When deciding to start a blog, one question that comes to mind is which blog platform to go for? With a number of blogging platforms out there that are good, WordPress is always a better option and Hostgator is an excellent hosting option for WordPress with easy to set up process.
Want to start a WordPress blog but don’t know how? then, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, I will show how you can set up a Self-hosted WordPress blog with HostGator – the award-winning web hosting.
Step 1: Visit Hostgator and Decide which web hosting plan to choose
Hostgator has many hosting choices e.g shared, VPS, dedicated & managed WordPress hosting. Hostgator shared hosting comes in hatchling, baby & business plan. The hatchling plan is a great choice if you are just starting out in blogging and setting up only one website. You can always upgrade when you decide to go Pro and host more websites.
Action: Click the Buy Now button on the plan you are going for.
Step 2: Choosing a Domain Name
On the next page which is the checkout page, you can search & register a new domain name to use with your hosting or if you already have a domain you can enter it.
If you go with “already have a domain name” and the name is purchased from another company e.g Namecheap, make sure the domain nameservers are pointing to hostgator nameservers.
Step 3: Select your hosting package
Select the hosting package you are going for and the billing cycle. The biggest discount you can get is on the 36-month term, but you can always go with monthly, 3, 6, 12 and 24 months billing cycles as well.
For account creation purposes, enter a Username and Security PIN. Don’t forget to write this information down, you’ll need this later.
Step 4: Fill out your billing information
Hostgator include Free SSL on their shared hosting plan. Check their other additional services and check the one you want at additional cost.
Step 5: Use Coupon Code: WPLearnhowto and get 60% off
At this step, don’t forget to insert the coupon code: WPLearnhowto for a 60% OFF discount.
Step 6: Review Order Details
Go through the information you filled and make sure they are correct. Once ready, check that you have agreed to the hostgator’s terms…
Click the checkout button & make payment. Payment successful? you did it.
Now allow hostgator a moment to setup your brand new hosting account. Check your email for the hosting welcome details.
Step 4: Installing WordPress
Now it’s time to get your WordPress blog up and running. Go to your hosting welcome email and locate your Control panal or cPanel login details.
Login to your hosting cpanel with the username and password. Once you are log in, locate the “Quick Install” button and click on it.
On the Quick install screen, Click on “WordPress” then fill out the form. You can always change the details later.
When you’re ready, click “Install” and wait for the installation process to complete.
That’s it, you have set up a WordPress blog on HostGator shared hosting.
Easy setup process right? Now that your blog is ready, you can log in to your WordPress blog and: