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How to upload website files to a Cpanel account

Having completed creating your website locally arises then need to host the website.

After purchase of domain name and hosting account, this tutorial becomes crucial

There are possibly two situations

a.) A website with no database

b.) A database driven Website

a.) Hosting a no database website

This could be a purely HTML site or even php.

It is the simplest website to host.

There are two ways of uploading the website files to a hosting account

  1. Mass Upload using File Manager
  2. FTP upload using FTP Client

1.Mass Upload Using File Manager.

Zip your website files – make sure you use .zip extension i.e mywebsitefiles.zip

From your browser access the hosting account that you already purchased.

http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel

i.e after your domain url put /cpanel and load it.

Login with username and password provide from TrueHost

A successful login  takes to the Cpanel (control panel) area.

Click on the ‘File Manager’ icon

Make sure it leads you to the public_html or www directory

If it leads you to another directory like home, click on public_html or www links to go the public_html or www directory.

Click on ‘Upload’ link

Browse the location of mywebsitefiles.zip

Select mywebsitefiles.zip to start upload.

When upload is complete, click on go back to /home/username/public_html (username is your Cpanel username) link to go back to public_html or www directory

Among other folder or files in the directory there is mywebsitefiles.zip

Right click on it and select’ Extract’ option

Content of files are extracted to a mywebsitefiles folder

Double click on the mywebsitefiles folder to open it

Select all the files

Click on the button / menu link ‘Move’

Choose the correct directory to move your files to i.e /home/username/public_html

(by just removing the /mywebsitefiles from the already provided path )

Click ‘ok’/ ‘move’ to move them

Click ‘up one level’ to go to the public_html or www directory

You may delete the empty folder mywebsitefiles and mywebsitefiles.zip

 

You are now up and live. –congratulation

 

  1. FTP upload using FTP Client

Open a FTP client software like FileZilla (if already installed, download for free and install if not) from your computing device

Login with credentials provided

Host: yourdomain.com

Username: your Cpanel username

Password: your Cpanel username

Port: 21

The click Quickconnect button

It will open your hosting account on the ‘Remote Site’ panel – on the right side

Click on public_html or www folder to go to the public_html directory

On the left panel is the location of website on your computer yourwebsitefiles

Make sure on the left panel you can see your website files and folders

Use Ctrl+A or otherwise to select all your website files,

Right click on them and choose the option ‘upload’

Upload of files start, if it times out choose an option Resume to upload files in the queue incrementally

When you see directory listing successful – disconnected from the server.

Bingo!  You are up and live – congratulation

 

 

 

b.) Hosting a database Driven Website

 

Best Domain Registrar Companies in Kenya and Globally.

There are several domain registration companies in the world total to over a million, some being ICANN accredited but most operating as resellers.

Most domain registrar companies operate or provide other secondary services including  web hosting, servers, cloud services, reseller webhosting VPS,  and other services that a client buying domain may require. Such companies include Godaddy, Hostgator, Name.com, Kenya Website Experts, TrueHost Kenya, CloudPap among other. In Kenya Domain registrar with quality secondary services include Sasahost, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, EA directory, Kenya Web, CloudPap, Peak n Dale among others.

A few years ago domain registrar used to be ISP companies only, that are why companies like Safaricom, iWay Africa still provide domain registration services. Currently times have changed and more players have come in most specializing in domain registration and offering better services.

When choosing a domain registrar consider the following

1.Support and Technical know how

One of the most important qualities for a great domain registrar.When a buyer buys from some ISP companies, companies that do not specialize in the service, remember those companies are in most cases ill equipped in terms of technical customer support.Consider specialist in the industry, companies always innovating to offer more superior services, can never go wrong with Truehost Kenya.

2.Availability of other supporting services like web and Email hosting.

It can be hectic to register a domain with one company then get hosting or any other service from another company. Consider what will happen when renew two services instead of one.

3.Pricing strategy

Be aware of domain registrars with cunning pricing stratergy, they lower their domain prices in bid to get customers but give no information on renewal fees such as Godaddy, you may buy a domain at $7 only to have its renewal fee at $18, that makes total cost of ownership for a period of 2 years to be $25.Consider going for a domain providers with guaranteed renewal fees despite the offers; look like companies like Name.com, Kenya Websites Experts, Truehost Kenya, Sasahost, CloudPap

4.Price

Take the fairest price considering all the other factors

 

Domain names Transfer

It refers to the process of changing the domain registrar managing a domain.

It is usually a simple process but takes a few days – from six days for completion.

 

The process involves the holding domain registrar unlocking the domain and submitting a transfer code popularly known as EPP code. This is a simple code that that is used to verify the domain transfers process.

 

The Receiving Domain Registrar is supposed to feed the incoming domain at the domain management portal as a transfer, then verify by feeding the EPP code.

 

It may be free or attract a fee, when it attracts a fee it is usually a domain renewal fee and therefore in that case the domain is transferred and renewed for a year.

When it’s free, old expiring dates remain.

 

International domains usually attract a transfer fee and therefore complete transfers include domain renewal at least for a year.

 

As for .KE domains transfers in Kenya charge or no charge option differ with the domain registrar, some registrar charge, other do not, and therefore do not renew the domain upon transfer.

 

.KE Domain Extensions in Kenya

There are about .ke domain extension provided by KENIC through the accredited domain registrar companies.

Each extension serves a different purpose, though the customer is at liberty to choose any domain extension for his business apart from the controlled domains.

Extensions include:

co.ke

This is an extension intended for commercial entities or companies in Kenya just like .com at an international level.

or.ke

Intended for not for profit organizations or NGO’s located in Kenya, just like .org on an international level.

 

ne.ke

This is a special domain extension intended for network devices, just like .net on an international level

me.ke

This is a special extension intended for personalized blogs, websites and emails just like .me on international level

mobi.ke

An extension that is reserved for mobile websites or mobile content just like .mobi on an international level

info.ke

This is a domain extension provided specifically for information provider’s entities in Kenya just like .info at an international level.

 

Controlled Domain Extensions – require supporting Documents

There are three domain extensions in Kenya whose registration is controlled, in other words a client is expected to provide some supporting documents for the registration process to go through. These domains include:

 

go.ke

This is a domain extension reserved for governmental bodies and agencies in Kenya just like .gov. In addition to the Body or Agency providing an official request, the process is handled by ICT Authority of Kenya.

ac.ke

This is another controlled domain extension reserved for institutions of higher learning; they include tertiary institutions, colleges, and universities, in Kenya just like .edu at a global level. Supporting documents in additional to a request by the institution have to be submitted for the process to go through. Supporting Documents include; a letter or certificate of registration from ministry of education as an institution of higher learning.

sc.ke

This is another controlled domain extension reserved for lower and middle institutions of learning such as low grade, primary schools, and secondary schools in Kenya. Supporting documents required for the registration to go through include:

An official request from the institution requesting

A copy of registration certificate or letter from the ministry of education.

All supporting documents must bear the name of the registering body and with classification matching the intended category for the domain.

 

Now you know choose your domain wisely.

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