Web Hosting panel overview (MSP Control panel)

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    This is a quick overview on the Red Cactus hosting panel (Website Panel):

    1. To access your hosting control panel, please visit http://host.redcactus.co.za using any internet browser and sign in.

    2. On the login screen please enter your Username (1) and Password (2), these details were emailed to you when you registered, click on Sign In (4) to continue. If you forgot your password, please click on “Forgot your password” (3) to reset your password.

    3. After a successful login, you will be taken to your hosting control panel dashboard (see below). On your dashboard you will find a list of available options that you can explore and will need to use in order to successfully set up your website, emails and domains. In this guide, we will go through the options that you will be using most in detail, explaining what you should do, and also what settings you should not change, etc

    The list of options that we will look at are:

    (1) Domains – Underneath the domain option you will see all the domains currently active on your selected hosting package. You CAN NOT add top level domains through the Web Hosting Panel. In order to add a new top level domain please see ADD A NEW DOMAIN for a easy guide to add a domain to an existing or new hosting package.

    You will be able to add an unlimited amount of sub-domains to your hosting package here. Should you wish to set up domain pointing to point your domain to a website not hosted with redcactus, you can do that by selecting the domain and navigating to DNS Records and add/edit the DNS Records there.

    For the full article please see MY DOMAINS

    (2) FTP Accounts – This option would be used for creating a new FTP account or changing the password or access path of and existing FTP account. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is mostly used when uploading/downloading website files. In order to use your FTP account we recommend you to use FILEZILLA. If you need help in creating a FTP account, please see CREATING A FTP

    (3) File Manager – The File Manager is it exactly what the name says. Here you can move files, delete, upload, view and edit your websites files. It works almost the same as the FTP manager, but there a re a few differences. If you want to backup files you can simply zip them using the File Manager and then download the zip folder. When using the File Manager you’ll see a list of your current domain which represents your websites. Once you selected a website you’ll see the following structure.

    -data
    -logs
    -wwwroot

    You only need to work inside the WWWROOT folder. Please do not remove any of these top level folders as it will mess up your entire system. When uploading a website make sure that you upload it within the WWWROOT folder.

    See the File Manager in action here RESTORE MY BACKED UP WORDPRESS WEBSITE

    (4) Web Sites – The Web Site area mainly shows all the current websites on your hosting space. Important to note that clicking on a website will show you a few settings you can adjust like the writing permissions (should always be on) and then the website default pages just to the right if the settings. Please not that you should rearrange your default pages depending in the type of website you have or what CMS you use. For example, if I have a HTML website with a home page called MyHomePage.html, I would insert “MyHomePage.html” to the top of the default pages list.

    (5) Web App Gallery – The Web App Gallery contains all the available CMS installation files for when you want to for example install wordpress on one of your websites. Here you could browse through all the pages or just search for the required CMS in the search box and follow the step by step wizard to install your new CMS platform.

    (6) Accounts – The Accounts option is directly associated with the email accounts that was created on your account for all your domains. Here you can edit, add or remove email accounts.

    For more details please visit SETUP MY EMAIL ADDRESS

    (7) Databases – Most of today’s Content Management Systems need to be set up with a database. Depending on what type of CMS you have chosen, you can either have a mySQL or MSSQL database.

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