HostGator Account First Visit
After you finish the sign up process at HostGator, you will get a welcome email from the HostGator Company. The welcome email contains all the information about your hosting account. HostGator offers cPanel for managing your account. You will get cPanel login information in the welcome email. You will also get the server IP details in the welcome email. If you want to access your website using IP then you can do so. You also get the name servers details in the email.
The First Thing To Do
After the sign up process at HostGator, you need to perform one operation. If you registered a domain name through HostGator then you don't need to perform this operation but if you registered a domain name through another registrar then you need to set up the HostGator name servers for that domain at the registrar.
I assume that you have go the name servers details in your welcome email sent from HostGator. If you haven't got the name servers details then you can get that information after login to the cPanel account. I registered a domain name through HostGator. That's why I didn't need to setup the domain name servers. HostGator automatically did that for me.
When you sign up for a hosting account, the DNS entries take time to propagate. So it may happen that you can't access your website for 1-2 days. If you face the DNS issue then you can access your website using the temporary URL. The URL looks something like gatorXXXX.hostgator.com/username where username is your username and gatorXXXX.hostgator.com is a server name.
Look Inside cPanel
As I said earlier, HostGator offers cPanel for managing a hosting account. If you want to make some changes in your hosting account then you need to login to the cPanel using the username and password provided in the welcome email. I wanted to have a look at cPanel. I logged in to the cPanel and this is how the panel looks from inside.
cPanel is your main control panel. If you want to perform any operation related to your hosting account then you need to come here.
CPanel is divided in to different sub section. In each section, you will find the related features. Here is a full list of all sections.
1) Special Offers
This is a special offers section. Under this section, you will find special offers from HostGator.
2) HostGator Links
In this section, you will find the links related to your HostGator account. From this section, you can access the billing system, support system, domain registration and chat system.
From this section you can change the cPanel password, contact information and theme colors of your cPanel.
This section contains all the links related to Mail account. You can manage all mail related activity from this account.
5) SEO and Marketing Tools
In this section, you will find tools related to marketing and SEO.
From this section, you can get links to manage your files on the server. You can create, edit or delete files. You can also take a backup of your files.
From this section, you can access the log files of your website.
All security related tools, you can access from here.
From here you can add domains and add sub domain.
This section is for managing your MySQL databases.
Here you will find all the softwares and tools. You can get the quick install feature here. You can also access CGI, perl, PHP and Ruby on Rails modules from here.
This section is for advanced level users. I don't think that you will need to access any of the tools listed here.
At first glance, it seemed easy to manage HostGator account.
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