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HostGator web hosting comes with two free online website builder tools, namely SiteBuilder and SiteStudio. These tools are perfectly designed for new users without any web design and programming knowledge. But they are also absolutely great for experienced webmasters to quickly come up with beautiful websites! If you have signed up with HostGator hosting, then you can access these easy-to-use website creation tools in your hosting account cPanel control panel.
HostGator SiteBuilder Tutorial
Login to cPanel control panel. Click on the SiteBuilder icon at the left column. You will see the welcome page which details the 5 steps needed to create a website.
The SiteBuilder outlines the 5 basic steps needed to build a beautiful website. They are; Start, Design, Pages, Edit, and Publish. We will look at the details step by step.
Click on the first step “Start” to begin.
Firstly, you need to select a template for your site. Browse through the hundreds of templates and choose one which you like the most. Once you are happy, you can further customize it by choosing a color scheme. Just click on a appropriate color scheme at the top right column.
You can also upload a banner if you have one, otherwise just use one of the pre-made banners. You will need to select a menu style, upload a logo and key in your website’s name, description and a footer message. Once done, click on “Next” to continue.
On this page, you can create and edit the structure of your website. The editor here is divided into 2 sections. The left and the right sections, separated by two arrow buttons.
On the left section, you select the page you will need on your website. Once done, you click on the “right arrow” button to add them to your website’s structure. Similarly, select the page you wish to remove on the right section, and click on the “left arrow” to return them back to the left section (thus removing them from your website’s structure). Click on “Next” once you are done.
Now you can edit the content of your web pages. Just click on each of the page template which you have added in step 3 above, and add in the relevant content. Make use of the Microsoft Word-like WYSIWYG editor to enter the page content. Do that for all your webpages. Once done, click on “Next” to proceed.
At this step, you can choose to Publish your newly created website. Do not worry, if you have missed out anything or if you wish to amend some content, you can do so easily. Just click back and edit the page content.
Click on “Visit Site” to visit your newly designed website!
Well, that’s it! You have just designed and published your very own website with the help of HostGator’s SiteBuilder tool! This SiteBuilder is so easy and user friendly that even novices can use them.
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