Site Security, Ecommerce, SEO, and More

You did it! Your website is live, so what should you do next?

First, you’ll want to protect your site against cyberattacks. Then you will want to attract visitors to your now secure site. Finally, you can monetize your site through ecommerce and start making money. It’s also a good idea to learn some technical information about websites.

You’ve come to the right place because all of this is covered in 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, but is only able to keep your backups for one week. If these backups are needed to restore your site, additional fees are required. Because unexpected problems with your site can go undetected for much longer than a week, it’s a best practice to regularly backup and save your site data.

That’s why HostGator highly recommends using a tool like CodeGuard for regular, incremental, reliable backups of your site's content. When you have a good backup, you're prepared to recover from even the most catastrophic failure. What is CodeGuard?

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To prevent your website from falling victim to a cyberattack, HostGator recommends proactively protecting your site with a security plan from SiteLock. SiteLock solutions can help you detect malware and identify vulnerabilities on your site, and address them before they become an issue. You can save up to 80% off the retail price of a plan when you take advantage of our SiteLock Special Offer.

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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

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.

Domains

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

DNS

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


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