How to Create a Blog with Hostgator
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1. Choose your plan
Installing a WordPress blog is easier than it looks and hosting costs are minimal.
There are thousands of hosting companies but based on my experience, I recommended Hostgator. They are in this business for a long time, they are cheap and very professional.
Hostgator has three packages:
The Hatchling plan
With this plan you can host and create 1 blog, 1 domain name is included and unlimited disk space. This plan is the most economical but you can only host a blog, to create more blogs in the future you will have to upgrade to the Baby plan. There are 6 payment options:
- 1 month at $10.95 per month.
- 3 months at $10.95 per month.
- 6 months at $10.95 per month.
- 12 months at $4.48 per month.
- 24 months at $3.98 per month.
- 36 months at $3.48 per month.
The Baby plan
With this plan you get a free domain and you can host all the domains and blogs you want without restrictions. With this plan you can have also a Private SSL ($150) and a dedicated IP ($4/month) The plus plan also comes with 6 payment options.
- 1 month at $11.95 per month.
- 3 months at $11.95 per month.
- 6 months at $11.95 per month.
- 12 months at $5.98 per month.
- 24 months at $5.48 per month.
- 36 months at $4.98 per month.
The Business plan
- 1 month at $16.95 per month.
- 3 months at $16.95 per month.
- 6 months at $16.95 per month.
- 12 months at $6.78 per month.
- 24 months at $6.38 per month.
- 36 months at $5.98 per month.
With this plane the dedicated IP and shared SSL are included.
2. Install WordPress
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms around for good reason. It is easy to install and features an attractive, user-friendly interface. At Hostgator, you can install WordPress through Quick Install powered by MOJO Marketplace or manually.
In the following tutorial, we’ll cover the QuickInstall route for a WordPress self-hosted installation. It’s a bit easier than a manual installation, and it only takes a click or two!
Log into your cPanel. In the Software/Services section, click on the Quick Install icon: In the left menu, under Popular Installs, click WordPress, then click Install WordPress.
Complete the form that appears with the following details.
The sub directory you would like the site to load from, if desired.Example: Should you wish your WordPress URL to be mydomain.com/site instead of just mydomain.com. Your site will always display this extension if you enter one.
For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.
For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.
For Admin Username, enter your preferred user name.
- Your first name.
- Your last name.
Click Install WordPress when you’re ready to proceed.
A progress bar at the top of the page will let you know when installation is complete. Once complete, you will be able to start working on your WordPress site. Check your email for your WordPress username and password as well as a link to your WordPress dashboard.
You may also find your credentials by clicking View Credentials in the bar at the top of the page:
Note: If you recently changed your name servers or DNS records, it is possible that you will not be able to access your new WordPress installation until the domain propagates. This could take up to 24 to 48 hours.