Website: How-to

How your site works

Your website is made up of a group of files and directories, much like the Documents folder on your home computer. In this case, though, 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.

Contents of /home/domain/

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

 /home/domain/ – 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.

/home/domain/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.

 /home/domain/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 viewable by anyone on the internet.. (/home/domain/www/ is the same directory as /home/domain/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 specify a page in the URL):

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

 

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 and the Web Disk.

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 area. Once inside the File Manager, you can click on  to upload files to your site.

Web Disk

If you need to move a lot of files at a time, or find yourself often making changes to your site, you can set up a Web Disk to easily access your site. A Web Disk allows you to add a link to your home computer’s desktop that goes to your website’s files. This means that you can view the files on your site just like you would the files on your home computer. The next step will allow you to create and set up your Web Disk.

FTP Accounts

You can use FTP to upload files to your site. To do this, you will need to create an FTP account. 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.

The Web Disk allows you to easily drag and drop files to your hosting account. Once your Web Disk is configured on your local (home) computer, you can then drag and drop files to it, edit files, or view file information, just as you can on your local (home) computer.

Web Disks Subdomains are relative to your account’s home directory. The  icon signifies your home directory which is: “/home/domain”.

About Jeremy Broekman

BROEKMAN communications has an 15+ year track record of providing marketing, brand management and PR. We serve our clients as a Marketing Director + Social Media Director + Creative Director + Consultant in ONE. With niches including Real Estate, Corporate, Non-profits, Entertainment and Start-up clientele, BROEKMAN communications has DEEP experience in helping companies navigate re-branding and/or re-packaging themselves for success in a 2013 future-facing mindset.

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