What is Website Builder and How to Use It

Namecheap's new website builder is a cPanel tool that was developed in cooperation with our partner allows you to easily create an entire website using a drag-and-drop editor and without knowing any code or installing special software.

Because of its visual design options and ease of navigation, it's one of the best site builders for cPanel, removing the stress of having to learn a new program or paying someone else to build your new business website. With Website Builder, you simply drag, drop, click, and publish all of your content.

When you start, you'll select a theme from a huge variety of templates - you never have to choose between cPanel hosting vs. visual website builders. From there you'll be able to add pictures, contact forms, buttons, and text to your website. If you'll be selling products or taking online payments, there are also e-commerce tools to help you add a store, shopping cart or configure a payment processor. Website Builder also allows you to add Google Analytics and Maps, develop pages in several languages simultaneously and integrate .

PLEASE NOTE: To make your website available worldwide, it is required to point the domain to the server.

Keep reading to learn more about how to build a website with Website Builder. For another great option from Namecheap, take a look at EasyWP WordPress hosting, which also provides flexibility at a low cost.

How to create a website

Website editor:

Working with features:

Where Website Builder stores files

How to Create a Website

In order to start working with Website Builder, log into your hosting control panel (cPanel). Your login details are different from your Namecheap account login and were sent in your Hosting Welcome Email. If you don’t have this to hand, you can reset your cPanel password or contact customer support who can help you with it. You can access your cPanel from http://yourdomain.tld/cpanel or https://servername:2083 (check what server your account is hosted on here).

For quick access to Website Builder, you may use our cPanel Shortcuts.

In cPanel, go to Exclusive for Namecheap customers section >> Website Builder menu:

In the next menu simply click on a domain or subdomain for your new website. Then, you will be redirected to http://sitebuilder1.web-hosting.com/ to select a template.

NOTE: As the URL for Website Builder is the same for all domains and subdomains, do not open several windows of Website Builder in the same browser as it will interfere with your settings and the changes you have made may not be saved properly. Because of this, if you open two or more windows with Website Builder within the same browser and try to publish your website, you will see the following warning:

All templates are divided into different topics and can be found on the left-side menu:

Rows of different template options for Website Builder are shown.

Simply hover over it and you will see the following options:

  • Select - allows you to choose the template you wish to use to start creating your website
  • Preview - redirects you to a preview version of your website with the selected template assigned. Here, you can see the look of your website with the selected template, before you make your website live

After you select a template, you will be redirected to the dashboard with the template applied. It will appear similar to the following:

At the top of the page you can see different menus that allow you to edit the template to customize your site:

The Publish menu has several options. You can save the site and publish it to the Internet, save a draft of your site without publishing it, or backup/restore the site:

An automatic backup is created every 10 minutes. Please note that only the two most recent backups will be available if you need to restore your site.

If you'd like to create a backup of your website on your local device, you can choose the backup/restore option and download the backup:

The backup file will be downloaded in the special Website Builder file format.
Similar steps should be taken to restore the website if necessary. Restore option allows you to go back to the previously saved version of your website.
You can either choose an auto-backup version or a local file:

The Preview option will redirect you to a view where you will be able to check how the website will look on desktop and mobile devices at different screen resolutions:

The Undo/Redo buttons can be used to undo the most recent changes or restore them.

The New/Reset menu allows you to change the template or reset the current template to the original settings:

Website Editor

Using the Home drop-down menu, you can edit the menu items on your website. You can create new pages via the +New Page option, remove them by clicking on the cross next to needed items, and manage their settings:

When you are adding a new page via the +New Page button, you can either copy one of the existing pages as a template (1) or check-mark all the 'Clear' options to create a blank page (2):

NOTE: You can remove the whole menu block by right-clicking on its section >> Remove. However, removing the whole block will consequently delete all the pages created within it. We suggest you either remove the unnecessary pages through the Home drop-down menu by clicking on the cross or hide them by clicking the Backspace key to hide them from viewers.

To edit or create a new menu item, you can also click on the Menu layout itself, and see the following options:

One more option to create a new menu or separate it from the already existing one is by using the Menu feature.

The menu to the right helps you navigate through the pages of the website, configure general settings, and choose the language of the interface:

The Pages menu has General, SEO, Background and Scripts tabs:

  • The General tab allows you to configure the Item Name and if you do not wish your current page to be indexed by search engine bots, you can disable indexing by enabling the Do not index page option. Please note that if your website was already indexed before this option was enabled, continuously preventing bots from indexing may negatively affect your website's SEO ranking.

