Welcome to OnTime Host! Please read the information below for important
information about settng up your account and the steps you can take to
get your presence on the Internet under way. For more information about
using your account, please see our online manual
and FAQ section.
1: Log into your account control panel
Administative Control Panel (http://yourdomainname.com:2082) allows
you to maintain and modify your account with ease. While your domain name
is in the process of being transferred or registered, you may use your
assigned IP Address that was provided in your account Welcome Letter in
place or your domain name to access your account control panel.
When prompted enter
your assigned account user name password to log into the control panel.
Once you have logged into the control panel browse through the features
to familiarize yourself with the tools available.
If you would like
to change your password for your account you can do this using the Password
icon and follow the instructions.
2: Publish your website
To upload your files
to your site you can use any ftp ready client or ftp enabled publishing
tool. Until your domain name becomes active you can use your IP address
to connect to your account. For instructions on configuring an ftp client
please see our online manual.
Upload your web
files into the directory labeled "www". This is your web directory and
any files that you wish to be seen via the web must be located in this
Information about the directories and files in your account.
The initial page
of your site should be named "index.html", this way when a user types in
the url www.yourdomain.com, they are taken straight to the initial page
of your site without any further input.
Your CGI-BIN is
also located in the "www" directory.
REMEMBER - name
your home page "index.html".
3: Setup your email
Our servers also support
Frontpage 98/2000. If you intend to use MS FrontPage, you must first activate
your FrontPage extensions by clicking the "MS Frontpage" button in your
account control panel and installing the extensions. To publish your web
from Frontpage, publish to: http://yourdomain.com/
Once again, until
your domain name is transferred you can use your IP address to publish
your site with Frontpage.
note: Before your site will be displayed after your publish,
you will need to delete our default "under construction page". You can
do this by logging into your account control panel and accessing the File
Manager. Click on the "www" directory and delete the file named "index.html".
You can also use any ftp client to perform this operation.
information about using Frontpage 98/2000
To setup your POP
mailboxes you can log into your account control panel and select the "Mail
Manager" icon. In this area you can setup all of your email items...like
auto-responders, forwarded mail, and pop accounts.
To check your email
you can configure any email client to receive and send your mail. Here
are the general settings to use for your email client:
Email Address =
Mail Server user
name = username
Outgoing SMTP Mail
Server = The SMTP server of your Internet Service Provider
Incoming POP3 Mail
Server = yourdomain.com
information about configuring email clients
4: Enable other features of your account
SSH TELNET *
If you would like to
enable SSH telnet for your account to allow you to log into a shell on
your host, please submit an SSH telnet request
information about setting up SSH telnet
Not included with the Standard Account
If you would like to
enable secure server access for your account to use our secure certificate
to access pages on your website securely, please submit a Secure
Server URL request
This will allow
you to access pages using a secure URL such as: https://yourdomain.com/anypage.html
information about SSL
5: Customize your account
Please refer to the
information in your account control panel and our online
manual for information about other features of your account.
Create your own
"404 Not found" error pages.
Your first step
is to create the HTML page you want to use as your error message and upload
it to your www directory.
Next, create a text
file and name it ".htaccess" and add the following line (the URL should
point to your error page):
Finally, upload your
.htaccess file to your www directory. After you complete these steps, anyone
trying to access a page that does not exist will be redirected to your
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.yourdomain.com/yourerrorfile.html
6: Submit your site to search engines
We provide our clients
with a tool to submit their domain name to the top 30 search engines. If
you would like to do this, you can use our free online