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Setup Instructions for

DNS, cPanel, FTP, etc setup properties

This page is packed with IMPORTANT information about your account. Please READ very carefully and safe a copy.

Your temporary URL will be:
After domain name resolves to the server, the URL will be http://www.yourdomain or http://yourdomain)

Note: The temporary URL setup - will leave out some items / php / photos. Therefore, a better way to test your site before the domain name resolves is to edit a special file on your computer. The file name is 'hosts' (note it is a 'text' file but it does NOT have an extension! ). If use Windows, you can 'search' with windows explorer and find the 'hosts' file. Then open it in a text file editor (such as notepad) and add your domain name and the server IP (

When you open the 'hosts' file, it should have at least one line that is set for localhost (such as):     localhost
There may or may not be other lines of text in that file.

You need to add two new lines of text with the server IP and your domain name (note: You can use Tab key to separate the two items i.e. must have space between the two)

For example: If your domain is then you would add these two lines:

Then save the file (as text file but make sure it does NOT have an extension such as .txt) (biggest mistake is people don't realize that their text editor may try to add the .txt extension if they use the 'save as' - so using 'save' is usually a better choice.

You must clear the cache to get the computer to start using the new 'hosts' file - one (easy) way is to reboot so the computer will read the new 'hosts' file.

BTW: Your computer will treat the temporary site as the real domain so eventually you will probably want to remove the temporary lines from the 'hosts' file.

For email and FTP, please use until your domain name is transferred.
Then the login should be changed to:
Mail Server: mail.yourdomain (pop and smtp)
FTP Server: ftp.yourdomain

Note:     'yourdomain'     'username'     'password'     will be sent to the email provided during signup.
Note: Many ISP mail accounts block port 25 therefore you may have to use their smtp settings to send mail.
Note: domains with a 'dash' may create trouble with MySQL! So beware of 'dashes' in 'yourdomain'

If you are registering or need to transfer your domain name, use the following name servers.
Primary Server Hostname: (
Secondary Server Hostname: (
(if we registered your domain - we will set these values for you)
*** cPanel CONTROL PANEL ***
To log into your control panel, use the username and password assigned to your account.
You may access your cpanel at http://yourdomain/cpanel (after the domain resolves).

***cPanel DISCLAIMER***

cPanel control panel software is licensed by As this software is third party software we have no control over it's development or future work-ability. Some things in the control panel may break (contain bugs) from time to time and we have no recourse but to wait for the developer to fix said bugs.


Date: /bin/date
Sendmail: /usr/lib/sendmail
Perl5: #!/usr/bin/perl
Root path: /home/username/ (puts you in your the root of your account)
Domain directory: /home/username/public_html (html files and images go in your public_html directory)
Cgi-bin path: /home/username/public_html/cgi-bin/filename (puts you in your cgi-bin)

Master Email Account :Main email account is username@yourdomain
Webmail is located at http://www.yourdomain/webmail/ (Note Trailing slash)

TOS, Terms of Service

You must accept these terms of service in order to use our service. These terms of service may be updated as needed at any time without notice. The main purpose of this agreement is to protect all users on our servers.
Read these terms of service carefully and return here frequently.

Key points to ponder:

These are the key points to pay attention to while reading the full TOS:

  1. Strict Anti-Spam restrictions: Anyone sending unsolicited E-mail to someone that did NOT request to be contacted - will have their account suspended! This includes contacts for the sole purpose of promoting your website i.e. NO SPAM Allowed!
  2. Extremely busy sites may be required to move to a dedicated server. Therefore, running heavy server loads via message boards, large downloads of files, etc is not allowed! Also running poorly written scripts that over load the server, will result in suspension and removal of the script.
  3. Download / exchange of illegal software (warez), hacker programs, bulk email scripts, etc will result in lost of account - with no refund.
  4. Running servers (software) not installed by IBDhost is NOT allowed! And may result in lost of account - with no refund.
  5. Any attempt to hack other accounts on the shared server will result in immediate lost of service - with no refund.

Full TOS Details


Violation of these terms of service could result in suspension or removal of your account depending upon the circumstances. Suspension means that your account is put into a limbo state and is unreachable through any means. During suspension no files are lost or altered. Accounts found to be running a script which is causing a very high cpu load or mail script being used to send spam will almost always be suspended without notice to prevent further damage. Poorly written scripts must be removed in order for us to restore your service. Reports of spam are taken very seriously usually resulting in immediate account suspension and investigation without notice. We reserve the right to suspend any or all accounts held by you without notice if we deem it necessary to do so.

Scope of Service

Our servers and pricing has been designed to be low cost and therefore, in that spirit we are simply providing basic http, mail & ftp level hosting services. This also means that applications or scripts set up by users to run on the server which cause high cpu load may be asked to move to a dedicated server.
High CPU load is defined as using an average of more than 2% of the server processor in a 24 hour period beginning and ending at midnight, as determined by our server.
*For reference the average medium traffic website uses about .5% of system resources.

Limitation of Liability

You expressly understand and agree that IBDhost Web Hosting shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if IBDhost Web Hosting has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the service; (ii) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the service; (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the service; or (v) any other matter relating to the service.