  • The SEO tab is where you can get your website out there so people can find it when they type in keywords in the search bar:

  • 1. The title is critical to giving users a quick insight into the page content and why it's relevant to what they are looking for.
    2. The description is a short summary of the web page's content. Search engines show this description in search results under your headline.
    3. Keywords are words or phrases people would type during an online search when looking for the subject of the web page, so your website appears in the relevant searches.
    4. You can set an image that will be used by social media such as Facebook Open Graph and Twitter Cards when the page is liked or shared. For example, if you have a share Facebook button on the webpage and someone clicks it, a post is generated and posted on the feed of that person. With an image more people are likely to like/share the post further.
    5. If you would like to change the default URL generated for the page, you can use the User-friendly URL option.
    6. The preview option is to check how SEO settings affect the appearance in browsers, search results, and social networks sharing widgets.

  • The Background tab has different options to modify your website's background color or image. You can choose one option to be displayed on all pages, or have different backgrounds on different pages:

    To change the background, click the Edit button:

    There you can choose any color or upload an image or video.

  • Scripts tab allows you to specify scripts that will be added as plain HTML to every page of the website:

    NOTE 1: It is important to use these options for adding scripts to the website instead of manually adding them through the files located in the File Manager menu. If you add scripts directly to the files, they will be overwritten by the Scripts tab settings once any changes made to the website are published.

    NOTE 2: Scripts added through this option would be applied to the whole website. If you would like to apply certain scripts to a single page only, you need to use Advanced >> the Custom HTML widget.

The Styles menu provides an option to modify existing headers and create custom ones. There are tabs for the Standard, Links and Advanced settings:

NOTE: All fonts and header designs were created by professional template designers and can be changed only using the Styles menu.

You can assign a favicon (the small image that appears in the tab or menu bar) for the website using the Favicon menu. You can upload your own image or choose an existing image from the gallery using the pencil icon:

The Settings menu allows you to do the following:

  • General:

    • publish a site with forced https (this option is enabled by default). SSL certificate should be installed to use this option. We offer free year of Positive SSL for all new Shared Hosting accounts and newly added domain names;
    • choose forced https port;
    • force trailing slash symbol "/" in each page URL, and more useful options:

  • Meta information. Here you can add Meta Tags:

  • Files will help you to create and enable robots.txt file, add ads.txt file, and add the necessary rules for your website via .htaccess file:

NOTE: Please be attentive when adding the rules, some incorrect .htaccess directives may break your website.

  • The Cookie policy tab allows to enable cookie policy block and manage a warning message:

  • Analytics tab allows you to add a Google Analytics Measurement ID (1), Google Search Console Verification Code (4) to verify your site with Google. Also, it is possible to link your page to Facebook Pixel (2) and Yandex.Metrika (3). The link for Sitemap URL (5) is also located here.

  • Floating Block allows you to manage objects positioning independently on selected modes:

If you would like to change the language of the Website Builder interface, you can use the Languages menu:

Working with Features

The next set of menu options provides a wide range of tools you can use to add website content and make changes to the template:

To use some of the options you need to click on it or 'drag and drop'. Then, select the style of the chosen option. If you wish to use another style, double-click on the item to open the editing menu. More details on each option are below.

This menu allows you to create a new element of layout by choosing from the following styles:

Feel free to add here media or other elements, modify or remove blocks or change their design:

You can see all the elements used in the website creation as well as modify the layout for the whole website via the Page structure tab:

Options like Layout, Size, Spacing, Visibility, Animation, and Advanced settings are available for any element you'll add to the page:

You can drag and drop the Text option or just click on it to add some text to the page and choose the style of the text:

Click on the text itself and then choose Edit Text to change the formatting and text style:

If you would like to change the font and size of the text, click the pencil icon on the right to open the Styles menu:

In addition, there is the AI text generator feature which automatically generates text on the needed topic:

The language of the text generated will always be the same as the language chosen in the Website Builder settings.

With the help of the Picture menu option, you can choose how the picture will look like (1) and then Upload New Picture (2). Choose a picture from the Template (3) or Free Gallery (4), paste a picture from the web using Picture URL (5), or use one of the Font Awesome Icon (6) option. You can also create your own folders and upload pictures there:

After the image is added, you can further configure it by simply clicking on it. The editing menu will open on the right where you can edit image and its size and opacity, add borders and shadows, include an image description for visually impaired users, embed a link to another page or enable the option to expand an image by clicking on it:

When using the Gallery menu, it is required to select the layout of the pictures (1) that will be shown and then, choose multiple pictures. It is possible to display them as a Background, Thumbnails, a Masonry, a Slideshow with or without caption, a List or a Map with the help of the Change type (2) option. Set your own pictures as well (3):

NOTE: the default maximum file size is 100 MB, but you can increase it within the PHP Selector or php.ini. All the uploaded images will be compressed to 3MB.

The Media button allows you to embed a YouTube video, Facebook or Instagram video (not a reel), Vimeo video, or use a Music Player or Spotify Player. Choose the type of the player (1) and click on it to add to the page:

Then, click on the video to specify a video URL or ID (2) and configure additional video settings (3, 4) (like display order, size, position, player controls, etc):

It is possible to add Google Maps, Yandex, and Bing maps. Make sure to get an API Key from Google and Bing if you want to work with these maps.

You can specify coordinates or a physical address to be shown on the map. Select Zoom level and drag marker to set your location.

In case you wish to add some basic graphics, you can use the Shape menu and select the available options:

Alternatively, add your own shape with different effects using the options on the right bar:

You can also create different buttons for the website using the Button feature:

If you wish to change the button text, URL, and format, just click on it and the editing menu will open on the right. Locate the URL options >> click on the pencil to connect the button to an outside URL, a separate page on your website, a popup, an email address, or a downloadable file from your website:

The Form menu provides the templates of common contact forms:

With its help, you can create a contact form with a built-in PHP mailer as well as SMTP authentication.

By clicking on the form itself (1), the corresponding menu will open on the right. There you can fill out the fields to ensure the contact form sends the email correctly (see details below), as well as edit the form and configure fields that will be shown in the contact form (2):

Here you can choose default fields or set your own. Available field types are Text, E-mail, Phone Number, Drop-down, Checkbox, Attachment, and others. It's also possible to mark lines as Required.

If you use default PHP mailer to send emails, make sure to fill out the following settings:

1. Form will be sent to this E-mail - You must specify the email address that will receive emails from the contact form. It is possible to enter several emails separated by semicolons.

2. Form will be sent from this E-mail - You need to use the email address listed for your account in the cPanel or a third-party email address.

If you want to use a third-party email address in the From field (like Yahoo, Private Email) or avoid 'via cPanel user@server' part, SMTP authentication is required. You need to tick SMTP Enable in the SMTP tab and enter SMTP details:

  • SMTP Host: hostname of the SMTP server or localhost
  • SMTP Port: 465 for SSL encryption and 587 for TLS option.
  • SMTP Username: full email address - this should be the same address listed under 'Form will be send from this Email'
  • SMTP Password: password from this email account
You can find the example of the SMTP setup below:

If you have any issues with the form, contact our support for investigation.

3. The maximum size of attachments the users will be able to send through the form can be set to a specific number (like 2MB) or changed according to the maximum allowed size for uploads for your account or maximum size your email server will accept in a message (whichever is smaller).

4. The menu also allows enabling Google reCAPTCHA in the CAPTCHA tab. CAPTCHAs allow you to prevent many forms of automated spam:

In the menu on the right, you can also configure additional design-wise settings like the size of the form, its location, the design of fields, and adding an anchor.

The Menu feature helps you to manage existing menus and create additional ones by choosing available templates:

If the website is targeted to a multilingual audience, the Languages menu will be helpful as well. It creates menus that allow switching between languages and allows you to create several versions of the website in the same interface:

To enable it, you will need to add two or more languages and choose Language switcher:

If you set the switcher to Flags, additional Flag settings will appear:

After you configure the feature and add it to your website, you can switch between the languages and start creating the multilingual website:

NOTE: You will need to translate the website content manually - the Languages option doesn't actually perform translation on the text.

The Blocks section has already configured mockups for pages that can be used as the Contacts, About us, Media, Products, Teams sections, and so on:

The Social tab can help you to add links to your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Telegram and Twitter social media accounts:

In the Blog menu you can choose available mockups for blog type of content:

There are also many E-commerce tools that can be found in the Commerce section. You can add your own Store (1), Store Cart (2), or configure a payment processor to receive payments (3):

If you want to configure several payment systems, first you need to add Shopping Cart and open Settings on the right bar menu (by clicking on a cart). There you'll see the list of available store settings including Shipping Methods, Invoices, Payment Getaways, and others:

Different payment gateways (payment processors) can be added by check-marking the needed options in the list:

More details can be checked on the official websites of the payment processing companies.  PayPal requires an email address to make the payment system work. During the checkout process, your customers will have the opportunity to enter their billing and shipping details, and the PayPal Buy Now button will be available in Payment methods. However, other payment processors may need additional details to process payments. Please check with the individual companies for more information.

The Advanced section has extended features:

In this section you can do any of the following to your website:
  1. add Google Calendar using its ID. Be sure the calendar is set to be publicly viewable or it will not appear. (NOTE: It won't be possible to change or add events to the calendar via the website);
  2. configure a flexible booking calendar Bookingmood;
  3. add Slider;
  4. add Tabs;
  5. add Accordion;
  6. manage HTML Tables;
  7. generate an ad in your Google AdSense account and copy & paste its HTML code into AdSense;
  8. add advertising/flash Banners;
  9. insert your own HTML code to the website;
  10. add Countdown in case you are only preparing your website for publishing;
  11. add Count Up;
  12. configure Getbutton;
  13. configure Zendesk;
  14. configure a Smartarget Whatsapp call or chat with a particular user.

Where Website Builder stores files

You can check your website's files in cPanel >> Files section >> File Manager menu.

Website Builder creates a folder called /ncsitebuilder, and you can locate .htaccess, index.php, and web.config files in the root directory of the domain.
You can find more information on File Manager here.

That's it!

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