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Chapter 18 - Setting up domain hosting

Why use domain hosting?
The main reason is to improve SEO (search engine optimisation). Search engines prefer a web pages with text to read and hosting your domain name with us will give them that. Combined with our dynamic scripting to make your text content visible to search engines even when you are using a Flash template, this gives a high degree of visibility to your site and will help to get your search ranking higher.

Note: if you are interested in reading about search engine optimisation, we have an online article which may be of use: http://www.layerspace.com/search-engine-optimisation/
HOW TO HOST YOUR DOMAIN NAME WITH US
IMPORTANT! You must already own the domain name in order to host it with us. Adding domain hosting does not buy a domain name.

Click on the ‘DOMAINS’ tab, and then click ‘add a domain’. You can add one domain for each website available under your price plan.

Domain name: Enter your domain name (do not enter ‘www.’) and the ending (eg ‘fredbloggs.com’)
Email name: Enter the name or word that you want to use as an email address with your domain name (eg if you want your email address to be ‘fred@fredbloggs.com’ you should enter ‘fred’ as your email name.
Email password: Enter the password which you want to use to access email sent to the email address you are creating.
Website to use: Choose which website to use for this domain name. If your price plan only allows one website you will only have that one to choose from.

Click continue and follow the instructions

Completion
When you have completed the order process your hosting will be set up. You will be sent an email with details of how to complete the setup of your hosting and how to use your new email address.

In order to complete the setup of your domain hosting, you will need to change the NAMESERVERS in the control panel of your domain name registrar. This step is vital and hosting will not work until you have done this.

WARNING: All hosting and email accounts which are currently associated with your domain name will stop working when you complete the process.

NAMESERVERS
The nameservers which you set for your domain name to point to your LayerSpace website are:

ns1.layersites.com
ns2.layersites.com

Domain hosting will not work until you change the nameservers.
After you have made the change you may need to wait up to 48 hours for the change to ‘propogate’ across the internet.

EMAIL SETTINGS
When your domain hosting has been set up and is working you can access the email account which was created when you set up the domain hosting with us.

You can find these details by clicking ‘email settings’ next to the domain name after clicking the ‘domains’ tab. Use these settings to access your email from computers, tablets and smartphones.

WEBMAIL
You can also use webmail to access your email, for instance from an internet cafe.
Just type your domain name followed by a forward slash and ‘webmail’ (eg www.fredbloggs.com/webmail). Then enter your email address and the password you set up to access your email.


CONTROL OF YOUR DOMAIN
If you decide you no longer wish to host your domain with us, just changing the nameservers will move the domain to another host. This gives you full control over your domain name and it means you are not tied to using LayerSpace for hosting.

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