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How Does BaseKit Work?


As of June 19, 2013, BaseKit is unavailable on new Shared (SW) accounts; however, WordPress is an excellent alternative to this builder. The instructions on how to install WordPress are discussed in the article: How to Install WordPress With Softaculous.

Part 1 of 14 of the BaseKit Getting Started Guide

BaseKit is site building software that runs on an external BaseKit server and is accessible through cPanel on HostGator Linux shared and reseller accounts. To use BaseKit, just follow these steps:

1. Log into cPanel and click the icon that says BaseKit SiteBuilder under the Software/Services section of cPanel.


2. You will be given the option for which domain you'd like to build a website for. This will list all the domains, subdomains, and addon domains on your account. Then click on the Setup SiteBuilder icon for the domain on which you'd like to build a site.

3. Next, choose what subdomain you'd like BaseKit to use as your preview URL and click the Finish Setup button.

4. Next, click the Edit Website icon to be taken to BaseKit to build your site.

5. Click on "Publish" in BaseKit when you're done building your site.

Note: This causes cPanel to add code to your .htaccess file which will cause your domain to display the BaseKit site.
For reference, if you need to edit your .htaccess file to restore the BaseKit code, this is the code you would need to ensure is present:
# Proxy rules for BaseKit site: "<your-domain-to-publish-to>.com"
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ http://<>/$1 [P,L]
# END proxy rules for "<your-domain-to-publish-to>.com" 
Note: Please remove the blue variables with the information specific to the domain you are publishing.

6. Go back to your cPanel and click on the BaseKit logo again to go to the BaseKit page. Click on the radio button with your domain name to publish the site to your domain. Click the Publish button on the dialog box that comes up to publish.

If you want to unpublish your site or edit your site later, you can click on the BaseKit icon again, and make those changes. (Clicking the green checkmark allows you to unpublish.)



Note: Website backups are separate for BaseKit sites, cPanel backups will not include BaseKit content. Site restores are done by simply re-publishing in BaseKit.

BaseKit Getting Started Guide