Hosting Only



The following information is for Hosting Only accounts.

How to...


Uploading your Web Site

In most cases, you will have already designed your web site on you own computer and simply need to transfer the files to our web server. To do this, you will need an FTP (file transfer protocol) client. If you do not have one, you can download one from our FTP page.

The main information that you will need is the "Host Address" or "Host or Server Name" that you are connecting to. You should enter "user1.channel1.com".

You will need to log on with your Channel 1 user name (i.e., if your e-mail is joe@channel1.com, your user name is "joe") and use the correct password for that account.

Once you log in, you will need to change directories to the directory called "www". This is were all your web site files will go. Simply upload them to this directory (or any subdirectories you make from there) and your pages will be displayed.

If you need detailed documentation on how to use a FTP program, please look at our FTP support page.

 


Checking (or forwarding) your e-mail


Your Hosting Only account comes with an e-mail account on our system. If you have an e-mail client like Eudora, simply follow our setup documentation to configure it.

Alteratively, you can login to our system using Telnet and check you e-mail from any computer that's connected to the internet by login in "user1.channel1.com" and entering your Channel 1 user name and password when prompted. If your web browser supports Java, you can use our direct Telnet page (which will automatically connect to "user1.channel1.com"). After you log on, type the word "pine" at the prompt. This is a simple e-mail program that you can use to create and check your e-mail.

If you wish to have your e-mail forwarded to an e-mail account you already have on another server, follow the previous steps and long onto our system. Instead of typing "pine", do the following command

echo joe@aol.com > .forward

where "joe@aol.com" is the e-mail address you want to have your Channel 1 e-mail forwarded to.

If you are using an POP3 Mail Client to check your e-mail you must be directly connect to Channel 1 to use our SMTP server. Since you are connecting through another service provider, you will need to use the SMTP server which that provider has setup. Contact your ISP and ask for your SMTP server address.


Using the CGI bin directory

If you have signed up for CGI-Bin Developer's Box Access you have use of cgi files. These are kept on a separate machine then your normal HTML files.

If you are going to use FTP to upload the files, you will need is the "Host Address" or "Host or Server Name" that you are connecting to. You should enter "cgi.channel1.com".

You will need to log on with your Channel 1 user name (i.e., if your e-mail is joe@channel1.com, your user name is "joe") and use the correct password for that account.

Once you log in, you will need to change directories to the directory called "www" and then change to the "cgi-username" directory where "username" is your user name here at Channel 1. The full path name for this directory is "/home/USERNAME/www/cgi-USERNAME". Upload your cgi files to this directory.

Next you will need to set the permissions for the cgi files. If your program produces binary code (e.g., compiled C or C++ code), at least the execute bit must be set for the world. Use the "chmod" command to change file permission (e.g., "chmod 711 filename" would result in the permissions: -rwx--x--x).

If you are using a scripting language (perl, sh, csh, bash, tcsh, awk, or the like) then both the read and execute bits must be set for the world (e.g., "chmod 755 filename" would result in the file permissions: -rwxr-xr-x).

To call your cgi scripts from your web page, use a tag like this
<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="http://cgi.channel1.com/cgi-USERNAME/PROGRAM">
where PROGRAM is your program or script. All follow-up pages must be referenced using a full URL (beginning with http://).

Please remember that there is absolutely no support for programming or scripting from Channel 1.




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