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How to set up web forwarding

Web forwarding can be used to point your domain name to another website hosted with us, or elsewhere. It is a free feature available through your LCN control panel on all un-hosted domains. If you do have a web hosting package but would still like to direct your name to another website, it's still possible and details of how to do this are included in our guide below. Setting up Web forwarding on a Domain without Web Hosting Setting up Web forwarding on a Domain with Web hosting Setting up Web forwarding on a Domain without Web Hosting If you just have the domain with us and not web hosting, you can set up web forwarding through your LCN control panel. Select Domains from the Dashboard in your LCN account. Click Manage next to the required domain name. Click Web Fowarding in the left hand menu. Add the Destination address. You can now choose which type of forwarding you wish to use. Masked: This method uses frames to keep your domain name in a visitor's address bar. You can add your own page title and meta tags to the frameset HTML with masked forwarding. Re-direct (301): This will re-direct users to the destination address. The destination address will be displayed in a visitor's address bar. Search engines will look at this as a permanent move. Re-direct (302): This will re-direct users to the destination address. The destination address will be displayed in a visitor's address bar. Search engines will look at this as a temporary move. Once you have added the destination address and chosen the type of forwarding you wish to use, click the Add Web Forwarding option and allow up to 15 minutes for this to set. Please Note: In order for this web forwarding to work, you will need to ensure that your A records are pointing to our Web forwarding IP Address. To check this: Select Domains from the Dashboard in your LCN account. Click Manage next to the required domain name. Choose DNS Settings from the menu in the top left corner. Under the 'A' Records header,you need to ensure both www. & the (@) record point to 94.126.40.154. If they don't, simply select edit, remove the current IP address and add in 94.126.40.154. If set correctly, your A records should look like this: Here is a quick demonstration Setting up Web forwarding on a Domain with Web hosting If you have web hosting on your domain, you can still direct your name to another web address, but you will need to upload a script to your hosting package as the web forwarding option is not available. The script you need to upload is called a meta refresh script and as scary as it sounds, it's simple to implement. You will need to create a blank index page using a program such as Notepad and insert the script. Open Notepad and then copy and paste the following code in to it: You will then need to edit http://www.yourdomain.com and add the destination address you wish to point towards. Save this file as index.html as this will allow the servers to read the web forwarding script. In our example below, we have set a meta refresh script to redirect visitors from our website to the main LCN website . Note: Our example meta refresh script is available to download in the Related Downloads section on the right side of this page. You now need to upload this file to your web hosting package. If you have not done this before, please follow our How to upload files to your website with FTP guide. Once this is visible on your hosting, it can take up to 15 minutes for it to set.

Adding a site to your hosting package

Hosting is one of the first steps in getting your website online. Whether it's a small 1 page website, or an online shop full of pages, it all needs to be hosted somewhere. We offer various packages, each designed to suit the needs of our customers and if you haven't checked these out just yet, drop by our Web hosting page. To start using your hosting you'll need to Add a Site to it. Simply follow the instructions below to get started. Using a Domain From Your Account Go to My Account. Click on the Hostings icon. At the bottom of your Hosting Package, click Add a Site. A window will pop up. Click From your account. If you don't have any domains in your account you won't see this option. Select the domain name you'd like to use from the dropdown menu, and click Create Site. Your new site will now set up. Using a Domain at Another Provider Go to My Account. Click on the Hostings icon. At the bottom of your Hosting Package, click Add a Site. A window will pop up. Click At another provider. Type the domain name you'd like to use into the textbox in the "Point your domain to LCN" form & click Create Site. Your new site will now set up on LCN.com. To make your domain point to LCN, you'll need to set your Nameservers to the LCN defaults, which are as follows: ns0.lcn.com ns1.lcn.com You can also transfer your domain name to LCN if you would like. It's really simple and instructions on how to do so can be found at the following guide: How to transfer your domain name to us If you need help with transferring a domain name to your LCN.com account, feel free to call us on 01438 342 490 and we can talk you through it.

