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In this tutorial, we will go through the step-by-step process of signing up to HostGator web hosting and installing WordPress to help you create your first website.
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Step #1: Select Hosting Package
HostGator provides many types of web hosting packages, but beginners can start with shared web hosting, which is the most affordable option. If you are creating one website, the Hatchling plan is perfect for you.
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The first thing you want to do is pick your domain name, or you can use a domain registered with another company (like GoDaddy) by selecting the “I Already Own This Domain” tab. When you choose the domain extension, they will instantly check to see if it’s available.
You can choose whether to add domain privacy protection. If not, your registration details will be public information.
Choose the hosting package type and pick your preferred billing cycle. You’ll get the biggest discount if you go for the most extended term of 36-months. With my coupon code WPC1, you’ll get the best deal for a 12-month term!
Fill out your billing info and choose whether you want to pay with a credit card or PayPal account.
You can add-on several services. I prefer to uncheck all of these to give you the lowest price. There are free WordPress plugins that allow you to implement similar features like security and backups.
If the coupon code isn’t already loaded in, you can add and validate here.
Review your order details and check out to complete your web hosting purchase.
You’ll get redirected to the HostGator customer portal where you can handle billing, check your renewals, and access customer support.
Step #2: Login to Your Control Panel
HostGator will follow up with confirmation emails, and you’ll want to find the one with your Control Panel account info as shown below.
Click the link in that email and login to your HostGator Control Panel.
NOTE: It may take up to 24 hours for this to work!
Here is a look at the Control Panel dashboard where you can manage things like email accounts, files on your web server, databases, and much more.
Step #3: Install WordPress
Click the “Build a New WordPress Site” link which will launch the installation wizard.
Pick the domain you want to install WordPress on from the dropdown menu and optionally choose a subdirectory. I leave this blank and install on the top-level domain 99% of the time.
Fill in your WordPress website details and create an administrator account, then click the install button.
When the installation is complete, you’ll get a username and password to manage your WordPress website.
Step #4: Login to WordPress & Visit Website
Go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin to reach the WordPress login page, and test your new account.
Below is a look at your WordPress dashboard, and you can review each section from the left panel menu to see how it is all put together.
If you hover over your website name in the top navigation bar, you’ll see a link to Visit Site.
Now it’s time to build your WordPress website – with great content and design. That is how you’ll reach a wider audience and make a more considerable impact!