How new is your HostGator account? You're right...if it's very new, the DNS might not be resolved yet.
For an index.htm page, try putting something simple in for now. Maybe:
<h1>SmythWeather Coming Soon!!</h1>
Does HostGator have some kind of user control panel for editing files, creating folders, moving files, etc.?
They do have a parked page service.. I may have every thing good on this end as of10 min ago.
I had to change the upload location to my domain instead of what they originally sent.
I am using Open DNS and I can get the page current now but some of the other sites have not seen it yet I think..I hope that's related to
DNS propagation not being complete.
It was really throwing me for a loop there for awhile when it kept uploading to the wrong folder..Evidently it does that when using the actual IP address versus a domain name that is resolvable.
Now all that's left is my email which I hope goes quick..Gmail has been awfully slow here this morning..and I never know when my ISP Email ( Synacor) will be working
Ahhh the joys of .net life LOL!!
Thanks for the help and ideas Kevin!
I believe we "Whipped it "