How To Start A WordPress Blog Using Hostgator
In early 2017 I started a tutorial for Hostgator so I could show you guys how to sign up for an account. Unfortunately, my external hard drive died and I lost all the footage. I never gave up hope and I’ve periodically tried my old hard drive over the last year. It magically decided to work again recently so I was able to recover this video. This is NOT a super professional, highly edited video. It’s just a screen recording because I really don’t feel that this has to be a whole production.
Now, if you want to see me do some video production check out my Youtube channel (shameless plug)!
Wait, what was I talking about… Oh yea, the video.
I didn’t re-record the video because it’s a lot. Plus, I no longer use this Hostgator account so I feel safe showing you my cPanel since it isn’t current.
If watching a video isn’t your thing you can follow along with my written tutorial below. The written tutorial only walks you through how to sign up for Hostgator. If you’d like to learn more about WordPress I have an ebook in our free resource library that breaks it down. The video also gives a brief overview starting around the 6 minute mark.
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I wrote an entire post dedicated to choosing the right host for you. If you came from that post (heyyyy girl) and if not here’s why you want to use Hostgator:
It’s cheap, it gives you all the options you need to create a functioning website immediately, and their customer service is topnotch. I’ve been a customer for over 5 years and I’ve called them a bajillion times so I know.
Click this link to get a discount on your order and it will take you straight to the signup page. Once you’re there either go at it alone or follow one of the tutorials below.
First we’re going to start off on the Hostgator front page. If you used my link you’ll automatically get a discount.
From there you click the ‘Get Started Now’ button. I recommend getting the hatchling plan as you can always upgrade. If you already know you need a bigger plan then go with that. You’ll need to get the Baby Plan if you’re going to sell anything on your site because the Hatchling plan doesn’t come with an SSL certificate.
After you’ve chosen your plan and clicked ‘Sign Up Now’ you’re going to be prompted to set up your domain if you don’t have one already. I always purchase my domains through Namecheap as I like to keep my domain and hosting separate but you do what feels right for you.
If you want to use Namecheap I have a tutorial on that too because I’m awesome.
The easiest thing to do will be to get your domain from Hostgator so if that’s what you’re most comfortable with go for it. Just fill out the form.
I recommend paying for 1 year of hosting because you should give yourself at least a year of blogging before things start to “pay off.” I also recommend getting security measures and getting automatic backups. I can’t tell you how much it sucks to screw your site up only to realize you don’t have a backup and if you don’t know what you’re doing you will screw up… a lot.
After you sign up you’ll receive an email from Hostgator with your login credentials. Use that email to log into your account and access your control panel which looks like the screenshot below.
There are a lot of things to look at but we’re only concerned with the WordPress installer in the upper right hand corner. My mouse is hovering over it in the screenshot.
After clicking ‘WordPress Installer’ you’ll be prompted to choose your domain from a dropdown menu. Do that and click ‘Next.’
You’ll have some information to fill out on the next screen so do that and hit ‘Install Now.’
The next screen will say installation complete with a link to your new WordPress install and your login credentials.
I know someone will ask so I’ll write it again… I do not use this account. This site doesn’t exist. This is not my real password so no worries.
Once you click your website you will go to a login screen that looks like the screenshot below. Go ahead and sign in so that you can view the backend of your new website.
Once you’ve logged in you’ll see a screen similar to this…
Bam! Now you have a WordPress website.
If you start the video around the 6 minute mark you’ll get a very brief overview of the backend of WordPress but I left out a few things.
Hostgator does not hide your site while you’re building it. WP Engine does this automatically for new sites but with a host like Hostgator it’s best to use a plugin to hide your site until you’re ready for it to go live. My favorite is WP Maintenance Mode.
Here is a blog post I wrote featuring a few feminine WordPress themes you may like.
I hope your blog turns out AMAZING!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.