::::: Web Site Set-up :::::

To make your web site available to the world, just follow these simple instructions :

Step 1 : Identify that your domain name is working properly

There are 3 addresses pointing to your domain.

  • yourdomain.chost.ca - This works as soon as your account is setup. If your domain name is new or if it is not using our DNS servers, you may use this address to temporarily view your website.
  • yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com - These addresses will only work if your domain name has been set up to use our DNS servers. If you're not sure how to do this, please send us an email to .

At this point, you will get the following "Welcome" page :

Step 2: Upload your website

Now that people can point to your website, you need to upload it to the server.

Rename the default index file located on the server.

  • Rename the "index.shtml" file located in your FTP server to something like "old-index.shtml".
  • You may also delete this file.

You should already have a "functional" website on your local PC.

  • You should have an index page.
  • Your pages can use the .htm or .html extension if they are static.
  • You may use the .shtml extension if you are using SSI functions.
  • You may use the .php extension if your page contains PHP.

Upload your web pages, images and folders using FTP.

  • The ftp/appletalk address of the server is specified in the email you received when the account was created.
  • Do not use Appletalk unless you are on a very fast connection.
  • There are FTP programs for all platforms: Windows (WS_FTP, Cute FTP, etc.), Mac (Fetch), Linux (Shell or X-based FTP).

File permissions are set to "-rw-r--r--" for files (user: read,write; group: read; others: read) and "drwxrwxr-x" for folders (user: read,write, execute; group: read, write, execute; others: read, execute). You do not need to worry about file permissions unless you are trying to do something in particular (a guestbook, etc.).

Note: Make sure that you do not give unnecessary permissions to files. As an example, a file should never have write or execute permissions given to "others" unless it is for a very specific reason).

Step 3 (Optional): Folder listings (Directory Indexing)

Directory indexing allow you to show the contents of a folder to visitors. This feature is enabled by default.

If the server can not find an "index" page in a given folder (example: index.html, index.htm, index.shtml or index.php), it will return a listing of the folder contents to visitors.

You may want this feature turned OFF, to prevent people from looking at the contents of folders that do not have an "index" page.

Do do so, simply drop a file called ".htaccess" in the specific folder or in your "www" folder to enable it for the entire site with the following line :

'Options -Indexes'