Connecting Your Website
Surreal CMS needs to connect to your website to read and write files. When you make changes, everything gets published directly back to your server in real-time.
To connect your website, navigate to Sites and select New Site from the sidebar. The following fields tell us how to communicate with your website.
|Name||The name you want to use for your website. (Only used in the CMS.)|
|URL||Your website's URL, e.g.
|Protocol||How we should connect to your website. (Ask your webhost if you're not sure.)|
|Host||Your server's hostname. If your website is
|Port||The port we should use to connect to your server. You can leave this blank unless you've configured your server to use a nonstandard port.|
|Username||The username to use when connecting to your server.|
|Password||The password to use when connecting to your server.|
|Home Folder||The folder that contains your homepage. Use the Browse button
to navigate to your homepage to make sure you have the right location.
Important! This needs to point to the same folder as your URL. If you're creating a subsite, e.g.
|Upload Folder||The folder that uploaded files will be stored in. Users will be able to
upload and delete anything inside this folder, so don't select one that contains webpages or
other important files.
It's usually a good idea to create a folder called
Once you've filled out the form, select Test Connection from the sidebar to make sure everything works.
If you see an error, double check each field to make sure everything is correct. If you still can't connect, make sure your web host isn't blocking the connection (e.g. firewalls, geographic restrictions, etc.).
If all goes well, you'll see Connection successful!