Most website scripts require you to have a database in order to store data (blog posts, user posts, comments, etc.) Here’s how to set up a database.
- When logged in to ISPmanager, navigate to Dashboard > Databases.
- Click “Add” at the top of the columns on the right.
- Fill in the database details. If you’ve created a user before, you can choose that user or create a new one. Don’t select “Remote Access.” Click “Ok” when done.
- Keep a record of the database name, username and password as you’ll need those when installing scripts. The hostname is “localhost” for script installation.
The file manager in ISPmanager can be used to upload, unzip/extract, delete, move and create files or folders. You’ll need to be logged into ISPmanager in order to do the following.
- Navigate to Dashboard > File Manager
We recommend using FTP to upload files. However, if you just need to upload a small file, you can follow the below steps.
- Navigate to the folder where you want to upload files. To find your website folder, it will be under the “www” directory and then the domain name.
- Click the upload button which appears above the directory listing.
- Choose the file type (from your computer or from a URL) and file. Click “Ok” when ready to upload.
Unzipping or Extracting Files
If you’ve uploaded a zip or other file, you can extract it easily in the file manager.
Click the compressed file and then click the Extract button that appears above the list of files.
Most modern browsers will block websites not using “HTTPS” security. Here’s how to set SSL to use HTTPS for your website.
Do not do this step until your domain has fully propagated.
- When logged in to ISPmanager, navigate to www > www-domains.
- Select the domain that you want to enable SSL for and click Edit.
- Select “Secure Connection (SSL)”, “Redirect HTTP-requests to HTTPS,” and choose the type of SSL certificate. We chose “Let’s Encrypt” for this tutorial and recommend that.
- Click “Ok” when done.
- If you chose Let’s Encrypt, you’ll be brought to a page for more details. If everything looks ok, click “Ok” or change what you want to change and then click “Ok.”
In order to have your website online, you’ll need to add it to the ISPmanager control panel.
- Once logged in to the ISPmanager panel, navigate to WWW > WWW-domains.
- At the top of the domain list on the right, click “Add.”
- Enter your domain name and the rest of the fields will auto-populate after a few seconds. Be sure to enter the Administrator email if the one shown is not correct. Do not set the SSL at this step as the NS has to propagate first. Do not enable DDoS protection.
- Set your DNS records. Propagation can take 24-48 hours depending on your domain registrar.
- Enable Gzip at the bottom of the settings and click “Ok” when done.
- After propagation, you can enable SSL.
If you upload zip files and need to move the files after extraction, or just find that you need to move files around, here’s how.
Log into the ISPmanager control panel.
- Navigate to the folder that has the file or folder that you want to move.
- Select the file or folder and click “Copy” at the top of the page.
- Select the folder you want to move the file(s)/folder(s) to and check the “Move Files” option. Click Ok to perform the move.
- In the above image, “Overwrite” should be selected if you already have the same file(s) in the folder you are moving into as this will allow the newer files to overwrite the older files.
- The option “Open the selected directory” is self-explanatory.
Creating directories or subdirectories is a simple process in ISPmanager.
Creating a Directory
- Once logged in to ISPmanager, navigate to Dashboard > File Manager.
- Open the “www” directory by double clicking on it. This is where your domain(s) will be found.
- Open the domain in which you want to create a directory. For this tutorial, we’ll create a subdirectory for WordPress named “wp.”
- Click “Add” at the top of the columns.
- For “Type” choose “Directory” and for “Name” we chose “wp” but you can choose the name you want and then click the “OK” button when done.
Deleting a Directory
Select the directory you want to delete and click “Delete” at the top of the page.
Your ISPmanager panel is where you’ll manage files, databases, FTP users, add a website, SSL, and lots more. If you’ve used Cpanel or Plesk before, you’ll find it similar to those.
Details to log into ISPmanager were sent to your email when you created the server.
You can reach the ISPmanager by typing one of the following in the browser address bar:
Replace “your_server_ip” with your actual server ip address or just click the link in the email.
Replace “yourhostname.yourdomain.com” with your own hostname and domain.
Note: You need to have your hostname DNS record set to the server IP in order to use it for the URL.
Changing Panel Settings
If you want to change the language, password, username or other user settings for the panel follow these steps:
- Navigate to Settings > User settings
- On the right will be all of the settings available. Change what you want and click “Ok” at the bottom of the page.
A DNS “A” record connect your domain name to your server IP address. “A” records let users enter your domain name in a Web browser to access your website.
Using BryZar DNS Manager
- If you host with us, you would go to your client dashboard and click to Manage DNS.
- If you have not added the domain/zone then please add from Manage DNS.
- Add your domain. Don’t enter a subdomain here.
- Select the server.
- Select the DNS server.
- Set the TTL or leave it automatic.
- Once the nameservers are ready, you will need to change the assigned nameservers from your domain registrar to the nameservers provided in “Manage DNS.”
eg. ns1.yourdomain.com, ns2.yourdomain.com
For TTL you can set it as low as 300 for faster propagation then later change it to 7200 or higher. You may also want to add a CNAME or A record for “www”.
Using Other DNS
If you want to use your own DNS, Cloudflare or your registrar, please see their specific instructions as each provider is different.
Adding an “A” record:
Note: DNS propagation may take a couple of hours, or 24-72 hours depending on your domain registrar.