Monday, August 31, 2015
How to change Wordpress theme, if you have a free account at Wordpress.com you just have to login to your Wordpress blog and select Appearance and then click on the Themes link. This will bring up the standard Worpdress themes available. Click on the theme you like and select Activate. Then this will become your new Wordpress theme.
If you have your own domain name and host then you will need to go to your ftp client or login to an ftp client like the one that Godaddy provides and upload a new theme. Download a theme first and once you've done that save it to a folder you can easily find. Then once inside the ftp client upload the new theme folder to:
Then login to your blog admin area youblogname.com/wp-admin and then click on Appearance and then Themes. Just as Wordpress.com you will see a preview of the theme once you click on it. You must click 'Activate the theme name' to make that your new Wordpress theme. To setup a new Wordpress blog application on Godaddy check out my other how to called how to start a Wordpress blog.
Log in to Plesk as the administrative user.
Click on the domain with the document root that you want to change.
Click on 'Web Directories,' then click on 'Preferences.'
Move to the Documents section and set the document root to a location you want to have it set as.
Click 'Save' to apply the settings.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Install a Network Operating System (NOS). This can be Linux, MS 2000/2003 Server, etc. Approaching your business server hosting this way allows you to tailor settings to your business needs. You'll pay less and have more control over downtime and bandwidth usage. Bandwidth stays uninterrupted because it's a dedicated line and there's no question of your website being slowed down due to other websites receiving more traffic.
Install any necessary servers on the NOS, like email servers, domain servers, web server, database servers, etc. Recently, Microsoft developed two server solutions, Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. These are bundles and may be more efficient for your business server set up.
Install any web-based applications needed to run your website. Set up any other services you wish to run on your business server.
Create any network drives for your employees to be able to share files and keep files on the server. For an intranet, passwords and other security policies need to be applied.
Specifications for servers are equally important. To have a stable and reliable business server, it is always recommended to schedule regular backups of what is on your business server.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Navigate to the GoDaddy Account Manager website and log in to your account (see Resources).
Click 'Web Hosting' below the Products area.
Click 'Launch' next to your hosting account.
Click 'Domain Management' in the Settings area on Windows and Linux Hosting Configuration 2.0. If you are using Linux Hosting Configuration 1.0, click 'Sub Domains' in the Settings area.
Click the domain name in the All Domains panel and then click 'Add Subdomain.'
Type the subdomain name that you want to create (for example, MyMusic) on Windows and Linux Hosting Configuration 2.0. To create more than one subdomain, type the subdomain names one-by-one, separating each domain name with a comma (for example, MyMusic, MySongs). If you are using Linux Hosting Configuration 1.0, type the subdomain name and then click 'Continue.'
Choose the folder where the subdomain content will be stored and then click 'OK' on Windows and Linux Hosting Configuration 2.0. On Linux Hosting Configuration 1.0, click 'Add.'
Friday, August 28, 2015
Access a website host checker like WhoIsHostingThis? or Who-hosts.com. Alternately, perform a domain search on DomainTools or Domain White Pages to get this information (see links below).
Enter the URL address in the text field provided and click the 'Find Host,' 'Lookup,' 'Go,' or 'OK' button to get the results.
Locate the identified host name on the resulting pages of WhoIsHostingThis? or Who-hosts.com. The DomainTools and Domain White Pages sources offer this data near the 'Registrant' or 'Registration' entry.
Find your GoDaddy name server. Visit the link in Resources and click the 'Setting Name servers for a Domain Name Registered Elsewhere and Hosted Here' section. Find the two name servers that come under the dates you started your GoDaddy hosting service.
Visit the website where you have your domain hosted. Log in to your account.
Access the domain settings of the the domain address you want to point to your GoDaddy hosting. Change the name servers to those found in step 1. Save your settings.
Enter your HostGator domain name in the format 'domain.com' in the 'Host' box.
Enter your cPanel username in the 'Username' box.
Enter your cPanel password in the 'Password' box.
Enter '21' in the 'Port' box.
Click 'Quickconnect.' Your HostGator files are listed on the right side of the screen.
Create an account with the registrar where you intend to transfer the domain name. Login to the account and under the ''Administrative Settings' you will find a link that says 'Transfer Domain.' Click on that then enter the domain name and click 'Ok.'
