Control Panel Basics
The Online Control Panel include 3 primary components:
Account Quick View: This section allows you to see basic account information, such as your username, your package, and your account status.
Resource Meter: Shows how much of your resources (such as email address, traffic, etc) you have used, and how much you have free.
Tool Kit: This section of the CP lists all the options available. Which options are available for use will depend upon which package has been chosen.
Each page of the Control Panel includes a link in the top right-hand corner which returns you to the main menu.
The Account Management Option will give you a detailed description of you Account Information. It includes your username, your package option, your activation date, contract length, etc.
This Option sets up anonymous FTP to allow users to upload and download files to and from your site.
The Archive Manager will allow the user to backup and compress their files. For example, if you have a number of files for which you wish to keep a backup, you can select all the files, then create a backup file that contains all of them in compressed format. Note that the compressed file will count against your disk quota.
This will allow the user to change their password. Note that this will change the ftp and Control Panel password, but *not* the email password. To change the email password, use the Mail Manager.
Use this option, you can verify that the counter program is installed for your account. Also, you can find directions for setting up a counter on one of your pages. Finally, after the counter has been installed on your pages, you can set the value of the counter from here.
This powerful feature allows you to manipulate all the files in your web site. It allows you to upload, delete, and move existing HTML files as well as edit files online. The File Manager provides an easy method to upload files from your local PC to the server without using an ftp program.
Uploaded HTML files should be placed in the sub directory yourdomainname-www. The main or "Home" page must be named either index.htm or index.html. If both of these file names exist, the file, index.html will load as the default "Home" page.
Any existing file may be edited online by clicking on the file name. You'll need a basic understanding of HTML code to use this feature.
Formmail allows you to create a form to receive email from your users. Directions for using Formmail are displayed when you select this option.
The Mail Manager allows you to manage all aspects of your email accounts. You can add, edit, and delete email accounts. This includes the management of Email forwarding and "aliases". You may change the password on any of your email accounts. Mailing Lists also may be set up here.
This Options allows you to install the Mailing List program. After it has been installed, you need to create and maintain your mailing lists using the Mail Manager. You can also remove the mailing list program after it has been installed if you do not wish to use it.
MIME Types allows you to set certain programs to be used for specific extensions. For example, all files that end in .ram would be set to use Real Player on the user's PC. Most users do not need to use this feature. Also, note that you cannot use this feature if you have Frontpage Extensions installed. You would need to use Frontpage itself to perform this function.
The MS Frontpage option allows you to install Microsoft Frontpage extensions - necessary in order to use the site management features provided with Frontpage. You can also verify that they are installed, or remove them if you do not wish to use them anymore. Use the option ONLY if your HTML pages are build using Microsoft Frontpage.
MySQL is a database engine that you can use with your web site. This feature allows you to create a new MySQL database, and manage it. You will be able to add/edit/delete tables, fields, and values. You can also run queries on the database if you need to.
This option allows you to set up your PGP key on the server and use PGP in your scripts or with our PGPMail script. You must first have PGP installed on your local PC, and create a PGP key pair before uploading the key to the server.
PGPMail is simply the Formmail script, except that it encrypts the email via PGP before it is sent to the client. This option includes directions for using PGPMail. Note that you must upload your PGP key before you can use this script.
Using this option, you can password-protect any directory you own. This will prevent users from viewing the contents of a directory unless they have permission. You can set any number of users using this feature. Note that you cannot use this feature if you have Frontpage Extensions installed. You would need to use Frontpage itself to perform this function.
Redirect URL allows you to set up a redirection so that user that type in one URL will automatically be sent to another URL. Note that you cannot use this feature if you have Frontpage Extensions installed. You would need to use Frontpage itself to perform this function.
This feature will allow you to install and manage the WebGlimpse Search Engine on your site. This Search Engine will allow your users to perform searches on your web site.
The Shopping Cart feature installs or removes the AlaCart Shopping Cart program on your site. After it is installed, you are given directions for managing the Shopping Cart.
Site Creation Tool
This graphical web-based program provides the ability to set up your web site from scratch, without any knowledge of HTML, or the use of an HTML editor program like MS FrontPage. After the site is created, you can save it as you primary domain page, or you can place in a subdirectory beneath your primary domain.
The Site Statistics feature provides access to your site's web statistics, such as hits, page views, transfers, etc.
Telnet access to our servers requires the use of SSH. We have it set up to use RSA authentication. You will need to create a key using your PC's SSH software, then use this feature to upload the key to our servers. Once it is uploaded, you will be able to connect to our servers using SSH.