Before we begin

This document contains information about domain names, HTML editing, and control panel access. It serves as a basic introduction to web hosting and is designed for beginners. Experienced users can skip this document, except for the “Accessing the Control Panel for the First Time” section.

Domain registration

Domains are a unique way to identify yourself on the Internet. A domain consists of two parts: the name and the zone (also called the “domain zone”). The name is a description of you or your site (for example, the name “dogfood” in The extension represents the category of the domain. For example, the .com domain zone means “commercial,” “.net” means “network,” etc. Many domain zones are available today: .biz (business), .info (information sites), .us (American sites), .ca (Canadian sites) and many more. “www” is automatically inserted by the web server hosting your site and is not part of the domain name.

You cannot use a domain name until you register it. In addition, you cannot register a domain name that belongs to someone else. The registration process is quite simple:

Determine the domain name and domain zone.
2. Choose a registrar and register your domain name.
3. Find hosting for your domain name.

Choosing a domain name and zone can be difficult because most names are already taken, especially in the .com zone.

There are a lot of registrars on the Internet. A simple search for “domain name registration” will return hundreds, if not thousands of results. Be sure to select a registrar that supports the desired zone (for example, not all registrars will sell the .cc domain zone). A price comparison is appropriate because registration fees can vary greatly from registrar to registrar. Domain names are leased, and the registration fee is usually the cost of one year of ownership.

Once you’ve purchased a domain name, you’ll need somewhere to put it. A domain name is just an address; that is, it points to files on a web server. Hosting companies provide web servers, and this is where your website is stored. A search query for “web hosting” will return thousands of results.

Domain transfer

Transferring a domain can mean two things: switching the domain name to another registrar or changing the domain record so that the domain points to the new hosting. We are interested in the second option. The domain needs to specify which web host to direct visitors to, and this is done by changing the domain nemservers (DNS).

For example, you bought hosting at To use a domain on our hosting service, you must point the domain to the following name servers:


To do this, go to the home page of the domain registrar, log in and edit your domain record. Every registrar is different, but your domain record will have fields called “name servers”, “primary/secondary name servers”, “nameservers”, “nameservers”, “DNS”, “DNS servers”, etc. The change is effective after 12-48 hours.

Editing HTML

HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is the language that tells web browsers how to display a page. For example, to <b>bold</b> text in HTML, you start with the tag <b> and finish with </b>. Everything between these tags will be in bold (visitors will not see <b></b>). When someone visits, they actually access the index.html file in the directory of your main website.

Editing HTML is possible with simple text editors such as notepad, vim, nano. However, there are real-time or professional editors that can help you speed things up. Examples include Notepad ++, Codepad, and Stylizer.

Even the best HTML editors can be confusing to beginners. If you fall into this category, we suggest using an online website builder/site content management system. Knowledge of HTML is not required – online website builders allow you to use a graphical interface and simply drag and drop the necessary elements. Some website builders allow you to control the appearance of the site, insert graphics, scripts, etc. Most website builders are free, but the more advanced ones charge for use. The most popular website builders (CMS):


First access to the control panel

There are several ways to access the control panel: You can access the control panel through any domain or subdomain by putting :2222 after the address. You can access the control panel through any IP address assigned to the server. This is useful when your domain is not registered or has not yet been routed to a hosting server.Before we begin

A window will appear (similar to the one shown above). Enter your username and password. After logging into the control panel, you must do two things.

First press Before we begin to the link in the upper right corner of the page. Important messages about your account may come through the messaging system, so we recommend that you enter your email address. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Before we begin. Now look for “Send a copy of all e-mail to” and confirm that the e-mail address in the field is correct. If you do this, the control panel will send you an email when the message arrives.

Second, go back to the main menu and click “View More” under “Your Account”. From there you will see a button to edit the account configuration Before we begin. Make sure that the email address in the field is correct. If not, change it and click the “Save” button. It is important to have a valid email address in this field, because the control panel will send you emails whenever your account approaches the plan limits.

Changing the password

Before we beginTo change your password, click on the password button Before we beginbutton located in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be prompted to enter your current password and then a new password. Click the “Submit” button to confirm and save. The control panel will reject your password if it is too short or contains invalid characters.

Important note: This function changes the password for your user only. Changing the password will not affect other email accounts, databases, FTP accounts, etc. Д.


To exit the control panel, press the exit button Before we begin. You will be taken to a screen confirming that you have successfully logged out. Click the link to log in again.

Important note: Many browsers retain the control panel session in memory even after logging out. If you are not the only one using your computer, be sure to close all running copies of your browser before you leave your work computer. This will clear the browser memory and make it impossible to log in to the control panel without the correct password.

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