In this step by step tutorial we are going to be covering how to install WordPress on HostGator web hosting.
- Click here to Open HostGator (new window)
- 1 Penny Discount Coupon: WPT101HOST
If you haven’t heard of them before. HostGator are one of the most widely used (and trusted) hosting providers out there, and at present they are hosting over 9 million sites online… That’s pretty crazy right!
And to make things nice and easy for us, installing WordPress on HostGator will only take us around 10 minutes or so to complete.
HostGator have also been very kind and gave me a discount coupon to share with you which will get you your first months hosting for only 1 penny!
How To Install WordPress on HostGator
the main steps…
Here is a quick run-through of everything we will be covering:
- Registering A Domain Name & Hosting with HostGator
- Getting 1 Months Web Hosting for 1 Penny (using discount coupon)
- Logging into the “HostGator cPanel”
- Installing WordPress on HostGator (using cPanel)
- Logging into WordPress
- Changing our WordPress Password
So by the end of this tutorial. Not only will you know exactly how to install WordPress on HostGator, but also how to log into your new WordPress installation and change your password.
Sound good? …Then let’s get started!
Registering A Domain Name & Hosting
Okay. So the first thing we need to do before we can actually install WordPress on HostGator, is register a domain name and hosting account with them.
To do this we just need to go to www.HostGator.com and click “Web Hosting” in the top-left, and then “Choose A Plan” in the middle.
Now we just need to choose from one of the 3 different hosting plans that HostGator have to offer.
To be totally honest with you, the “Business Plan” comes with a ton of extra features you probably won’t require if you’re just getting started.
So that really just leaves it between the “Hatchling Plan” and the “Baby Plan”. The only real difference between these two hosting plans are the amount of times we can install WordPress on each one.
The “Hatchling Plan” will allow us to install WordPress once, and then the “Baby Plan” will allow us to install WordPress as many times as we like (unlimited). It all just depends on how many websites or blogs we are wanting to create.
Once we decide which hosting plan is best for us, we just need to click “Sign Up Now!”. Then the next page we come to is where we will register a domain for our new site.
All we need to do is type whatever we want as our domain name into the box, and then using the drop-down on the right-hand side we can choose which “Domain Extension” we would like to use. (.com, .co.uk, .net. etc).
Hopefully when we choose our domain name it comes up and says “Added – Primary”. If it says that the Domain Name is not available, it means we need to choose something else as someone has already registered that one.
Then once we have chosen our domain name we just need to scroll down, and underneath we will see a section called “Privacy Protection”. If we want to keep our personal details private we can leave this box checked (and pay for it).
Otherwise uncheck the box (it isn’t necessary).
Now underneath, we can double check that our “Package Type” is correct and choose a “Billing Cycle”. (how often we will pay for our hosting).
Worth Noting: We will save money if we purchase more hosting up front.
After that we just need to come up with a “Username” and “Security Pin” for use with HostGator. Then under that, we can fill out our general billing information for our account (name, address, etc).
We can choose if we would like to pay for our hosting by Credit / Debit Card or PayPal on the right-hand side.
Then once we have filled out our information we will come to a section called “Add Additional Services”.
NONE of these “Additional Services” are actually required in order to install WordPress on HostGator, they are all totally optional.
1 Months Web Hosting for 1 Penny!
Underneath, we are going to see a place to “Enter A Coupon Code”.
Now there may already be a coupon code in here worth 20/25% off, but as I told you at the start of this tutorial I have a higher value coupon to share with you.
If we enter the coupon code “WPT101HOST”, you will see that we are now getting our first months hosting with HostGator for only 1 penny!
Hosting Coupon = WPT101HOST
You will also see that we get access to HostGator’s 24/7 Live Chat (customer service), and a 45 day money back guarantee incase we change our minds.
Once we are happy with everything, we can check the box beside where it says “I have read and agree to the Terms of Service”, and click “Checkout Now!”.
HostGator are now going to process our payment, and we will either be directed to some kind of credit card processing screen or PayPal (to pay for our order).
Then once payment has been processed we will be brought to a page saying “thank you for your order”.
We can now just close out of HostGator and we will move onto actually installing WordPress (using the cPanel).
Logging into the “HostGator cPanel”
Okay. So now that we have registered our Domain Name and Hosting with HostGator, we just need to log into what’s known as the “HostGator CPanel” (where we will Install WordPress).
To do this we just need to open our email inbox and find the new email from HostGator titled “Your Account Info”.
Worth Noting: We will receive 2 different emails from HostGator and both contain important information. It is best to keep them safe.
In this new email we will find a link to our “Control Panel”, as well as our Username, and Password.
We now just need to click the “Control Panel” link, and then copy & paste in the username and password to login.
Installing WordPress on HostGator (using cPanel)
Once we have successfully logged into the cPanel, we need to scroll down until we see the section “Software/Services” and click “Quick Install”.
Then just click where it says “WordPress” on the left-hand side, and then click “Install WordPress”.
We now just want to make sure that our new domain name is selected (using the drop-down), and then type in the details we want to use for our WordPress website:
- our email address.
- our site title (can be changed again later).
- an admin username (used to login).
- our first and last name.
Then once we are happy with our information, we can click “Install WordPress”
Logging into WordPress
Once WordPress has installed (usually within a few mins) we can click up at the top where it says “View Credentials” to see the log in details for our new site.
We just need to click the “Admin Area” link to get to the WordPress login screen for our site, and then copy and paste in the Username and Password.
We will now have successfully logged into WordPress for the first time.
When we log into WordPress we are brought to the “Dashboard”, which is where we will add our different content or make any changes to our site.
To visit our site, we just need to click our “site title” at the top. Then we can click our site title again to return to the dashboard.
Worth Noting: Sometimes it can take a short while for new WordPress installations to go live online. So if you can’t access the login screen for your site right away, just give it a little more time (it will normally be ready within 1 hour).
Changing our WordPress Password
Now that we have successfully installed WordPress on HostGator (and logged in), we can get onto changing our WordPress password.
Afterall, it’s pretty unlikely that we will ever remember the randomly generated password HostGator gave us!
So to change our password on WordPress, we just need to click where it says “Users” in the left-hand dashboard menu. Then hover our mouse over our username and click “Edit”.
Now we can scroll down to near the bottom of this page and we will see a “Generate Password” button.
We just need to click this button to generate a new random password, but then we can delete the password they give us and replace it with whatever we want.
Then once we’re happy with our new password, we can scroll down to the bottom and click “Update Profile” to save our changes.
So that now brings us to the end of this tutorial and I really hope you have found it helpful. More importantly though, I hope you managed to install WordPress on HostGator with no problems!
If you have any questions regarding installing WordPress, or anything else for that matter. Click here.
Just one last thing before I go. If you would like to download a list of my 14 favourite free WordPress plugins, just click here.
Until Next Time,
Please leave a comment underneath letting me know what you thought of this tutorial, was there anything I should have done differently? (thank-you!)