How to Start a WordPress Blog on HostGator in 2020
So you want to learn how to start a blog? Great! I’ll teach you how to start a WordPress blog on HostGator using some simple steps that I followed to make this very blog.
No matter your reasons for wanting to start a blog, I can tell you from my experience that it’s worth it. Whether you want to express your thoughts through writing, increase traffic to your business, help people out, or anything else, you should start a blog.
It’s cheap and it’s fun — not to mention it’s a great learning experience!
Don’t want to use HostGator Hosting?
Step 1: Choose Your HostGator Hosting Plan
Go to HostGator official site, click “Get started!”.
HostGator has different hosting packages depends on your needs and budget as below.
Choosing the best plan could be tricky. I would suggest you start with the least you can afford, you can always upgrade later as your website grows.
Once you’ve chosen the right package, click the “Sign Up Now” button and fill in the required information.
Step 2: Register a domain
You can check domain availability on HostGator. On the HostGator Order Wizard page, simply type in your selected domain name and click “Search”.
It will tell you the availability of that particular domain name. If the domain name is already taken, then you cannot use it. You must use a domain that no one has registered yet.
For example, my domain name is presentblogging.com. So your website name would be yourname.com.
New Domain name will cost from $0.95-12.95 per year, which will be added to the total at the end. It’s worth paying for the “.com” extension which usually costs $12.95/year.
Step 3: Complete the HostGator Order Form
Next, you have to enter your hosting package information. You can save more money by signing up for a longer period in the “Billing Cycle” section.
I paid for 36months upfront which is the cheapest option per month. For the Hatching plan, it costs about $75 for 3 years.
Then, you have to enter your billing information, choosing any add-ons and create a HostGator account.
Step 4: Install WordPress on HostGator
After setting up an account on HostGator, you’ll receive a welcome email from HostGator. Open this email which contains your account information so you can login. Click on the Control Panel (cPanel) link that is sent to your email.
Once you’re on the Control Panel, scroll down to “Software/Services” and click “Quick Install”. From there you’ll be able to install WordPress with just a click.
On the left-hand side, look for “WordPress” and click on it.
On the next page, drop-down select the domain on which you want to install WordPress blog.
Here you can decide where you want to install WordPress. Either at the root of the directory or under the subdomain. For example:
If you are new to HostGator and have a baby plan or above plan, you can add as many domains as you want and you can host multiple websites on a single hosting package.
Click on next & now configure rest of settings as directed below.
The point is to make it hard to guess. Before hitting the magic button Install WordPress, Cross check if you have done everything right. Else rolling back things will consume time. Here is how my settings look like:
While HostGator Quick Install is setting up your WordPress blog, it might try to upsell you by offering stuff like WordPress theme or any such service.
I suggest you Skip it & I did the same. It’s easy to Install WordPress of your own. It will take few minutes, and your WordPress blog will be installed & you will get an email with your dashboard link, username & password.
On HostGator server and you can access your WordPress dashboard by going to “domain.com/wp-admin” (Replace domain.com with your actual domain name)
Make sure you add your email here. So that information about the installation will be sent to your Email blog.
Do you have any concern not to self-host your own blog?
Do you have any problem or question following this tutorial to create your own blog with HostGator? Feel free to comment below
Once you set up your own blog, please tell me about it and remember to send me your link! You can leave a comment below or find me on Facebook or Instagram! Welcome to the Family!