Creating a New Website: Choosing Your Software or Builder
One of the first things you’ll need to consider when starting a new website is how you will build your website and what software to use. We’ve constructed this page to help lead you in the right direction and help you make the decision that best suits your Website Goals and Needs. Of course, if you don’t have one already, you’ll need a Hosting Plan.
Standard Website or Blog
- WordPress – recommended!
- Joomla – recommended!
- GlowFrog Free Site Builder
Online Store or Ecommerce
- WooCommerce for WordPress – recommended!
- PrestaShop – recommended!
- Cube Cart
Above are just a few of the most common web applications you can use to build your site here. All of these applications can be installed and managed using the Applications Installer included in your hosting account from cPanel.
GlowFrog Hosting is happy to install any one of these applications for you, for free. Just Ask us – if you need help.
I Need Help Setting up My WebSite for the First Time
If you need help setting up your site for the first time and getting everything DIY Ready – we are here to help. With our Managed Hosting Plans you receive Premium Support which covers hands-on help with your websites. New Customers can also take advantage of the 30Days free of LaunchPad Launch Assist if you choose to go with a Non-Managed Hosting Plan.
Getting Ready to Sell
If you plan on creating an online store, there are a few things you’ll need to consider:
- What Payment Methods will You Accept
- How Will you Collect Payments?
- Obtaining an SSL (https:// for your site)
Payment Methods and Gateways
How you will collect payments from your website and customers is referred to as a Payment Gateway. The Most Commonly Accepted Payment methods are PayPal and Credit Card and Debit Cards. How you integrate these options into your site(s) will depend on what Software your site is built on. For example, if you’ve chosen to build your online Store with WooCommerce/WordPress, you can choose between a number of PayPal plugins and Payment Gateways. Most of these options are additional services that you must have a subscription to although there are a few free options.
Below are a few examples of Payment Gateway options you can choose from:
Obtaining an SSL for Your Website
One of the most important aspects and steps of getting your OnlineStore ready will be obtaining an SSL Certificate! GlowFrog Hosting makes this easy for you. There are two options to choose from. You can choose from the Free SSL Option or a Paid SSL option.
What is an SSL?
SSL stands for “secure sockets layer” and is a form of security for your website that handles sensitive information such as visitor’s personal information and credit card numbers. It creates a secure connection between the visitor’s web browser and the server ensuring the activity or information can not easily be intercepted and read by snoopers.
See the differences between the two options below:
- Provided by GlowFrog
- Limited Warranty
- Same Level of Encryption as Dedicated/Paid SSL
- Enable My Free SSL
Dedicated or Paid SSL
- Cost a Yearly Fee
- Warranty Provided by Issuer
- Standard Level of Encryption
- Purchase a Dedicated SSL
Installing and Activating your SSL – Switching Site to https://
Simply purchasing an SSL will not automatically switch your site over to https://. The SSL will need to be installed and extra steps will need to be completed for your site to display over https:// and display PadLock in the browser. GlowFrog Hosting is happy to install your SSL for you and help you switch your site over to https:// without errors.