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I used to get frustrated with free web templates, trying to install them into Frontpage or Homestead, using the zip file they come in. I could never seem to get the pictures aligned or anything to stay straight. It ended up looking nothing like the Website! After much struggle, I finally learned how to upload these web templates and make them look exactly like I want them to every time. I am no expert, but uploading templates is not difficult at all.

1. For those of you not using hostgator, you must download an FTP software. When I needed to do the same, I used SmartFTP because you can download it free from their site.

2. Before you upload your template, you need to make sure that your domain name is pointing at the name servers of your hosting account. If they are not, go and do that before continuing any further.

3. When you log into SmartFTP, enter the domain name pointing to your hosting account, the username, and the password. Then click "Go."

4. Your server will appear on the right side of the program. This is where all the files for your webpage will go or "sit." The left side of the program will be the files that are currently on your computer.

5. Next, take the zip file containing the web template that you downloaded from the web and upload to the right side of SmartFTP. Unzip the file and you're done!

6. The index file will automatically appear as the homepage, so this is the file you should see when you visit "your-domain.com."

Hostgator Instructions

I personally use hostgator.com, because I can manage all of my domains in the same place.

1. For a new domain, you must "addondomain" using the cpanel, and this will create a subdirectory with the same name.

2. Once you are in your cpanel, click File Manager. This takes you to a list of all of the files on your server (the right side of the FTP program).

3. Click on "public_html" and then on the subdirectory that you created for your website.

4. Once in this subdirectory, click "upload file" and upload the zip. Click on the newly upload zip file and click "unzip file contents" on the top right. You're done!

5. To edit the text, click on the file you want to edit and click "Html Editor" in the top right, which will take you to the very user friendly editor provided by Hostgator. To upload a different template, just delete this one and rinse and repeat the previous steps.

I hope you have seen how easy it is to upload web templates, but if there are any questions, please leave a message and I'll get back to you asap.

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