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A Unique Journey Through Hostwinds’ Wondrous Cloud Portal Pt. 2

Cloud Portal

Cloud Portal

Welcome back to the exclusive Hostwinds Cloud Portal tour! The. Saga. Continues. Too dramatic? I didn’t think so either. If you’ve made it this far, you clearly have a great sense of humor and, don’t worry, jokes will be sprinkled all over this sequel blog piece just as they were in Part 1 (posted a few days ago). Quick recap: In Part 1 of the Cloud Portal journey, we discussed everything the green “Create” button at the top right of the Cloud Portal’s main page allows you to do AND MORE.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Part 1 and don’t want to miss out on all the entertainment within it, it just so happens that I conveniently have a link to Part 1 of the Cloud Portal tour right here:

https://www.hostwinds.com/blog/news/a-unique-journey-through-hostwinds-wondrous-cloud-portal-pt-1/

Without further ado, we will continue on with the tour and comedy.

 

More Marvelous Features

Scattering random cloud facts, such the differences between cumulus and stratus clouds, sounded like the best way to formulate this blog piece…then I got bored researching information about clouds because, much to my surprise, clouds are pretty unambiguous. Instead, I’ll just pack in even more helpful facts about the Cloud Portal into this piece.

Speaking of, did you say you wanted more features? BOOM! You get a feature! And you get a feature! And you get a feature! And yoooou all get features! Hostwinds is like the Oprah of the hosting industry because of our commitment to being generous and our overall excellence…not to brag…well maybe to brag just a little bit. Here is some information on how to properly put these Cloud Portal tools to use and get the most bang for your buck.

Your Server Information

Once you’ve logged into your client account and navigated to the Cloud Portal, you’ll be greeted by all your server’s information. Within the Cloud Portal’s main page, you’ll see your server name, your IP address, the date of your server’s creation, its status, and finally, to the very far right, some actions you can take regarding your server. The baby blue “Bulk Actions” button directly under your server names allows you to conduct the same actions for multiple servers.

 

Server Information

 

If you would like to know about all the components of the Bulk Actions drop-down button or the “Actions” drop-down menu (to the right of your server’s status), click the following link:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/cloud-control-overview/

The “Status” section to the right of the “Created” section will indicate whether your server’s current condition is running, shutdown, reinstalling, powering-on, or powering-off.

When you click on the server name to the left, you’ll be directed to the Server Overview page. Incidentally, the Knowledge Base has a guide that explains all of the numerous possibilities within reach on this page:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/server-management-sections-explained/

Now we’ll loop back around to the Cloud Portal main page by clicking the “My Servers” link within the “Servers” drop-down on the top left of the page.

Server Stuff

Let’s travel from left to right on such navbar so as to get to all these tools in an organized fashion.

Next up after the My Servers drop-down link is the “SSH Keys” link. This leads you to a page where you are able to add or delete SSH keys. You can also choose to show public keys on this page as well. Oh, P.S. SSH keys, otherwise known as a Secure Shell keys, encrypt data when you hook up to another machine.

 

SSH Key Management

 

OOO P.P.S. Do you remember in Part 1 when I came up with some absolutely jaw-dropping slogans to get us all excited for the Cloud Portal tour? I just thought of another one: “You’ll find more than just a single silver lining in this Cloud Portal. Think of the Cloud Portal as the outlier cloud with a silver lining that grew so big, it ended up filling the entire cloud!” That’s so deep. They just keep getting better and better. I need to copyright this one and FAST! I hope it’s abundantly clear to everyone that I am being sarcastic when I boast about these slogans and I know what you’re thinking: “Please, for everyone’s sake, don’t quit your day job.” Good point. In that case, I’ll digress. Off to the “Network” drop-down on the white navigation bar!

Noteworthy Network

Wow, so many choices in this Network drop-down list. When you click the “Load Balancers” link, you’ll see that it directs you to a page where you can update your Load Balancers, create them, or delete them. You can also see if your load balancer is active and enabled once you are in this Load Balancer Solution.

“Domain” brings you to the Domain Management Solution where you are able to see an overview of your domain’s status and when it was last updated. The following Hostwinds Knowledge Base guide walks you through everything else this page enables you to do:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/cloud-dns-manager/

Now we’re ready to click the “Firewalls” link in the Network drop-down and doing this leads you to a page where you can edit your firewall name or description. If you’d like to delete the firewall you set up, click the Actions drop-down and simply select the “delete” link.

 

Firewall Management

 

Next in line within Network – the “DDOS Protection” link. Clicking this will send you to a page where you are able to look at which IP addresses are DDoS protected. To that end, if you click the “Edit” or “Add SSL” buttons to the far right of your IP address, you have the chance to edit your DDoS settings or tack an SSL onto your IP address for extra security.

