Quick Start Guide:

Congratulations on choosing one of the most premium hosting providers on the Internet. If you are like most webmasters, it probably was not an easy decision. However, no other hosting company can match our speed, reliability, and performance. Our quality of service is truly second to none and our prices are among the most competitive on the web. With us, you can assure your website is always up and running at lightning fast speeds.

This guide will assist in quickly getting your website up and running. Please read the entire tutorial, from top to bottom and follow all instructions. Everything is clearly explained and all your questions should be answered within this tutorial. Information is constantly updated, to address troubles and questions previous clients encountered. Over time and after thousands of new account signups, this guide has become highly effective. If you have any suggestions (after setting up your account) on how to improve this guide, we would be happy to hear from you.

We highly recommend your 1st Step to be to, read the applicable Control Panel Guide. The may seem tedious  or difficult, but if you do this, we assure you will save a lot of pain later, ensuring a smoother setup of your website. Please see the bottom of this Guide for links to applicable control panel guides.

DNS & Name Servers

Before your website can be visible on the Internet, you must register a domain name and configure the DNS (Domain Name Server) in registry. In order to signup for a hosting account, you already had to choose a domain name. If you paid for domain registration, when you signed up for your hosting account, you don't need to do a thing. Our system is highly automated and would have already configured your DNS and names servers for you. You can expect your domain to resolve (take effect) within the next 24-48 hours.

If you have your domain registered elsewhere, you will have to change your name servers with your current registrar. You can find the name servers assigned to your account within your account activation email. Each registrar has a different process, so we cannot provide specific instructions on how to change your name servers on all registrars. However, you can see tutorials for most popular registrars here. For assistance, you will need to contact your registrar (the place where you registered your domain name).

Building Your Web Pages

If you do not already have web development software, we suggest using HTML Kit or a SiteBuilder. These are excellent programs and available free of charge. You can download, read documentation and get support for this program HERE. However, IndicHosts.net is only providing you with information on where to acquire free software, we do not support it in any way. You can also use other software to develop your web pages, such as Microsoft FrontPage, Expression Web and Macromedia Dreamweaver. Basic tutorials for both are available on the flash tutorials page. You can also build your website with SiteBuilder - This web based program allows you to build your website without any html knowledge. This is available as an add-on to your hosting, on request.

Uploading Your Files

First, you must obtain FTP software to upload your files to the server. We highly recommend the use of WS-FTP LE or FileZilla which can be acquired HERE free of charge. You can use the FTP client that you prefer, but this is the software that we recommend using.

Here is the information you will need to connect using WSFTP:

Host Name: This would be your domain IP address
Username: This would be your FTP username
Password: This would be your FTP password
Anonymous Login: Make sure this box is NOT checked
Initial Directories: \Leave this blank
Host Type: Set to Auto-detect

* You must place your files in the public_html (Linux with cPanel) or wwwroot (Windows with HELM or DNP) folder and name your main page index.html or default.asp or index.php or default.aspx or index.cfm as applicable.

* View our flash tutorials on how to use other paid FTP clients such as CuteFTP, SmartFTP and WS_FTP.

Setting Up Email Accounts

To setup an email account, login to Control Panel and follow these simple steps:

- Click [Mail]
- Click [Add/Remove Accounts]
- Click [Add Account]

The next page is self-explanatory. For the email option you would enter a username. Then select a password and set a quota. The quota is the maximum amount of disk space the account can use. The quota field is optional, so you can leave blank.

Now, you will want to access your email account to send/receive emails. To do this you can either use web-mail or an email client. We recommend using Outlook Express, which is included with Microsoft Windows. To learn how to setup Outlook Express, you will need these settings:

Mail Server: POP3
POP3 Server:
mail.yourdomain.com (replace with your  domain name)
SMTP Server: mail.yourdomain.com (replace with your  domain name)
Enable Authentication of SMTP server: Use the same settings as the incoming mail server

Account Name: user@yourdomain.com (Use your full email address)
Password: This is the password for the above email account

You can access web-mail at http://yourdomain.com/webmail. It will ask for a username and password to login. The username would be a full email address and the password would be the password for that email account.

Notice: Email will not work until your domain has resolved!

Moving your Databases

Moving your databases involves taking a dump of your existing databases on localhost or remote server. The dump should be in the form of SQL file for mySQL databases and .BAK file for Microsoft SQL Server databases. Now please create the mySQL or MSSQL database with a database_user though your hosting control panel. For mySQL databases you need to assign rights to the database_user over the database ("ALL" rights should be okay for now (cPanel MySQL tutorial).

Let's now restore your database on our server using the dump file just created. For mySQL database we can either use web based tool phpMyAdmin available free with your hosting account. A tutorial on how to use phpMyAdmin is given HERE. Other options to restore via 3rd party tool or SSH are outlines HERE

To restore Microsoft SQL database, please follow the steps given HERE

Now you have to configure the right connection string in your script to the database. A good place for common connections string is http://www.connectionstrings.com/.

Control Panel Manuals: Please download and read the applicable control panel manual;

Knowledgebase: We have made sure everything your need to move or create your website to IndicHosts.Net is listed here, however unforeseen things happen. In such cases it is advisable to search our growing knowledgebase of known solutions for such events.

Incase you need any clarification or assistance, please raise a support ticket and we will assist you.