Website settings

In this section you can get your FTP upload details aswell as edit website settings (see sections below).

Note the main display (with hosting enabled) contains important information about your current configuration. Here you can see your current service level, webspace allocation and usage inc. bandwidth etc. For people who manage their domain elsewhere and not using our nameservers then the ‘Server IP‘ would be important for A records (pointing your domain to the webserver).

FTP upload details

The ‘Show upload and temporary FTP details‘ button gives you all the FTP details apart from the FTP password which is set in your Account Manager under FTP settings in the main menu. For any new hosting allow atleast an hour after placing the order for it to be up and running. If your domain doesn’t yet point to our servers then you can still upload and see your site using the ‘temporary access details‘. Note though that when using scripts you may present yourself with URL issues if settings up using the temporary details (ie. the temporary url will get saved and used by the script).

It’s also very important to upload to the right server folder. Use the value in ‘Path to domain directory‘ with your upload software. Not using this will most likely cause you to upload to the wrong folder.

Edit website settings

For hosted domains you still have the option to use all the other hosting types (Redirect, Parked, None). For customers with Advanced Email or the free services then you will just see the later (ie. no Low cost hosting).

Note: To use the 1MB of free hosting (ie. no paid hosting) you will need to have Hosting type set to: Parked and uploaded a index.htm or index.html file to the root folder (click here for more details).

Hosting Types:

There are currently 6 hosting types:

1. Low cost hosting

When using the hosting services there are very few setting changes that can be done here. Some older servers will allow PHP4 module mode but this is being phased out. Newer servers will give you PHP5 FastCGI and PHP5 module mode. We recommend you use PHP5 FastCGI in all cases unless you understand the differences with module mode (which will require file/folder permission changes). PHP5 FastCGI mode should work with all up to date PHP scripts now available and rarely will any file/folder permissions be required – this is also a more secure mode of running PHP scripts. Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.

2. Redirect (Masked)

Masked redirection allows you to have your website hosted on another URL but still access it through your domain name (it should retain your domain name URL  in the browser address bar). This service uses Frames and isn’t very Search Engine Friendly unfortunately but there can be instances where this won’t matter and can prove useful (ie. sites that perhaps are promoted in other ways). Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.

In this example we have redirected acmegrp.co.uk to our main website but with masked redirection acmegrp.co.uk has remained in the browser address bar and the site has taken the site title from the above settings and not the actual site. Note: Some sites can force out of frames in which case the url in the address will change unfortunately.

3. Redirect (Standard)

Standard redirection simply allows someone to enter one URL in the address bar (your domain name) and our servers then redirect them to a different URL (as set in the ‘Redirect to‘ field). The address bar URL also changes as there is no attempt to mask this. Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.

Note: This redirection uses the 302 ‘temporary redirection’ code to redirect your website to another URL. Some search engines are now not accepting temporary redirections (even though strictly this is the most appropriate type to use). However, we do also support 301 ‘permanent redirection’, to enable this, just prefix the redirection address with [301], ie:

[301]http://www.virtualnames.co.uk/

4. For Sale

If you have decided to perhaps sell your domain while it’s still active then you can set the hosting type to ‘for sale’. This will display the standard for sale page. (It’s unlikely it will sell just by doing this. You may also want to consider advertising it on domain sales sites. One example being www.sedo.co.uk). Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.

The standard ‘FOR SALE’ page is shown below. Ofcourse now we offer a small amount of free hosting with every domain it’s easy for you to put up your own ‘for sale’ page should you require one. Note: We don’t setup the webmaster@ email address – you would need to do this in your Account Manager under Domains > Email settings.

5. Parked

All domains purchased with our free services or the Advanced Email service won’t have a website so by default will be setup with a standard ‘parked’. You can also set your domain to parked at any time. Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.

The standard ‘parked’ page is shown below. Ofcourse now we offer a small amount of free hosting with every domain it’s easy for you to put up your own ‘under developement’ page should you require one. Note: We don’t setup the webmaster@ email address – you would need to do this in your Account Manager under Domains > Email settings.

6. None

If you don’t have a website (or do but want to take it offline), don’t want a ‘parked’ or ‘for sale’ page then by setting the Hosting type to None will mean nothing will be displayed when people visit your site (ie. blank screen). Allow 60 minutes for changes to take effect.