The Usage tab in your Cloud Sites control panel provides information on the amount of bandwidth, disk space and database usage for your sites. Your Cloud Sites control panel includes 50GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth. You can log into your Liquid Web Cloud Sites account to view the current charges for additional space and bandwidth use.
View Resource Usage Data
To help you keep track of these metrics, the Usage tab gives you a breakdown of your usage so that you can adjust accordingly and avoid any issues.
The first section of the Usage tab is the usage Summary. This section gives you a snapshot of your overall bandwidth and disk space usage for all sites running on Cloud Sites control panel. Disk space is the amount of file storage your sites are using. Usage is tracked by your monthly billing cycle.
The next section is the overall database and file system use. Your MSSQL database usage will show on the left-hand side of the section and MySQL and Files will be in the graph on the right-hand side of the section.
Daily Usage Data
The Daily Usage section breaks down your Network Usage (bandwidth), disk space and MSSQL usage by day. These graphs will change daily depending on the amount of traffic and file usage your sites are taking up at any given time within a 24 hour period.
Usage by Account
The Usage Totals section at the bottom of the page lists each site and the individual breakdown of the MySQL, MSSQL and Bandwidth usage for each.
To see individual usage information, click on the site link.
The account Usage page for an individual site will look similar to your overall usage from the Usage tab.
Just like with the main account, you can view the individual site usage of MSSQL, MySQL and Files. The Daily Usage section will give you the Network Usage (bandwidth), Disk Space Usage and MSSQL Usage on a daily scale for the individual site you have selected.
Websites hosted on subdomains make up a large subsection of the internet. If you own a domain you can create as many subdomains as you want with it. This can be useful when you want to create isolated sections of your websites with specific functions. Creating subdomains is useful if you want to have an online store, blog, or forum.
For example if you own domain.com then you can create:
Cloud Sites treats each subdomain as its own website! You can create them the same way you create any other website.
- Log into your Cloud Sites control panel.
- Click the Create Website button.
- Enter your subdomain and domain name and choose the technology framework you’d like. Then click Create New Website.
If you would prefer to create a subdomain alias for an existing site you can review the “Adding a Domain Alias in Cloud Sites” article.
When setting up your new website with Liquid Web it’s often beneficial to use our DNS servers. If you’ve purchased your domain through a 3rd party registrar then we are not able to assist with DNS issues. By using our DNS servers this will allow our Support Team to provide DNS assistance for the domain.
Continue reading “Using Liquid Web’s Nameservers”
Once you have ordered Cloud Sites control panel it will be added to your Liquid Web account. From this point you can add websites to the control panel to begin developing and managing them on Cloud Sites.
Add a domain
- Once you’ve registered your domain using the steps in our article Registering a Domain Name (Main URL), navigate to your Cloud Sites control panel.
- Select the Account this site will belong to, for now we will use the “You (Primary)” option.
- Click on the Create Website button.
- A pop-up will appear to create your site. Enter the domain name of your site. If you are using WordPress, select it in the Application section – otherwise leave it as none and move on to selecting your Framework.
- If you are not using WordPress, choose your Framework, you can select Linux/Apache/PHP 5.6, Linux/Apache/PHP 7.0(beta), Windows/IIS 8.5/CLR 4(.NET 4.0. 4.5.2) or Windows IIS 8.5/CLR 2 (.NET 2.0, 3.0, 3.5.1).
- Your site will begin creating.
- Once the site is created, it will appear in your Websites list.
Before your site is actually live, you will need to change your DNS to point to your Cloud Sites IP address. See our article Managing Your DNS for instructions on how to change your DNS. If you want to upload your content and test it before making the site live, see the instructions in the article Uploading Files to Cloud Sites Using FTP.
- Basic knowledge of FTP client usage is recommended.
- These instructions assume you already have an FTP client installed on your computer.
- A Liquid Web account with the Cloud Sites product will be necessary to follow along.
Upload site files to Cloud Sites via FTP
You may have heard of FTP—File Transfer Protocol. FTP moves files from your local computer to your website. However, FTP is not a secure file transfer method. Malicious attacks often target FTP.
SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is a secure file transfer protocol similar to FTP. SFTP performs the same functions as FTP over an Secure Shell (SSH) connection. Just like FTP, you can use SFTP with a desktop FTP client. Most FTP clients, like Filezilla, CoreFTP, and Cyberduck support SFTP. We recommend you use SFTP with Cloud Sites by connecting via port 22.
Note: This article is designed for people who are comfortable downloading software to their computer. Every FTP client is different; the process for the FTP client you choose may be slightly different than the steps outlined here.
Configuring Your FTP Client
When you connect to your FTP client, you’ll need your domain’s FTP server information (usually this is ftp.mysite.com, replacing “mysite.com” with your domain) and your FTP username and password.
- Log into your Cloud Sites account.
- Click on the website where you’ll be uploading your content.
- Click on FTP to expand your site’s FTP information.
- You’ll see an FTP server and a directory path listed. You can use this FTP server to add content to your site even if you haven’t yet registered your domain. After you register your domain, there are two ways to add content to your site:
- The general FTP server ftp2.ftptoyoursite.com. This server can be used to add content to your site even if your domain registration or transfer has not yet completed.
- The FTP server specific to your domain. It will use your domain name with the subdomain “ftp.”, this can only be used after your DNS is pointing to Cloud Sites.
- To log into the FTP server, you’ll have to create an FTP user. In the FTP section, click the Create User button.
- Enter a username for your FTP user, then enter and confirm a strong password.
- Use the folder listing to choose the folders you’d like your user to be able to access. Your public web content will all be uploaded to www.mysite.com/web/content. Then click Create New User.
- Now that you have an FTP username and password, open the FTP program of your choice. In this example, we’ll be using Filezilla, which has a quick connection option. Enter your FTP server address, your FTP username and password, and designate port 22 as the connection port. Then click Connect to start your FTP session.
Once you’ve opened an FTP connection to your server, you’re all set to start uploading the files you need. Your public web content should be uploaded to www.mysite.com/web/content, but you can upload files to any accessible directory you would like.
Common Site Migration Questions
Is There a Cost?
Most cPanel to cPanel or Plesk to Plesk migrations with root access on both servers typically do not incur a charge unless there are special circumstances or unforeseen complications arise.
Any other type of supported migration typically would be charged.
Our migrations team makes the determination on what, if any, charges could be required, based on the specific circumstances and any special considerations related to your servers.
How Long Does it Take?
Most migrations can be completed in a few days, but every migration is different and there are a number of factors that can either add to or reduce the amount of time involved. Among them:
- Server size and disk usage: The data on the affected account(s) must be copied over at the beginning of the process and later synced after you have had a chance to test the sites. Obviously, a small partition that’s only partially utilized could require only a few minutes to duplicate, while copying a full, extremely large partition could take a number of hours.
- Your availability: Once the data is initially copied over, you will need to edit your local computer’s hosts file and test the sites on the new server. We will respond to any issues you report, and work with you to resolve them as quickly as possible. There is no time limit on this phase, and the pace is entirely up to you. We will not proceed until you have signed off on the sites as they exist on the new server, and once you have, we then will schedule a final sync if possible and schedule the DNS switchover at a time of your choosing.
- DNS propagation: We do lower the Time To Live (TTL) on the sites early in the migration process (assuming we have access to the DNS records) in an effort to speed up propagation, and typically sites will be visible on the new server within a few hours, but it still can take up to 24-48 hours for DNS changes to fully propagate globally.
Every single day 100s of terabytes of data is being transferred across the internet. In fact, based on Intel’s 2012 report, nearly 640K Gb of data is transferred every single minute. That’s more than 204 million Emails, 47,000 app downloads, 1.3 million YouTube videos watched and 6 million Facebook views.
We’re talking about a seriously massive amount of data here. So how do we know if that data is being transferred securely? Enter the SSL/TLS protocols.
Continue reading “How does an SSL work?”