The information and materials contained on this web site have been compiled from a variety of sources and, as such, are subject to change without notice. In no event will IBDhost Web Hosting be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, general, consequential, incidental, exemplary or special, arising from the use of information provided on this server or through links to any other servers.

Communications to IBDhost Web Hosting via this web site shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal or official notice to IBDhost Web Hosting, its agencies, officers, employees, representatives or agents with respect to any existing, pending or future claim or cause of action against IBDhost Web Hosting or any of its agencies, officers, employees, representatives or agents where notice is required by Federal, State or local law. Nor shall communications to IBDhost Web Hosting via this web site be deemed to constitute legal or official notice for any other purpose.


All services provided by IBDhost Web Hosting may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United States Federal, State or City law is prohibited. this includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, material we judge to be threatening or obscene, or material protected by trade secrete and other statue. The subscriber agrees to indemnify and hold harmless IBDhost Web Hosting from any claims resulting from the use of the service which damages the subscriber or any other party.

Pornography and sex-related merchandising are prohibited on any IBDhost Web Hosting server. This includes sites that may infer sexual content, or link to adult content elsewhere. This is also true for sites that promote any illegal activity or content that may be damaging to IBDhost Web Hosting servers or any other server on the internet. Links to such materials are also prohibited. This policy is in effect because of the excessive load this material puts on our servers and bandwidth, and the legal ramifications of such sites.

Examples of non-acceptable content or links

Pirated software
Hackers programs or archives
Warez Sites
Adult Sites
Illegal MP3s
Shoutcast server
Any server or service not installed by us

Chat Rooms
We do not allow clients to install their own CGI chat rooms. These tend to be large system hogs and we cannot allow it as a account option. We do provide a choice of JAVA chat rooms free of charge that more than fill your needs and run without hindering the performance of the machine for others.

Discussion Forum Scripts
To protect all users please use the following guidelines. Use PHP MySQL based discussion scripts! Flat file discussion scripts such as Ultimate Bulletin Board (UBB) are not allowed. Scripts which are found to be using excess system resources will be asked to move to a dedicated server or be disabled. This is to protect all users on our servers.


The following are scripts which either cause a great load on the servers or pose a serious security risk, therefore can not be run on our servers.

Any gaming server software
UltimateBBS (all versions)
Ikonboard (all versions)
IRC Egg Drops
Proxy Servers
The Anonymizer
any soap mailers
These scripts are on the banned list because they have at one time been installed by customers and have had a serious impact on the rest of our user accounts.

Commercial Advertising - Email or Usenet
Spamming, or the sending of unsolicited email, from a IBDhost Web Hosting server or using an email address that is maintained on a IBDhost Web Hosting machine is STRICTLY prohibited. Equally, any email or Usenet spam which points to any domain hosted on a IBDhost Web Server will result in immediate suspension of that domain name account and a full investigation. Any form mail script running on your account is done at your own risk. Ignorance of the risks of such scripts is no defense. IBDhost Web Hosting will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.
Reports of spam are given top priority if you have arrived at this page in the course of a spam investigation and wish to report abuse send all details and headers to Contact Us.

*Unsolicited is defined, by IBDhost, as: E-mail sent to recipients who have not asked to be contacted by you! This includes contacts for the sole purpose of promoting a website or commercial business on our servers.

Server abuse

Any attempts to undermine or cause harm to a IBDhost Web Hosting server or customer of IBDhost Web Hosting is strictly prohibited. No user is allowed to use more than 2% of the server's resources. In the event there is a problem the account holder will be notified. If the user continues to use more than 2% of the server's resources the account will be suspended. *For reference that average medium traffic site uses about .5%.


IBDhost Web Hosting is in no way responsible for down time either resulting from a users actions, or natural fluctuations in internet consistency. IBDhost Web Hosting will however, do everything within it's power to assure that each and every client site is up as consistently as possible.

Website Operability

IBDhost Web Hosting master host updates server software and security settings based upon internal and external conditions which can change without notice. For this reason it is usually not feasible to announce some changes in advance, especially where server security is involved. While most changes go completely unnoticed by our customer occasionally a security or server change will break a website's functionality. It is the responsibility of the website developer to create his website to function within our server environment and we cannot troubleshoot, edit, or attempt to fix any website which cannot run in our server environment.

If you are unsure if what you are doing is against our TOS, Contact us. There are no refunds granted for accounts terminated due to TOS violation.

Special Conditions for IBD Donated Sites:
To maintain the quality of the sites that we host, the free IBD sites must comply to basic design rules.

BTW: In most cases, a free site will have sufficient resources to handle 100-300 visitors a day - Again if the site does not contain large files / transfers such as downloads of large documents on a frequent basis. In plain English, most free sites do not grow large enough that we can not afford to host them :)

With these goals in mind, we often will take an active part in the design layout of the free sites to make sure we protect our reputation as a site / web host that complies to standards (W3C in most cases). And as a webhost that provides useful content rich sites instead of entertainment / game type sites = where 'pretty' is more important than content. BTW: We will help with keywords for search engines and other tips for improved site popularity.

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