HostGator’s new product, Gator Website Builder, is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website builder for anyone that has an idea for a website and wants to get started quickly. Gator is a full-featured solution that includes the website builder and website hosting in a convenient package.
Your package comes with HostGator’s powerful cloud hosting included, which means you have the ability to upgrade your web hosting package as your business grows. In addition, the Gator website builder comes with security basics like an SSL certificate and a free domain name if you don’t already have one.
While some other website builders limit what you can do, Gator Website Builder delivers a complete package to fit every need. No more shopping around for a site builder that has either blog or eCommerce functionalities, Gator website builder is for blogs and eCommerce. No matter what type of website you want to start, you’ll be ready to go in a few steps with this easy website builder.
6 quick steps to launch your website using Gator Website Builder:
1. Decide which plan is right for you.
Gator by HostGator has three different plan choices. The starter plan comes with everything you need for your new website – a free domain, access more than 200 professionally-designed templates, a frustration free drag-and-drop editor, and integrated website analytics.
If you want access to priority support, choose the premium plan. If you’re starting an eCommerce business with an online store, choose the eCommerce plan.
Each package comes with free cloud hosting included. Once you’ve decided which plan is right for you, click “buy now.” You’ll be directed to a page to set up your account.
2. Set up your domain.
The domain is the web address that your business will be known by. While you can create a 301 redirect and change this in the future, be sure to choose a domain address that is easy to remember and represents your business. Need some help? We put together a list of ideas for how to choose the perfect domain name for your business.
If you don’t already have a domain, Gator Website Builder comes with a free domain. Start typing in the “find a new domain name” box to see if your top choice is available.
If you already have a domain, you can quickly connect it to your Gator website with the “connect it here” button.
3. Create your account.
Now that you have selected the perfect domain name, it’s time to set up your account. Gator makes it easy – you can create an account with your email address or quickly connect to your current Gmail or Facebook account. Select your preferred billing cycle, enter your payment information, and you’re ready to start building.
4. Choose a template.
After you create your account, you’ll be directed to the “choose a template” page. This is where you’ll choose the visual design for your site. Gator comes with more than 200 professionally-designed templates included for free.
Scroll through all the options available and choose the one that best fits your business. You can sort the templates by categories such as music and entertainment, photography, portfolio, online store, wedding, professional services, and more. All of the designs are fully customizable so you can change the fonts, colors, or text style to match your business’ brand.
Click the full screen preview to see all the features and secondary page layout options for your favorite themes. Plus, the designs are fully customizable – you can quickly change the color scheme, fonts, or text style to match your business.
All of the professional design templates included with Gator come with a mobile-friendly version installed. You don’t need to do anything to activate the mobile version, but with Gator, you can control the content if you want to. You can even edit content in the mobile view without affecting your main website.
5. Add content to your website.
Once you have selected a theme for your website and clicked the button to “Start Editing,” you will be directed to your main account dashboard. At first glance, you’ll see that a few pages have already been created. You can add, edit, or delete any of these pages by clicking the “pages” button on the left side of your dashboard.
Gator comes with an easy step-by-step guide to show you how to set up the different sections of your site. Click the menu icon next to the Gator by HostGator logo and select the “getting started tour.” This tour will guide you through the steps to edit pages and add elements such as text blocks, images, buttons, and more.
You can customize your pages by adding more elements. Click on the elements tab, to see the types of elements you want such as an image, text block, or button.
If you want to use an easy website builder to start a blog…
Gator comes with an easy blogging feature integrated. Some website builders make you choose either a basic website or a blog function. Gator offers both. Select the “blog” tab from the left sidebar and then click “start a blog.”
Not ready to start a blog now? Check out these five reasons to start blogging whenever you’re ready. The blog feature comes with all Gator packages and is available for anyone to easily add a blog as their business grows.
If you want to use an easy website builder to start an eCommerce business with online store…
- Choose the “eCommerce plan” (or upgrade your account to the eCommerce plan) to access the online store feature.
- Click the Store button from the left side of your dashboard to add a store.
You’re now ready to add and manage your own store. The website builder will automatically populate the store with example products so you can see what the store will look like when it’s done. Follow the next set of instructions to complete the setup process for your store.
6. Review and launch your website.
When you’re done adding information and are ready to “go live,” the process to publish is simple. First, you’ll want to do a final review by clicking the “preview” button at the top of your dashboard. Click through the pages on your website and make sure the design and content looks great.
When you’re finished previewing, click the “finish preview” button at the top and then the “publish website” at the top of the dashboard. Follow the steps to go live.
If you have an eCommerce Store upgrade, you’ll see a pop-up asking you to add products now or after you publish your website pages. If you choose to go live without your store products added, no problem, simply select “Publish Without Store.”
This means people will be able to see your websites pages (or storefront) but they won’t be able to shop your products or purchase. Otherwise, you can select “Setup Store Now” If you would rather set up your store for selling before you go live.
Now your website is live!
What did you think about building your website with Gator? What’s the number one Gator feature you want to try on your new website? Let us know in the comments below.
Blair Williamson is the content marketing manager for HostGator where she comes up with great ideas for blog content, webinars, and emails to help you rock your business.