Login to the account where the domain name is currently hosted and double check to see that the administrative contact email is correct. Go to the administration section and check that the domain you wish to transfer is 'Unlocked' and 'Active.' It will also need to be more than 60 days old. The new registrar will send an email requesting that the domain be transferred along with a link to verify and approve the transfer.
Open up the email and click on the link in order to approve the transfer. The new registrar will notify the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the domain will be transferred to the new registrar in five to seven days.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Develop a free offer. Most web surfers won't give out their information unless they get something in return. While information about your product or service may be enough of an offer, the best lead generation sites give away something more, such as a free report or weekly newsletter related to the product or service.
Write compelling copy to entice visitors to leave you their names. The old adage, 'It's not what you say, its how you say it,' is true in lead generation. Visitors need to know the benefits of your offer to them. Not that your product or service is better, but what it will do for your customers specifically (i.e. make them happier, thinner, richer, etc). Your lead page copy should also present you as an expert and increase your credibility with testimonials. Finally, it needs to include details about your offer to encourage them to give their contact information.
Buy a domain name. Visit a domain registrar and buy a domain name that fits your business or service. It helps to have a variety of name options in case your first choice is taken. With some host providers you can buy your domain when you purchase hosting.
Buy web hosting services. Choose a web host that offers CPanel and Fantastico for fast and easy website creation and management. CPanel offers a graphic interface to manage your site. Fantastico offers scripts such as forms, templates for web pages, and a variety of helpful website tools. Hostgator.com is one hosting option that offers these features.
Build your lead generation page. Log into your hosting account, choose Fantastico, and the web site template option. Or build your page using a web design software such as Kompozer (which is free) or Expressions from Microsoft. Put your enticing copy and form information on the main page. Fantastico has form scrips or you can use FormMail. Be sure to set the script to either email you the lead or enter it into a database on your server. The script you use should have details on how to do this. If you'll be sending a newsletter or want automatic delivery of a free report, consider using a list management service such as Aweber which allows you to capture full contact information if you want, but also allows you set follow-up emails and send broadcast messages in the future.
Market your page. Let your network know about your lead generation page. Include the website URL (domain name) on all your online and offline marketing materials such as email signature, business cards, brochures and advertising.
Manage your leads. When someone fills out a lead form, he has raised his hand and indicated an interest in what you've got. Be sure to respond to the lead right away, delivering your offer and following up with more information. Include lead information on all your future communications to increase the odds of a future sale.
Login to your BlueHost Web hosting account. Go to its website, and click 'Control Panel Login' on the top right of the main site. Alternatively, you can login using the following URL: 'https://www.bluehost.com/cgi-bin/cplogin." Once you login, the cPanel, also known as the 'Control Panel' displays.
Scroll down the cPanel. Find the section named 'Domains.' Click on 'Domain Manager.' This pulls up the 'Domain Manager' tab. Located on the top left is a panel called 'Shortcuts.'
Find 'Manage Domain Redirection' on the 'Shortcuts' panel and click on it. A new page appears, entitled 'Redirects.' Under 'Add Redirects,' provide the specific data for the redirect. Next to 'Type' is a drop-down box. The two options are 'Permanent' and 'Temporary.' Choose 'Permanent' if you have no plans to continue using the domain or subdomain that will be redirecting to another website. Choosing this will cause the website to be pulled from search engine indexes. This change is permanent. If you plan to use the pages on the website again, choose 'Temporary.' The search engines will continue to index the website when there are new updates.
Select the domain or subdomain name to which your plan on redirecting. It will be found in the drop-down menu next to 'http://(www.)?" If you are redirecting a subdirectory, type in the subdirectory name after the '/' slash. As an example, the subdirectory to be redirected: 'http://www.yourwebsite.com/directory" will appear in the text box as: 'http://(www.)?yourwebsite.com/directory." In the above example, 'directory' is the subdirectory. Input this after the '/' slash.
Enter the website URL you will be redirecting too. Input this next to the 'Redirects To?'' field. Next to the option titled 'www.redirection,' select the option that is titled 'Redirect With or Without www.'
Click the 'Add' button. This establishes the redirect. Open a Web browser. Type in the domain or subdomain URL that directs to another website. This provides verification that it works.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Enter your website address, such as 'websitename.zxq.net' in the 'Host' box at the top of the screen.
Enter your website subdomain and main domain, separated by an underscore, in the 'Username' box. For example, if your website address is 'websitename.zxq.net,' your username is 'websitename_zxq.'
