A hosting provider is essential for anyone who wants to have a website on the internet. The hosting provider is the service that stores your web pages for display when someone accessing your website’s URL, or domain.
Owners of any WebAssist product that wants to go live with their website, needs to purchase a plan with a hosting provider. This How To covers the process of creating an account with an inexpensive and reliable hosting provider, 1and1.com.
NOTE: If you already have a plan with a hosting provider, you do not need to follow these steps, since you most likely will be able to use that provider for your site.
1&1 is a hosting provider that has been tested with WebAssist tools to successfully display your PHP pages and store your MySQL databases.
Once the registration process is complete, it will take up to 24 hours for your domain to be registered. You will receive an email once this is done.
If you intend to sell products on your website and have customers enter sensitive data such as credit card numbers, you should have an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate. This can be purchased through your hosting provider and usually requires an annual fee.
For uploading your files, you are most likely going to use and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application. Dreamweaver has this functionality built-in and is part of the process for defining your site. The following steps detail how to obtain your 1&1 FTP log-in credentials and entering them into Dreamweaver.
Now that you have your FTP credentials, you can use these to create a connection with an FTP program. Once you establish this connection, you can upload your website, or your Solution Pack files easily.