to serve the new Web site: a new zone file with appropriate resource records will be added to the Domain Name Server's configuration files, a web space will be created inside the Web server's directory, and necessary user accounts will be created on the server.

    Note: If the site is hosted on another machine, and you wish to set up your control panel's DNS server only to serve the DNS zone for that site, select either Frame forwarding or Standard forwarding option. With standard forwarding, a user is redirected to the site and the actual site's URL is shown in the user's browser, so the user always knows that he or she is redirected to another URL. With frame forwarding, a user is redirected to the site without knowing that the site actually resides at another location. For example: your customer has a free personal web site with his or her Internet Service Provider or a free Web host, and the Web site address is http://www.geocities.com/~myhomepage. The customer purchased a second level domain name www.myname.com and wants you to provide domain forwarding to his Web site. In this case you would normally choose the Frame forwarding service. See the chapter Serving Domain Names for Sites Hosted on Other Servers (Domain Forwarding) for details.

  9. Specify the properties of a hosting account:
  10. Click OK.

    Now your server is ready to accommodate the new web site, and the site owner can publish the site to the server. For instructions on publishing a Web site, refer to the Publishing a Site section of this guide.

    Note: If you transferred this domain name from another Web host, you will need to update the host DNS address with the domain name registrar so as to point to your name servers: log in to your registrar's web site, locate the forms used to manage the domain host pointers, and replace the current DNS host settings with your name servers' host names. The information on new name servers will spread across the DNS system within 48 hours.

If you have registered several domain names that you would like to point to a site hosted on this server, you should set up domain aliases. Refer to the Setting Up Additional Domain Names for a Site (Domain Aliases) section for details.

If you need to host several domains on your machine that will point to a site hosted on another server, you should set up domain forwarding. Refer to chapter Serving Domain Names for Sites Hosted on Other Servers (Domain Forwarding) for details.

In this section:

Limiting the Amount of Resources a Site Can Consume

Allowing the Site Owner to Log in to Control Panel