Getting started with Shared Hosting by HostGator

This guide will help you to upload your website files, create your email accounts and use QuickInstall to install any supported web applications.

Uploading your website

You can upload your website files using:

  • cPanel File Manager
  • FTP client

cPanel File Manager

The cPanel File Manager allows you to upload/manage files through your Web Browser itself. To upload a file through cPanel's File Manager, please do the following:

  • Log in to cPanel. Learn how.

  • Under Files, click on File Manager.

  • Click on File Manager to open the folder to which you'd like to upload files.

  • Click on Upload from the top toolbar.

  • Click on Choose File(some web browsers will have Browse instead).

  • Select the file on your computer that you wish to upload.

  • Once the file has been selected, it will automatically upload. You may select additional files while uploads are in progress.

FTP client

An FTP client uses the File transfer Protocol (FTP) to transfer files. You can use any of the following clients to transfer your file.

Creating Email Accounts

Follow these steps to create Email accounts from the cPanel.

  • Log in to cPanel. Learn how.

  • In the Mail section, click Email Accounts.

  • In the Email field, type the name you want and select the domain name from the adjacent drop-down menu.

  • In the Password fields, type the desired password twice.

  • Make a selection for Mailbox Quota.

  • Click on Create Account.

Installing Scripts and Web Applications with QuickInstall

The QuickInstall tool powered by MOJO Marketplace allows fast and easy installation of scripts, including: CMS (Joomla, Drupal), Blogs (WordPress), E-commerce Software (Magento), and many other open-source applications.

Follow these steps for using Quick Install.


  • Log in to cPanel. Learn how.

  • In the Software and Services section, click on QuickInstall.

  • You may install software from either the search bar or the list of software on the left hand side bar when One Click Install is selected.