Socket Web Hosting customers, please follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your Web site and set up your virtual E-mail accounts.

(Not a Web Hosting Customer? Call 1-800-SOCKET-3 for more information).


Refer to the hosting E-mail for server and login info.

  • If your hosting package includes a Web site, publish your Web site to the /var/www/html folder.
    Note: Any Perl/CGI scripts will need to be uploaded to the/var/www/cgibin folder.
  • If you need an FTP client, you can find a list here.


  • You are responsible for publishing and editing your Web site, including uploading it to the server and making any changes. We provide the server to host the Web site and offer support if you have problems publishing the site.
  • We may be able to offer suggestions for other problems, but we cannot copy the contents of your Web site from another hosting company, and we cannot create or edit the pages.


Refer to the hosting E-mail for instructions on how to log into the site administration page.

After logging into the site administration page you can view details about the Web site's traffic by following these instructions:

  • Click the home link in the menu on the left.

To find more details, including graphs:

  • Log into the site administration page
  • Click the site traffic, analog, and webalizer links in the menu on the left.


If your hosting package includes support for a database, log into the the site administration page and follow these steps:

  • Click the services link from the menu on the left.
  • Click the pencil icon beside MySQL in the services list and click change password to specify a password for your databases.
    Note: the username for your databases will also be shown on this screen.
  • Once a password has been set, click the create database link.
  • Then, specify a name for the database, and click save.

To configure the new database:

  • Click the manage databases link.
  • Click the MySQL administration tool link, and log in with the database username and password from the change password page.

The server uses a program called phpmyadmin to configure the databases. For more information on how to use this program:

  • Click the help button (a word balloon with a question mark in it, on the left, under the phpmyadmin logo) or browse to for this and further documentation.


If your web hosting package includes E-mail hosting, log into the site administration page to set up your accounts.

  • Click the mailboxes/users link in the menu on the left.
  • Click the add user link at the top.
  • For the username, fill in the first part of the e-mail address with the name that you want to use.


    • For example, if you wanted the username to be info, then your e-mail address would be info followed by the name of your domain, (,, etc, etc..). Your full e-mail address will then look like
      Note: be sure to specify something in the Real name field as well. This is used by the vacation autoresponder feature.
  • Fill in the password you want to use for this E-mail account in the two blanks beside password
  • Disk quota specifies how much mail this account is allowed to store. This should normally be set to 10 or 20 megabytes.
    Note: You may need to set this higher if this mail account is expected to receive many large attachments. Keep in mind, setting this value higher and storing more mail in one account will limit how much mail the rest of the accounts combined can store.
  • The mail server is typically set up with enough space to allow up to 10MB of mail per user.

To edit an E-mail account:

  • Click on the mailboxes/users link in the menu on the left.
  • Click the pencil icon to the right of the user you want to edit.
  • To remove a user, click on the trash can icon to the right of the user you want to remove.

To set up your mail client to check this new account, browse to and follow these instructions:

  • Click on How do I set up my E-mail program, and select your mail client from the list.

Continue following these steps if you are using Microsoft Outlook

  • Click the Tools menu.
  • Click Accounts and choose View or Change an existing Email account and click Next


When you come to the window directing you to specify your e-mail address (regardless of what mail client you are using) make sure you carefully follow these instructions:

  • For the e-mail address, instead of typing, you will use In the example above, this would be
  • For the incoming and outgoing mail servers, instead of, use
  • For the account name, type whatever you selected for the username followed by From the example above, if you specified a username of info, you would set the username field to

If you would like to set up E-mail aliases to forward all E-mail fom one address to another follow these instructions:

  • Click on the aliases link in the menu on the left.
  • Click on the add an alias link at the top.
  • Specify the alias you want to set up (for example, info).
  • Either select an account to forward the alias to from the list or specify an E-mail address to forward it to below.
  • Click add alias.


For information regarding DNS changes, refer to your web hosting e-mail.