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Getting Started

Getting Started

 

Welcome to Vertimyst Solutions!  Whether this is your first time with a hosting account, or you just need a handy guide, this is for you.  We'll walk you through everything like uploading files for the first time, and using your control panel.

 

Table of Contents

1. Registering
1a. Purchasing a Plan
1b. Registering on our Support Desk

2. Using your Control Panel
2a. Changing your Password
2b. Using the File Manager
Uploading Your First Page

3. Uploading with an FTP Client

 

1. Registering

 

If you haven't done so already, you'll need to register for an account.  This can be done in one of two ways: directly Purchasing a plan or Registering on our support desk.

 

1a. Purchasing a Plan

To directly purchase a plan, click 'Sign up' on any plan on our main page.

 

Figure 1a.1: Selecting a plan

Figure 1a.1: Selecting a plan

 

You'll be asked to enter domain name information.  If you don't have a domain name, leave the default option checked ('I want Vertimyst Solutions to register a new domain for me'), and type in the address you want.

 

Figure 1a.2: Choosing a domain name

 

If the domain's not available, you'll receive an error message.  If you think this is incorrect, let us know, but most likely someone else already registered the domain.  In this case, try a different name, or use the extension dropdown box to choose a new extension (.com, .net, .org).

If you're coming from a different host, or want to move your existing domain to us, select 'I want to transfer my domain to Vertimyst Solutions'.

If you already bought a domain from someone else, or are planning on buying one from someone else (why would you want to do that? ;) ), select the third and final option, 'I will update my nameservers on an existing domain Or I will register a new domain'.

For the purposes of this guide, we'll assume you're buying a new domain from us.  If the domain you want is available, you'll see this:

 

Figure 1a.3: The domain's available

 

Select the term you want from the dropdown menu, and click continue.

You'll be presented with your cart and totals.  If you're happy with what you have, click checkout, otherwise you may go back and start over.

 

Figure 1a.4: The cart

 

Once you're happy with your purchase and moved on, you'll need to fill out a registration form.  Make sure you read over our Terms of Service and agree to them before moving on.

 

Figure 1a.5: Fill out this form when you're ready.

 

Once registration is complete, you should receive a welcome email with your account details.  Congratulations, and welcome to Vertimyst Solutions!

 

1b. Registering on our Support Desk

 

Registering via our support desk is much the same as selecting a plan.  From any page on our site, click the 'Register' button on the menu.

 

Figure 1b.1: Click register

 

Fill out the registration form that appears, and be sure to read and agree to our Terms of Service.

 

Figure 1b.2: Fill out the registration form

 

Once registration is complete, you'll receive a welcome email from us with your client area information.  Log in to our client area (http://www.vertimystsolutions.com/clients).  From there, select 'Order' from either the main portal or the sidebar.

 

Figure 1b.3: How to order

 

On the next page, select your desired hosting plan, and follow the Purchasing a Plan guide.

 

2. Using your Control Panel

 

Your control panel (cPanel) is where you'll manage everything for your hosting account.  To access it, go to http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel, where your domain is the domain you selected when you signed up with us.  Log in with the username and password provided in your welcome email.

 

2a. Changing your Password

 

After logging in to cPanel, you may wish to change your password.  To do so, select 'Change Password' from the preferences pane.  Enter your old password and your desired new password.

 

Figure 2a.1: Changing your cPanel password

 

2b. Using the File Manager

 

One of the most important functions of cPanel that you'll ever use is the File Manager.  This is one of the ways (see: Uploading with an FTP Client) that you can upload your website's files.

To start, select 'File Manager' from the 'Files' pane in cPanel.

 

Figure 2b.1: Select File Manager

 

In the Directory Selection window, select 'Web Root (public_html/www)' and click 'Go'.

 

Figure 2b.2: Select web root

 

The file manager has all the features of a standard FTP client, as well as some other useful features such as the ability to create new files directly on the server, and a code editor so you can edit your files directly, without downloading them first to your computer.

 

Figure 2b.3: The File Manager

 

Most of the functionality is self-explanatory, so for the purpose of this guide we'll focus on the regular, day-to-day features you'll be using.

 

Uploading Your First Page

 


It's time to do what you signed up for - upload your first page for your site.  Every website has what's called an index file.  Depending on what the file contains, it might be a .html or .php file, or even something else entirely.  But that's out of the scope of this guide.  We're assuming you have your main page ready.  Make sure it's called 'index.html'.

 

Figure 2b.4: A standard index.html file

 

Make sure you're in the '/public_html/' directory.  Note: The file structure may differ from in the screenshot. If you are, click 'Upload'.

 

Figure 2b.5: Check that you're in the right directory, then click upload.

 

On the next screen, browse to your index.html file.

 

Figure 2b.6: Browse to your index.html file.

 

When the upload is complete, you'll see a 100% complete progress bar.  You may now close the window and go back to the file manager.

 

Figure 2b.7: The upload's done!

 

Back in the file manager, you should see your newly-updated file.  To test that it's working, type http://www.yourdomain.com/index.html in to your browser's address bar.

 

Figure 2b.8: Enter your site's address in your browser.

 

If all went well, you should see your uploaded page.  Congratulations, your site is now online!  You can continue to upload any other files or folders using the file manager.

 

Figure 2b.9: Congratulations, it's working!

 

3. Uploading with an FTP Client

 

If you need to upload a lot of files, an FTP client is the way to go.  We recommend Filezilla: http://filezilla-project.org/

After downloading and installing Filezilla, open the program.

 

Figure 3.1: The Filezilla FTP Client.

 


Once you have Filezilla open, you'll need to connect.  In the bar along the top, enter your FTP login information (you should have received it in your welcome email, and is the same as your cPanel login info).

  • Host: vertimystsolutions.com
  • Username: Your username
  • Password: Your password
  • Port: 21 (or leave blank)

 

Figure 3.2: Enter your FTP login info.

 


Once you're logged in, navigate to the file(s) you wish to upload in the left pane.  In the right pane, navigate to where you want to upload them.  Right click on the files, and click 'Upload'.  That's it!

 

Figure 3.3: Click 'Upload' to upload your file(s).



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