Hosting/FTP Overview

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What is FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and as the name suggests, it's a method used to transfer files from one computer to another, or from a computer to a server. As an iMedia student, you'll mainly use FTP to transfer files such as .HTML, .CSS, .MOV, .MP3, and more from your local computer over to your web hosting site's server. Initially, FTP was accomplished through the Command Line interface. Today, however, there are a number of different software applications that allow you to work through a GUI (Graphical User Interface) such as Fetch, Cyberduck, and FileZilla.

Web Hosting at Elon University

SFTP to student.elon.edu using Fetch, Cyberduck, or another FTP client. Your Elon user ID and password will gain you access to the system. Your username will be part of your URL as well: //student.elon.edu/username. For example, Professor Moner's URL is http://student.elon.edu/wmoner. Simply substitute your username for mine and you're all set to access your page through a web browser. Remember, the first page of your folder should be index.html or index.php if you want a page to show up automatically. If you need to access a subpage, you'll need to access by indicating the specific filename http://student.elon.edu/username/details.html.

Your space is capped at 100MB on this server.

Elon's server supports HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. The server does not support MySQL or some of the newer HTML5 tags such as <video> and <audio>. If you require a database management system (DBMS), you'll need to look to Reclaim Hosting as an alternative, particularly if you need support for Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, or other popular CMS environments.

Although you'll need to obtain a web hosting package outside of the Elon Student Server, this space provides a great "sandbox" for local development and testing of your websites.

To see more, including directions for connecting to the Elon Student Server Via FTP: Elon Student Server

Domain Registration with Namecheap

NameCheap offers free .me domain names for students with a valid .edu email account. Many other TLD options (.com, .net, others) are available at variable pricing.

Web Hosting with Reclaim

Web hosting and domain registration can be a very confusing thing if you’ve never been through the process or worked with it before. This info will hopefully help make it an easier for you. There are a plethora of companies and packages available that provide both domain registration and web hosting. That’s the upside: you almost always use one service (company) for both hosting and registration needs. In an effort to streamline the process for you, our iMedia students, we’re asking that you all use Reclaim Hosting, a very solid company that can provide both the domain registration and hosting, and is very academically minded. Previous alums from past years have vouched for their quality of service as well as their friendly and quick customer service.

Let’s take a second to understand the difference between hosting and domain registration. Domain registration is the act of securing a URL, or name if you want to think of it like that. It’s the g-o-o-g-l-e in www.google.com. You pay to have the name you want for your site. If everybody’s site had the same name or url, the internet wouldn’t work! Hosting is the space provided on a server to store, or host, your files that make up your website. You pay a fee to your hosting company so that you can have space to keep your files on their server. It’s like renting an apartment in an apartment building. You pay rent, they give you space.

Reclaim Hosting:

http://reclaimhosting.com/pricing/

Following that link will take you to Reclaim’s shared hosting plans and you’ll see they have a “students & individuals” option at a very reasonable $25 for 12 months. That’s a little over $2 a month and it really doesn’t get much cheaper than that for a reputable hosting service. The plan provides 2 GB of storage space, unlimited subdomains, and again, great customer service.

Things you’ll need to have to begin the process:

• A credit card for billing purposes

• A domain name that you’ll want to use. Many people attempt to use their name as a domain and that’s perfectly fine, even encouraged. You’ll have the opportunity to check the availability of your desired domain name as you go through the process.

• From there, the registration process is really straight forward.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.