|Date:||Thu, Feb 28, 2002, 8:59pm|
|Subject:||doteasy.com Member Zone Setup Instruction|
|Member Zone > Setup Instruction|
The current web hosting plan for normtaka.com is "Doteasy $0 Web Hosting w/ CGI/Perl/SSI", the setup instruction for which is shown as below.
(P) Last Update: 02-20-02
Doteasy CGI Hosting
==========================================I. Uploading Your Web Files
II. Email Accounts Management (Web-based)
III. CGI Scripting
==========================================As the site administrator, you have the privilege to publish the site homepage and manage email accounts. You may also use our Member Zone control panel to access Doteasy account functions.
Member Zone can be accessed at:
Doteasy does not operate a telephone support call center. If you need assistance or would like to contact us, please do so through our Contact Us form located at:
You may also wish to view our graphical setup instructions for setup screenshots and they are located at,
I. Uploading Your Web Files
Your homepage must be created and ready before you can upload your files.
To name your web files, only lower case characters from a-z, numbers from 0-9, and the underscore (_). Do not place spaces in your file names and/or directories. Do not use /ICONS as a root level subdirectory as it is reserved for system use.
Your initial page must be named "index.htm". Ensure that this first page of your web site is named correctly or else your web site will not appear. Any other page linked to the "index" page can be named by you freely.
Doteasy supports transfer of files to our web server via FTP but since you have chosen a hosting plan with the FrontPage extensions support, if you are designing your web site with FrontPage, it is strongly recommended that you use the FrontPage HTTP publish function. If you do not, the hyperlinks may not be linked correctly.
If you are not using FrontPage to design your web site, you may use any standard FTP client to upload your content to the server. We recommend the use of WS-FTP available at www.ipswitch.com. Other web composer software such as Netscape Composer or Macromedia Dreamweaver will work fine with our service as well.
The host dir that you must publish to if your software requires you to enter it is 'HTTPDOCS'.
Our web servers are configured so that your homepage can be viewed with or without "www" at http://www.yourdomain.com/ OR http://yourdomain.com/.
Directory and File Structure of your web directory
(DO NOT REMOVE THESE FOLDERS AND/OR FILES CONTAINED IN THEM)
/anon_ftp (Reserved for future use)
/bin (Reserved for future use)
/certs (Reserved for future use)
/cgi-bin (Directory for .CGI and .PL scripts)
/error_docs (Reserved for future use)
/httpdocs (Site homepage files directory. This is the place
where you store your www.yourdomain.com
|html and graphic files)|
/logs (Site access log files directory)
/pd (Reserved for future use)
/webusers (Reserved for future use)
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
The FTP (File Transfer Protocol) file transfer system is versatile as well as extremely useful. You can rename your files, upload, download, and manage most aspects of your account via FTP. If you are using a Web authoring software package that handles the uploading of files to the server, such as Navigator Gold, then the correct configuration may be somewhat different. The following instructions assume that you are dialed up to your Internet Service Provider as you normally are when browsing the web.
To upload your HTML documents follow these steps:
1. Acquiring FTP Software
You will need FTP software to transfer your files. You may use any FTP program you choose, however we do recommend the use of WS-FTP LE or CuteFTP. You can download these programs from shareware sites such as http://www.tucows.com or http://shareware.cnet.com/.
2. Connecting and logging in via FTP
Different graphical FTP programs will vary somewhat in their interfaces and menu layouts, but are generally similar enough that the following instructions will apply. Every FTP client will have a place (a dialog box which automatically appears, or a menu selection which brings up such a box) where you enter information regarding which server on the Internet you want to hook up to. You may have to hit a button labeled "Connect" in order to get this box to come up.
When you have found this box in your particular client, there are three
crucial pieces of information needed to log you in to your account as
the account owner. They are:
Host Name/Server = ftp.yourdomain.com
Directory = /HTTPDOCS
Username = memberID
Password = password
Other settings to watch out for
"Anonymous Login" checkbox - Some FTP programs have a checkbox labeled "Anonymous Login", or something similar. You want to be sure that this box is unchecked. Having this box inadvertently checked will cause your client to log in as an anonymous user instead of the account owner, even if you have entered your userid and password in the appropriate places.
Initial Directories - Sometimes having values in boxes which specify Initial Directories can cause your connection attempt to fail. It is best to leave these boxes blank, or delete any default values which you may find there.
Host Type - Generally "Auto-detect" is a safe value to have as the Host Type, but if it doesn't work use UNIX.
With these settings in place, click the Ok or Connect button to connect to your web server.
3. Web Content Folder
Once you are logged in to the FTP server you be placed at the root level indicated by "/" in the remote site location box. You will see the following 7 web directories /bin, /certs, /cgi-bin, /httpdocs, /logs, /pd and /webusers.
Your web pages must be placed in the /HTTPDOCS folder. If they are not in the folder, they will not display.
4. Moving files back and forth
The next step is to locate your files on your computer in the left set of list boxes. Select the files you wish to upload in the local machine list boxes on the left portion of your screen. Next, click the Copy, Transfer or arrow button to upload your files.
The procedure for retrieving files from your account is the same as
downloading, you just select the source and destinations in different
If you edit/make changes to a page, upload it to the remote server and overwrite the old file so that the updated page will appear on the web. If changes cannot be seen after you have uploaded new content to your website, please try clearing your browser cache.
II. Email Accounts Management (Web-based)
Your Doteasy Member ID and password is used to create the email administrator account. The email administrator has the privilege to create, assign, delete additional email accounts as well as function as a regular email account.
Login to your email administrator account through the email sign-in box on our homepage http://www.doteasy.com/ using the format memberID@yourdomain.com and provide your password.