How to backup your website

Making and storing a backup should be an essential process for any one who has a website. Whether it's a small personal site or a worldwide business site, having a backup is one of those things that you may forget about until it's too late. This guide will help you create a backup of your website and any connecting databases which you can then transfer to a cd, USB or external hard drive for safe keeping. Backing up your web content To make the backup you will need to first connect to your hosting using FTP. In this example I will be using Filezilla which is available free for PC users. In the Quick connect bar at the top, enter upload.lcn.com in the Host field. In the Username field enter your FTP username. In the Password field enter your FTP password. The Port can be left blank, which will default to 21. Note: If you are unsure on any of the details above, simply log in to your account, click the hosting icon, choose manage for the hosting and then scroll to the FTP details and you can check them here. You now need to navigate to your content on the server itself. In the remote site section, enter /www.yourdomain.com/web (replace yourdomain.com with your own domain) and hit enter on your keyboard. Your contents will now be displayed and you can now copy this content from your Remote site (the server) to the Local site (your computer). Simply drag each file and folder from the right side of Filezilla to the left side, in a folder on your pc. You can check that the backup was successful by checking that each file and folder exist on both sides of Filezilla. Backing up your database If you are using a web app such as Joomla or Wordpress then your website will also be linked to a database. You would need to back this up too as this is not held in the same place as the content. You would first need to locate the database username and password. If you are not sure on either of these, simply connect via FTP using the details above and locate your websites configuration file as they will be stored in here. If you are using Wordpress, these can be found in the wp-config.php file If you are using Joomla, these can be found in the configuration.php file If you are using OpenCart, these can be found in the config.php file Once you have these, you need to navigate to phpMyAdmin and log in. This is a tool which allows you to administer the database that your website uses. This be accessed by adding /phpmyadmin to your domain name in any internet browser. For example www.lcnsupport.co.uk/phpmyadmin When you are logged in, click on the database you would like to backup. This is normally the top option on the left hand side column. In our example, the Wordpress database is called _blog_www_wordpress_lcnsupport_co_uk. You now need to click the Export option which will allow you to export the database and download it to your local computer. You do not need to amend any of the default settings. Next click Go. Depending on your browser, it will ask you to download the file and save it to a location. Choose where you would like to save the file here. Whilst it might seem a daunting task, it's something that could save you a lot of worry and downtime should something happen to your website. When you perform the backup is up to yourself, but if you are updating your website regularly, it's best to do this when any major updates are made to ensure you have the latest backup.

Adding Google Analytics to your site

Google Analytics is a powerful, widely-used web analytics application that records important statistics about your website such as traffic levels, bounce rates, average time on-site, page views and more. Your LCN.com web hosting plan includes a tool to allow you to easily integrate Google Analytics with your site, without having to manually insert the tracking code on every page where it’s needed. How to add Google Analytics tracking code to your site To get started you’ll need to create a Google Analytics account for your domain and retrieve a Tracking ID from the Google Analytics system. To begin with, you will need to login to Google Analytics at the following page: www.google.com/analytics You will need a Google account and will be prompted to register if you do not have one already. After logging in, just select “sign-up” to start using Google Analytics. On the next page, you’ll be prompted to set up your account and your property. Your property is the website you wish to record Analytics data for. Fill in the required fields of data such as your website name, website URL, industry category and reporting time zone. Next visit Admin > Property > and look for “tracking code”, on this page in bold you’ll see your tracking ID. Your tracking ID will start “UA” followed by a series of numbers; it’ll look something like this “UA-12345678-1”. Once you have the tracking ID for your domain you can easily configure Google Analytics for your site, by going to the hosting section of your LCN account and selecting “manage site”. You can then enter the tracking ID under the Google Analytics section of the page and select “add”. Once you hit “add” the Google Analytics tracking code will be automatically inserted into all pages of your site. How to exclude pages on your site from Analytics tracking You can exclude folders/pages within your site from being tracked by Google Analytics – this can be done by selecting “Advanced Options” – then entering the path to any folders or files within your site that you want to exclude. If your site uses a content management system such as Wordpress or Joomla – this can be useful to stop Google Analytics from tracking access to the dashboard/admin pages for the site. How to access Google Analytics data for your site After following the steps outlined above to create your Google Analytics account and link it with the web hosting for your domain, you can go directly to your Google Analytics account to view data for your site. There will be a delay of up to 24 hours before Analytics Data for your site will be available. To learn more about using Google Analytics and understanding and working with Analytics data, please see the following page for a detailed guide: https://www.lcn.com/learn/google_analytics

How to create a subdomain

Subdomains let you display different websites to visitors who use particular hostnames under your domain in their browser address bar. For example, if your domain name was example.com you could create a subdomain for "blog" and show different websites to users who visit blog.example.com and www.example.com. Here's how to create a subdomain for your hosted domain name: Log in to your LCN.com account. Click the Hosting icon, then click Manage Site next to the domain you want to add a subdomain to. Click Subdomains in the Current Hosting menu on the left. In the Subdomain field enter the prefix for your new subdomains e.g. blog. Click Add Subdomain. When your subdomain has been created you can click on the Details link to find out your FTP settings. After you have connected with FTP you will see a folder with the same name as your subdomain e.g. blog.example.com. All that is left to do is upload your website to the web folder inside your subdomain folder. Here is quick demonstration

