The short answer to "Why are there so many passwords?" is that
there are _many_ systems, and each system stores it's own userids
and passwords. We have recently improved things so that if you
run through the 'my account' area of the baremetal.com website, some
passwords are "remembered" for you.
The main systems that you (our client) are likely to encounter are:
- FTP userid and password - This controls access to update your website.
it is also used to control access to the /sec-bin/ control panel where you
can configure e-mail, view statistics, etc. This password can be
changed by going to http://yourdomain/cgi-bin/wwwpass.
- Your billing ID and an invoice # or billing password will allow you to access the
"My Account" area on
the BareMetal.com website. From there you
can see and pay your invoices, you can see how your account is
configured, and see what domain registrations you have paid for and
when they expire.
Initially the system will mail out a random password to the
billing contact, but once you login with that password, you can change
it to whatever you like. If you forget it, you can have the system
mail you a new random password.
The My-Account area will remember your domain managent and
domain-dns.com userids. So the generally won't need the
domain-management or domain-dns userid/passwords described below, but
they CAN be useful if you want to give someone else authority for
a specific task.
Your domain registration userid and password.
(The my-account area will remember these.) For domains we register
(except .ca domains), domain management is controlled with a userid
and password. This allows you to update the contact information, the
DNS servers, and the userid/password associated with a domain.
- Domain-dns.com userid and passwords
control acess to your domain-dns.com profile, which may control DNS
information, web and/or e-mail forwarding for your domain name.
Passwords can be changed via the "I want to change my password" button
on the login screen. To change userids, contact BareMetal support.
(Note: the My-Account area will also remember these passwords.)
There are other special purpose systems, but those four are common ones.