Site Security, Ecommerce, SEO, and More

After covering the basics and getting your site online, you'll want to protect what you've invested, drive traffic to your site, and even monetize to make money off of your online presence. You may even want to keep learning more, to empower you to do more later.

All of this is covered within this article:

Protect Your Site

Once you have a site you are happy with and proud of, you want to ensure that it is secure. All kinds of issues can damage a site, anything from regular content updates, security patches, testing new plugins, or even malicious users and external threats such as malware.

HostGator offers a complimentary backup service, however this only keeps backups for one week, that is not a secure length of time as problems with your site can sometimes go undetecdted for much longer. Additionally, these backups require a fee to restore from them.

We highly recommend purchasing the CodeGuard service for regular, incremental, reliable backups of your site's content:

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As long as you have a good backup, you're prepared to recover from even the most catastrophic failure.

HostGator also strongly recommends the use of SiteLock for protecting your site from ever becoming infected. In the worst case scenario where your site is infected without a backup, SiteLock can even clean your site and help you restore it:

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We highly recommend these services because we know how much of a time and money investment a truly great website can be, and we want to ensure that your site lasts as long as you need it to!

Get Visitors to Your Site

If you have a website, it usually you have something you want the whole world to see. Or maybe you just want a select group of people to see it. That's what Search Engine Optimization(SEO) is all about: Helping you be found by who you want to be found by.

We offer SEO services, both do it yourself and managed, to help your website get traffic. Good SEO can even ensure that you don't just get random traffic, but the type of traffic you want.

For the do it yourself solution, check out SEO Gears:

If you're interested in a managed SEO service, please contact us via phone or Live Chat and ask about purchasing managed SEO services to speak with a Sales representative.

Start Selling Online

Everyone can monetize their online presence. To get started you need a good way to accept money, and from there you can develop your tools for arranging invoices and shopping carts.

The key things you'll need to accept payment online are an SSL for secure connections for your website so that people can make payments through your website without going to a third party:

Next, you will need a merchant account, the service that actually accepts the credit card payment through your website. HostGator recommends Payment Sphere:

And finally, you will be able to install and set up shopping cart software to list products online, act as a payment gateway for your merchant account using your SSL, and sell your products online:

Once you have all of these set you, you are ready to go, and set to sell online and make money doing it. We provide all of the tools and services in one place to do everything you need.

If you ever start to get lost, and tired of the guides, talk to us for a quote to build you a website from the ground up with the least amount of hassle and with a fully supported platform and service:

Getting Support

HostGator is here 24/7/365 in case you ever have any questions. Our team of customer service representatives, server administrators and sales professionals staff our Houston and Austin offices at all times.

The article bellow will provide tips for the best methods for taking advantage of our support when you need help:

Additional Learning


cPanel is a web server control panel, developed and maintained by cPanel, Inc. Its primary purpose is to manage servers that provide web hosting services with a user friendly interface for everyday hosting tasks.

For more detailed information on cPanel, please refer to the official cPanel manual.


Here is some additional information for managing and using domain names and extra learning about the subject of DNS.


Here is some additional information regarding changing DNS and propagation information for when you do make DNS changes:

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