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Intelligent Editor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What Is Gator and its' Intelligent Editor?
Gator is an easy to use online platform that allows you to create personal, business, and eCommerce websites without needing to code. Our easy, fast, intuitive, Intelligent Editor will allow you to design your entire site to fit your needs and vision, without you needing any coding or graphic design skills. Signing up for an account will allow you to get working on your website, pick out your domain, and publish the site to make it live in no time.

What Do I Need Before Starting To Build My Website?
All you need is your name, email, and a unique password to get started. To make the design process smoother, we also recommend having an idea of what you want your website to be about and having a few options for a domain name. Once your account is created, simply follow the prompts to begin the design process, choose a domain name, and hit publish. Although an eye for design never hurts, you can ultimately build your website from scratch using our intelligent builder. 

How Much Does A Gator Website Cost?
We offer a few different paid website plans all of which give you the tools you need to spread your brand across the internet, like web analytics to let you keep track of your website's impact. Other plans include added features like an advanced online store that allows for unlimited products for you to offer your visitors around the world. We have a number of different terms and price points available to you, to make sure you find the right plan for you, please visit our Pricing Page to view the different plans and pricing. 

Can I Add A Blog Or A Store To My Website?
We provide countless options when it comes to adding features to your website. If it’s a blog you need, all it takes is making a blog page and getting to work on your first post. If you'd like to include a store, we give the option to have a store with any site you create by adding a store section in the editor. Different plans will allow for more features, but upgrading your account to an eCommerce plan will give you the ability to sell unlimited products and services to offer your customers. As well, you can always wait on these features, and feel free to add a blog or store at any time with just a few clicks.

Do I Have The Ability To Put Social Media Links Or Buttons On My Website?
We want your website to be easily acceptable to all of your audiences. Therefore, we have added a number of ways you can link your website with your social media presence, from social icons, linking pictures, and buttons.

How Can I Undo A Change?
If you ever make a change to your site that you wish to undo, click the undo button, (the arrow pointing left) at the top of your screen. You can also go back to a previously saved version of your site by clicking the Save History button, (the clock with an arrow pointing back) and selecting a date. Your website will then revert back to the saved version of the site you selected. Save History is just one of the many features we include with a paid plan.

Can I Preview My Website Before It Goes Live?
Absolutely! Previewing your website before it goes live is an essential part of the design process. You can preview your site at any time when editing by hitting the Preview button at the top of the website builder window.

Can I Edit My Site After It Is Published?
You will be able to edit and make changes to your website at any time by logging into your Gator dashboard and clicking the Edit Site button. Keep in mind when you are finished to click the Publish button to make any new changes live.

Will My Website Work On All Devices & Browsers?
Having a website that is responsive, beautiful, and user-friendly across all devices is vital in today’s mobile world. Our intelligent editor option is set up to automatically format to all devices seamlessly. 

I Already Bought A Domain Elsewhere, Can I Transfer It?
You can transfer any domain you own by first contacting our support team to let us know you'd like to transfer. If you have had the domain for longer than the standard 60 transfer lock period, one of our team members will be happy to send you an email requesting the necessary information. If you’d like to learn more about the transfer process feel free to read the Domain Transfer article. 

I Bought A Domain With SiteBuilder, Will I Be Able To Transfer It Away If Needed?
Just like transferring a domain from another registrar, you can transfer your domain away after the 60 transfer lock has passed, but first, you must contact us and request that our team unlocks the domain and turns off the privacy. We will then send you an email with the information to transfer, which you’ll be able to pass along to the new registrar.

How Do I Connect My Domain?
Before publishing your site, you'll want to Assign the Domain Name to your website in order for the site to show up at that address. After, you will want to publish your content, this will give you a URL to click on to view the site live. 

How Can I Set Up An Email Address With My Domain? 
Once you've purchased a domain through Gator you can set up G Suite, email powered by Google, to start using all of their available tools. If you have an external domain that you have linked here on our platform, then you will want to go through G Suite directly to get your email set up. Additionally, if you want to set up an inbox with any other service besides G Suite, you will want to go through them directly, once you've made your purchase, they will provide you with the records to connect your domain to your new email inbox. 

How Do I Track Visitors? 
Knowing where your website visitors are coming from lets you focus your marketing efforts in those key locations. This is why we have included website analytics with every paid website plan, so you can Monitor Your Site Statistics at any time.

How Do I Get People To My Website?
After your website goes live, identifying potential traffic referrals is a top priority. Your strategy for tracking and analyzing traffic depends on your unique needs and your audience. Some businesses want to focus on the traffic coming from social media channels, while others focus more closely on attracting more on direct traffic by boosting their SEO strength. Our platform offers a number of options for Linking Social Media and optimizing SEO

Will My Website Show Up On Google?
Everyone wants their website to be easily found online, this is why we have tools built into the editor to Optimize your Site SEO