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Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« on: June 07, 2023, 01:52:34 PM »
I am new to CWP and a bit confused about the initial setup / config for the main "Admin or Root" account.

The hostname is server1.mydomain.com and it will be the admin / root account that will access this address. All other user accounts and hosted domains will be added to the VPS at a later time.

When I try to setup SSL (auto free etc.) for the server1 host, I am asked to choose a domain and account. So do I need to create a domain and additional user account to access the admin / root account as if it was a user or is this taken care of buy the server settings change hostname?

I currently have zero domains and zero accounts setup, ONLY the CWP root account and my hostname server1.mydoamin.com

Any advice how I can access the admin panel via the root account using SSL?
   

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Re: Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2023, 05:19:18 PM »
Log into the admin area of CWP as root and go to:
"Server Settings" --> "Change Hostname"

put "server.example.com" into the field "New Hostname:", active all options and click on "Change Hostname".
(replace "server.example.com" with the subdomain you want to use for your VPS/server. It will not be used by your site. It is how yout server/VPS will be called.)

Before you do it, make sure the value (subdomain) used by you as "Hostname" is resolved to the primary IP address of your VPS/server.

Then you can create an account for your domain name "example.com" and upload the files of your website into the account to make example.com accessible for internet users.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2023, 05:23:32 PM by cyberspace »

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Re: Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2023, 07:59:42 PM »
Thank you for replying. I have followed this process many times without success.

I have entered server1.mydomain.com in the Change Hostname screen.

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Before you do it, make sure the value (subdomain) used by you as "Hostname" is resolved to the primary IP address of your VPS/server.
How is this done? I tried to set up DNS and create the records for the domain name and nameservers with still no luck.

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Then you can create an account for your domain name "example.com" and upload the files of your website into the account to make example.com accessible for internet users.
Why do I have to create a new account? I wanted to manage this all from root account. It is not for my users, it is so I can access the admin panel securely using SSL.

I thank you for this information. I am tryin to learn this again.

Thank you.

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Re: Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2023, 08:22:01 PM »

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How is this done? I tried to set up DNS and create the records for the domain name and nameservers with still no luck.

In command prompt of your local computer run:

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nslookup server1.mydomain.com
and check output. You should get something like:
Server: somename
Address: dnsresolver

Name: server1.mydomain.com
Address: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Take a look at the second pair "Name / Address". Address will show the IP of your VPS/Server. If you get something like "Can't find server1.mydomain.com" then it means there is some problem with the resolution of the subdomain/hostname.

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Why do I have to create a new account? I wanted to manage this all from root account. It is not for my users, it is so I can access the admin panel securely using SSL.

CWP installs the Let's Encrypt SSL for the hostname too. So you will be able to access the panel over HTTPS (https://server1.mydomain.com:2031) when the problem with the hostname resolution is solved.

It is better to host every website in a separate account for security reasons. However, you are free to add "mydomain.com" as an addon/extra domain name to the existing account.

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Re: Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2023, 02:07:17 AM »
i have done all the steps , but still whenever i open my admin panel ssl url , it redirects from ssl to non ssl link

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Re: Hostname / Main Server Account & Domain
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2023, 06:41:08 AM »
1. Are you able to access the admin area over the URL like  https://hostname.com:2031/ ?

2. Do you get the IP address of your server when you ping the hostname of the server/vps ?

3. Did you enable all options "SSL for ..." under CWP --> Server Settings --> Change Hostname ?