For new users, getting your website up and running may seem like a daunting task. Like most things however, following a step by step guide makes things much easier.
Migrating your Website to us:
The steps for migrating your website vary depending on whether your old host uses cPanel or not.
If your old host uses cPanel, please see our guide entitled How to Move your Website from a Host that uses cPanel.
If your old host does not use cPanel, you should instead review our article How do I move my Website to Web Hosting Hub.
Some website migrations go off without a hitch, however other sites are a bit more complicated and require a few additional configuration changes. We know that at times it can get frustrating, and when it does, we're more than happy to help.
Are you building a new website from scratch?
It use to be that if you were building a website, you would open your text editor and begin coding with HTML. It's OK if this doesn't make much sense to you as most applications today do not require that you know or understand HTML in order to make a website.
If you're not sure which software you'd like to use to design your site, we highly recommend WordPress.
There are other options as well including (but not limited to):
If you're looking for an E-Commerce Solution, you may want to look into:
These are just a few of the applications that you can easily install using Softaculous (which can be found in your cPanel). If you're coding HTML or interested in learning more HTML, you can also review our Website Design Education Channel.
Keep in mind that there are 1000's of third party applications you can use when designing your site. We unfortunately cannot be aquainted with and familiar with every website building application, so at times the level of support in which we can provide for those programs can be limited. If you do have questions though, feel free to ask as we're more than happy to take a look into it for you.
If you're using FTP:
If you're experienced with building websites already, then you may simply need to know your FTP credentials. They are as follows:
||Your cPanel username
||Your cPanel password
Be sure that you are uploading your files to your public_html folder. For more details on using FTP, please see our FTP Getting Started Guide.
Other Important Information:
Before we let you go and you're off to building your website, we also recommend you review the following details as they could save you some time in the long run.
Backups are an essential part of website maintenance. Whether you need to undo a change you recently made or your site becomes the target of a hacker, without a viable backup of your website you could be in a world of trouble. Be sure to take a moment now and review our article on Website Backups.
PHP and MySQL Databases
Most applications that users run on their hosting account are PHP and MySQL driven (such as WordPress or Joomla). For PHP sites, a common item that comes up is the need to update your local PHP settings. With MySQL, the most common task is creating, importing, and exporting MySQL databases.
Securing your site with SSL
If you're handling any sensitive information through your website, such as credit card or other personal information, you'll want to secure that data as it is passed along the internet by using a SSL Certificate. More information on this can be found in our Shared vs. Dedicated SSL article.
cPanel and your Account Management Panel (AMP)
Many of our articles will ask that you perform certain tasks either in your cPanel or in your Account Management Panel. More information on these tools can be found in our cPanel vs. AMP article.