Enter your password in the 'Password' box.
Enter '21' in the 'Port' box.
Click 'Quick Connect' to connect to your Zymic account.
Drag files from the left side of the screen into the right side to upload them to your Zymic account.
Navigate to the Media Temple website and click the 'login' button in the upper right corner.
Type in your 'AccountCenter' primary domain, primary email and password. Click the 'Login' button to enter.
Click the 'Domains' tab then click the domain you where you want to open the Plesk control panel.
Click the 'Plesk Control Panel' link near the top of the page.
Enter your Plesk log in user name and password, then click 'Log in.'
Access the Media Temple Plesk control panel directly. Type 'https://yourdomain.com:8443' without the quotes in the address bar of the web browser to open the control panel log-in screen.
Go to the Go Daddy website and log in to your account with your username and password. Click on 'Domain Manager' in the 'My Products' section.
Go to the Tools menu and select 'DNS Manager.' The DNS dashboard will come up on the screen. Choose the domain name for which you want to create a subdomain record and click 'Edit Zone.' View the Zone File Editor screen.
Click 'Add New Record' to display the DNS Record window. Select 'A (Host)' from the record type list.
Enter the subdomain you want to use in the Host Name field and make sure it doesn't exceed 25 characters. You can't use periods as the first or last character nor can you repeat them. Enter the IP address where you want the subdomain to point in the 'Points to IP Address' field and select the cache length in the TTL field. Click 'OK.'
Click on 'Save Zone File' and then 'OK.' Your new subdomain should display in the A (Host) section.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Decide where to host your mirror site. If you only need local access to your site, you can host the installation locally on your personal computer. Using a local host allows instant changes without an Internet connection. Remote hosting, through a web server, gives you access from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. It is best to test user functionality before moving a change to your production site.
Set your mirror URL. Log into your domain name control panel and add a sub-domain for your mirror site. If you are using a local host, install a program like WAMP and set up a directory localhost that you can access through your web browser. If you are using a remote host, choose a domain like mirror.yoursite.com or test.yoursite.com to use for hosting.
Install WordPress into the mirror directory. If you are skilled at editing databases and php files, you can copy the database and WordPress directory directly to the new host. If not, use the WordPress installation wizard or your hosting WordPress installation tool to setup a new WordPress site hosted at your new URL.
Copy your production WordPress site to the new installation. WordPress has a user friendly export/import function that will automate the data transfer. In the WordPress administration panel, you can find the export and import functions under the 'Tools' menu.
Copy your template and set your file permissions. Using an FTP client, copy your theme files and set your file permissions on the mirror site to match your production site. Also, make sure you have a .htaccess file that is writable by WordPress with 775 file permission so your new site will function properly.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Open a browser window, navigate to the Admin Console of your CMS Made Simple website and log in with an Administrator password. The path to your Admin console is “http://www.yourwebsite.com/cms_location/admin,” where “yourwebsite” is the domain name of your site and “cms_location” is the directory where CMS Made Simple is installed. For example, if your website is cmsfun.com and CMS Made Simple is installed in a directory called “simple,” you would type “http://www.cmsfun.com/simple/admin” to open the Admin console.
Click “Site Admin,” “Global Settings,” “Clear Cache” and “OK.”
Navigate to your Web-hosting management console and download your CMS Made Simple database. If you use cPanel or DirectAdmin, click 'phpMyAdmin' in the Databases panel, log in to the database, if necessary, and click “Export.” Click the “Quick” export method, click “SQL” from the 'Format' drop-down menu and click “Go.” Save the SQL file on your desktop.
Open an FTP client like Filezilla, log in to your Web server and download the directory that contains the CMS Made Simple files. Save the files in a directory on your computer.
Log in to your new Web server with your FTP client and upload the saved Content Made Simple directory on your computer. Ensure that the “tmp,” “uploads” and “modules” directories and subdirectories are writeable.
Log in to the Web-hosting management console on your new server, open 'phpMyAdmin' and click “Import.” Click “Browse” and navigate to the saved SQL file on your computer. Click “SQL” from the 'Format' drop-down menu and click “Go.”
Log in to your new CMS Made Simple site and ensure that all files have been moved and that your data is intact.
Log in to the domain computer you are adding to the forest. Click on 'Start,' open 'Run,' type 'dcpromo' and then press 'Enter.'
