Technical informations


WebServer

RealTime configuration

Your webserver was configurated by ourselves in RealTime velocity. This allows you to publish your data immediately on the server !

Boot file

To allow a browser to retrieve your homepage, you need to create a boot file in your website.

Name this file:

  • default.htm
  • default.html
  • default.cshtml
  • default.asp
  • default.aspx
  • default.vbhtml
  • default.php
  • default.pl
  • default.cgi
  • index.htm
  • index.html
  • index.shtm
  • index.shtml
  • index.asp
  • index.aspx
  • index.php
  • index.pl
  • index.cgi
  • index.wml
  • iisstart.htm

and create the file in the root of your website (not in a sub-directory).

FTP data transfer and control

Publishing data transfer / upload / website via FTP

After having created your websites, you can put them immediately on the server via FTP.

In the Manual FTP you will find detailed instructions.

As long as your domain name is not active, please use the real-time host name for publishing your data.

You can upload your data / website on your server using a FTP program of your choice. FTP is a file transfer protocole which allows you to download files simply from servers or - vice versa – to upload them on servers.

You have one or more personal, password protected FTP accesses to our to your virtual server. This password protection prevents other people from accessing your directory to change or delete your data. All changes are accessible on-line on the Internet immediately after transfer ! You can administer the FTP users directly in your System Configurator.

Retrieval / control on the browser

Your homepage is accessible on-line on the server immediately after data transfer. Enter your domain name (if already active) into the browser or your real-time host name in the format WL?WWW???.WEBLAND.CH. Your homepage is on-line now !

Note that your homepage is accessible only after registration, activation or transfer of the domain name under this name.

Domain names registered with Webland are active during 24 hours at maximum. Depending on the registration authority Switch, Networksolutions, etc.), this can last up to 48 hours.

Once the domain name is active, your homepage will be accessible immediately and world-wide under your domain name.

Reserved directory: "_wlscripts"

The directory "_wlscripts" is reserved for internal purposes (for example, for the retrieval of forms). Therefore you cannot create a directory named "_wlscripts".

Note: The directory "_wlscripts" is not visible when accessing the server via FTP.

WebMatrix

WebDeploy and WebMatrix

Starting with websites through webshops to blogs: With Microsoft Webmatrix the development of websites has never been easier. Whether you want to rebuild your website from scratch, use prefabricated templates or base your website on open-source frameworks – with the tools supplied you have everything at hand that you need for the creation of your website.

Our manual for uploading Webmatrix data via Web Deploy can be found here: Manual FTP

And the best thing about it: Microsoft Webmatrix is completely free of charge!

Further Information about WebMatrix at Microsoft.

Forms

Integration of forms on your own website

Today, forms are found practically on every website.

They allow visitors of a website to contact its operator in a simple way – for example, by way of contact forms or guestbooks.

The contents of a form are normally transformed into an e-mail by means of a script and are then transmitted to the website operator.

Unfortunately unsecured forms are often misused by hackers and spammers to publish unwanted contents or to transmit them by e-mail (spam).

It is therefore absolutely necessary to protect forms against abuses and attacks by third parties. Webland will put at your disposal a safe form solution - protected by a security code ("Captcha function").

Please use, whenever possible, our form script.

This form is based on a well-known form mail script, but with various additional safety measures.

Details can be found in the manual Form / Integrating Visitor Counter.

Guestbook

Guestbook

Webland offers you a secured guestbook with a "Captcha function". You can install it in your System Configurator within a few minutes and allow your visitors to post comments.

The Captcha function make sure that entries, for example, into a guestbook can be done only by people and not by automatized "bots" (robots).

This safety function is an efficient and nowadays indispensible measure against spammers using such "bots". You can install this secured guestbook in your System Configurator within a few minutes and allow your visitors to make entries into your guestbook.

How to proceed:

  • Go to www.webland.ch and get logged into your System Configurator with your customer data.
  • Choose "Edit offers", select your domain and click "Configuration".
  • Choose "Applications" in the upper part of the navigation and then the menu point "Guestbook" in the left part of the navigation.

Detailed help can be found in our System Configurator.

Counter

Counter

A visitor counter or simply a counter can retrieve with the following command line:

<IMG SRC="/_wlscripts/counter1/counter.exe?width=4&link=Ihre_Domain&style=a">

At this point, it shows

Under link=Ihre_Domain you really need to indicate your domain name without an ending, for example, for a counter on the homepage http://www.webland.ch: link=webland

The variable width shows the number of the counter’s positions, whereas the variable style shows the type of style.

You can choose between various styles. For the type of style bbldotg for example, style=bbldotg.

Details can be found in the manual Form / Integrating Visitor Counter.

SSL

SSL encryption

All websites hosted at WEBLAND.CH can be retrieved through a safe connection (SSL=Secure Socket Layer).

We will put at your disposal a safe SSL certificate for free use. Optionally, you can also apply a personal certification under your domain name.

SSL allows a safe and encrypted data exchange between the visitor’s browser of your website and your webserver. This prevents unauthorized third parties from having access to the data flow or from spying it out. Additionally, the server will be checked for authenticity so that the visitors of your website can be sure that their data are transmitted to the "real" server and not a server that has been hacked.

