What Are Domains?

Domains create your address on the internet. When you own a domain, you can tell people to go to the URL mysite.com and they will see whatever content you’ve associated with that domain. Every domain name is matched to an IP address and follows the Domain Name System (DNS).

Without a domain, every website would only be identified by the IP address. Imagine that instead of typing liquidweb.com into your web browser, you had to remember 67.43.15.214, Liquid Web’s IP address. Now imagine remembering strings of numbers for every website you ever want to visit!

example of domain name and site

Domain names make it much easier for people to use the internet. It’s the difference between using latitude and longitude to get somewhere and using a street address to get somewhere.

Let’s use support.liquidweb.com to show how domain names work. Even though it is a little confusing for most people, domain names are technically read from right to left. No one reads them like this when telling you to visit support.liquidweb.com, of course! But reading from right to left creates a funnel: the address goes from the very general (top-level domain) to the very specific.

Top-Level Domains

Top-level domains (TLDs) like com, net, and org hold the right-most position in a domain name. Every country can have their own TLD, too. Every domain name must end with a TLD. In support.liquidweb.com, the TLD is com.

example of TLD

Second-Level Domains (and Beyond)

Whatever is directly to the left of the TLD is called the second-level domain. In the example support.liquidweb.comliquidweb is the second-level domain. Anything to the left of the second-level domain is the third-level domain. In this case, support is the third-level domain. This can go on and on as long as there are more domains to the left. The more levels you use, the more specific your address is.

example of second-level domain

When you purchase a domain name, you buy the right to use a specific TLD and second-level domain. So, you’d buy the right to use mysite.com (or whatever you’d like your domain to be). If you want to add further domains like blog.mysite.com, you don’t have to pay for another domain name. This is considered a subdomain and you can set it up through your domain management system, like cPanel.

example of subdomain

Now that you know the basic concepts surrounding domains, you’re ready to learn how to register your first domain!

Liquid Web WHMCS Plugin Installation Methods

In our main series on WHMCS we cover installation using CLI, as the directions are easy to copy and paste. However, as not all users are comfortable in a CLI, here, we will cover other methods that can be used to install the WHMCS plugin.

While written specifically for the Liquid Web WHMCS plugin the installation methods used here can work with almost any WHMCS plugin.

Continue reading “Liquid Web WHMCS Plugin Installation Methods”

Unzipping Files Using Cloud Sites File Manager

As we learned in Uploading Files in Cloud Sites File Manager, you can unzip files or upload zipped files during the upload process. The Cloud Sites File Manager makes this process easy and it takes only a few clicks of your mouse! Let’s see how below.

  1. Log into the Cloud Sites File Manager.
  2. Click on the upload icon upload icon from the menu at the bottom of the page.upload icon highlighted
  3. Select Upload zip… from the pop-up menu.upload zip highlighted
  4. A pop-up window will appear of your computer files, select the zip file you wish to upload and click Open.
  5. Next, choose to upload the file as a zip file or upload and unzip from the pop-up that appears.upload pop-up
  6. Once the file is uploaded, you will see it in the directory in the File Manager.zip file showing in directory

Managing File Permissions in Cloud Sites File Manager

You can determine the visibility and execution of files on your site through the Cloud Sites File Manager. In just a few clicks, you can allow permission to view, read, and execute any file you wish.

Tip: File permissions are different than user permissions. If you’re looking to change an FTP user’s permissions in Cloud Sites, that can be accomplished in the FTP section of your Cloud Sites control panel.
  1.  Log into the Cloud Sites File Manager.
  2. From the home page of the file manager, highlight the file you want to edit permissions on by selecting it with your mouse.file highlighted
  3. Click on the key icon  in the menu at the bottom of the page.key icon highlighted in menu at bottom of page
  4. A pop-up will appear with the permissions options. You can check the appropriate box or enter the octal permissions in the Manual section. Save your changes by clicking OKgif showing changing permissions
  5. Now, when you go back to the file manager home page, you will see the permissions changed. file permissions highlighted

Introducing Cloud Sites File Manager

Introducing the newest feature to our Cloud Sites product, the Cloud Sites File Manager. The Cloud Sites File Manager provides you the ability to upload, edit, delete, and backup your website files through one, easy interface. No more need for an external FTP client to manage your files, just log into our file manager and start getting to work!

Let’s take a look at logging into the Cloud Sites File Manager:

  1. Log into your Cloud Sites Control Panel.
  2. Select the site you want to open the file manager in from the list on the home page.cloud sites control panel home with site highlighted
  3. Open the FTP section by clicking on it.gif showing ftp section closed and opened
  4. Click the link in the File Manager section.file manager link highlighted
  5. This will open the File Manager login page. Enter your FTP user credentials and click Connect.file manager login page
  6. You are now logged into the File Manager! Next, let’s take a look at Uploading Files Using the Cloud Sites File Manager.file manager home page

Uploading Files Using Cloud Sites File Manager

Now that you’ve seen how to log into the Cloud Sites File Manager, let’s explore some of the functionality. One of the most used functions of the file manager is uploading files. Instead of using an FTP client to upload files to your site, you can now manage these uploads right within your control panel.

  1. Once you’re logged into your Cloud Sites Control Panel and select your site, log into the File Manager.cloud site file manager home page
  2. Click on the Upload icon upload icon at the bottom of the page.upload button highlighted at bottom of page
  3. A pop-up menu will appear after clicking on the icon. Select the type of upload you want to perform. See our article Unzipping Files Using Cloud Sites File Manager for instructions for zipped files. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.upload menu pop up
  4. A window will open with a listing of your files. Once you locate the file to upload, click Open to begin the upload.
  5. A file transfer pop-up will appear giving you the status of the upload.upload progress
  6. Once the upload is complete, the file will show in your directory in the File Manager.file uploaded showing in list

 

What Is HIPAA Compliance?

HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company handling protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all required security measures are in place.

Essentially, you can think of HIPAA like PCI compliance, except with health information instead of financial info. HIPAA compliance ensures that companies handling PHI follow proper security practices and procedures. Continue reading “What Is HIPAA Compliance?”

The 8 Step Checklist to a better migration

8 Tips to a Smooth Migration

A recent Liquid Web survey revealed that businesses are often held back from choosing a better hosting partner by the “what-if” situation when a migration presents. Nearly a quarter of consumers who decide not to switch to a new provider cited fear of the migration as the biggest reason for maintaining the status quo. Even if they believe that the new hosting provider would be better. Continue reading “The 8 Step Checklist to a better migration”