Starting up your first blog is super exciting. However, it can also be pretty daunting if it is your first time trying to figure out how to install WordPress and get it hosted on Hostgator. Don’t worry though I will walk you through it every step of the way (pictures and video included)!
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Registering Your Domain Name
This is how you take ownership of your domain. For example, I own blogfully.net and the way I did that was I had to go through the process to register it. If you have already registered your domain, then move on to step 2. If have not registered one yet, don’t worry here’s a quick video on how to do it;
Step 2: Signing Up For A Hostgator Account
Thankfully signing up for an account with HostGator is not only easy, but it is relatively inexpensive as well because I have a special coupon just for all of my readers. (Just click here to use the HostGator coupon code gregory and it will automatically give you 30-40% off your whole order!) I have been using HostGator for the past couple of years, and have developed a good relationship with their team and was able to negotiate with them to give the best deal possible to all of my readers! Just remember though the deal is only available through my link so be sure to use it. Here’s a quick video to walk you through the signup process;
Step 3: Connecting Your Domain To Your Host
(Note: If you got your domain through Hostgator you could skip to step 4)
If you have registered with a company other than HostGator, you will need to let the domain know where it’s new “home” is (aka where it’s hosted) by updating your domain’s nameservers. The two most popular choices for this is typically GoDaddy and Namecheap. If you used a company besides those two, don’t worry the process is still pretty similar. Here’s a video on how to update your nameservers on Namecheap
Step 4: Installing WordPress
Wordpress is the platform of choice for millions of websites big and small. Ranging from your everyday blogger (#me!) and many Fortune500 companies WordPress can handle them all! Not only is it diverse, but it is also super simple to install and use! Watch the video below to have me walk you through the process of installing WordPress on HostGator.
Congratulations you have done it! Also, wasn’t it much easier than you first thought it would be? Let me give you some quick tips as well regarding WordPress so you can make the most of your new site!
- As I said before WordPress can be pretty diverse, and you can make your website look any way that you want. If you’re looking to have your website look stunning with less manual work then check out my post on using the Genesis Framework as your theme.