Only the administrator can add or delete email accounts under your
*To add a user:
1. From the pull-down menu, select User Administration. The first time you access Admin Options, only the administrator's user name is displayed. NEVER DELETE the administrator id or you will lose all email administration functions.
2. Click Add. Enter the new user name and password information.
3. Click Save to add the user. The user ID is added to the list of email users and the format of their email address is
*To Display, Modify or Delete a User Mail Account
|1. From the pull-down menu, select User Administration.|
|2. Select a user from the User List. Select:|
|a. Delete - to delete the user|
|d. Modify User Account - to change a user's account properties|
*To Add, Display, Modify, or Delete an Alias
An email alias is not an email account. You cannot read or send email
with this account. It is an email re-routing address that routes email
to a specific email address you specify.
Some clients like to use the alias function to setup a catch-all email
address under their domain. This is used to "catch" all the email sent
to non-existent email accounts under your domain. To do this, setup a
standard alias called "nobody" and set the desired destination for this
You can create as many aliases as you like and aliases CANNOT be the named the same as an existing email account. HOWEVER you cannot list more than 50 recipients under 1 alias. You cannot create nested aliases; putting aliases within aliases.
* Your violation of this policy may be considered a violation of our service terms and conditions.
1. From the pull-down menu, select Alias Administration.
2. Click Add. Enter the Alias ID and specify the destination. When people send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, the mail will be routed/forwarded to the address which you have specified.
3. Select an alias from the list.
|a. Display - to view alias properties|
|b. Modify - to make and save changes made to selected alias|
|c. Delete - to delete the selected alias from the list|
*To forward your email:
1. Login to the email account you wish to forward through the email sign-in box on our homepage.
2. From the pull-down menu, select Change My Forwarding Info then enter the destination email address.
Email forwarding is limited to 4 destination email addresses max. In the destination entry box multiple destination email addresses should be separated by a comma.
Email forwarding will not leave a copy of the forwarded message in the inbox. To leave a copy of each message in the email inbox and forward a copy, precede the destination address with a period and a comma (.,) using the format:
Retrieving Email (POP Access)
A POP (Post Office Protocol) email address is an address that stores messages in a mailbox on the our mail server. Mail can be retrieved or sent out from this email box using a POP mail client (email reader), such as Outlook Express or Netscape Mail. If you have a SLIP or PPP account with your Internet Service Provider, then you likely are already familiar with, and using, POP mail and a POP mail reader.
Follow these steps to configure Outlook Express or Netscape Mail to
access POP boxes.
1. Select Accounts... from the Tools pull-down menu.
2. You will see a listing of all the different accounts that you have Outlook Express configured to use. Click on Add... and select Mail... to add a new email account.
3. From here out you will be guided by the Account Wizard. We won't cover each of the steps in our instructions, but the important information is below:
|For Mail Server Type select "POP3".|
|For Incoming Mail enter "mail.yourdomain.com". For Outgoing Mail enter "smtp.yourisp.com".|
|For POP account name: user%yourdomain.com *Where user = the POP login userid you chose when you created your POP|
For Eudora Light (and older versions of Eudora), follow these steps to
configure POP email account.
1. Select Accounts... from the Tools pull-down menu.
2. Click on the Getting Started category. For POP Account, enter "email@example.com", where user is the user id for the mailbox you have setup. For Return Address, enter the user's email address.
3. Click on the Hosts category.
Enter smtp.yourisp.com in the SMTP box.
Click on OK.
*We do not provide SMTP server service, this should be provided by your internet connection ISP.
With these basic settings you should be able to retrieve email from the name mailbox by selecting Check Mail from the File pull-down menu.
Note: the "%" character used in the POP account name is NOT a typo.
Retrieving Email (Webmail)
You also have to option to access your email with a web browser through the Doteasy webmail interface. The login location is on the Doteasy homepage under email sign-in.
1. Please enter your full email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password to login.
2. A pull-down menu at the top right corner will show the Account and Admin Options available. Admin Options are only available to the site administrator.
3. Under Account Options, you may set your email preferences, forwarding info and password. You may also edit your address book, create folders, and set your auto-responder.
4. All email users including the site administrator and regular users have access to the same Account Options.
5. Each email account is allocated a maximum of 10MB of storage.
Note: Mail retrieved with a POP email client is usually set to download
email from our server. As a result, Inbox email retrieved with a POP client will no longer appear in your webmail Inbox. The setting can be changed in your POP client to leave a copy of mail on the server. Mail in other mail folders will not be downloaded.
III. CGI Scripting
Your hosting account enabled for CGI support, CGI scripts written Perl can be run from your web site. Our servers are running Perl 5.006 with the standard modules installed.
Scripts must be placed and run from /CGI-BIN. Your scripts must have a .pl or .cgi filename extension and execution permissions must be set correctly with the CHMOD via your FTP client to executable or 755 (-rwxr-xr-xr).
Note that the maximum file permission available for /CGI-BIN is CHMOD 755 and for /HTTPDOCS is CHMOD 777.
To set .cgi and .pl files as executable, upload them to the web server and set the permission bits to be 'Executable' with the FTP program of your choice. This is done in WS-FTP by selecting the file, right clicking on it and selecting CHMOD (Unix) option. This will open a small dialogue box that will allow you to select the file permissions to be executable.
You MUST use ASCII mode to upload .pl and .cgi files. Do not upload them with Binary mode.
Clients are responsible for ensuring that their scripts are safe and well written before running them on the server. DO NOT test your scripts on our servers. If your scripts consume excessive amounts of memory or CPU usage due to poorly written scripts, Doteasy reserves the right to intervene the process and/or terminate the account immediately.
Path to Perl: #!/usr/bin/perl
Sendmail location: /usr/local/psa/qmail/bin/sendmail
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