Friday, June 09, 2023

default.html, start page

This is a home page provided by HostGator. You may delete it at anytime.

Normally, when you publish your website, the default page will not show anymore.

Here is the easiest way to change the home page:

  1. Go to your control panel and open the File Manager
  2. Go inside the folder where you find default.html
  3. Create a New File
  4. Name the new file index.html
  5. Whatever you put inside the index.html file will be your new home page.

Wait, I wanted to keep the default page.

You may have deleted it, but now want it for the helpful links. If you want default.html on your site, simply contact HostGator and we will upload a copy.

How to enable PHP4, PHP5

New servers and old servers are upgraded to php5 as the new default; however, php4 is still supported.

You do not need to do anything to enable PHP 5. It is already installed and ready to go on all of our hosting plans.


To enable PHP 4, add this code to your .htaccess file in the folder where you want the changes to apply.

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php4 .php

FTP getting started

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

FTP is what most most webmasters use to upload their files, pages, and pictures to the internet. There are many different FTP programs available, some free, some paid, and some just better than others.

We recommend you use one of the programs listed in our Flash Movies.

Where can I download a free FTP program?

There are several FTP clients which you may download and install for free. We have video tutorials that will teach you how to use them as well. Click on the "Download" link next to the name of the FTP client you wish to use to be taken to the download page for that FTP client.

Filezilla FTP - Download
Core FTP - Download
Cute FTP - Download
Smart FTP (30 day demo) - Download

Perl Modules

You can see all of the available Perl modules by entering cPanel and clicking the Perl Modules icon (under Software/Services in the X3 theme).

On that page, scroll to the bottom for a button to "Show System Installed Modules".

If you need more modules, please contact us via phone, live chat, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the names of the modules.

What is my home directory?

Most of our hosting is Linux based. In this case, the home directory is the entire directory which includes your public_html and www folders.

On the server, it is known as home/yourusername/

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