Nov 262012
 
Peers-feature

Website Developers and Website Administrators who have multiple people logging into a single hosting plan should opt for setting up Peer accounts, keeping the main log in secret. This allows multiple users to access a single account, all with their own individual credentials. If a problem arises with a client, the main Website Administrator can delete the peer from the account, keeping them in control.

To begin setting up a Peer for an account, log into your control panel and select the Peers tab from the menu.

Next, click on Create Peer Account and assign a username and password to be associated with their name and email address.

To add their contact information for easy access later, simply click on the bold Contact Information tab to expand the section. Fill in the required fields, then click Add.

Now, when you click on the Peers tab from your menu, you’ll see all of your peer accounts listed.

If you click on the user name in orange, the Edit Peer Account tab will open allowing you to make changes to the password, user information, or delete the peer if it’s no longer needed.

Although this is a great convenience for collaboration, use caution to whom you give peer privileges to as they have the same admin access. From what I’ve read in the forums for Websitepanel, they are working on security features to address that in future releases.

Oct 232012
 

Windows VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is an increasingly popular choice for small business hosting. VPS hosting gives users the flexibility of a fully-customizable high-powered hosting environment, paired with the low-entry-cost previously only available with shared hosting.

When we say a Fully-Customizable hosting environment, we mean that literally. Clients using Cytanium’s Windows VPS hosting solutions get full administrator access to the VPS using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) – meaning you can log on to the server remotely and use it just like you would your local machine’s desktop. It’s easy to navigate and you can install anything you want/need and configure it however you want.

Not only do you get complete control, but you get dedicated resources. Shared hosting accounts share resources (CPU, RAM, etc.) with other clients running on the same server. With VPS hosting each client gets fully dedicated pre-allocated resources. When you sign up for a system with 1GB of RAM – you get the full use of that 1GB. When you sign up for 40GB of disk space – it’s just as-if you had a 40GB hard drive in your system and you get full use of that space for whatever needed (OS, applications, storage, etc.)

You also get the above benefits at an extremely aggressive rate. Not every host charges the same, so shop around. You’ll find that the rates at Cytanium are the best deals available for all of the options provided.

Oh, and what about “the cloud”? Included with every Windows VPS solution we sell are “cloudy” features. All of our VPS’s run on a redundant and resilient Microsoft Hyper-V architecture. If there were to be some sort of server fault, any VPS potentially impacted would automatically restart on another hosting node in the cloud cluster!

Not a client yet? Check out our Windows VPS hosting solutions for the best value in dedicated resource hosting; or check out our Windows Shared Hosting if you want more of a fully configured platform-as-a-service solution.

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Oct 182012
 

There are many ways to upload your files to your Cytanium hosting plan but a preferred method is often FTP.  If your not familiar with how to do an FTP upload to the server, this tutorial will walk you through the steps. It’s actually very easy and only takes a couple of minutes to do so let’s get started.

Create An FTP Account

The first thing you need to do is create an FTP account in your Cytanium control panel. Click on the FTP Accounts button.

Then click on Create FTP Account which will open a properties window. Give the account a username and password leaving all of the other settings alone.

Now it’s listed under your FTP Accounts in your Cytanium control panel and you can move on to setting up FileZilla.

Set Up FileZilla (or the FTP service you prefer)

You’ll need to have an FTP service in place like FileZilla to import your files from one server to another. If you haven’t already, download the FileZilla Client that is for your OS.

Now run the software and select the users who will have permission to use FileZilla and agree to the terms to complete the install.

The FileZilla dashboard will open displaying all of the files and folders located on your hard drive. Now you’ll need to connect to the server you want to upload your files to by entering the required information at the top of the screen. If you’re using a Cytanium account, enter vserver01.cytanium.com  as the host and then enter the username and password you setup for your FTP account in the Cytanium control panel.

You should now see the FTP account your created listed on the right along with all of the files associated with it below.

To move any files to that account, simply double click on the file and it will automatically be uploaded to that FTP account.

Now you can see the files in your Cytanium control panel match the ones you uploaded by looking in the File Manager.

That’s all there is to uploading your files via FTP to your Cytanium hosting plan.

Oct 092012
 

WinServerLogoOnce upon a time Windows virtual private server (VPS) hosting was quite a bit more costly than Linux VPS hosting. The delta in price difference sometimes caused people to select Linux over Windows for cost alone.

Well, that is no longer a concern. Here at Cytanium we have Windows Server 2008 R2 VPS hosting at extremely aggressive pricing – pricing comparable to levels that many hosts have historically offered Linux.

Our discounted (permanently – your rate will not rise!) Windows VPS hosting starts at just $20/month. At that rate you get a fully functional VPS – not some dumped-down weak-resourced option. This entry level solution includes 1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB of persistent storage, and 250 GB of monthly outbound data transfers.

This solution gives you complete control over your Windows VPS and allows you to RDP (remote desktop) into the server to access it just like you would your local desktop. This means that anything you can run on Windows – .NET, PHP, SQL Server, MySQL, custom applications, etc. – will also run on these servers.

Windows VPS hosting solutions give you flexibility, and improved performance, over shared hosting. So when you’ve outgrown shared hosting and/or have requirements that just aren’t reasonable to support on a shared hosting platform, a Windows Server VPS may be an ideal solution for you.

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Sep 112012
 

The following link is a fantastic resource for ASP.NET developers which breaks down the process of deploying to IIS on your local computer for testing and then to a third-party hosting provider. You’ll run through 12 tutorials designed to be used in sequence, a bonus troubleshooting page, and tips and tricks along the way!

http://www.asp.net/mvc/tutorials/deployment/deployment-to-a-hosting-provider/deployment-to-a-hosting-provider-introduction-1-of-12

Aug 172012
 
cytanium-feature logo

If you host multiple sites, you need to be organized and efficient to manage them. When you add more hosting plans to your hosting account, the plan labels are displayed one under the other as the name of the hosting package and aren’t much help for differentiating one site from another. Here’s a good way to add a little customization to your Cytanium control panel and encourage organization of your shared hosting and VPS hosting plans.

Default Dashboard

As you can see in the image below, the dashboard shows any active hosting plans you’ve purchased and lists them according to the hosting type. Meaning if you purchased a Basic Hosting Plan and a VPS Hosting plan, both of those will be listed as such in your control panel.

That may be fine if you only host one or two sites but if you need multiple sites as a hosting reseller or need individual shared hosting plans for web development you’re going to want to name the plans for easier management.

Changing The Plan Name

To rename the plan to match the domain or client name, click the orange plan name on the main page of your control panel. This will open your plan specifications. On the left hand side, above the Hosting Space Menu, you’ll see the plan name again in blue.

Click on the plan name to open a text box where you can rename the hosting space to match the domain or customer name. When you’re finished, click Save to make sure your changes are reflected in the control panel.

Repeat those steps for all of the hosting plans in your account. When you’re finished, the main page of your control panel will now reflect all of the domain or client names for the accounts helping you to be organized and efficient!

You can see how easy it is to make these changes so go ahead and try it in your control panel! I’m sure you’ll be happy that you did! Happy Hosting!

May 312012
 
VPS-feature

You’ve probably heard of Windows virtual private servers and may be wondering what exactly that means or how using one could benefit your business. It’s a great option for many, but there are things you should know and consider before making the choice to switch to a virtual private server. To help you determine when you should move to a VPS, let’s break it down.

What Is A Virtual Private Server?

A virtual private server (VPS) is a simulation of hardware by a host operating system that allows another operating system to run on it. Each virtual server is isolated from others (making it private) and accesses hardware resources that are managed by the host server.

What Are The Benefits Of A Virtual Private Server?

There are numerous benefits of hosting sites on a virtual private server. Having administrator/root access gives you complete control to customize the server in a way that might not have lined up with shared hosting configurations. You can install the software that is best for your project without limitations of the host’s web application selection or restrictions. With a VPS, you also have the ability to directly access the server to change settings on-the-fly for your application. With dedicated and fixed resources like Disk Space, CPU, and Memory you’ll see increased performance.

Who Is A Virtual Private Server Good For?

In addition to all the great benefits above, a VPS is an excellent choice for a web developer or website designer because it offers the flexibility to install any and all applications and software you desire – including development and/or troubleshooting tools. It also allows as many databases as you want, providing they fit within the VPS fixed resources. A VPS is also a perfect choice for an Ecommerce site because it provides ample resources for pictures, data, and shopping cart software. VPS hosting also has security options for your business such as a dedicated public IP address which can be SSL enabled so your customers can be sure their information is encrypted and being handled by a reputable business.

I Want To Be A Hosting Reseller. Can I do That On A VPS?

Absolutely! If you’re just looking into reseller hosting or are ready to get started, check out our article on WordPress hosting on a Windows server for an example. This is a great method for a web developer who wants to also host their client’s website. While RDP’d into the VPS, editing and updating of sites becomes more efficient because you can manage them all from one place. 

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Virtual Private Server?

Since you’re in control of the server, you’re also responsible for all installations, maintenance, security, and updates. If you aren’t familiar with administering a server, a VPS isn’t for you. There’s more to it than just installing the software or applications to your desktop and letting it run but if you’re outgrowing your shared hosting plan and have the knowledge required to manage it, a VPS is a fantastic choice.

If these categories resonate with you, it may be the right time to make the move to a virtual private server. If you would like more information about Windows VPS hosting services, please contact sales@cytanium.com or visit our website.

May 232012
 

If you have a Basic Hosting Plan at Cytanium you already have the ability to point unlimited domain names to your initial site. Each of the domains points to the single site though so if you want to host multiple sites (each domain bringing up different content) you either need to write some code to handle this yourself, or you can now upgrade your service to include additional sites at $2/month each. Each additional site gets its own dedicated application pool and shows as an additional item in the control panel so all of the IIS settings can be customized as needed.

Here’s a walk-through of adding the additional site through the control panel.

While logged on to your control panel, select My Ecommerce then My Services:

You’ll then see a list of your existing services, one of which should be your Basic Hosting Plan. Click the Upgrade Service button next to that service listing.

The next screen will show the upgrade options for the Basic Hosting Plan. At the top you’ll notice that a domain name purchase option is listed. If you need to purchase a domain name, be sure to select this option. Otherwise you’ll need to use a domain name you already own or you’ll need to purchase a domain name from another provider – and in either of those two cases you’ll need to manage the name server and/or DNS information yourself.

Lower on the screen you’ll see the option for Additional Website. Select this option then determine what payment cycle term you would like to use.

After submitting payment you should be back at your main control panel homepage. With the site purchased, you now need to do a few more steps to actually set it up. There are two paths to choose from here. If you already have a domain purchased elsewhere that you just need to register on the Cytanium servers, click on Domains:

Then click Add Domain on the next screen:

Then click Domain to create a top-level domain:

On the next page you enter the domain name that you already own and that you want linked to the new site. Notice on this screen that there are a few checkboxes. I suggest you leave each one selected. The first tells the control panel to set up the site in IIS for you at the same time that the DNS is updated. The second confirms for the control panel that the Cytanium name servers will be responsible for managing the domain. The third creates an instant alias which is an alternate way to access your site during development or while waiting for any domain name transfers or updates to take place.

After completing this step, you’ll see the additional domain listed in the Domains list:

Click on the WebSites navigation option also now shows two sites set up and ready for management and use:

Okay. I mentioned there were two options to set up the new site. If you already have an additional domain name set up in the control panel (purchased through us or just set up but not assigned to a site) you would (instead of the above) follow these steps…

Click the Web Sites icon and you’ll see your first default site listed. From there click the Create Web Site button:

The Add Web Site dialog shows and presents a drop-down list of any domain names that are already set up in DNS but that aren’t already linked to an existing site. Choose the domain name you want to use for the new site and click the Create Web Site button.

You are then dropped to the main Web Site Properties view for the newly created web site:

Click the Web Sites link and you’ll now see both sites listed, active, and ready for use or further configuration if needed.

The only other thing you might want to do is enable Web Deploy on the site so that you can publish your content using WebMatrix or the Visual Studio tools which is cover in this other blog post.

May 162012
 

Cytanium - a newly launched discount shared hosting venture backed by OrcsWeb – has an extremely functional and usable control panel. One of the many features it has is the ability to leverage Microsoft’s Web Application Gallery (WAG) to automatically install dozens of different free applications. Just to show how easy is it, I grabbed some screenshots of me stepping through the process to install Orchard CMS on my Cytanium hosting account…

Cytanium's hosting control panel

The icon to enter the Web Application Gallery is located right in the main interface of the Cytanium hosting control panel. Once in the WAG part of the control panel, all of the available applications are listed alphabetically. You can change the drop-down list to narrow down the selection, or just scroll through the different pages to see all the options.

