How do I administer my SmartVPS?

Brownrice SmartVPSs are powerful machines that can be fully administered via the Brownrice Dashboard at

Add new web site or subdomain to be hosted on your Managed VPS
When a site is added to your VPS via our dashboard its ready for hosting.  The site's logs are rotated, permissions are set up perfectly, its directory structure follows the Brownrice schema, and AWStats are automatically run for it each evening. To setup a site login to the dashboard and then click:

  • VPS's
  • -> Manage (green button)
  • Web sites
  • Add New Website or Subdomain (green button)


Create new SSH/SFTP user account
To setup a new user account login to the dashboard and then click:

  • VPS's
  • -> Manage (green button)
  • FTP/SSH Accounts
  • Add New User (green button)
  • Select a username and password and whether or not this account should be an FTP or SSH/SFTP account.


Get MySQL root password and link to phpMyAdmin
To get the MySQL root password and a link to phpMyAdmin:

  • Login to dashboard
  • Click -> VPS's
  • -> Manage (green button)
  • Databases
  • Click the "eyeball" next to the Password filed to view the MySQL root password
  • Click the phpMyAdmin link and login with user name root and the password you just viewed.

ssh to the machine
From your Mac Terminal or Terminal program (such as Putty) on a Windows Machine, type:

Or follow these detailed intructions if you've never SSH'd into a server before.

Create a cron entry
ssh into your server using the SSH account that you set up via your dashboard.  Once logged into the command line type "crontab -e" and create your cron entry.   Or you can use our Dashboard to create the cron job.  Detailed instructions are here: setting up a cron job on a Brownrice VPS.

Document Root (all sites live in the /home/domains/ directory)

phpMyAdmin (root MySQL access can be found in the Dashboard)



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