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Welcome to the Site Management Tools section of the Efficient Hosting Control Panel support pages where you will find information about all aspects of using the available options.  
The links in this section are as follows;
Introduction : File Manager : Search Engine Submit : Custom Error Pages : Web Protect
 
  Introduction
This page provides documentation of the Site Management Tools in your Control Panel.

For ease of use, we have split the documentation of the many Control Panel options into the following categories:

  1). Analysis And Log Files
  2). Account Management Tools
  3). Site Management Tools (this page)
  4). Pre-installed Scripts & Scripting Tools
  5). Advanced Tools
  6). Support Tools

For a complete list of Control Panel options, click here to return to the main Control Panel support page.
 
 
File Manager File Manager
The File Manager is similar to Windows Explorer in function and allows you to view the contents of your account folder and perform file management tasks such as the creating, editing, copying, moving, renaming and deleting of files and folders. You may use it to make small changes to your site by editing web pages live on the server. It also acts as a simple FTP program and allows you to upload files from your local computer to your account. It may also be used to view and change the read, write and execute Permissions of files and folders.
Click the folder icons to navigate around your account and click the name of a file or folder in order to perform some action on it such as editing a file or changing the permissions of a folder.
 
 
Search Engine Submit Search Engine Submit
One of the best ways of publicising your site is to submit it to the major Search Engines and Web Directories, many of which still accept submissions for free. We offer a submission tool within your Control Panel which makes it quick and easy to submit your site to over 30 of the major search engines.
We should point out that this utility is provided as a convenience only and comes with no guarantees. Whilst we make every effort to keep this utility up to date, the various search engine companies frequently change the format for submissions and some have even been known to stop accepting "automated" submissions altogether.
If you would like to learn more about submitting to search engines, and optimising your web pages to rank well once accepted, the Search Engine Watch web site is a good place to start. An extensive list of specifically UK based and/or targeted search engines is available at the Search Engine Colossus web site.

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Custom Error Pages Custom Error Pages
This option makes it easy to create your own customised error pages to replace the standard, and not very helpful, "404 - File not found" style error pages. With this feature you can ensure that when a user types in the wrong address, or follows an out of date link to a page that no longer exists, they will be presented with an attractive and helpful page explaining what has gone wrong and giving them a link back to the home page of your site. If you wish, you can include various facts about your visitor in the error page such as the name of the page they requested, the site they have just come from, etc.
You can even automatically redirect a "lost" visitor back to your home page by including a META tag similar to the following in your error page:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="0; URL=http://www.yourdomain.co.uk">

File not found (404) errors tend to be the most common, making a custom 404 page the most useful, but you may also use this option to set up custom pages for any of the following error types:

400 - Bad Request (The request wasn't understood by the server - often due to incorrect syntax in a mistyped address)
401 - Authorization Required (The request requires authorization which has not been correctly supplied)
403 - Forbidden (The visitor was not permitted to view this page for some unspecified reason)
404 - File Not Found (The requested page doesn't exist - often due to a mistyped page name or a page having been moved)
500 - Internal Server Error (This is usually due to an error on the server side such as a mistake in a CGI script)

In order to create or modify a custom error page, enter your Control Panel and select the Custom Error Pages option. Choose the error message you wish to customise by selecting it from the list provided. After clicking on one of the error types, you will see a text window where you can enter (or modify) the HTML for your error page.
The buttons at the top may be used to add dynamic information to the page. Examples include the web address (or "URL") requested by the visitor, the referring URL (which directed the visitor to the requested URL) and even the type of web browser they are using.
When you have finished entering/updating HTML for a custom error page, click the Save button to save your changes.
Simply repeat the process for any other error messages you wish to customise.

As an alternative to creating your custom error pages using your Control Panel, you may instead prefer to create your error pages off-line (as ordinary HTML web pages) and manually upload them to your public_html directory. For this to work you simply need to give your error file(s) the appropriate name. The supported error filenames are 400.shtml, 401.shtml, 403.shtml, 404.shtml and 500.shtml, which correspond to the error types given above.
 
 
Web Protect Web Protect
This feature allows you to restrict access to specific folders within your account by password protecting them. Once you have set up a folder to be password protected you can easily add or remove authorised users at any time. Each authorised user (or group of users) can be allocated their own username and password for accessing the protected area of your site. All passwords can be easily changed at a later date if required.

In order to password protect a folder you will need to follow the steps listed below:

  • Select the Web Protect option in your Control Panel.

  • If the folder you wish to protect is a sub-folder and is not already listed, you will need to navigate down into the folder which contains it. To do this, click on the folder icons (rather than the folder names) to move down the hierarchy of folders in your account until you reach the folder which contains the sub-folder you wish to protect. For example, if you wanted to protect the sub-folder public_html/updates/members/protected, you would need to click on the folder icons for first updates and then members. You would then see the protected folder listed amongst the rest of the contents of the members folder and would be ready to proceed to the next step.

  • Click on the name (rather than the icon) of the folder you wish to protect and you will be taken to the Protect Directory page. At this point, and before proceeding to set up or modify any password protection, it is always worth double checking that you are working with the correct folder. The folder name (and its location relative to your public_html folder) will be displayed near the top of the page, making it easy to check that you are in the correct place.

  • Tick the box for Folder requires a password to access via http and enter a name in the Protected Resource Name box. Then click the Save button. The Protected Resource Name is the name which will appear in the pop-up box when visitors are asked for their username and password, and so it should ideally describe your protected area.

  • Return to the Protect Directory page by clicking the Go Back link. Enter a username and password at the bottom of the screen and click the Add New User button. The folder concerned (and any sub-folders) will now only be accessible over the web by keying in this username and password.
    Repeat this step as many times as necessary to add all users who are to be granted access to the protected area.
In order to modify a user's password, enter their existing user name along with the new password (in the same boxes used to create new users) and click the Change Password button.

A user may be removed at any time by selecting their username from the Active Users list and clicking the Delete User button.

To remove all protection from a folder, simply clear the tick box for Folder requires a password to access via http and click the Save button.

More advanced users might like to know that we also support the use of .htaccess files for password protecting directories. In fact, the Web Protect option described above is really a user friendly way of creating and modifying these very same hidden .htaccess files. You can read all about using .htaccess files for password protection here.

The Web Protect feature should not be used in combination with Microsoft FrontPage as doing so may cause the FrontPage Extensions to become corrupted. The same goes for password protection using .htaccess files, as FrontPage uses its own .htaccess files.
If you are using FrontPage to publish your site then you should instead use FrontPage itself if you wish to password protect any folders.

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