How to add a domain on Cloud hosting using cPanel

This guide will explain how to create domain accounts within the WHM control panel and how to access them using cPanel. For cloud hosting customers using the Vesta control panel, please click here for your support guide. If you are a customer on an LCN.com Web hosting plan, this guide will provide the relevant instructions. To add a domain account to cPanel, you will first need to log in to the WHM control panel. Select ‘Create a New Account’, under the menu for ‘Account functions’. You will then need to enter the following details to add a domain account to the server: Domain:Username:Password:Email: Select a package for the domain if you have created a package with customised hosting specifications or tick ‘select options manually’ to customise the hosting specifications. Leaving these options blank will apply unlimited resources by default. Select the required options for DNS settings and mail-routing options, then select ‘create’ to add the domain account to the server. Accessing cPanel for the domain account You can log in to cPanel for any domain accounts that you have created by going to: http://yourdomain.com:2083 or http://yourdomain/cpanel/ Or by adding - :2083 to the end of your server host-name if the domain has not yet been re-pointed to the server. You can also select the cPanel icon on the page to ‘list accounts’ under the ‘Account Information’ menu in WHM.

How to view your website traffic

Website Statistics are a great way to monitor the traffic that reaches your website. We provide statistics for all websites hosted on our Quantum platform and these are all accessible through any web browser. You can view website statistics from your LCN.com account by following the steps below. Log in to your LCN.com account. Click the Hosting icon and select Manage site next to the package you wish to manage. Click View your statistics in the Current Hosting menu on the left. This will open a new window with a login prompt. Log in with your LCN account username and password. Note: If you would like find out more about the website statistics package we provide, please visit http://awstats.sourceforge.net. Whilst the website statistics we provide are great for people who want an overview of their site traffic, if you want a more detailed breakdown we advise checking out Google Analytics. This is a free service provided by Google and this gives you a greater breakdown of the site traffic and behaviours of your visitors.

How to add a domain on Cloud hosting using Vesta Control Panel

This guide will explain how to add a domain name within the Vesta Control Panel. For cloud hosting customers using cPanel, please click here for your support guide. If you are a customer on an LCN.com Web hosting plan, this guide will provide the relevant instructions. To add a domain name within the Vesta control panel – select from the following menu options in the control panel: Web – adding a domain via the web menu will create a web-space for the domain on the server with the option to also enable DNS/Mail support. DNS – adding a domain via the DNS menu will create a DNS zone for the domain on the server. Mail – adding a domain via the mail menu will allow email accounts to be created at the domain without also adding web space for the domain. Select the plus icon on the relevant page to add a domain name: Then enter the domain name, complete any required fields and select ‘add’ to add a Web/DNS/Mail domain to the server:

How to configure a hosting package on Cloud hosting using Vesta control panel

This guide will explain how to configure specifications/resources allocated for domains added to Vesta control panel. For cloud hosting customers using cPpanel, click here for your support guide. You can create additional user accounts with access the Vesta control panel - this will allow users to add and manage domains within the control panel. The steps below will indicate how to add additional user accounts and limit the resources allocated to user accounts by configuring and applying a package to the account. Creating a user account is not required as you can add domains to the server using the default ‘admin’ user and using the default packages if you prefer: Creating control panel users in Vesta First, log in to the control panel Select the 'User' tab from the Vesta menu. Select the plus icon to add a new user to the control panel Complete the following fields to add a user account to Vesta: Username: Enter a username for the control panel account Password: Enter a password, or select 'generate'. Email: Enter an email address for the user account. Package: Select the package (resources) to allocate to this user account. Language: Select the panel language for the user account First Name: Enter first-name for the user account. Last Name: Enter last-name for the user account Send login credentials to email address: Enter to send the user account details to an email address. Configuring Packages in Vesta First, log in to the control panel Select the link for ‘Packages’ from the menu bar in the control panel Select the plus icon to create a new package, or select edit alongside an existing package to change the hosting specifications, You can then enter a package name and customise the specifications for any users added to the control panel and assigned to this package.

How to configure a hosting package on Cloud hosting using WHM/cPanel

This guide will explain how to configure the specifications/resources allocated to domains added to cPanel by creating packages in the WHM control panel. For cloud hosting customers using the Vesta control panel, click here for your support guide. Let’s get started… First, log in to your WHM control panel. Select ‘add a package’ from the packages menu in WHM: Enter a name for the package and then customise the resources that will be allocated to all domains assigned to this package. This will allow you to set quotas for disk usage, bandwidth, FTP account and email accounts for example: Select ‘add’ to save the package after customising any of the settings required. You can then apply this package to any domains that you add to the server when adding an account to WHM/cPanel.

