In addition to the basic publishing information described in detail above, you can also enter various other pieces of information relating to your Web site by clicking on the button.
This will open the following screen:
The information on this page is not crucial for publishing your site. In fact, you can publish to the web without entering any of this information, but it is really worthwhile spending the short amount of time necessary to find out and enter this information as it could save you hours of wasted time farther down the line.
The aim of the Extra Publishing Details tab is to provide you with a place where you can record all information relating to any domains you own. Everything from e-mail details through to the username and password for logging onto any control panel that the hosting company may provide you with.
Below are details for each of the fields.
Domain Expires – When you register a domain name it will usually be for a period of years, from as little as a single year up to as many as five or more depending on the kind of domain you registered (e.g. .com, .co.uk, .info) and the registration company you used to register the domain.
Registered With – When you register a domain name on the Internet it will usually be directly with a domain registrar such as DirectNic or GoDaddy or with a web host who will then register it themselves with a domain registrar. It is always worth making a note of who you registered the domain with as without this information it can be difficult to renew the domain name when the time comes.
You can find a list of recommended domain name registrars by visiting:
Home Page File Name – When you visit a Web site and do not specify a particular page the web server you have arrived at will load what is known as the default home page. Usually, this is index.html or index.htm. If you do not enter anything in this box then XSitePro will assume that you want the default home page to be index.html and so will rename your chosen home page as index.html at the time of publishing. The page you want to be your actual home page is chosen on the Web pages tab.
Hosting Company – Enter the name of the company you are using to host the Web site. If you do not already have a web host for your site there are thousands to choose from. They range from the appallingly bad to the amazingly good and from the incredibly cheap to the ridiculously expensive so it can be quite a task finding the right hosting company for your specific needs.
The host you choose will often depend on the kind of site you are publishing. If you are publishing a site that will generate huge amounts of traffic then you need to find a hosting company that can cope with the volumes of traffic you are anticipating. If you're on a limited budget and are not anticipating thousands of visitors a day, at least to start with, then you will probably want to cut your cloth accordingly and choose to go with one of the cheaper operations.
You can find a lot more information on choosing a web host and some incredibly cheap hosting companies that we've come across (less than $10 per annum) on the following page:
Hosting Company URL – Once you've settled on a hosting company for your Web site make a note of their home page in this field. It is very easy to forget who you used to host a particular site so adding this kind of information is good housekeeping. The small button next to this field provides you with a quick way of visiting the url you enter should you ever wish to do so. It saves you having to cut and paste the address into your browser window.
Support e-mail – If the hosting company you are using provide access to support via e-mail, most of them do, make a note of the e-mail address. This will save you having to search through all of your old e-mails to find the address should anything go wrong. Having immediate access to the e-mail address means you will be able to contact them quicker, which means any problems you have will be sorted out faster.
Cost/Payment – Make a note of how much you paid for your web hosting in this box. It is worth keeping a note of how much you paid and for what period that payment covered (e.g. monthly, annual), how you made the payment (e.g. credit card), and when any additional payments are required. This is a memo field so you can enter as much text as you need to.
Control Panel URL – Some web hosts give you access to what is known as a control panel. This will let you perform such tasks as setting up new e-mail address, creating auto-responders, setting-up sub-domains, etc. If your web hosts offer control panel access to your domain make a note of the url in this box. If you do have access to a control panel you will usually be given both an username and password that you need to enter whenever you visit the control panel. Enter these details in the appropriate boxes.
Name Server 1, 2 and 3 – For a domain to work correctly it needs to be listed correctly in a name server, or preferably more than one name server in case the first one should develop a fault. Your web hosting company will provide you with these details when you purchase the web space. You do not need them for publishing your Web site, but you will need them when you register your domain name so it is worth making a note of them in case you ever need to change your domain name settings (move to a different registrar for example).
SMTP Server – An SMTP server is the technical term for the server that sends your e-mail. When you order web space you will often be provided with some e-mail services at no extra cost. To make use of these e-mail services you will need to know both the SMTP server address (e.g. smtp.mysite.com) and the POP3 server details (e.g. mail.mysite.com). These will vary from hosting company to hosting company and you will usually be provided with the details at the time you order your web space.
POP3 Server – The POP3 server is the term for the server where you get access to the e-mail you receive. In most cases your e-mail will be stored on a POP3 server before you log on and download it to your computer using your e-mail client (e.g. Microsoft Outlook).
Other Notes – Enter any other information you need to in this box. This may include times and dates if your web space is unavailable for any reason (it's always worth making a note of this just in case) and technical notes you need particularly if you've had to contact the web host's support department for any reason. You might also include contact names and addresses for the hosting company, a monthly traffic summary for the site … whatever you like.