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Last week, I shared Part 1 of How to Start A WordPress Blog With HostGator we talked about buying and setting up your domain and hosting package with HostGator. Today, we’re going to finish out two-part series on How to Start A WordPress Blog by showing you how to install WordPress with your newly purchased domain and hosting package. to know how to install a WordPress on your new website. Today, we’ll do just that. I’m going to share with you how to install WordPress with HostGator.
Again, I’m using Hostgator in this example because that’s the hosting company I use. There are a TON of hosting companies out there and the set up should be fairly similar, but I’ve only ever done this with Hostgator. So, I’m stickin’ to what I know.
If you were privy to my shouting matches with my laptop—luckily only the hubs is present for that—you’d know I am not a technology guru. I’m a total novice, and I’ve been known to admit defeat and call customer service for help. #technologyfail
That said, if I can figure this out, you probably can too—even if you have to call customer service for a bit of help. You still did it on your own.
Here we go. Here’s how to install WordPress with Hostgator. Please know, this is a painstakingly detailed tutorial. When I got started, I couldn’t find this level of detail.
1. Check your email + Access New Accounts
In the How To Start A WordPress Blog 2-part series, you learned how to set up a blog. Once you’ve purchased your domain and hosting package, you’ll get an email from HostGator that contains all of your log-in information. You’ll get logins for your HostGator billing account and your cpanel.
The very first thing you want to do is use their temporary passwords to log in to your new accounts. Immediately CHANGE the passwords. Then either memorize them or put them somewhere safe. You’ll need to have them handy.
2. Log-in to your billing interface
I’ve noticed in the last few months, that you can do a lot of website management (most of it) through this log-in, which is helpful. The cpanel confuses me. I’m happy to avoid it like the plague.
Let me take a break and explain how I understand these accounts. The billing interface is where you can buy additional domains, update your hosting, create email addresses, and manage (what I consider) the more interesting pieces of your website.
3. Click on the “hosting” tab
Check out the image below if you get overwhelmed with everything on the page. The hot pink circle is what you’re looking for.
4. Find the WordPress 1-Click Installation
When I installed this blog, this one-click install wasn’t available. This makes the process much easier. Take a look at the image below and locate the WordPress 1-click installation
5. Select WordPress 1-Click Installation
Once you select WordPress 1-Click Installation, you should see the following page. Next, hit Install WordPress.
6. Complete the Form
Add your domain. Then complete the following form.
Your Admin Email is the email address you want to use to access your website. The Admin User is the ID you want to use for your website. And your Blog Title can be your business name or a tagline for your website.Then add your first name and last name.
Then hit the Install WordPress Button (the green one).
You’ll get an email from WordPress at the same email you used for your admin email address. The email from WordPress should have a link to your WordPress access panel and a temporary password. Be patient. This email could take 30 minutes or so to reach you.
7. Time To Start Your WordPress Blog & Login
Login to your WordPress site using the email you just got from WordPress. Your WordPress access panel is usually located at www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Here’s what your WordPress dashboard looks like:
Look around and get used to the setup.
You did it! You now have a WordPress site.
8. Pick a Theme
The cool thing when you start a WordPress blog is that you can pick themes and design your site the way you want. WordPress has some amazing FREE themes. In fact, I’ve used free things for themes for many years until I purchased my first theme with MOJO and then I totally upgraded to Genesis.
To access the free themes, just check go to Appearance –> Themes–> Then Click Add New. Use the image below for guidance.
From here, you can start creating amazing free content (blogs, vblogs, photos, etc) for your new audience. If you’ve created a blog, leave your domain name below in the comments.