Website Hosting Getting Started Guide

SkyStra
Sep 15, 2020

Welcome to Website Hosting by Skystra! 

This guide will help you get started on your new Website Hosting service. 

How Do I Login To My Client Account?

You can log in to your account directly from our website through the Sign In button at the top right corner.

Your username is always the email you used to sign up and the password is the one you set at sign up. 

If you forgot your password, you can click Forgot Password and get a new one by email. 

Your client account provides all the information that you need about your hosting account and allows you to manage all aspects of it.

You can see all active services and domains you own, pay or view invoices and contact our support team.

How Can I Build My Website?

Your Website Hosting service comes with a cPanel control panel and an App Library containing over 250 apps to install and build your website with.

Click here for instructions on how to get to cPanel.

Once you’re on cPanel, scroll down to Skystra Apps, that’s the app library where you can install any app you’d like with 1-click.

WordPress

We recommend using WordPress to build your website as it’s easy to use and gives you a lot of features. 

WordPress currently powers 30% of the top 10 million websites on the web. It’s easy to set up, operate, update, can be used for any website type (from a little blog to an online store), and extended by many free or paid plugins and themes.

To install WordPress on your account, log in to your AccountCenter Client Area, select your service, and click on WordPress Tools under the Quick Shortcuts section:

This will take you directly to your WordPress Manager where you can install and manage your WordPress applications:

Next, click the Install button in the top left corner:

Next:

  • Choose the version of WordPress that you want to install (the most recent one will be auto-selected)
  • Choose your domain name (your primary domain name will be auto-selected)
  • Fill in the Site Name and Description
  • A secure Admin Username & Password will be auto-generated (make sure to note them down)
  • Select the language of your WordPress installation (English is set by default)
  • Expand the Advanced Options section, and enable automatic WordPress core, plugins, and themes updates (recommended!) 
  • Select a theme (a default theme will be auto-selected, you can leave it and always change it later from your WordPress dashboard)

Here’s an example of everything filled out:

Once ready, click the Install button to finish installing WordPress. 

To log in to your WordPress Dashboard, simply click the Login button in the middle of the screen:

This is the most straightforward and easy way to access your WordPress dashboard.

You can also log into your WordPress dashboard by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name) and use your secure Admin username & password.

Once you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard, you can start building your website.

Advanced WordPress Features

If you click the arrow on the right-hand side to expand the view for your WordPress installation, you will see additional features that allow you to create a staging website, cloned website, or create a backup.

How Else Can I Build My Website?

Your Website Hosting service also allows you to install other apps like Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Moodle, or any other popular PHP applications.

Joomla

Joomla is one of the most famous free content management systems (CMS) that allows you to create and manage a dynamic website efficiently. It has an intuitive administration interface to manage all the features and functionality this powerful CMS provides. Moreover, there are thousands of free extensions created for Joomla that enables users to extend its functionality and customize it to their own goals. Joomla CMS also has a vast and tight-knit community where less experienced members can get the help of more experienced ones.

Drupal

Drupal is free software that can be used by everyone, even people lacking technical skills, to create and manage many different types of websites easily. The application involves a content management system and a development framework.

Here are various types of websites Drupal can be used for:

  • Personal or corporate websites
  • Blogs
  • Forums
  • Ecommerce sites
  • Intranets
  • Social media sites

Magento

Magento is an eCommerce software built on open source technology that provides Ecommerce entrepreneurs with an excellent shopping cart system and control over their website’s appearance, content, and functionality. 

Magento provides a powerful marketing, search engine optimization, and catalog-management tools. We strongly believe that Magento is one of the best eCommerce applications available today, with various editions ranging from free community versions to extensive, large-scale enterprise SaaS-based systems.

Moodle

If you want to create a learning platform – Moodle is your best bet. As a highly flexible Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle is often used to teach courses online or face-to-face learning and training. You can also install many free and paid plugins for assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and group and collaborative learning. 

How Do I Set Up My Email?

Setting up the email is very straightforward. 

Log into cPanel and then follow these steps: 

  • Click on the Email Accounts under the Email section.
  • Click the Create button at the top right corner.
  • Create an email username and password
  • Set your quota to unlimited 
  • Click on the Create button

Here’s an example of everything filled out:

How Can I Access My Email Inbox?

To access Webmail, log in to your cPanel control panel, and click on the Email Accounts option under Email section:

Then, click the Check Email option next to your email address:

A webmail application will then open in a new window:

Quick Security Tips

Here are some quick security tips from our team: 

  • Make sure your passwords are not easy to guess. Use password generators when available.
  • Make sure your passwords are not all the same and include special characters that are hard to guess.
  • Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) anywhere you can.
  • Make sure that any CMS you use, especially WordPress, is always up-to-date, including any themes or plugins you use on it.

That’s it! We hope this guide helps build and manage your online presence on your Website Hosting service.