This article will help you get started with cloud IP address service and explain how our service works.
1. Setting up the hosting account
The very first thing you need to do is set up your hosting account. If you don't have one already, you can purchase our shared hosting that was specially designed to work with our service. If you have your own server or a hosting account with another service provider, then you can use it as well.
1.1 Ordering Priority Prospect's shared hosting
- If you wish to use our shared hosting, click on "Hosting" in the sidebar and then "Add Hosting Account." A popup window appears.
- Click on the "Shared Hosting" tab to see our shared hosting plans.
- Click on "Details" to see more information about a specific hosting plan.
- If you are ready to order, click on the "Select" button to select your desired hosting plan. Enter your hosting account's name to distinguish it if you use more than one hosting account. Choose your billing cycle and enter your coupon if you have one.
- If everything is set, click on the "Place Order" button to place your order.
After you have paid your invoice, your shared hosting account will be automatically created for you, and you will receive an email with your login details.
1.2 Using your own server
- If you wish to use your own server, click on the "Add Hosting Account" and select the "Custom Host" tab.
- There you can enter your account's name so you know which account is which.
- Enter the hostname and IP address for your custom host.
- Click on the "Add" button to add your custom host.
1.3 Differences between a custom host and our shared hosting
The biggest difference is that when you are using your own hosting account, you must manage your own server. This includes everything from adding domains to your server to keeping the server and software up to date. Using your own custom host can be a great choice if you wish to isolate your domains and offer them as many resources as you need. Also, it lets you set up special permissions to offer access to everyone who needs it.
2. Creating IP address and domain groups
Now that you have your hosting set, it's time to create an IP address group and a domain group. As their names describe, one group is meant for IP addresses, and another one is for your domains. Each of those groups serves a different purpose and makes managing everything very easy. If you need to manage IP addresses, you do that from IP address groups. If you need to manage your domains, you do that from domain groups. There's no limit to how many IP addresses or domain groups you can create. The goal of them is to keep your setup nicely organized.
3. Getting IP addresses
Now it's time for IP addresses. Go to your newly created IP address group and click on the "Add IP Addresses" button. A popup will appear that allows you to customize your order. It lets you set which type of IP addresses you want, shared or dedicated. Then you can choose how to filter your subnets. If you want only A-class IP addresses, you are welcome to order only them (we don't recommend that due to low global diversity). The last thing you can filter is subnets. Our system lets you ignore your existing subnets that are in your IP address groups. This ensures you only get unique subnets into your IP address group and don't have to worry about overlapping subnets. Once you have made your selections click on "Next".
Another page appears with a table that contains all available locations based on your selections. Click on the "+" to expand the country to see available cities. There you can choose IP addresses from any city available. If you want to host more than 1 domain per IP address, you can add up to 10 additional website slots. By default, every IP address comes with one website slot. This is only available for dedicated IP addresses. Shared IP addresses are limited to one domain per IP address, and they are shared between 10-15 domains across our whole network.
Suppose you are ready to place your order click on "Next," and choose your billing cycle and enter your coupon if you have any. On the last page, you will also see an overview of your order so you can double-check to make sure you order only those IP addresses that you need. Click on "Place Order" to order your IP addresses. After your invoice is paid, your IP addresses are added to your IP group automatically.
4. Adding domains
Now that you have your IP addresses, you can start adding domains. Go to your newly create domain group and click on the "Add Domains" tab. A mighty wizard will appear that allows you to set up up to 100 domains at once. What's incredible about it is that it also lets you automatically install software, install an SSL certificate, set up domain redirects, and choose the destination hosting account. If you wish, you can host every domain in a unique hosting account. It's a very powerful tool that will save you hours of work.
If you are using a custom host, don't forget to set up your new domains in your server and if you are using an SSL certificate, keep in mind that you must set up one in your server as well (it can be self-signed).
5. Managing domains
Managing domains is extremely easy. All you need to do is click on the "Actions" button in your domains table. A domain overview will appear that lets you customize and manage your domain, whoever you like. You can install software and SSL certificates, manage the DNS zone, set up redirects for your domain or URLs, create email forwarders, and more. The domain overview is where you perform all domain-related actions.
This small guide should help you get started quickly. If you still get stuck, take a look at our incredible knowledge base that offers answers to all the most common questions.
If you can't find an answer, don't hesitate to contact our amazing support. Just open a ticket from the support widget you can find floating in the dashboard, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help you.