How to set up a simple server with 1&1

Setting up your web server with 1&1

Oneo of my favorite web hosts is 1&1. The features available at the pricing they charge is tough to beat. This article discusses how to set up your web server so that you can upload files and check those online.

Login to your Customer Account

Go to the 1&1 website (http://1and1.com), then look for the link at the top of the site titled "Customer Login". Use this link to log onto your administration control panel.

Enter your Account Info

Login using your customer ID or the domain name you chose when you signed up for your account. I find it easier to type in my account name. You'll also need to type in the password. You should have received an email with the password for the account as well as your customer ID. Make sure you save this somewhere secure.

Control Panel

This is the main screen of the control panel where you can manage your account. This might look different depending on the type of account that you have There are several useful sections on this site: 1. You can find your customer ID at the top of this window. 2. This is a text navigation area that helps you get to your most common links quickly. 3. You can set up and manage your email accounts in this section. 4. Same here for your FTP accounts. 5. Once you've set up your emai, you can access your account through an online mail system. This is also available as a link when you log in to the main 1&1 page. 6. When you need to create or manage databases, you can use this link to set everything up. This is necessary when you want to create a WordPress site since it requires a database.

Setting up File Transfer

In order to do things with your website, you'll need to set up File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access to the server. The server is simply a computer with a hard drive and all of your HTML , image and other files. In order to send (upload) files to the server you'll need to set up your accounts. To get here, you can first click on the Web Space text link on the left navigation, then click on the FTP account link.

Depending on your package, this screen might allow you create additional FTP accounts. That can be handy for when you want clients or other people to have access to your server. Once you have an account, it's important that you Remember the username and password for your account. You'll need it when you set up your FTP program.

Get an FTP program

To upload files to your server, you need an FTP program. There are commercial and free versions available. For the mac, you can use CyberDuck (http://cyberduck.ch/). On the PC, you can use CoreFTP LE (http://coreftp.com). There are commercial FTP programs that have additional features, but the free ones work pretty well.

Setting up a shortcut

If this is your home machine or a machine where your information is secure, you'll want to create a shortcut to your account so you don't always have to type in your server, username and password. To do this in Cyberduck:

1. click on the plus sign at the bottom of the window 2. Type in a nickname for your account. This is just a label for you to differentiate between sites 3. Type in your server. This would be the name of your host. Something like pixelprowess.com or ftp.pixelprowess.com 4. Type in the username for your account. On a mac you don't need to type in the password until you log in. Click on the red dot to close the box.

Your site appears as a shortcut on the bookmarks tab of the main window.

Log In to your shortcut

To log onto the site

1. Doubleclick on the bookmark name 2. Type in your account password 3. You can choose to add the password to the computer's keychain. URGENT: Make sure you don't do this on school accounts or any computer that can be access by people you don't know or they'll have FULL ACCESS to deleting anything on your site. 4. Click LOGIN

You'll see a directory of folders where you can put stuff. You can add folders of files by simply dragging and dropping them to this window. You can download files by double clicking on them or draggin them to your desktop. You can edit files with your favorite text editor by clicking on the EDIT button (or hitting command K)

The advantage to editing files this way is that the editors will be integrated with the FTP program. As soon as you save the file in your editor, it till be automatically uploaded on the site.

Once your files are uploaded you can access them by typing their domain name and then the filename. So if your upload your resume named resume.html inside folder called "resume" and your domain name is planetoftheweb.com, you can type in the following on your favorite browser.

http://planetoftheweb.com/resume/resume.html

If you want to save yourself some typing, you can rename your resume file "index.html". If you do that and you type the following on your browser:

http://planetoftheweb.com/resume

The server will assume you want the index.html file automatically. Servers are programmed to accept certain types of files as the "default" files for folders. Depending on how the server is set up, you can name your files index.html, index.htm, index.php and others.

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