Starting a website is very simple. Anyone needs to consider just three main components for any kind of website.
· Domain Name– To access the site on web, visitors use the address, known as a domain name. A domain name represents Users brand or business.
· Web Hosting– After Users domain name registered, a web hosting package will be purchased and users domain will be pointed to the web hosting account of user by changing the name servers for that domain name, and visitors to users domain can access the website hosted at his web hosting company.
· Website– A website is a file coded with HTML to display images, text, audio, videos and other multimedia elements.
In this article, reader will see some of the most popular and simple ways to start a website, using Hostgator.
Ways to Start a Website using Hostgator
- HostGator’s Site Builder
Hostgator offers Weebly Website Builder for free with all their Shared hosting plans. The whole process will be completed in just few minutes. Once website is set, changes can be publish directly to website.
Pros: Fast and simple with no technical knowledge required.
Cons: Limited options of design, unable to customize, and advanced features offered are sparse.
- Website Templates
HostGator has an amazing collection of over 4,450 website templates and designs for free. User will download the desired template, edit it using an HTML or text editor and then upload the template through FTP to HostGator account so as to publish the web page(s).
Pros: Customized tons of templates.
Cons: ‘tweaking’ is required to offer the desired look to the template.
- WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) Site Builders
A WYSIWYG Editor builds a website for user, in the same manner as document is created in Microsoft Word. This is quite cheap offer, here to start with, user is not required to pay hundreds of dollars as the de facto standard is Adobe’s Dreamweaver. Some of the free and open source alternatives like Mozilla’s KompoZer is offered.
A website can be build using KompoZer by inserting various elements like headers, images, paragraphs, labels etc. without involving any complications of HTML code. This code can be easily edit as well. If user is not a beginner, templates can be received by users online and open them with KompoZer to tweak the layout & look.
Pros: It is free of cost. Easy to get started with no HTML required.
Cons: Time is consumed to learn the advanced features of the software like Dreamweaver or KompoZer.
- CMS (Content Management System)
CMS is considered as an excellent option for the websites, which require adding of content continuously, or looking for the advanced features. To offer the best CMS experience, a Managed WordPress environment is considered, in which themes and plugins available will be actively curated, automatic caching, security of website via SiteLock, and automatic backups with CodeGuard is offered for a single low cost, on monthly basis.
WordPress, Drupal & Joomla are the major CMS’s available to install on shared hosting. On Hostgator, the most popular option is WordPress. It can be installed in a single click via QuickInstall feature of Hostgator.
WordPress is easy and user friendly CMS. It has tons of themes and plugins available for free to create almost every type of website.
Pros: Can be easily installed & started, it is highly customizable. Things are organized and very simple to add the new content and update pages.
Cons: CMS requires editing of PHP/HTML/CSS code, if out-of-the-box options are not working for website.
- From Scratch (HTML/CSS/PHP)
A website can be created from scratch. It offers several no. of tools and scripts to assist users. If Users wish to build websites on their own, this is a correct option.
Pros: Complete control over the website and its look and feel of web pages.