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In this guide, you will learn about the basics of your hosting account and the many features available to you. Your hosting account is a powerful tool for you to use not only in building and managing your website, but also for email, web applications, and much more. To get started using your hosting account, this guide will show you how to transfer your domain name, set up and access your email accounts, use FTP, explore your File Manager, manage your passwords, and build your own website.
Choosing a Good Hosting Plan
The very first decision that you need to make as you start building, or plan to build, a website is choosing the appropriate hosting plan. In most cases your website needs will develop overtime. If you need extra space or RAM to run intense processes on the server, then probably a shared hosting account won’t be enough. Assess your needs, determine what features your website will have, even check if you will need to host more than one website with us. Here is a short list of what offers we provide for your hosting needs.
Managing Your Domains
Transferring your domain name is the first step to getting a website up and running. If you don’t already have a domain registered, you can register a new one when you set up a hosting account. Otherwise, you will want to transfer your existing domain to your new hosting account. We recommend that as you choose a domain name that you follow good naming practices that will make your site easy to remember and easy to access.
- Selecting a good Domain Name
- Transfer your Domain Name
- Purchase a New Domain
- Assign Additional Domains to your Account
Accessing Your Email
You will also want to get your email account(s) set up. With your new hosting account, you have access to unlimited email accounts. Once you start setting up emails, you can choose one of our three webmail clients, or configure your email on a mail client of your choosing.
- Create an Email Account
- Outlook 2010
- Outlook 2013
- Outlook 2011
- iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad)
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a common connection protocol to upload and manage files on your hosting account. FTP will help you move, delete, create, edit, etc files on the server. This is a preferred method of interacting with the server utilized by most web developers to deploy a new website to your account. A great advantage of FTP is that it does not have limits on how large a file can be to upload it to the server. The brand cPanel offers a specialized tool to set up FTP
File Manager Access
The File Manager provided by the cPanel is a great tool for doing simple file and folder operations. It resembles a File Manager like any on your computer, but it displays the files and folders that your own hosting account has. With this tool, you can copy, paste, move, create, delete and rename files and folders. It should come in handy as you make simple operations with your files on the server. We recommend that you become familiar with this tool.
Managing your Passwords and cPanel Access
Your cPanel access on shared hosting is a powerful tool to manage your hosting account. It includes different modules that can manage from email creation to adding new products to your hosting. Therefore, the data that is provided by the cPanel is sensitive and you should only share, if ever, access to it with collaborators that you trust. Although not recommended, you could have multiple people of your trust access the cPanel to assist in the managing of your sites. Because of the sensitive nature of the cPanel access, it is imperative that you create strong passwords for your cPanel and that you keep them safe. They are important credentials that will be required as you work along with our support lines if ever you need our assistance.
Building Your Website
There are many different options when it comes to creating a website. If you already have an existing website, you can upload it to our servers and manage it through your new hosting account. If you don't have a site built yet, don't worry! It is easier than ever to build a new website. Through your new hosting account, you can use MOJO Marketplace to download and install a website builder or CMS to help you get your site started. We also recommend that you make a conscious and informed decision as you choose the platform you want to build your website on. A good thing it to find pertinent information about each platform you are considering.
- Upload your Existing Site
- How to Install WordPress
- How to Install Concrete5
- How to Use MOJO Marketplace
- How to Install Drupal
- How to Install Joomla
- How to Magento
- How to Install Moodle
- How to Install phpBBe
- How to Install Dada Mail
- How to Install Roundcube
Update your Personal Information and Payment Information
Overtime, your personal information or your payment information becomes obsolete and will need to be updated. To avoid possible billing problems we recommend that as you start your new account with (brand) that you check your personal and payment information and make changes to them accordingly. To better your communication with our different departments, updated information is a must. To check on your account information please use these guides.
Expanding your Hosting Account Features
It is always a necessary step to check if all current hosting options and features fit your particular site. Increased success on the web, as an online entrepreneur , or even as a blogger will eventually require that you make an effort to better the access and protection for people on your site. Our cPanel acts in many ways as an “app store” for getting new products to better your hosting account features. If you need a new Dedicated IP, get and SSL certificate, or even upgrade to a Dedicated server option, you can access the cPanel “Addons” tab. There are a few products also offered in the main cPanel window that you can explore and ask our team about. If you decide to purchase one of these items, follow the purchase prompts as in any other online store.