Getting Started With Cloud Sites: Uploading Your Content
Note: This article is written for our Cloud Sites Control Panel. You can get to it from the Cloud Control Panel by clicking your name in the upper-right corner and selecting Cloud Sites Control Panel.
Now that you have successfully created your domain in Cloud Sites, you will most likely want to begin uploading content to your website. This article will show you how to locate your FTP (File Transfer Protocol) credentials and connect to the Rackspace Cloud FTP servers.
In order to add content to your web site you will need to log in with an FTP client using your FTP settings. Let's start by showing you where you can locate your FTP settings.
To find your domain's FTP settings follow these easy steps:
1. Log in to the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel
2. Navigate to Hosting->Cloud Sites
Once you have logged into your FTP server a list of websites associated with your username and password will be displayed. Choose the domain you wish to upload your website files into, open it and you will find three additional directories.
One of the three directories will be labeled "web". The other two folders are for server side stats and log reporting and should not be deleted or edited.
Open the "web" directory and you should see two more directories labeled "cgi-bin" and "content." If you have CGI or Perl files they will need to be uploaded into the "cgi-bin" folder. Your HTML, ASP, PHP, images and other web files should be uploaded into your "content" folder.
Here is a roadmap of the FTP server that will be very similar to your domain's layout:
/www.yourdomain.com <-----Your domain's root directory /web /cgi-bin <----- CGI and Perl files go inside this directory /yourscript.pl /yourscript.cgi /content <----- Website files need to be uploaded into this directory /index.html /image.jpg /stats <----- Do not delete or edit /logs <----- Do not delete or edit
NOTE: By default, your site will have an index.html. In order to display your new content, please delete the default index.html or rename this to something like index.html.bak
That covers the basics of building your first website with Rackspace Cloud Sites. At this point, you should be fairly comfortable with Hosting Plans, and what they are used for as well as how to create new Hosting Plans and modify existing ones. You've also successfuly added your first domain and connected to the FTP servers to begin uploading your content.
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