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Hosting services

NCF provides website hosting services for individual NCF members and also for organizations too. Hosting services are available at no charge to all active NCF members.

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Hosting services available to individual NCF members

Each member has available:

  • web space for static (non-dynamic) web pages (see Publishing Web Pages)
  • FTP access and Web File Manager (see Publishing Web Pages)
  • web traffic stats (produced by the AWStats package)
  • nightly back-up
  • email (one account per member), including webmail, POP and IMAP access

No dynamic page generation is available (eg., no PHP, JSP, MySQL, etc) for member accounts, but these are available for 'organizational' accounts (which can be held by an individual).

Apache .htaccess files

NCF's web server is an Apache HTTP server and .htaccess files are recognized with the following modules enabled:

  • mod_auth (for Basic password protection, ie., password in the clear)
  • mod_alias (for redirecting)
  • mod_rewrite (for remapping)

The absolute path to your web space is:

/files70/content/members/htdocs/[yourAccountID_or_emailAlias]

Hosting services available to organization accounts

NCF organizational accounts have available:

  • all services available to members (web pages, etc)
  • sub-domain hosting (eg., myOrgName.ncf.ca)
  • full-domain hosting (eg., myOrgName.ca) (Note that NCF does not offer domain name registration, so it has to be done elsewhere)
  • PHP5, MySQL5
  • no scripting support, no shell access

Organizational email accounts are limited at the moment by old mail server technology. Not much is available beyond simple forwarding.

Package installation (such as WordPress) may be possible for organizational accounts by special arrangement.

NCF hopes to expand its hosting services as resources permit.

The absolute path to your web space is:

/files70/content/hosting/[www.mydomain.ca]/htdocs

Setting Up Custom Domains with NCF

NCF supports custom domains like yourwebsite.ca but does not register such domains. Follow to the following steps to get a custom domain working with NCF.

Note: This process assumes you already have a working website on an ncf subdomain like yourwebsite.ncf.ca

  1. Contact a Domain Name Registrar to get your custom domain name. NCF recommends www.10dollar.ca
  2. Request only domains registration from the Registrar you choose as most of them will offer hosting service as well.
  3. Provide the Domain Name Registrar with NCF's DNS server addresses:
    • DNS1 Hostname: dns1.ncf.ca
    • DNS2 Hostname: dns2.ncf.ca
  4. Email support@ncf.ca upon completion of the registration and DNS redirect and our system administrators will complete the process for you.

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