In addition to using your server
to store, share and back up your data, EZblue Business Server can also be
configured to host your personal or business website and mail server.The
web server module is included as a standard option in the server software.
However, the mail server module is an add on module. All server modules are
included and active in the demo version of the server software and ready
for you to try.
Advantage of running your own
There are many advantages for hosting your own website and running you own web
The first advantage is cost savings resulting from not having to pay a hosting
company a monthly fee to host your website. The second advantage is
You can host many sites on your server. And be in control of all your data
since your web files all reside on your server.
Things to consider before getting started:
your web server is an easy task to perform on EZblue Server. However, there
are few things that youneed to understand and check before you get started.The
list below should help you get started:
A- Make sure you have enough disk space on your server.Any disk 80GB or
higher should be more than enough for storing and hosting any standard website
for a small business.
B- High speed Internet, cable modem or DSL service should be sufficient
unless you are expecting lots of traffic to your website.
C- Basic understanding of your router and how to configure it to
allow the traffic to pass to your server. This is generally called port forwarding or
virtual server setup in your router settings.
D- Fixed or dynamic IP. The IP address you are getting from your Internet service
provider (ISP) is either a fixed IP address or it is dynamically assigned . If
it is dynamically assigned then you need to get DDNS service to keep track of
your IP address. You will need to set your router to forward the traffic from
the public IP address assigned to your account to the server internal IP
E- Last but not least, you will need a domain name like www.myweb.com so the
world knows how to get to yourwebsite. You have to select a domain for your website
and register with one of the many services out there like href="http://www.dyndns.com">www.dyndns.com.
We recommend dyndns because you can register your domain name and also set your
DDNS service with them all at the same time.
Web Server Setup
Configuring the web server module is very easy. All you need is to have admin level access
to the server Dashboard and the Magellan Desk Top. Please follow the steps
below to publish your website:
Step 1. Logon to the server
Logon to the server to access the server Dashboard. Make sure you log on as a user
with admin privilege see page 11 for more information).
Step 2. Add a Folder
From the Server Dashboard click on Folders and select Add New Folder. Call the
folder any name you would like for example www or website. This folder will be
used to store your website files. Click Apply when done. For the rest of the web
module setup we will use the folder (www) and the server IP address as an example to
describe the rest of the steps.To find your server internal IP address
click on Server Tools and select Network settings.
To host more that one website
just add more folders.Each folder can have a different
domain name assigned to it or many domains can point to the same folder If you
do need to FTP your files click on Users & Group, click on the user
name and select the folder that you want to FTP Using your ftp client software
connect to the server and use the user name and password to start the
Step 3. Configuring the Web Module
Click on Modules, Click on Web Server Module, Click on the New Web Site button. You
will see the following image:
From the folders list select the folder www that will hold your website files. Enter an IP
address, a host name or domain name for you website. For testing you may
use the server IP address. Example (192.168.0.201). Select Yes for Default if you want
to make this website your main website. Check Allow webmail access if you are
planning on setting up a mail server later. Click Apply when
Step 4.Copying the website
files to the www folder below:
Before you can copy your website
file to the www folder, you first need to have the folder mounted on your
PC desktop. To do that use the Magellan Desk Top program. If you have
Magellan already running right click on the Magellan icon located at right
hand corner at bottom of your computer screen. Select Manage Network
Folders. You should see the image
Once Magellan finds all the
folders on the server, it will map them by assigning each folder a letter.
Make sure the www folder has a drive letter assigned to
it. If you wish to change the letter assignment do so and then click
''Apply'' when finished. Now you should see your www
folder on the Magellan Desk Top as shown in the image
Click on the www folder in
the Magellan desk top to open
Select all the websites file
from the folder on your PC and copy them over to the www folder. Close the
www folder. If you do need to FTP your files to the folder see page 17. Go
to your Internet browser and enter your website domain name or the test IP
address you assigned it. If you used the server IP address to test your
website, then enter that. For example: http://192.168.0.201 as showing
bellow. Later you can go back to the web module and change it to the domain
name that you registered. Your website should be up and running. Remember
to set your router to forward the traffic to the server and to set your
DDNS service if you are using dynamically assigned IP address by your ISP.