Creating a Database in Cloud Sites

  1. Log into your Cloud Sites control panel.
  2. Click on the website where you’ll be creating your database.
  3. Click on Databases to expand your site’s database options.
  4. Click the Create Database button.
  5. Enter a name for your database. A numeric identifier will be automatically added to each database.
  6. Choose if you’d like your database to use MariaDB or MSSQL. We recommend you use the same database type throughout your whole website.
  7. Enter a database user username and enter and confirm a password. Then, click Create New Database.


Adding a Domain Alias in Cloud Sites

A domain alias is an alternate name for a website. A common use for domain aliases is so and show the same information. It’s easy to set up domain aliases in Cloud Sites.

When setting up domain aliases in Cloud Sites, remember the alias you create will show the same content as the website where you set up the alias.

  1. Log into the Cloud Sites control panel.
  2. Click on the name of the website where you want to add an alias.
  3. Scroll down to Alias and click to expand the Alias section.
  4. Click the Create Alias button.
  5. Type the domain or subdomain that you want to mirror the website’s content. Then, click Create New Alias.
  6. Now, you’ll need to edit the DNS CNAME record of the alias domain so the site will properly resolve. If your DNS is hosted at Liquid Web, you can edit the DNS in your Liquid Web account. If your DNS is hosted elsewhere, you’ll have to edit the CNAME record wherever your DNS is hosted. The alias domain’s IP needs to match the IP of your main website.

Creating a Subdomain in Cloud Sites

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 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.

  1. Log into your Cloud Sites control panel.
  2. Click the Create Website button.
  3. 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.

Uploading Files to Cloud Sites Using FTP

Pre-flight Check:

  • 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, replacing “” with your domain) and your FTP username and password.

  1. Log into your Cloud Sites account.
  2. Click on the website where you’ll be uploading your content.
  3. Click on FTP to expand your site’s FTP information.
  4. 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 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.


  5. To log into the FTP server, you’ll have to create an FTP user. In the FTP section, click the Create User button.
  6. Enter a username for your FTP user, then enter and confirm a strong password.
  7. 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 Then click Create New User.
  8. 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, but you can upload files to any accessible directory you would like.

How does an SSL work?


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.
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