Website Building Software

After planning the content of your site it is time to choose a CMS or editor make your website. Most of HostGator's clients use either WordPress CMS or our Site Builder for their websites:

  • HostGator Website Builder: A simple visual drag-and-drop builder where you see what the website will look like as you build it.
  • WordPress: The most popular CMS that can be used for ecommerce, business, and personal sites.

However, WordPress may not be for you. In this article, we'll cover some of the most popular and easiest ways to make a website, and provide links to get you started with each. We'll cover the following methods in order of complexity:

You'll also want to know how to develop images and photos for your website to help make it look good, and how to easily upload and manage files to your server. HostGator recommends the following software solutions:

  • FTP Client like FileZilla for uploading any images (free)
  • Image editors like GIMP and Inkscape (both are free)

Next you should build the pages you need and make sure they are put into your menu. There are tutorials online for many of these options and developers of the software or theme you use may provide direct assistance or solutions.

After you have your pages created and your menu situated, the next step is to start putting your content including pictures and text onto your pages. Each template or theme usually has a slightly different way of putting content onto the page.

A professional designer like the ones on the HostGator Design team can build a page from start to finish in 20 minutes, but if this is your first time, it could take several hours to complete a page. So, if it is taking a long time to build a page and you get frustrated, take a break and work on a different part of the website. Don't give up!

Note: If you would prefer to hire a designer, see below for information regarding HostGator Design Services!
Note: This tutorial focuses on what you need to make a website, but to get more information on hosting, domain names, and everything else you'll need, see our tutorial on Starting a Website for Beginners.

Methods for Developing Web Sites

The links below may be clicked to toggle information related to the website development method the link describes.

HostGator Website Builder

Website Templates

WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) Editors

CMS (Content Management System)

From Scratch (HTML/CSS/PHP)

The links above may be clicked to toggle information related to the website development method the link describes.

Professional Web Design Services

If you would like for someone to build your website for you, we have a service for that!

A dedicated design coordinator will work with you one-on-one to design your site, based on your own unique requirements.

Sites can include up to 5 pages of unique content and a storefront with up to 10 items with all major payment/shipping methods already integrated into your shopping cart!

HostGator Design Services delivers you a site that you own and control yourself. You will have full ownership of your site upon completion. Other companies that build e-commerce websites typically use proprietary software, making it impossible to move your website from their service, or to ever have full ownership of the site files. We use industry leading software solutions like WordPress that give you total control!

After every site is complete, you will receive training so that you won't have to rely on a designer to update your site.

Click this link to request a quote from the HostGator Design Services team today: