We take pride in our commitment to providing
the highest quality, most flexible, and most competitive Web Hosting Services available.
When you place your website on our machines you can be assured that people around the
world will have consistent, reliable access to your website 24 hours a day.
This is a test...
Our computers are Pentium II Dual Pro 450 machines
running Apache over Linux. You will be able to access and manage your website on our
machines using Telnet and FTP or Fetch. With our PlusMail Web Control
Panel you can even perform some management functions using your web browser. Our
servers are connected to the Internet backbone over Multiple T3 Connections, each of which
has a capacity of 45 MBPS (million bits per second).
Whats Your Level?
if you read the above paragraph and understood
every word of it then you qualify as an advanced user. You will probably only need to
use this manual as a reference tool to look up specific information. If you cannot
find the information you are looking for here, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you read the paragraph and
understood some of it but not all, then you will probably want to take a little time to
review a few things before diving in. You will find the comprehensive Index a
useful tool for tracking down the information you need, when you need it.
Finally, if you read the paragraph and found
it to be total gibberish, then it is strongly recommended that you take the time to read
the explanations and instructions in this manual before you begin a new task that you are
unfamiliar with. If you are completely unfamiliar with Telnet and FTP, and have no
desire to learn about them, you might want to go directly to the PlusMail Web Control
Panel section. The PlusMail Web Control Panel will let you control virtually every
aspect of your web presence from your web browser.
If you need to perform tasks that require you
to use FTP or Telnet, or if you would just like the general knowledge of what they
are, then you should read the section titled The
Novice WebMaster. It will give you a basic, but clear idea of what you will be
dealing with, and take some of the mystery and confusion out of it all.
We have made every effort to cover all the
bases in this manual, and make it as complete and informative as possible. However, please
keep in mind that if you cannot find the answers you are looking for here, you should feel
free to contact us at email@example.com.
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Ftp? Telnet? Unix? Linux?!!! HUH!?
Chances are pretty good that you access the Internet
using a browser program. Chances are also pretty good that you use some version of
Netscape, Internet Explorer, or something very similar to those two biggies.
You may be wondering why I mention this cause, gee, is there any other way to access the
Internet?? You gotta have a browser
no. You dont. In fact,
the gigantic, feature laden browser programs most commonly used today are just one type of
program that you can use to surf the net. Granted, they provide the most visually
appealing view of the Internet, and they are the most fun and entertaining to use with
their image and sound capabilities. They are, in fact, largely responsible for turning the
Internet into a place where people from all walks of life around the world now go to play,
work, shop and learn.
Browsers are not the only programs you can use
to access the Internet, they are certainly not the first, and, depending on what your
needs and tasks may be, they are not always the best program to use either. After
your email program is great for email. But it isnt necessarily the best
tool to use if you want to write a book. Your browser is great for viewing the
Internet, but it is not always the best tool to use for managing a website. For
that, you will want something simple, fast, and basic that will let you upload, download,
and access files on your site quickly, easily and with a minimum of fuss and frills.
Telnet and FTP are the two tools that fulfill these needs best.
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Telnet is a program that emulates a computer
terminal, allowing you to view information on site rather than downloading it to your
personal computer for viewing. This is extremely useful if you need to view large amounts
of information, such as all the files and folders on a web site, or a library catalog for
example. Imagine how long it would take for you to download a web page containing the
entire catalog of book titles from just a city library! With Telnet, you are able to
actually view the information on the library site, eliminating the download time.
Telnet is not graphics capable, does not play sound files
and is not one tiny bit entertaining. But it is the best tool to use for certain
tasks. You will have a white screen with black text, much like the old DOS screen
only in reverse. And, again like DOS, you will need to type in your
commands. If you use Windows you will have a Telnet program already on your system.
Go to Start, Programs, Run, and type the word "telnet" (no quotes) into the
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. Like the name
implies, its main purpose is to make transferring files from one computer to another
as fast and easy as possible. And it is very good at its job! Unlike Telnet,
FTP is not a program. It is instead a "protocol" just like http is a
protocol. Your browser program uses the http (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) for viewing,
reading, and translating HTML into the bright and colorful interactive web pages you see
on your computer screen. In order to use FTP you will need a program such as WS-FTP
for Windows, or Fetch for Macintosh users.
Visually, you will not see either the imagery
of a browser, or the blank white screen and black text of Telnet. Instead, if you are
using WS_FTP, you will see two panels, each with folders (also called directories)
and files displayed. One panel will contain the folders and files on your computer. The
other panel will contain the folders and files on the site you are logged into. If you are
using Fetch, you will see something a bit different.
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Linux and Unix
An OS, or "operating system" is the program you
use to operate and run your computer. By far the three most universally used and
recognized by the average lay surfer are Windows in any version from 3.x to Win 98, NT,
and Macintosh. Linux, and Unix are both operating systems as well. They dont have,
or support, all of the bells and whistles of the more popular operating systems, but
thats not what they are meant for. These two operating systems are for serious
for fast and dynamic data transfer
for allowing one computer to talk to
others quickly and smoothly. Not for personal entertainment. This is why server
computers and many other types of businesses use Unix and/or Linux operating systems. They
arent pretty, but they are smart, they are stable, and they are fast.
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Some of the text referring to CGI scripts was taken directly or
adapted for our use from ReadMe files provided by the script designers. Many thanks to the
folks at Matt's Script Archives for their excellent documentation!