Setting up your free hosting account.
With every reseller plan, A hosting account capable of hosting unlimited websites, along with a dedicated IP address, and an SSL secure certificate are included.
To setup the hosting account, I assume you have your domain name from the previous step, If you do not have a domain name, the hosting account can not be setup.
So, let us for the sake of the tutorial assume your primary (Main) hosting domain name is example.com
Assuming you are back in the DomainResellerDirect control panel as in the screenshot below. (Not reseller control center)
Click on the "Free Products" link
You should now see a list of all the free stuff that comes with your reseller account, Click on "Hosting Accounts" in the list to setup a free web hosting account.
Once clicked, You should be able to see a link in a yellow box that reads "Use Credit", please click it.
Once clicked, You are presented with options on the right menu, If you have only 1 reseller account, the drop down will only contain 1 entry so you do not need to modify that, But here you must chose Linux Or Windows Hosting.
In general, most our applications will run on "Linux" hosting, so if you want to make the best of our help, chose Linux, But if you are a ASP.NET programmer for example, Windows may be better for you.
Once you have selected the operating system, You can click the continue button.
Right after clicking the "Continue >> " button, you should see a message on the screen like the one below that reads
Hosting added Successfully
It may take several minutes for your new product to become active in your account. When it's ready, Log in to your account manager to setup your new hosting
Close this popup message, and wait for a minute or two.
Now click free products again, and click on "Hosting Accounts" once again (Even if the number corresponding to hosting accounts has become 0).
You should now see a screen similar to this one in your browser
Now the setup wizzard should appear, the first step to setting up the hosting account is to read and agree to the "Hosting Agreement"
Once you have read and agreed to the agreement, it is time to chose a Username and a password for you account, there are certain guidelines to doing this.
The user name must
-Contain 5 - 14 Charracters
_Start with a letter
-Contains no upper case letters
-Contains no special charracters
The password must
-Be 7 - 14 charracters long
-Start with a letter
-Include at least 1 lowercase letter
-Include at least 1 upper case letter
-Include a number
So, once you have made your choice concerning a username and a password for the account, it is time to make some choices, the following choices are for a Linux account, for Windows users, the choices may be different.
The next screen will ask you for your domain name, so in this example we will enter example.com, not www.example.com and not http://www.example.com.
Once you enter your domain name in the box provided, Click the next button.
Now that we have entered our domain name (example.com in this tutorial and your actual domain name when you execute this operation), We should get to the technical details of the hosting account.
In the following step, we have the choice of PHP4 or PHP5 hosting, PHP5 is newer than PHP 4, but some old applications are not compatible with PHP5 (For example those that have a variable called ), i would go with PHP5 since all the PHP softwares i know of are PHP5 compatible (And in most cases, PHP 5 and PHP4 compatible)
You also have the option to enable Google Webmaster tools, I would advise you to enable them (Or leave the checkbox on enabled/Ticked)
In the next step, we have the option to automatically install a security certificate, this in addition to "requiering a dedicated IP address", is also specific to the domain name you have entered.
Even if you change your mind on the domain later, you can still revoke the certificate and ask for a new one by calling the helpdesk, then installing the new certificate on the new domain name, but as you can see, there is work involved in changing the domain and appleying a new certificate for the domain name.
And finally, you have the chance to check your settings before applying them to your free hosting account
So, if you like what you see, Click next and your hosting account is pending setup, In a few minutes to a few hours, your hosting account will be setup and you are ready to build the external website.