Click 'Next,' select the 'Domain controller for a new domain' option, click 'Next,' click 'Child domain in an existing domain tree' and then click on the 'Next' button again.
Type in your administrative network credentials, click 'Next' three times, click 'Browse,' choose where you want to store the database and log folders for the forest and then click on the 'Next' button.
Click 'Browse' and select the 'SysVol' folder for the domain computer, click 'Next' two times, select what type of permissions you want to give the new domain server, type in what password you want to use for the domain server, click 'Next' two times and restart the computer. The computer is now added to the existing forest on your network.
Access a web provider such as JustHost.com, 1and1.com or FatCow.com and review the hosting plans to see which one fits your needs best. You also can review a comprehensive web hosting comparison page such as Top-10-Web-Hosting.com (see Resources). A web host provider offers website-building tools along with space for your website files so that the files can be published on the Internet. Typically, you can purchase options that charge as little as a few dollars a month, or opt to pay a flat fee on a yearly basis.
Purchase a plan with your chosen provider and register your domain name. If you already have procured a domain through another site, such as register.com, you can simply enter this name during sign-up so that your host can assign this to your account. Otherwise, you can register the name during the purchase process by following the domain name registration prompts provided.
Log in to your web host account and locate a section such as 'site builder' to survey the tools that are available to help you build your website. Typically, these mechanisms are composed of menus and buttons that allow you to type in your web page content, format your data and insert features such as fill-in forms. Additionally, you can grab digital images from your computer and insert them into your web pages by using the tool's 'image upload' feature. Explore the interface and create the pages to build your website. Many hosts also offer ready-made web pages (templates) that you can simply edit as preferred. If you need help finding these features, access your web host's 'Help' page.
Use your host's 'Preview' feature to see how your website looks before you publish it. If satisfied, save your files by using the 'Save' link or button provided.
Transfer your web files to the directory that houses and publishes your website on the Internet. Look for a 'File Manager,' double click on it and go to a file typically labeled 'Public FTP.' Double click this folder and use the provided links and/or buttons to select your web files and upload them to this folder. When finished, simply type your domain address in a web browser to see your active (live) website.
Purchase a domain name. Before you can even begin thinking about a publishing a website, you're going to want to have a domain name. Coming up with a good domain name can be a challenge as many of the best names are already taken. The key to selecting a good domain name is to be creative and try to find something catchy and easy to remember while still representing your website. You can search for available domain names on websites such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions, among many others. Domain names can be purchased for varying amounts of time ranging from one year to life.
Purchase a hosting plan. Once you've picked out your domain name, you'll need to decide what type of hosting plan you need. Your hosting will include how much web space your site will have, how much data transfer your site will be capable of providing, how many visitors can be on the site at one time, and how many e-mail addresses your site will have, among many other features.
Create your website. If you are new to website creation, many hosting companies offer programs that will assist you. These programs will basically let you enter everything in plain text and convert it all to HTML. This is often referred to as 'What you see is what you get.' These programs will also let you easily drop in photos and other documents. If you don't need assistance, you can use any of the various editing programs that are on the market.
Publish your site. Now that your website is created, you can publish your site simply by uploading what you have created directly into the root file of your web-hosting space. Your host will have complete instructions on how to publish to the root file.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Cancel your account with your Web hosting service. Once canceled, the company will delete your web pages from its server and your web pages will no longer be served to visitors.
Relinquish your domain name. Contact the company that registered your domain, such as Go Daddy, Cheap Domain or Yahoo, and ask that your domain name be canceled. Your domain name will be returned to the public pool and another user may purchase it.
Wait 48 hours and then navigate to your old website URL using your Web browser. Verify that the site no longer works. Depending on the domain service provider, an error page or an advertisement may be displayed.
Contact your Internet service provider and request a static IP address. Static IP addresses may cost extra, but some providers do include it in their service. Consult your provider to configure your computer with the new static IP address.
Shop for a domain name registrar. Compare pricing among companies to save money. Two places to find registrars are the websites for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and InterNIC (see the Resource section).
Register your domain name online with the company you chose. Specify the static IP address on the web form that should be associated with the domain name. Call the customer service department if the form doesn't have space for the IP address. If you have a previously registered domain name, contact the company used to register it and request your static IP address be assigned to your domain.