Hosting Account Getting Started Guide
If you're new to hosting, this article will help you get started.
1. Set up Your Hosting Account
Without setting up your hosting account, you can't do anything with it. So, check out Setting up Your Hosting Account.
2. Upload Your Website
After setting up your hosting account, you need to get your website's files on it. There are a number of ways to do this, including using the application you used to build your website and using an FTP client.
You probably only need to use one of these articles.
- Uploading Files to Your Website (FTP)
- Publishing Your Website with Dreamweaver CS6
- Uploading Websites Created With iWeb
3. Preview Your Site
Once you have your website uploaded, check it out using Preview DNS. For more information, see Working with Preview DNS.
If you don't see your website (oh no!), make sure you have an "index file." For more information, see What file displays when someone browses to my domain name?
To see if you have a default file, open up your FTP client/website application and make sure you have one of the files listed in the top level of your hosting account, also known as "the root."
4. Make Your Site Live
Depending on how you configured your hosting account, your website might already be live. Check it out by going to your domain name.
If it's not live, you probably need to update your DNS. For more information, see Setting Nameservers for Your Domain Names.
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