Whenever a visitor of your website fills out, for example, an order form via SSL, the transmission to our servers is done in a safe mode. This makes sure that delicate information, such as credit card or other personal information, are transmitted safely to the "real" server.

First of all, get hold of your payment confirmation which you received immediately after ordering your hosting offer.

Your personal SSL URL can be found on the payment confirmation under "Special features: SSL encryption".

This is how you retrieve one of your websites (for example, an order form) in the SSL mode (SSL URL): https://ssl???.webland.ch/www???

Please replace this URL according to your SSL data on your payment confirmation (for example, https://ssl20.webland.ch/www23).

Your start page appears now on the browser in the SSL mode. You can see this from the lock icon shown on the status bar of the browser (below on the right). It is actually not reasonable to retrieve all websites in the SLL mode (this makes the display slower because the SSL certificate must first be checked by the browser).

You should therefore retrieve websites in the SSL mode only where required (for example, order forms). If you want to retrieve one single website in the SSL mode, then use the following SSL URL: https://ssl???.webland.ch/www???/YourWebpage.htm

Please replace this URL according to your SSL data on your payment confirmation (for example, https://ssl20.webland.ch/www23) and to your specific website name (for example, order.html).

AAI - a login for students

Webland AAI support, this allows a login to access various e-learning systems as well as web applications supporting this standard. In almost all swiss universities this new authentication and authorization standard is available.

Programming

Mail server for sending e-mails via script

For the transmission of e-mails via script (for example, for contact forms) we put at your disposal a special server which lives up to higher safety standards (server not accessible from outside, etc.).

You should therefore use only this SMTP server for the transmission of e-mails:

msscript1

As recipient address, you should use an e-mail address hosted at WEBLAND.CH because otherwise the receipt of an e-mail cannot be ensured !

PHP:

PHP is a widely spread and platform independent script language mainly used for the development of dynamic websites. What makes PHP stand out is an excellent database integration and many freely available functionality libraries.

It goes without saying that PHP is supported by Webland. More information can be found on the homepage of this PHP project:

http://www.php.net/

The Eclipse based PHPeclipse is a widely spread development environment:

http://www.phpeclipse.com/

PHP 4 / 5 : PHP data must have the extension .php (not .php4 or .php5)

As standard, PHP is installed in version 5. In the System Configurator, you can define yourself the version for your server or for individual virtual directories.

UNIX Hosting

Pre-installed components (UNIX)

The following pathes are available to our webservers:

Absolute path to your Perl interpreter:
/usr/bin/perl (Perl data must have the extension .pl or .cgi)

Path for ImageMagick:
Version 6.8.0-7: /usr/bin

Windows Hosting

Multi-technology platform

With Webland’s multi-technology platform we open up all opportunities for you, regardless of the programming language, database system or application you are using.

Pre-installed components (Windows)

Microsoft .NET:

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is an integral Windows component which supports the development and execution of applications and web services of the next generation.

The most important components of .NET Framework are Common Language Runtime (CLR) and .NET Framework class library, including ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

In addition to a managed execution environment, .NET Framework offers a simplified development and availability environment as well as the integration of a great variety of programming languages.

Webland puts at your free disposal a powerful programming environment in version 4 for all hosting offers. More information can be obtained directly from Microsoft:

http://www.microsoft.com/germany/net/net-framework.aspx

ASP.NET applications can be currently developed in the following programming languages:

  • Visual Basic .Net
  • Visual C++ .Net
  • Visual C# .Net (C-Sharp)
  • F#
  • J#
  • Delphi Prism

Other programming languages will follow. All these applications run 1 to 1 on all of Webland’s WebServers.

With Visual Studio 2010 Express, Microsoft offers a free development environment for .NET.

http://www.microsoft.com/germany/express/default.aspx

Publishing ASP.NET applications on Webland WebServer.

When publishing .NET applications, the following fundamental aspects must be observed:

It is absolutely necessary to file an ASP.NET application in the webserver root directory. Every ASP.NET application needs configuration data (web.config und global.asax). These ration data must imperatively be filed in an application root directory (as standard, the application root directory is equal to the webserver root directory. URL: "http://yourdomain.ch" Server Pfad: d:\www\www???).

If you wish to run an ASP.NET application in a subdirectory of your webserver (for example, yourdomain.ch/mydirectory), you need a virtual application directory, which you can install directly in your System Configurator.

The following pathes are available to our webservers:

Absolute path to your webserver root directory:
d:\www\username
for example d:\www\www23

Absolute path to your Perl interpreter:
c:\\perl\\bin (Perl data must have the extension .pl or .cgi)

Path for ImageMagick:
Version 4.2.9: c:\\php\\imagemagick Version 6.5.5: c:\\php\\imagemagick6

Please note that, in Perl and PHP scripts, you must type a double backslash \\ because the single backslash \ is already reserved. For example, d:\\www\\www23 or d:\\www\\www23\\cgi-bin

Hotline

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