Getting Started with Web Hosting
Here we present a copy of the material from the Just Host Getting Started Wizard. For the 50% of you who have a working Getting Started Wizard, this is nothing new. For the rest of you, this allows you to see what we're talking about.

If you can't find the Getting Started Wizard in your control panel, as pictured below, please contact Just Host customer service. And when you solve the problem, please share your story on the forum. Thanks!

Getting Started

Introduction to Web hosting
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Welcome to your web hosting account for [Ed note: substitute your domain name here.] This software allows you to manage all different aspects of your web site, including your files, security, email, web applications, and a whole lot more. This getting started wizard will introduce you to some of the concepts behind web hosting and allow you to configure some basic settings for your web site so that you can start bringing traffic (visitors) to your site. At any time, you can use the jump menu to skip ahead to the next section.
How your site works
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Your web site is made up of a group of files and directories, much like your Documents folder on your home computer. Only in this case, everyone in the world can see some of your files. To give you an idea of how the directories and files work, we'll look at a view of the file manager.

How your site works

Contents of /home/bruceho1/.

Above, you can see an example of the files and directories in your site. There are three main directories to be concerned with:

Home /home/bruceho1/ - This is your home directory. All of your files are stored within this directory. Files placed directly in this directory will not be visible on the internet. You will start out in your home directory when connecting by FTP, Web Disk or the File Manager.

ftp/home/bruceho1/public_ftp/ - This is the directory used for anonymous FTP access. Any files in this directory can be downloaded by anyone if anonymous FTP access is enabled.

public_html/home/bruceho1/public_html/ (www) - The public_html directory contains the files for your site. Files in public_html and any subdirectories of public_html will be able to be viewed by anyone on the internet.. (/home/bruceho1/www/ is the same directory as /home/bruceho1/public_html/).

When someone views a directory in your public_html area, they will see the index page for that directory. When creating your index page, you should use one of the following names (the first one found will be shown if the visitor doesn't type in a specific page in their URL):

index.html.var, index.htm, index.html, index.shtml, index.xhtml, index.wml, index.perl,, index.plx, index.ppl, index.cgi, index.jsp, index.js,, index.php4, index.php3, index.php, index.phtml, default.htm, default.html, home.htm, index.php5, Default.html, Default.htm, home.html

Warning: When adding files to your site, it is important that you add them in the right place. For example, you will need to place files that you wish to be visible on the internet in public_html or a subdirectory of public_html. If you placed them in / for example, no one will be able to view them.

Getting files to your site
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For your visitors to be able to visit your site, you will need to add some files to it. You can add files through the File Manager .

The File Manager

The File Manager allows you to view the files in your site as well as to upload new files and modify existing files. You can access it on the main screen of your interface through the File Manager File Manager area. Once inside the File Manager, you can click on File Manager to upload files to your site.

FTP Accounts

You can use FTP to upload files to your site. To do this, you will need to create a FTP account to access your site with. You can do this in the FTP Accounts area which is linked on the home page of this interface. Then, you will need to download a FTP client that works with your operating system so you can connect to that account.

 [Ed note: FileZilla is free FTP software that runs on PCs and Macs, and is supported by the CS Lab and Just Host. We recommend this WordPress guide to using FileZilla.]

New email account setup
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[Ed note: you can skip this step and the rest of the Getting Started Wizard steps.]

You will need to create an email account at your domain so that you can receive email from customers or other visitors to your domain. You can use the Email Accounts function on the main page of your interface to add more email accounts later.


Other steps in the Getting Started Wizard
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Here are the remaining steps in the Getting Started Wizard

  1. Update contact information
  2. Change cPanel style
  3. Manage SSH keys

You can skip these. Feel free to ask questions about those steps if you're curious.


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