How do I setup my website?

Step-1 Register Domain Name

Register your choice of domain name from the following URL.

AccuWebHosting Domain Checker

Step-2 Signup for Web Hosting Account

  1. Visit our website, signup for your choice of web hosting plan and make the payment.
  2. Once your order is received, we will execute it and you will get detailed account setup instructions at your email address. Make sure you enter valid and working email address to prevent any hassle.


Step-3 Change Nameservers

Your new domain will not point to AccuWebHosting.Com servers, until you update the nameservers. Based on the web hosting service you have purchased, you will be given nameservers in the product welcome email. If you have purchased domain registration from AccuWebHosting, then we will change the nameservers. You just need to Submit a ticket from helpdesk for it.

If you have purchased domain from other registrar, you can update the nameservers from registrar's domain control panel. Note that every registrar will have different UI and steps to update the nameservers. We have step-by-step video tutorials available for popular domain registrars. You can refer to these video tutorials to update the nameservers at different registrars.

Once you change the nameservers, it may take about 24hours to propogate the nameservers. Once the nameservers are propagated, your website will be live. If your site is not accessible after propagated the nameservers, you can submit the ticket from our Helpdesk.

Step-4 Design Web Pages

With cPanel Shared Hosting, you can design your web pages with RVSite Builder. As an alternative, you can create a brand new website with the help of popular CMS scripts like WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, etc. These CMS scripts are also available with Windows Shared Hosting.

Step-5 Publish/Upload Web Pages

Once your webpages are ready, you'll have to publish/upload them to our web server. To upload web contents, you'll need an FTP client software installed in your local computer. FileZiilla, CuteFTP, WSFTP and SmartFTP are the most popular FTP clients. Checkout our video tutorials to upload web contents to web server.

If you have designed your web pages in designing software like Visual Studio, then you can publish your pages through it. Here are the tutorials for the same.

  1. Deploy a project using web deploy method
  2. Deploy web application with SQL database using Web Deploy method


Step-6  Directory Structure (Folder Structure)

While you connect to your web hosting space, you will see following folder structure.

Windows Directory Structure

  • Log:  This folder is managed by web server itself, it keeps your website log information for e.g. site visitors, FTP activity, etc.). Do not delete this folder, unless you may lose your web statistics.
  • wwwroot:  This folder is also called 'root' folder. To able to display your website properly over the Internet, always upload your web pages and images into this folder.
  • db: This folder is useful to manage database files and particularly Microsoft Access database file. Always upload your database file into this folder.
  • wwwroot/cgi-bin: It is recommended to keep your Perl and CGI script files into this folder.

Linux Directory Structure

  • etc:  It stores other information related to your website.
  • mail: It stores the webmail.
  • public_ftp:  This folder us used for anonymous FTP access.
  • public_html:  To able to display your website properly over the Internet, please upload your web pages and images into this folder.
  • www: It's a link to public_html folder.


Step-7 Default Page

A default document tells the web server how to react when it receives a request for your website that, does not specify a specific page. For example, when a web server receives a request for, how could it react? Simple, it will open default page of your website.

Windows 2008/2012 Shared Hosting customers can refer to following knowledgebase article to set the default document.

Setup default document in WebsitePanel

cPanel Shared Hosting customers can refer to following article to setup the default document via .htaccess.

Setup default document in cPanel


Step-8 Browse the Website After Upload

1. Before DNS change

In Welcome Email, you will be provided with the temporary URL to browse your website before DNS changes. You can also refer to the following article for temporary URLs for all shared hosting services. 

Temporary URLs for all shared hosting services

2. After DNS change

Once you update the nameservers, you can browse your website by typing your domain name only. For instance,

  1. If you have not purchased your domain name or if your domain is not pointing to ACCU server,
    • Use IP address while uploading your website through FTP.
    • Use temporary URL to publish the website through Visual Studio.
    • Use temporary URL to browse your website.
  2. Always upload your web pages into root folder viz. (public_html or wwwroot).

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