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Your Website: All in One with GDI

Your Website

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You may have heard of quite a few companies out there that offer tools to build your website at a price like GDI’s. While these tools are effective, what the marketers of these companies don’t tell you is that’s all you get–the tools to build a website. So what’s missing? Your domain! Companies that offer these site building tools can only get you so far, to make your site accessible to anyone you need to purchase a domain in addition to your monthly service fee. Combining these two services from separate companies can also be difficult to do.


With your GDI membership, you are given site-building tools and a domain. This is included in both our basic and premium membership. There’s no need to figure out how to combine services, because you can access your domain and site building tools all from the Members Area for GDI. All you need to do is choose your domain when you become a member, then when log in to your Members Area, you can access a variety of tools to build your website. No extra steps.

How to Build Your Site

GDI offers two easy services to help you build your website: SiteBuilder and a WordPress plugin especially for GDI. Read on to decide which is right for your website.


SiteBuilder is a great option if this is your first ever website or blog. SiteBuilder works off of professionally designed templates to help you build a professional looking website. These templates allow you to choose the style of your website and easily build it using drag and drop tools and widgets. If you don’t like your site, you can change the template without losing text and photos that you’ve already added to your site.


WordPress is the right option for you if you’ve used it or similar blogging platforms before or are comfortable being more creative and using tools like WYSIWYG (which stands for what you see is what you get). Also when considering if WordPress is right for you, know that it’s not just for blogs. You can build a full website using WordPress themes and widgets. Like SiteBuilder, WordPress does offer templates and drag and drop tools, but with more freedom. You can use the GDI Theme offered in WordPress or search thousands of themes available online to make your website just the way you like. If you have HTML knowledge, you can use it to personalize your site even more.


For those very experienced website builders, GDI offers the option to use Drupal CMS to build your website. You can find this plugin in your Member’s Area under the navigation for WordPress and More.  

Other Important Services

In addition to offering tools to build your website. GDI also offers tools to supplement your website like email. With your basic GDI membership, you can create up to 10 email addresses that you can easily access. No forwarding or additional services needed. Want to know how much traffic you’re getting to your new site? GDI also offers hit logs to let you know who is viewing your site, at no extra cost.


Are you ready to get your domain and website up as a GDI affiliate? Click below to learn more!

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High Level GDI Plugins

How much disk space do I have for my plugins?
Regular customers may use up to 10 GB of space for the sum of all their plugins. Premium customers have 100 GB of space available for the sum of all their plugins.

What is the username and password for my plugin?
Plugins are created with the same username and password you use for your GDI account. With some plugins, you are able to change the username and password from inside the plugin. If you do, it will not change your GDI account credentials.

Where do these plugins come from?
We’ve scoured the web looking for diverse open source services that are powerful but don’t require excessive technical know-how. We will be continously adding new plugins. Not every plugin will be right for you; some are targeted for a specific niche, and you may find some learning curves to be steeper than you care for.

Where can I learn more about a specific plugin?
Each plugin has their own site and community. You may learn more at:

What do the letters and numbers after the name of the plugin mean?
They are the names and version of the service being used. For example, “3.0” following “WordPress Blog” means that the version of WordPress being used for your blog is version 3.0. You cannot change the version in use, but we will update our services periodically as new versions become available and are known to be stable.

What is open source?
Open source software is usually created by a community of developers with interest in a common project. Code is openly contributed by community members, and anyone is able to see and review it. Generally the project is not-for-profit. Licensing differs among software projects, but generally open source is free to use so long as it’s properly attributed. You may use any of the plugins we introduce here in any manner you care to, so long as it abides by our normal Terms of Service.

How do I request a new plugin?
Use the “Request Support” link within your account, and provide the name of the plugin you have in mind, as well as a link to their site.

What does it mean if my service is “Primary” ?
The primary service will display directly at your domain. For example: http://demonstration.ws. All other services that are “on” must be at subdomains. For example: http://blog.demonstration.ws. Only one service may be primary. Other DNS options (like “SiteBuilder”, “Hosting”, “URL Forwarding”, or “Parking”) cannot be used while a primary service is turned “on”.

What is a subdomain?
Domains can be divided into levels by the use of a dot. For example: in subdomain.domain.ws the “top level” domain is “ws”. The second level domain is “domain”. The third level domain is “subdomain”. A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain; for example, the third level domain is a subdomain of the second level domain, and the second level domain is a subdomain of the top level domain. Subdomains can have completely different sites than the domain they are subordinate to.

How many subdomains can I have?
For each domain, Basic members will receive 20 subdomains (5 per service), and Premium members receive 100 subdomains (25 per service).

Will I be charged for subdomains I create?
No. There is no cost for creating subdomains.

What is the difference between “Turn Off” and “Delete” for a plugin?
If you turn off a plugin, it will stop displaying online but your content will be saved for 60 days. During those 60 days, you may turn the plugin back on and the content will immediately display online. After 60 days, your content will be deleted. If you use the “Delete” option for a plugin, the content will stop displaying online and immediately be deleted. Deleted content cannot be retrieved.

How do I change my subdomain’s name?
You may either click the subdomain name itself, or select “Quick Rename” from the “Options” dropdown menu. Type in the new name, and press “Ok”.

May I move Plugins between domains?
Yes. If you have multiple domains, you may move a Plugin and all its content to another domain by using the “Move Service” option from the “Options” dropdown menu.

How do I replace the Drupal instructions with my own content?
When creating a new content block, select “Promoted to front page”.

Learn More about GDI’s Plugins

PluginsBlogGDI offers ready to use plugins for your website. All you need to do is navigate to WordPress and More in your Members Area and choose which ones you would like to turn on. Read on to learn a bit more about each plugin.


WordPress is a free open source blogging software that has become one of the most popular and prominent content management services on the web. In WordPress.org’s own words: “The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 25 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” – we’d love you to join the family.”


The forum plugin is powered by phpBB, which provides the tools to create online communities. phpBB says, “Millions of people use phpBB on a daily basis, making it the most widely used open source bulletin board system in the world. Whether you want to stay in touch with a small group of friends or are looking to set up a large multi-category board for a corporate website, phpBB has the features you need built-in.”


The gallery is powered by Coppermine and gives you a space to upload and share photos and albums. You can create private albums, albums that require registration to view or public albums. Viewers of your gallery can also rate pictures and leave comments depending on how you adjust the settings.


Drupal is an alternative way to build you WebSite. According to their site, “Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world… Use Drupal to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine