Mar 052013

Jeff Graves from OrcsWeb wrote a great blog post outlining the steps for customizing ASP.NET MVC4 validation for CIDR Subnet. While working on a rWhois project, he realized it required writing an ASP.NET MVC 4 based admin portal. Later in the project, he also tackled adding validation to inputs. Adding validation to an MVC model is super-simple with Data Annotations. By adding these annotations to your model, both client and server-side validation comes to life. If you’re working with MVC4, you’ll find this link very helpful!

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Nov 262012

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 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  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.

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!

Aug 172012
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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!

Jun 082012

Why would you want to leverage Windows VPS hosting? Well, let me tick off four good reasons and let you decide if it makes sense for you.

First, in what situation would you NOT want VPS hosting? If you have a really processing-intensive application and/or database server – VPS hosting may not be the best for you. In that case you may want a physical dedicated server with high-speed dedicated drives, lots of processor cores, and tons of RAM from a managed dedicated and cloud host like OrcsWeb.

But, for 99% of the servers online, a VPS solution is ideal!

      • VPS Solutions are lower-cost than physical dedicated servers. Our Windows VPS Hosting solutions start as low as $20/month! That’s right – $20/month. In past years rates that low were reserved only for Linux platforms but with the latest advancements in Microsoft technologies, we’re able to offer Windows hosting at Linux prices!
      • A VPS Solution is more flexible than shared site hosting. To make both support and the scaling of sites easier to handle on shared hosting platforms, the host has to standardize the platform. This makes a lot of sense, but if your application doesn’t fit into that exact mold, it can create a situation where you need to rewrite code or find another solution (like VPS!)
      • A Windows VPS gives you total control over the “server”. You can quite literally remote desktop into the VPS and it will look just like any other server (or desktop) that you’ve used. From there you can fully customize the server to your needs and configure it in any way supported by the standard Windows Server 2008 operating systems.
      • You get more resources with a VPS server. Even our lowest cost VPS solution allocates 1 GB of dedicated memory for your needs. It also includes 40 GB of persistent storage for you to use however needed… web content, stored files, databases, etc… These are all great options and uses for those dedicated VPS resources.

Have additional questions? Feel free to email us at Also check out the material on our site, including our VPS-related blog posts.

Happy hosting!

Jun 062012

WebMatrix and Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010) handle web deployment differently and it is a fairly common support request. So I want to share a screenshot of a project that I successfully published from VS2010 to a shared hosting site running here at Cytanium.

VS2010 Web Deploy

Starting at the top… you can name the publishing profile anything you want – click the Rename button to adjust the name.

The publishing method should be Web Deploy (because that’s the specific focus of this post – you could choose FTP or another method if desired). The service URL is specific to each web host – the one to use for Cytanium shared servers would be

The Site/application name should be the name of the site as defined in IIS. At Cytanium this is also the name of the site as reflected in the control panel. It is generally – do not use the www. or anything else unless that’s the name you gave it when setting it up.

If you want the application to run in a subfolder – like YourSiteName/WordPress/ or something, then it’s a good idea to check the box next to “Mark as IIS application on destination”.

If you want to have VS2010 *delete* all files from the server that don’t exist in your local project, then clear the checkbox next to “Leave extra files on destination” – otherwise leave that checked and it will add new files, and update newer ones, but leaves other files intact.

Check the box to Allow untrusted certificate which will avoid any potential SSL issue connecting to the publishing service.

Then enter your *publishing* username and password. This is not your control panel logon, nor is it your FTP or other information. It is the username and password that were specifically set up for web publishing to your site. Here’s where that is controlled at Cytanium if you don’t already know.

When everything is entered I suggest you Save the profile (the big button near the top) so you don’t have to reenter this everytime. Then click Publish and it should deploy your code up to the server for you.

Happy hosting!

May 292012
VPS-build feature

A situation may arise where you need to change your administrator password for your VPS. Here’s a quick walk through  to find the settings you need.

Once in your VPS control panel, click on the Configuration tab. In the Software section, you’ll see the Administrator Password and a link to Change.

Click the Change button and a small pop up window will open for you to enter your new password. It must contain at least one upper case letter, one number, and one non alpha-numeric character.

Keep in mind this change can only be made if you leave the default username as “Administrator“. Any changes to the username will remove the ability to change the administrator password. The change may take a few minutes to be provisioned in the VPS settings but that’s all there is to it!

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!