When you click the next option, “Manage IP’s,” you do exactly that  – manage all your IP addresses. You can also set rDNS for any IP on this page.

The following Hostwinds blog piece discusses DDoS protection and rDNS if by any chance you’d like to learn more about either:

https://www.hostwinds.com/blog/cloud-servers-2/hostwinds-help-ips-and-how-to-manage-them/

The “SSL Certificates” feature (right under Manage IP’s) allows you to create SSL certificates and view their details. You may also delete an SSL certificate by clicking the trash can icon to the right. SSL certificates are very helpful concerning security. By connecting your SSL certificate to your browser, you are keeping your website protected.

Stupendous Storage

We are hustling through these features. Within the “Storage” menu, “Volumes” comes first. Click the link below to understand the options available to you in the Volumes interface: https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/volume-management/

“ISO’S” within the Storage drop-down menu takes you to a page where you are able to upload and manage your .ISO files. Similarly, the “Snapshots” link in the Storage drop-down brings you to a page where you can upload and manage your snapshots. Next, the “Object Storage” steers you to a page where you are able to store and manage mammoth-sized files and data in a convenient way.

Advantageous Account

View all your invoices and the details about them by clicking the “Billing” link in the “Account” drop-down menu.

“Request Log” – This link in the Account drop-down leads you to a table documenting every change or update you made to your servers.

 

Cloud Request Log

 

“API Keys” is covered in the following Knowledge Base guide, which will teach you everything you need to know about this feature:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/hostwinds-cloud-api-overview/

The “Maintenance Events” link in the Account menu sends you to a page where your maintenance events are all listed. As best stated in one of Hostwinds’ Knowledge Base guides entitled “Hostwinds’ Scheduled Maintenance Events,” “Whenever an upgrade requires a reboot of the node to apply the changes, these will be labeled as Maintenance Events, and clients who are impacted by a required reboot will receive a notice of this event.” By the way, if you want more information on all that, I highly recommend reading this guide. Here’s a link that will take you right to it:

https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/hostwinds-scheduled-maintenance-events/

Oh my goodness, we’ve covered so much. What an odyssey!

 

Cozy Cloud

This concludes your one-of-a-kind tour through the Cloud Portal folks. Please visit the virtual gift shop, aka. Hostwinds website (https://www.hostwinds.com), to buy boatloads of souvenirs, aka Hostwinds products and services,  to remember this experience. Instead of buying a sweet keychain or hat with Hostwinds Cloud Portal logo on it, you can purchase one of Hostwinds’ affordable web hosting plans or package add-ons! Yes, that was yet another shameless plug.

The tour is complete, but there are so many cool details about these features that I couldn’t even begin to touch on without this turning this blog post into a short novel. The Hostwinds team worked together to develop the Cloud Portal and, as we did, our goal was to make server management comfy, cozy, and convenient (wow, there is a profuse amount of alliterations in this blog piece. If you didn’t notice already, all the headings are alliterations…Easter egg alert!) for Hostwinds clients. Mission accomplished team!

On that note, the Hostwinds Knowledge Base has a guide about nearly every area in the Cloud Portal to make things even easier for you. Visit https://www.hostwinds.com/guide/ whenever you’d like a little extra Cloud Portal support.

 

Cheerful Conclusion

On a completely different note, if you’ve been following this Cloud Portal excursion from the beginning, you may remember that, toward the end of Part 1, I mentioned a blog post on Hostingadvice.com written by Christine Preusler. She brilliantly explains that the Hostwinds team uses the Cloud Portal ourselves, thereby proving the Portal’s quality and usefulness. You go Christine! Maybe I am just a little bit biased about her blog post’s perfection because Christine wrote kind words about Hostwinds, a company I find so dear to my heart, but I just want to say right now: I like her style! What a great writer.

Hopefully this encourages you to click the link below to read the blog piece entitled “Founder Peter Holden on the Hostwinds Cloud Platform: An Intuitive Central Management Solution Providing Greater Control Over Hardware Assets”:

https://www.hostingadvice.com/blog/hostwinds-cloud-platform-delivers-an-intuitive-new-management-solution/

Even the title is pure gold! One tangent I failed to go on in Part 1 is to discuss how, not only does Hostwinds provide the highest-quality products, but we also provide the most authentic support. This is because of Hostwinds’ genuinely thoughtful support team and staff. Hostwinds hires good people and provides them with the tools for success in an environment conducive for success so they will be fully equipped and prepared to bring answers, solutions, and, you guessed it, success to our clients…and guess what? YOooOoou get an answer! Aaaand you get an answer! And you get a solution! Aaaand you get success! YooOoou aaall get success!

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