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How To Install a New Website to Hostgator cPanel

How To Install a New Website to Hostgator cPanel

Hostgator is a great web hosting provider.  I’ve been using them for almost two years now, and I absolutely love them.  If I ever have a problem with one of my websites, they get me back in business fast.   I used to use Godaddy who was terrible for hosting a website.  My site was slow to respond, tech support was untrained and I would often wait on hold for way too long.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Godaddy as a domain registrar.  They are great, but for web hosting, Hostgator is where I run my business and they have taken good care of me.

Hostgator has great technical support too, super fast response, and plenty of bandwidth to  run any website you can throw at them.

Hostgator, like many other web hosting providers, uses cPanel as a way for their customers to self maintain their web sites.  cPanel is a software application that is designed to make maintaining a running a website very easy.  It is very powerful and lets you do a lot with  your web site.

How to Create an Addon Website Using Hostgator cPanel

The main thing most people use cPanel for is to install new websites and setup wordpress.   Adding a new website with cPanel is called an Addon domain.  To add a new addon website using cpanel following these steps:

1. Login to your Hostgator cPanel – this is usually going to be http://yourdomain.com/cpanel

2. Scroll down until you see the Domains Section and the Addon Domain icon.

3. Click the Addon Domain icon

4. Enter your new domain name in the text for new domain.

5. When you tab to the next field cPanel will automatically add the Subdomain/FTP user and Document root fields for you.

6. Next enter your password and then retype your password again.

7. Then click add domain.

8. Kick back and enjoy your day – you are the master of your web empire!

It that easy!

Installing addon websites using Hostgator cpanel is very quick and easy.

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WordPress for easy content management

WordPress for easy content management

One of the simplest ways of adding, editing and managing content on your website has got to be WordPress. For those who are not familiar with WordPress, WordPress is a free blogging software that has really taken off like wildfire in the blogging community.  There are tons of free plug-ins and themes that allow you to change WordPress from a typical blog to a full blown content management system. You can strip it down to only a single sales page or build it out into a commercial e-commerce website.

I started using WordPress and continue to use it today to help with adding and managing content on my websites.  There are so many helpful features and plug-ins; I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful it is. It does take some getting use to though. The basic install is very plain. It requires a new template or skin to be installed to jazz it up.  Don’t worry they are freely downloadable and easy to install. 

Getting WordPress Installed

Most hosting providers, including Hostgator and GoDaddy, have WordPress available as an automated install. This greatly simplifies getting your website up and running much quicker. They even get the database stuff working for you so you dont have to worry about that. If your provider doesn’t offer this as an install simply head on over to WordPress.org and download the latest install package. There are tons of documentation to help you get WordPress going. If this seem a little too “techy” for you, you might consider switching hosting providers.

Integrate with Build a Niche Store

If you have BANS installed you can integrate it with WordPress to give your websites a nice interface for your content. Mark, over at The Niche Store Builder, has done a great job of integrating WordPress and BANS together into a seemless website and has lots of videos to show you how to tweek it to fit almost any WordPress theme. Now you can have the best of both worlds! A killer content system and a killer eBay store.

Personally I think adding WordPress to your websites adds a level of professionalism and gives you the flexability and easy content management you need to run a profitable website.

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Review: Godaddy Hosting versus HostGator

Review: Godaddy Hosting versus HostGator

I’ve been with Godaddy for quite a while now. I use them as my registrar for my domains, as a hosting provider and as my dns provider. The service offierings are vast and the prices cannot be beat.

However as my business started to grow I really started to notice a few things about Godaddy that made me want to check out other hosting providers and see if I could improve my website performance without impacting the overhead of additional hosting costs.

Introducing Hostgator

I had read about HostGator.com from several folks online and saw that they had a fairly large customer base. I searched on Google looking for anyone having issues or complaints about Hosgator.com and didn’t find a one.  I checked their pricing and it was about average – at the time of this writing they offer the first month for $7.95 and each recurring month at $9.95/mo on a month to month basis.  I had sent several emails to the sales team and technical team and both responded very quickly which was very impressive.  My last concern was performance and I wouldn’t really know how that was going to be without actually being a customer and committing to at least one month.  At $7.95 I thought what the heck, let’s give them a try.

Trouble with Godaddy

Now my issues with Godaddy were several. As my websites started taking on more traffic I saw a dramatic slow down in performance of all of my websites.  I have a background in computer networks and was able to perform several onine tests to each of my websites. They all passed with flying colors indicating at least the network was not congested. However things were still slow. Either the webservers themselves or possibly the databases on the back end were overloaded.

I sent several emails to Godaddy support and like with most large companies I  didn’t get a response back for several days. When I did receive a response it was very curt and only stated no problems were visible on their end. Hmmph!  Well, something was not right and I needed to find out what it was. Visitors were starting to complain!

Hostgator.com Here I Come

Signing up for an account on Hostgator.com was very quick and very easy.  Everything was completed via their website and my new hosting account was completely going in a matter of minutes! (easy sign up – check!)

Next I uploaded my root domain to the new site and WOW!  I immediately noticed a GIANT difference! Even my ftp login was lightning fast. Files just flew up to the site even while using ftp and my first site was running in no time. (files uploaded – check!)

Finally I created my subdomains and setup virtual hosting for some of my other domains. Each domain was just as easy as the last. Before I knew it I had a good handful of domains transferred to Hostgator and those websites were unbelievably fast. (sorry for sounding so hypey – but it was such a relief and so exciting to have my websites perform as I thought they should!)

In summary – Godaddy is simple and easy and is fine for extremely low traffic sites that do not have customer concerns.  However if you want that same ease of use, friendly support, AND have the performance to keep up with the big boys you should move to HostGator – you wont be sorry you did!

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