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Use your web server as a file server with Web Disk

With your AGL Host web hosting account we include a great feature which lets you also use your hosting account as a secure online file server . Via web Disk you can drag a drop files to your web server as if it was an extra hard disk attached to your computer.

Web Disk Features

  • Create a secure area to store and backup your valuable data.
  • Connect your Web Disk to your computer and drag and drop files to it as if it was simply a folder on your pc or a file that you need to convert jpg to pdf
  • Web Disk is a great alternative to using a USB flash drive. If you loose your flash drive, all your data is gone. With Web Disk your data is available to  any computer connected to the internet
  • Supports Mac, Windows and Linux computers
  • Use Web Disk to replace your FTP program when adding files to your server. Use the familiar windows explorer  interface rather than learning how to use a FTP program

How much does Web Disk Cost?

Nothing, we include this service free inside your cPanel account!

How to setup Web Disk

On your AGL Host cPanel account your Web Disk is already setup and ready to use, all you need to do is connect to it! To connect and start using your Web Disk, please complete the following:

  1. Login to your cPanel at
  2. Click on Web Disk
  3. A form will now appear at the top of the page, complete this to create a new Web Disk account. The directory field will require you to name a folder where you would like to store your data
  4. Once you have created your Web Disk account, a list of your accounts will appear at the bottom on the page, navigate to your desired Web Disk account and click on “Access Web Disk”
  5. You will then be asked to select the operating system on your computer
  6. Once you have selected your operating system, you will be automatically generated a secure connection file. This file will allow you to connect to your Web Disk. When prompted download the connection file.
  7. Open the connection file on your computer. Your computer will now automatically connect to your Web Disk, you may be asked to enter the your login information which you created in Step 3

Done. You can now access your Web Disk on your AGL Host cPanel server. A great secure place to store and backup your valuable data. If you plan to store a lot of data on your Web Disk, please contact us if you require more storage space.

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web hosting calendar Posted: August 18th, 2010

cPanel backup your website

While we automatically backup all your website data for disaster recovery, it is always a good idea to regularly make your own website backups. You can never have too many backups!

Backing up your website could not be easier with cPanel. The server automates the process, the only real action is for you to effetely press the ‘go’ button.

Backup your webiste in cPanel

How to backup your website using cPanel:

  1. Login to your cPanel control panel. Please go to
  2. Click on “Backups”
  3. Select “Download or generate a full website backup”
    Selecting this option will backup everything associated with  your web hosting account; all files, emails, databases, email filters, cron jobs. If you only want to backup a certain database for example, simply click on the database name which you wish to backup. We have found that using the cPanel database dump feature produces a smaller database dump file compared to PHPMYADMIN.
  4. You will now be presented with a form asking for the destination of your website backup. You have two options here:

    a. Store the backup on your web server itself. If you choose this option, your backup file will be zipped and placed in your FTP account ready for you to download. So simply login to your FTP server and you will see your backup file inside your FTP root. When you select this option, enter your email address and your web server will automatically email you when your download is ready for you to download.
    b. Send the backup to a remote FTP server. If you have a FTP server in your office, you can tell your web server to automatically send the backup to your remote FTP server. Simply select “remote FTP server” and plug in your FTP server information.

  5. Select “Generate Backup” when sit back and watch your server do all the hard work and backup your data.

Our Thoughts

cPanel is by the the easiest to use and most advanced control panel. Making backups are so easy. We strongly suggest that you backup your website on a regular basis – if you accidentally delete an important file, it is very handy knowing that you have a backup sitting safe. We also backup your data to our external storage repository’s, but its always a good idea to have multiple backups. After all, you may have paid thousands for your website, keep ti safe!

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web hosting calendar Posted: August 16th, 2010

How to access your email in Microsoft Outlook

With all our web hosting and email hosting plans you can easily setup access to pickup your email in Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express or any other desktop based email application.

Setting up Microsoft Outlook to access your POP or IMAP email account only takes a few moments. Please follow our step by step guide below:

Microsoft Outlook Email Account Setup Guide

This guide has been created for Outlook 2003, newer versions vary slightly:
1. Open Microsoft Outlook
2.  Click on “tools” then “email accounts”
3. Select “add email account”
4. Select “POP3” or “IMAP”
5. The next screen will ask for all the server settings, please use the following:
Username: (your full email address i.e.
Password:  (the password you set this account inside cPanel)
Incoming Mail Server:
Outgoing Mail Server:
6. BEFORE you click on next, select “more settings”
7. A new window will now open, click on the “advanced tab”
8. Enable “leave copy of emails on server” and select “remove from server after 30 days”
9. Click “OK” to close the window
10. Click on “next” then “finish” – you are now done!
Need a bit more information? – We have created a YouTube video showing how to setup outlook access:

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web hosting calendar Posted: July 30th, 2010

How to setup out of office notification (cPanel)

Going on holiday? In cPanel it is easy to setup a ‘out of office’ notification and only takes a few moments. The cPanel ‘out of office’ notification is called an ‘Auto Responder’. To setup your auto responder, please complete the following:

1. In your internet browser navigate to:

2. Login with your full email address (i.e. and password

3. Click on “Auto Responders”. This is located near the bottom of the page, see screen below:

4. You will now be presented with a page showing your current ‘Auto responders’. Also on this page will be a button named ‘Add Auto Responder’ – click on that.

5. The ‘Add Auto Responder’ page will now be shown, simply complete the form entering your ‘out of office’ reply and click on ‘Create/Modify’

Done. Your ‘Out of Office’ notification will now be live. Have a good holiday! (remember to turn it off when you get home!)

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web hosting calendar Posted: July 26th, 2010
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