New Features in Windows 2008 and IIS 7.0
Included with all Windows-based hosting plans activated on February
28, 2008 or later is the Windows 2008 Operating System and the IIS 7.0.
But what's new and different in this new platform?
Directory Structure & Security
When you connect to your site by FTP you'll notice a few new
directories. All the files you want to be accessible on the internet
should be placed within your /wwwroot folder. Any files or directories
below your /wwwroot folder will not be accessible on the web. This is a
great security feature if you want to save files online on your site,
but do not want visitors to your site to be able to see them!
Due to the updates in Windows 2008 and IIS 7.0, we're now able to
extend Full Trust for all .NET and ASP.NET applications! This is done in
a safe and secure way so that your site is protected while still
allowing you to make use of all the features that Full Trust affords
IIS7 Delegation Features
You can manage the IIS7 settings and delegation features for your site using the Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 Manager application! This gives you more control over the features of the web-server that you want to customize.
WIN32 CGI and FrontPage Server Extensions
WIN32 CGIs are no longer supported under Windows 2008 and IIS 7.0.
Also, FrontPage Server Extensions are no longer supported. We urge all
FrontPage users to upgrade to Microsoft Expression Web at a discounted price!
With .NET and IIS7 you can create your own Password Protection
feature for free! Our password protection feature that was available
with Windows 2003/IIS6 hosting accounts is not compatible with and
therefore no longer available for Windows 2008/IIS7.
And for even more details about the new platform, please refer to our web site!
Identifying Your Account as Windows 2008 & IIS7
The easiest way to tell what platform your hosting plan is on will
depend on when you signed up. If you signed up on February 28, 2008 or
later for the Premium or Professional plan, then the Windows portion of
your site will be hosted under Windows 2008 with IIS7. If you signed up
before February 28 your Windows account will be on Windows 2003 with
To check if your hosting plan is a Windows + Linux plan or a Linux-Only plan, you can refer to your list of domain names in the control panel. All Linux-Only plans will have Linux in the plan name. All Windows + Linux plans will not.
The following directories are set up by default with your Windows 2008 & IIS7 hosting plan.
||FTP Log files are saved here.
||WWW Log files are saved here.
||Any ASP.NET temp files are saved here. If there is no ASP.NET usage
on your site this directory may not appear.
||All the files located in this directory are web accessible through
your web site.
||This is the home directory for the Anonymous FTP user. Only place
files here that you want to be accessibly by anonymous visitors to your
IIS 7 Manager
You can access your Windows 2008/IIS7 based web hosting account using the IIS7 Manager
tool. Please note that this will apply only to the Windows-based
portion of your hosting account if you have signed up on February 28,
2008 or later.
Once you have installed the tool on your computer, you can follow these steps to make the connection.
- From IIS7 Manager click File and then Connect to a Site...
- Enter the following details:
- Server name: your domain name or your IP address
- Site name: your domain name
- And then click Next.
- Enter the following details:
- User name: your admin ftp user name
- Password: your admin password
- And then click Next.
- Choose a name for your connection and then click Finish.
- You will then be connected to your site and will be able to edit the IIS and ASP.NET settings directly on the server.
By default, every directory under your account already has read,
write and execute permissions already set, so there is no need to adjust
permissions on a per-file or per-directory basis.
FrontPage Server Extensions
Currently we do not support FrontPage Server Extensions on our
Windows 2008 servers. FrontPage Server Extensions and the FrontPage
product have been discontinued by Microsoft. You can still use FrontPage
to create your site (and upload it by FTP) but any content requiring
FrontPage Server Extensions will not work on our Windows 2008 servers.
We recommend all customers who already own a copy of FrontPage
purchase an upgrade to Microsoft Expression Web. Customers who already
own a license for FrontPage may receive a discount on the Expression Web software.
FTP over SSL
We support FTP over SSL for all Windows 2008/IIS7 accounts created on
February 28, 2008 or later. Simply change your connection method in
your FTP client from FTP to FTP over SSL (explicit encryption) and use
the same username, password and port number to connect with.
FTP over SSL (explicit encryption) is supported in most FTP clients, including FileZilla and FTP Voyager
WIN32 CGI Executables
No, WIN32 CGI Executables are not supported under our Windows 2008 & IIS7 platform.
Storing Files That Are Not Web Accessible
All Windows hosting accounts activated on February 28, 2008 or later
under the Windows 2008 & IIS 7.0 platform include some new options
for storing files online.
When you first log into your account by FTP you will notice a /wwwroot
directory. This is where you put all the files that you want to be
visible or accessible through your web site. But you can also upload
files to your account that aren't accessible in the browser. This can be
done simply by creating a directory outside of the /wwwroot directory and placing your files there.
Any user with administrative FTP access to your account will be
able to view this directory. Also, you can create additional FTP users
and grant them access to the folder. However anyone visiting your web
site with a browser will only be able to see files under the /wwwroot directory.