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Nextcloud Set Up

NextCloud is another private file-hosting software that can work for you like Dropbox. Unlike Dropbox, Nextcloud is open-source which means it’s free to use with no fees outside what you pay to HostJane for the VPS hosting.

Point your domain to the server

The first step in setting up both VPS and Dedicated servers running Nextcloud is to create an A-record at your domain registrar to point your domain to the server.

We can’t set up your free SSL certificate until this process is completed.

Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for a domain to propagate throughout the internet to a server, although it usually happens much sooner.

Obtain your server’s details

1. After successful payment is approved, your server will be set up within 2 minutes.

2. Login to My HostJane. In the Dashboard under Services, look for the Nextcloud server you have provisioned.

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If you cannot see the Nextcloud server or the server is not active, please open a ticket.

3. Click Manage next to the Nextcloud server item. You will be transferred to the server’s dashboard.

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4. Go to the Statistics area to find your server’s IP address and password. Follow the instructions to complete your Nextcloud installation.

Sample screenshot of the Application Information.

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Copy and paste the installer link into a fresh browser window. The installer address will look something like this, but will have your server’s IP address:

https://[Your_Server’s_IP]/

Replace Your Server’s IP with your Nextcloud server’s IP as found in Statistics

For example:

https://123.456.789.1/

For your security we don’t send this by email. You you need to login to your secure SSL-encrypted My HostJane account to review the credentials.

Accessing your Nextcloud site

5. After copying the installer link into a new browser window, you will see a HTTPS warning.

As explained on the order page, your server comes with a self-signed SSL certificate. This means that you can access your Nextcloud installation by HTTP://, but when accessing via HTTPS://, a warning appears in your browser.

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This warning is expected because we can’t configure an SSL certificate for an IP address. But it’s safe to ignore. Click the Advanced button in the browser to add an exception.

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Proceed unsafely at the prompt.

How to remove the SSL warning

Once your domain has successfully pointed to the server, open a support ticket and we will install your free SSL certificate on the server, which will be accessible at:

https://www.yourdomain.TLD

TLD means top-level domain, and can stand for any domain like .com, .net. .org, or any other TLD. HostJane and our servers work with all domain registrars worldwide.

6. After clearing the SSL warning, you will see your server’s Nextcloud login.

The first step is to configure your new site.

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7. Use the username/pass credentials provided in Statistics to sign in.

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8. Use the top-right profile icon to navigate to your server’s settings

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You can now enjoy configure the software to your requirements and enjoy your new self-hosted Nextcloud file server.

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Have a look at a comparison with ownCloud to decide which private file-hosting software is right for you.

Finish setting up your SSL

Once your domain has finished pointing to the server, you will be able to access your website via your domain name.

Login to My HostJane and open an SSL request after that stage if you wish to have your free SSL certificate installed.

You can check the DNS status of your Domain’s A-Record propagation at ISP nodes around the world by visiting: https://whatsmydns.net

Updated on July 21, 2018

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