Trouble hosting a basic website on a Virtual Private Server

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I need to get my website up and running to serve up HTML pages but I seem to be missing the final step.

I have registered my domain and configured the NS1 and NS2 servers to match the IP address of my Windows Server 2003 Virtual Private Server.  I have installed RealVNC Server and can control the desktop of my Virtual Private Server from my Windows XP client, running RealVNC Viewer.  My Virtual Private Server can handle as many as 30 domains.

What I need to understand is where on my server to place the "index.html" file. I assume it should be inside InetPub.  Or is that just for ASP.NET applications.

I'm pretty new to this but really need to get past this hurdle.

thanks for the help,
Question by:newbieweb
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    yup, inetpub\wwwroot\"folder", obviously check that your web server is running in the right account and that your html pages are in the web folder for that account.
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    by:Ryan Chong
    Also make sure the "Active Server Pages" and "ASP.NET" Web Service Extensions is running on your IIS?

    To enable these extensions:

       1. Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
       2. Open local computer.
       3. Select Web Service Extensions.
       4. From the list of Web Service Extensions, select Active Server Pages.
       5. Click the Allow button.
       6. From the list of Web Service Extensions, select ASP.NET.
       7. Click the Allow button.


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    I gather I must use Plesk to associate the domain in question with the particular folder.  Otherwise how would it know to associate a given domain with the folder?

    This site can support up to 30 domains.


    Do I need IIS even if all I want is an HTML website?
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    by:Ryan Chong
    >>Do I need IIS even if all I want is an HTML website?
    Surely the answer is YES. IIS is roled as a web server, you need a web server to host your web pages for your machine, and IIS itself is best well-integrated web server in Windows environment.

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    You need iis for just about everything, just checking that you have made sure that you have a static ip address?
    Then you must get the people who supply you your bandwith to set up your dns.
    Definantly use Plesk cause you can easily set up the DNS entries through a web-based interface.
    Plesk will support 30 domains to about 1000.


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    OK.  I'll make sure to select IIS.  

    Can you explain what icon to select to set up the DNS?

    And how do I associate the domain with the folder containing the index.html that I want to have appear when someone visits my site?

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    1.Log in to Plesk as admin.
    2.Select Domains.
    3.Click Add New Domain. The client selection page displays.
    4.Select the client you want to create the domain for, and click OK. The domain creation page displays.
    5. In the Domain name field - enter a valid domain name (e.g., If you enter a domain name that already exists, Plesk will ask you to change it.
    6.Select the IP address (static of course) that will be used to host this domain from the drop-down list.
    7.Then check the "Proceed to hosting setup" check box.

    Click OK.

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