We are so glad you have become a NodeHost user. With the help of this document you will learn how to use NodeHost services and our panel. Don't worry about adding credit or dealing with billing, all accounts get some starting credit to begin.

How to navigate the panel

When you first login or click on the logo on the panel it will always take you to the welcome screen. This screen will present you with information about your account and services and changes based on what services you use.

Changing email preferences

By default after you setup your account we will NOT email you again unless you give us permission. You can change your preferences by visiting this page.

Making your first website

This is an important step, and it really depends on if you want to use the website builder or you want to upload your own site or use a CMS like Wordpress. If you want to upload your own site you want to click on the containers menu option. If you want to use our website builder then you want to click on the Website Builder menu option.

Launch a "container" and installing Wordpress

The first and big step is to launch a new container on NodeHost.

When you click on Create Container you will get a screen asking fo the type, just pick the default "PHP Running On NGINX/APACHE" (at the time of writing there is only one option). Then pick a location and a size for your site, the size and resources of your site can be changed later, no need to worry, pick the normal "$0.06 / 24hr" option as a default if you want. You should now see this, click create container, it will take a few seconds.

Setup your domain

Now just open your new container and go to the domains section in the side menu.

You will see 2 options, one is to set the domain you already own, if you don't own one you will need to buy one from a provider like Dynadot. Unless this is a testing site always set the domain you will be using and don't use the free myws.ca domain option as your first domain on the container (it cant be changed after).

Once you set your domain you will just need to point your domain, you can find the info for that under the menu option "DNS editor" in the sidebar or on the domain page where it says the Name Servers. You will need to update your domains Name Server to point your domain.

Install Wordpress

On the side click Packages store to view packages you can install, one of the defaults is Wordpress, just click install.

You will get a notification when it's finished, you can view your messages by hovering over your icon on the top right. When it's done you will also see the setup screen for Wordpress on your site.

Setup Wordpress

Now just follow the steps on your site to setup Wordpress, you will need to have database details ready, you can find that by going to databases in the sidebar and creating a new one, just remember the password, the other details like User and Database will be shown to you after it's created.

You are done, enjoy your site!
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