Managing Web Sites

Creating New Web Site

To view the list of sites, click Web Sites menu item on your space page. Web Sites page will open.

To add a new web site, click Create Web Site button. Add Web Site page will open.

Select an existing domain from the drop-down box and click Create Web Site button. Web Site Properties page will open.

If there is no available domain to select, then click Add Domain button to create a new domain.

Check that web site status is Started.  Otherwise click start.png button to start your web site.

Configuring Web Site

To configure existing web site, open Web Sites page and click web site you want to configure. Web Site Properties page will open. (Please note that Web Site Properties page content may differ from the screenshot above as it depends on hosting plan settings.)

Web Site Pointers

Web site pointers allow you to link web site to different domains.

To add a web site pointer, click Add Web Site Pointer button. Add Web Site Domain Pointer page will open.

Select an existing domain from the drop-down box and click Add Pointer button. New web site pointer will be created.

To delete an existing web site pointer, just click del.png button and confirm removal.

Home Folder
Home directory location
  • Folder in your Hosting Space -  select to permit users to access a specified folder in your hosting space to view or update web content. You can type the folder name in the Path text box below.
  • Redirection to URL - select to redirect the client application, such as a browser, to another Web site or virtual directory by entering a URL in the box below.

Security settings
  • Enable Write Permissions -  select to allow users to upload files and their associated properties to the enabled directory on your server or to change content in a Write-enabled file. Write access is allowed only when a browser that supports the PUT feature of the HTTP 1.1 protocol standard.
  • Enable Directory Browsing -  select to allow users to see a hypertext listing of the files and subdirectories in this site.
  • Enable Parent Paths - select to allow web pages to use relative paths to the parent directory of the current directory (paths using the .. syntax). 
  • Dedicated Application Pool - select to use a dedicated application pool associated with this web site.

  • Allow Anonymous Access - select to establish an anonymous connection for users. IIS logs on the user with an anonymous or guest account.
  • Enable Integrated Windows Authentication - select to ensure that the user name and password are sent across the network in the form of a hash. This provides a secure form of authentication.
  • Enable Basic Authentication - select to send the password across the network in cleartext. Basic authentication is part of the HTTP specification and is supported by most browsers; however, user name and password are not encrypted and could present security risks.

Default Documents

Default documents are used by web server to identify a default document whenever a browser request does not specify a document name. Specify default documents in a top-down search order.

Virtual Dirs

A virtual directory is a friendly name, or alias, for a physical directory on your server that does not reside in the home directory. For example, if you create a virtual directory called "images" from a folder anywhere on your server, the contents of that folder will appear at even though they are not physically located in the images/ subfolder of your web site's root folder.

To create a virtual directory, open Web Site Properties page, select Virtual Dirs tab and click Create Directory button. Add Virtual Directory page will open.

In the Directory Name box, type a name for the virtual directory. In the Folder box, type or browse to the physical directory in which the virtual directory resides. Finally, click Create Directory button. Virtual Directory Properties page will open.


Use this tab to customize Web service extensions. By default, in order to take a more proactive stance against malicious users and attackers, IIS serves only static content - meaning features like ASP, ASP.NET, etc. do not work unless enabled. If you do not enable this functionality after installing IIS, IIS returns a 404 error.

Select required extensions to enable and click Update button.

Custom Errors

Use this tab to customize HTTP error messages that are sent to clients when web server errors occur. It is possible to use generic default HTTP 1.1 errors, detailed custom error files that IIS provides, or create your own custom error files.

  • Code  - all custom error messages display industry-standard HTTP codes, which ensure consistency with HTTP 1.1 error messages. You do not need to change this setting.
  • Sub Code - displays the Sub Code associated with HTTP Error Codes and does not require any change in normal settings.
  • Handler Type - the web interface allows you to have your own custom page for different HTTP error codes:
    • File - type the location of the file mapped to the custom error. It is usually your home location , where you place your files/folders, provided by the web host.
    • URL - to map the custom error to a URL, select URL and enter the path to the URL beginning with the virtual directory name, for example /virdir1/errors/404.htm
    • Default - this type will reset to default error page of Windows 2003 server where URL allows you to have the error page in URL format.
  • Error Content - displays the URL/File/Default location, depending upon Handler Type selection.

To add custom error, open Web Site Properties page, select Custom Errors tab and click Add Custom Error button. New record will be added at the end of the custom errors list. Type custom error code, sub code, handler type and error content. Finally, click Update button.


To delete an existing custom error, just click del.png button and then click Update button. 


Use this tab to customize custom HTTP headers that are sent from the web server to the client browser. Custom headers can be used to send instructions from the Web server to the client browser that are not yet supported in the current HTTP specification, such as newer HTTP headers that IIS may not inherently support at the time of the product's release. For example, you can use a custom HTTP header to allow the client browser to cache the page but prevent proxy servers from caching the page.

To add a custom HTTP header , open Web Site Properties page, select Headers tab and click Add Custom Header button. New record will be added at the end of the custom headers list. Type the name and value of your custom HTTP header in the Header Name and Header Value boxes. Finally, click Update button.

To delete an existing custom HTTP header, just click del.png button and then click Update button. 

MIME Types

Use this tab to customize Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types. MIME is a specification for creating file formats to be used in the exchange of e-mail, in Web documents, and in other applications on intranets and on the Internet. Each MIME format includes a MIME content type ("MIME type") and subtype which denote the kind of data stored in the file. IIS includes a table of the most common Web-related MIME types/subtypes and associated file name extensions. If IIS does not have MIME information for a MIME-formatted file that you download, then IIS will attach a default MIME identity to that file. As a result, the client receiving the file may misinterpret its contents. You can manually add MIME types, subtypes, and file name extensions to IIS for files whose MIME identity is not in the table.

To add new MIME type, open Web Site Properties page, select MIME Types tab and click Add MIME Type button. New record will be added at the end of the MIME types list. Type the file name extension and valid MIME type in the Extension and MIME-Type boxes. Finally, click Update button.

To delete an existing MIME type, just click del.png button and then click Update button. 

Deleting Web Site

To delete existing web site, open Web Sites page and click web site you want to delete. Web Site Properties page will open.

Click Delete button and confirm removal to delete web site.