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The following easy steps will help you setup an account with Gator and quickly launch your own website.
- The starter plan comes with everything you need to get started with a great website – a free domain, access to 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.
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.
- Choose a domain.
If you don’t already have a domain, you may consider choosing a great domain, based on the type of niche you and your readers promote. For some ideas about choosing the right domain name, please read this blog post so that you can pull some ideas from it.
If you already have a domain, you can quickly connect it to your Gator website with the “Connect it here” button. If you don’t already have a domain, Gator by HostGator comes with a free domain. Start typing in the “Find a new domain name” box to see if your top choice is available.
- Choose a template.
With Gator themes, you get the feel and touch of the personality you want your followers to see on your site. The feature rich templates cater to your audience’s specific interests. You can scroll through all the options available and choose the one that best fits your business. The templates are organized by category so you can quickly find a theme that is suitable for your niche group. Gator comes with more than 200 professionally-designed templates included for free. The designs are fully customizable – you can quickly change the color scheme, fonts, or text style to match your business. In addition, all of the professional design templates come with a mobile-friendly version.
Now all that’s left to do is to start adding content.
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.
From the elements tab you can add items such as an image, text block, or button.
If you want to start a blog…
Gator comes with an easy blogging feature integrated. Some website builders give you the choice of either a basic website or a blogging platform. Gator offers both. It’s as simple as selecting the “blog” tab from the left sidebar and clicking “start a blog.”
And then create a new post!
If you want to start an eCommerce business with online store…
1. Choose the “eCommerce plan” (or upgrade your account to the eCommerce plan)
to access the online store feature.
2. Click the Store button from the left side of your dashboard to add a 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 instructions on the next page to complete the store set up process.
Gator takes care of all the technical stuff and gives us a simple feature-rich drag-and-drop website builder so that we can focus on our business or passion more.