What is Cobalt control panel used for?
Cobalts are very easy to use. They come with a very easy to use GUI
control panel. You only need a web browser to run it.
control panel has two levels:
How do I set up my virtual web site?
- 1. Site administrator - this would
be the owner of the virtual site. They will have a control panel for
the site only (remove/add user, remove/add email, create a mailing list,
manage disk space, back up files, etc.)
- 2. Site user panel -change user name,
password, set up email options, monitor use of disk space, etc.
We recommend to go to http://www.demo.cobalt.com/for
a demo of the control panel."
Site admin does
not work in a foreign country, Why?
Here are the steps for setting up your
virtual website. EXAMPLE: www.yourdomain.com/siteadmin
Allow 72 Hours for Domain
Name to be moved, you will not be able
to access your site until the domain is resolving correctly
- From your domain register change
the name servers
Primary DNS server hostname = ns1.virtualcobalts.com
Secondary DNS server hostname = ns2.virtualcobalts.com
- Use an ftp client or Front page
to add your files to your site
- Login with webmaster as user name
and your password for front page extensions.
- Setup your admin by using your assigned
password at www.yourdomain.com/siteadmin
- Use the FAQ to setup services
- That should do it
Configuring email forwarding:
You have to enable the English version
of Internet Explorer. First, ensure that you have the latest version
of Internet Explorer. Then go into the menus: Tools-<Internet Options->Languages).
Click on "Add" button and select "English (United States) [us-en]" from
the list. Then make sure English is set to be first or else it will
To set up email forwarding accounts
- Go to the Site Management section
for the virtual site you wish to configure.
- Click the User Management button.
- Select the user you wish to modify
and click the corresponding Email icon.
- To configure Email Forwarding, enter
a single email address where you'd like mail to be forwarded. You cannot
specify multiple recipients here. You must use the Email Alias feature
if you wish to forward mail to more than one address.
- For Email Aliases, you may specify
multiple destination addresses within the current domain. By default,
the system is configured to prevent adding aliases outside the current
accounts and users:
To address a user by an alias, a sender
must always include the hostname in the recipient's email address unless
Accept Email for Domain is selected in Site Management under Site Settings.
Most users will wish to enable this feature.
In order to create a "catch-all" email account which receives mail sent
to any username at a given domain name, add @domain.com to the Email
Aliases field and click Save Changes. This will cause all mail sent
to any address @domain.com to forward to this user. Note that the next
time you load this user's Email Settings screen, this entry will no
longer appear in the Email Aliases field due a bug in the Cobalt Control
Panel. You must add @domain.com each time you update this users mail
After creating a virtual site, you
can add or remove users for that site as well as creating a site administrator.
From the Server Management screen, follow these steps to create a site
user or site administrator:
Configuring an email client to receive
- Click Site Management from the Administrator
- Click the modify icon for the site
to which you want add a user.
- Click Add User.
- Enter the information for the user
you wish to create.
- Click Confirm New User.
In order for users to receive mail,
they will need to use an email client which supports POP3 or IMAP4.
These features are implemented by most all modern email clients such
as Eudora, Microsoft Outlook, and Netscape Communicator.
You can use the following guidelines when setting up your email client:
- Email address: Your email address
is username@domain, where username is a user which was created through
the RaQ admin interface and domain is your domain name.
- POP (or IMAP) server (or incoming
mail server): Enter the hostname or IP address of your Cobalt server.
- SMTP Server: Enter the hostname or
IP address of your Cobalt server or the hostname or IP address of your
internet provider's SMTP server. Please read Configuring an SMTP server
for more information.
Anonymous FTP sites often become a
storage area for pirated software, mp3 files, and other undesirable
content. Please take this into consideration before creating an anonymous
Anonymous FTP allows users without passwords to download and upload
files via FTP within the specified disk-space limit. The site administrator
is able to set the limits on the amount of files that can be uploaded
anonymously and the total number of anonymous users who can access the
site simultaneously. The FTP Settings section is displayed as a read-only
status page for site administrators who are not the system administrator.
To change the FTP settings for your site:
- Click FTP Settings from the Site Management
- Enter the settings you wish to use.
- Click Save Changes.
In order to download files via anonymous
FTP, log onto the site with the username guest or anonymous. There is
no need to enter a password. When you log on with one of these usernames,
you'll enter the directory /home/sites/sitename/ftp. Any files which
are uploaded to this directory are made available for download via FTP.
Site administrators may access the anonymous FTP directory as /ftp during
an FTP session. Once you've uploaded a file, anonymous users can not
see it or access it on the FTP site; any registered site users with
Telnet/shell privileges can access it. The size limit specified for
FTP uploads is the total amount of disk space allocated for FTP uploads.
If this number is set to 0, guests cannot upload files to the FTP site.
Web site usage statistics are generated
automatically once the administrator selects the usage reports checkbox
when creating a new site. In order to enable web stats on a site which
as already been created:
- Click Site Settings from the Site
- Check the usage reports box - you
can choose between "None", "Daily", and "Weekly" reports.
Backing up data and Restoring:
Password protecting a web directory
- Backup weekly all sites.
- Backup data from the control panel
to your home system then copy to media
There is no web-based administration
feature which allows you to password protect a web directory. This will
need to be done from a telnet session. This example illustrates how
to password protect a user's web page. This procedure can be applied
to any web documents on your server:
- Log into the Cobalt via SSH.
- Change directories to the directory
you wish to protect and create a file called .htaccess which contains
the following lines:
allow from all
The AuthUserFile should point to a
file in the which contains a list of users and their encrypted password
strings. This file is created with the htpasswd program. In order to
create this file, run the following commands in a telnet session from
within the directory where you wish to create the file:
/usr/bin/htpasswd -c htpasswd
You will be prompted for a password, and then prompted again to verify.
If the htpasswd file already exists, omit the "-c" from the command