How to upgrade your legacy web hosting

At LCN we understand the importance of providing our customers with stable and scalable hosting solutions. For this reason we actively encourage all our legacy hosting customers to benefit from our free upgrade service. Over the years, LCN.com have offered a wide variety of hosting solutions - many still in operation today (though no longer available for purchase on our website). These older style hosting plans, though the height of technology at their respective times, are far less resilient than the current generation of web hostings available today. These are our Quantum Hostings. Should you have any of the following listed hosting plans in your LCN.com account, you can upgrade your hosting to the equivalent Quantum Hosting at no charge (the equivalent hosting plan you would move onto takes into consideration cost and specification of what you currently require for your hosting). NT1, NT2, NT3, UN1, UN2, UN3, Any Telivo Hostings Do I need to be aware of anything, before upgrading? Due to the age difference in some of the hosting plans still in operation, you will need to consider 'compatibility' of what you are currently running or using on your web hosting. Though this may seem like a reason to put off an upgrade, you should be aware that many older hosting solutions do not benefit from the current patching and resilience testing that the newer generation of web hostings benefit from. We recommend contacting our friendly support desk on +44 (0)1438 342 490 to check for any compatibility issues. You can alternatively send us any email through our contact form here. The upgrade process Before we actually upgrade your legacy hosting to a Quantum hosting, you need to have checked you have done the following: Made a back-up of your current web hosting content (saved locally to your computer). Downloaded or otherwise saved any and all e-mail from your hosting plan (again stored/saved locally to your computer). Downloaded or saved any databases you might be using that is part of your web hosting. The upgrade process will involve re-uploading your website content after the hosting plan has been reconfigured. This can generally be accomplished through FTP. Once your new hosting plan has finished setting up, you will also need to recreate any email addresses you were originally using. You can use exactly the same email addresses you had in your older hosting, your hosting plan simply needs to be informed what these will be (these can now all be created and managed directly through your LCN.com dashboard). Upgrading your legacy hosting plan If you are ready to upgrade your hosting plan (checked for compatibility and have made backups of your content), you can begin your free upgrade of your Legacy hosting by submitting your interest to upgrade to our Support Team on +44 (0)1438 342 490 or by sending us an email here. Our support staff will also be happy to simply discuss the upgrade procedure, or check for any compatibility/functionality issues should you be uncertain.

How to manage software versions on Cloud hosting using CPANEL

This guide will explain how to upgrade installed software versions for PHP/Mysql using cPanel, including how to update the cPanel version. We would recommend taking backups of any important data before applying any updates/upgrades. Updating PHP Version You can update the PHP version installed for Apache on your server using cPanel by following the steps outlined below: Log in to your WHM control panel Locate the menu header ‘Software’ on the left hand menu and expand the section. Select ‘EasyApache 3’ (it will then check the system to ensure it is ready for any changes) Select the gear symbol located under the Actions heading for the 'Default' profile. The next page will show you your current Apache Version – Select Next Step Select the version of PHP you wish to update to, then select: Next Step If you are updating the PHP version for a specific service such as ‘IonCube Loader’ or ‘Suhosin 0.9.36 for PHP’ then you can enable these in the ‘Short Options List’. If not the default settings will be already ticked and you can select the ‘Save and Build’ option at the bottom of the page. At this point you will be made aware of the following: Termination of the build process will result in data loss! The build process is designed to run in the background until complete. Prematurely killing this process will leave your Apache configuration in an unusable state requiring restoration from backups The build will then auto start after 5 seconds and begin the upgrade and can take up to 30 minutes to complete depending on your chosen configuration. – You may be prompted to save the config towards the end of the upgrade. Updating MSQL Version It is recommended to backup any active databases before updating Mysql versions Log in to your WHM control panel. Locate the menu header ‘Software’ on the left hand menu and expand the section. Select the ‘MYSQL/MariaDB Upgrade’ option The options for regrading are then presented and you can select the one you want and hit ‘Next’. The system will then do a check to ensure the server is ready to complete the changeover and if it is it will ask you to agree to any potential consequences: Select your upgrade type: Unattended Upgrade: This option automatically rebuilds Apache and PHP with the last saved defaults. It will also automatically update Ruby Gems, and rebuild Apache and PHP. Partially-Interactive Upgrade: This option automatically updates Ruby Gems, but it will not rebuild Apache and PHP until you choose to do so. Interactive Upgrade: This option steps you through the upgrade process. This process includes the update of Ruby Gems, the update of MySQL/MariaDB, and the rebuild of Apache and PHP. Click to continue - The upgrade will then start and may take up to 30 minutes to complete. Upgrading your control panel version Updates are automatic but they can be released in stages or may require forcing through. If your cPanel update is being affected by the staging process you will see a yellow alert at the top of your control panel: The last attempt to update cPanel & WHM was blocked. Details:Upgrade to the next LTS is blocked until *Date* in order to distribute upgrades over a five day period. If you wish to upgrade now, you can do so now with the force option. Log in to your WHM control panel. Locate the menu header ‘cPanel’ on the left hand menu and expand the section. Select Upgrade to Latest Version. Select the option ‘Click to Upgrade’ The upgrade will then start and can take up to 30 minutes to complete.

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