Cytanium's hosting control panel

Once I found Orchard CMS in the list, I can click on the name of the application or I can click Install right from the result list.

Cytanium's hosting control panel

The first screen before the download and install actually kicks-off just gives a short summary about the application chosen. Click next to begin the download.

Cytanium's hosting control panel

You’ll then get a dialog box showing that the application is being downloaded from the vendor to your hosted site on the server.

Cytanium's hosting control panel

After the download you are prompted for some basic installation parameters. (NOTE: Orchard CMS supports SQL CE but the WAG doesn’t yet, so installation through the WAG requires SQL Server 2008. To use SQL CE I’d recommend downloading to WebMatrix then using Web Deploy to publish up to the server. Not ideal because of the extra steps, but it is fairly easily and works great!)

Cytanium's hosting control panel

Wait a short few moments while it installs.

Cytanium's hosting control panel

And that’s it!

Cytanium's hosting control panel

You can now click on the link to launch Orchard CMS which has its own configuration wizard to finalize its setup.

Happy hosting!

May 102012
 
WordPress Hosting-feature

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) for so many reasons. The ease of use and relatively recent availability to Windows users has made WordPress explode with popularity. A user-friendly platform like WordPress makes it a great option for any business to build a great website. This PHP based application is flexible, reliable and best of all free! Pair that with a Windows server and you have a winner! If you’re ready to get a piece of the WordPress hosting action, take a look at how easy it is to get started!

How Can A PHP- Based Application Run On Windows?

If you know anything about Linux, you may first be wondering how a PHP based application like WordPress can even run on a Windows server. LAMPS which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP  is used on many Linux based servers and has previously been the only available platform for running WordPress. With the introduction of Windows Server 2003, Windows servers have been able to support the installation of WordPress through the use of WIMP- Windows, IIS, MySQL, and PHP making WordPress fully compatible and the additional benefit of IIS makes installation a breeze.

What Kind Of Hosting Plan Will I need??

All you need to get started with WordPress hosting is a web host and server with some working knowledge of them. It’s important to understand that finding the right hosting platform is key to your success. If you’re just starting a WordPress blog or personal website, a shared hosting plan is fine but if you’re planning to use your site for business, you should consider using a VPS-Virtual Private Server. This type of server is more reliable and responsive than shared hosting because the space is dedicated just to you. This could mean faster load times and more available resources for your site. With a VPS you also have the freedom to install any software that fits your website needs and allows you to work with what you are comfortable with, not limit you to what options your web host may provide. If you choose the VPS route, it does require the business to have technical expertise to install, configure and support all the required components so be sure to weigh the pro’s and cons of shared hosting or a VPS to choose the right option for your project. Building a VPS is very easy and takes less than 15 minutes and will look like the image below.

Installing WordPress On Your Server

Once you have your VPS built (or if you already have a server ready) you will now need to install WordPress. There’s no reason to do this manually, which means finding all of the software that will be needed, installing and learning how to use it before you can get started.  A more efficient way to install WordPress is to use Microsoft Web Platform Installer. It downloads everything you need for any application in a neat package all at once for a seamless installation. You can refer to my previous post on using WebPI to install WordPress for a tutorial on how this is done.

Setting Up Sites

Now all you have to do is install a theme you want to use for your website and you’re ready to roll. If you have the need to host multiple sites on your server, an additional benefit of using a Virtual Private Sever is the allowance to host as many sites as the resources will allow. This is a huge benefit to a web designer who needs to manage multiple sites from one place. If you plan to have multiple sites on your server and don’t want all of the additional sites pointing to a single site, you can use Host Headers in IIS which will allow you to assign more than one site to a single IP address on a web server.

Sites in IIS using hostheaders

So now that you see how easy it is to host a single site or many sites on a Windows server it’s time to get started! If you already have a hosting package, you can build upon that. If you need a web host for your WordPress site, contact sales@cytanium.com with any questions or sign up for a new VPS hosting package today!