DirectAdmin: User And Website Creation

Once in the DirectAdmin interface as an user access level, all operations related to website management are accessible. The first one to perform is to add a domain name on the server before being able to add the website files, setup a database in phpMyAdmin, and point domain name registrar DNS records to the Cloud VPS server or other dedicated solution.

Using DirectAdmin as an user: create a website

Once in the DirectAdmin Interface‌ as an user access level, all operations related to website management are accessible. The first one to perform is to add a domain name on the server before being able to add the website files, setup a database in phpMyAdmin, and point  domain name registrar‌  DNS records to the Cloud VPS‌ server or other dedicated solution.

Steps to Create a website on DirectAdmin and install WordPress

  1. Add domain to DirectAdmin
  2. Upload website files
  3. Setup DNS records
  4. Create a database and access it
  5. Install Wordpress on DirectAdmin
  6. Next steps

DirectAdmin: how to add a domain?

Adding a domain is the simplest possible task, as it is only a simple form to fill in.

In case you do not want your domain to consume your whole bandwitch or disk space, you can directly limit them to specific values - however, by default, the options will be set to infinity, meaning that they can use the whole server resources.

Once a first domain has been added, it will be accessible from the domain names dropdown list on the top of the interface.

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Upload website files

Now that the domain has been added to your account, a file folder will have been automatically created on the file system.

Using an FTP browser such as FileZilla, create a new  FTP connection‌  to your server IP using your DirectAdmin user and password to access the file system of your website.

Then, navigate from your local computer to the website files, and from the remote server to the website's folder that has been created under public_html, and from there access the public_html folder again.

Now, upload all of your website's files, and that should do it - your first files are online!

You can acces your website under the user's main web folder - his main website, the first one to be configured, will be the root folder for all further websites.

DirectAdmin access public_html in browser: SERVERIP/~USERNAME/WEBSITE.html

Simply enter the correct address in a web browser, such as Google Chrome, and change the value SERVERIP for your Cloud VPS‌ address and the USERNAME value to admin if you haven't created another user, and access the file you have uploaded on your dedicated server.

Setup DNS records

Now, your webserver knows that you have a website called by your domain name, and that if somebody requests him to serve pages from that website, they are in the folder you've just accessed via FTP.

But nobody else knows about that yet! As your domain name is most likely registered at another  domain name registrar‌  than your Cloud VPS‌ host, you will have to go to their web interface and  redirect website to another website‌  in short: tell your website registrar, via DNS configuration, that the domain name is server from your dedicated server.

In our case, as the domain is register at  NameCheap‌  but hosted at  Interserver,‌  we have to update the DNS records @ and www to the  dedicated IP‌  that we got for our dedicated server - and save the changes.

Now, when someone requests our domain name, our registrar, the first point of contact, will be able to tell that the address of our domain is somewhere else actually.

For everyone on the Internet that is between our registrar an host, and that an address directory to be aware of that change and able to tell a requestor about it, it might take up to 24h. Therefore, do not be surprised if all you get for now when accessing your domain name is an error message: that's because it takes a bit of time for all maps and directories to be aware of that change and redirect us properly.

However, meanwhile, that doesn't stop us from setting up the website, simply accessing it with the server IP instead of the domain name!

Create a database and access it

At first, you will not have any database nor user created. Therefore, the first step is to go to the MySQL management screen as an user, and for there, click on create database.

Select your database name, and eventually your database user name if you do not want to use the same one.

That's all, simply click on create database button, and the interface should display a success message, with the database details.

You can now log onto phpMyAdmin, and start to  import data in phpMyAdmin‌  if you already have prepared a database, or simply create new tables in your existing database.

Install Wordpress on DirectAdmin

Installing Wordpress on DirectAdmin dedicated server is even easier than it sounds, now that you are able to transfer files via FTP to your website, and to access your phpMyAdmin database.

Basically, all you have to is to follow the steps to  move WordPress website to new domain‌  by going through the following steps.

How to install WordPress on DirectAdmin

And that's all - your WordPress website should be up and running in no time, as it is only a file archive to upload to the web server root HTML folder, and a database script to run on the phpMyAdmin interface.

Next steps

Now that your first website is up and running on your DirectAdmin installation, all you need to do is to enjoy your dedicated webserver, and add new sites if you need to!

If you need to go further and perform specific server operations on your new server, consider using the  Putty SSH‌  client if you are working on Linux to access it, or the Windows SSH client on corresponding operating system.

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