Last updated on September 11th, 2021
Are you ready to start a Blog with HostGator?
If Yes, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, I walk you through step by step to create your own blog with HostGator.
In this case, you have to follow these 7 easy steps to start a WordPress Blog on HostGator
Why Start a Blog With HostGator?
Blogging is a continuous learning process and the process will lead you to build a successful online business. No matter what the reasons for starting a blog, I can tell you that you made the best decisions of your life.
For example, if you want to make an impact through writing, grow your online business, you should start blogging. One thing I love about blogging is less investment and a great learning experience!
On the other hand, WordPress (.org) is the best blogging platform that can change your point of view of blogging.
Because, it’s reliable, affordable, and beginner-friendly, that’s why Hostgator hosted millions of sites over the year.
Overall, Building a WordPress blog with HostGator is easy! Just follow the steps below;
How to Start a WordPress Blog with HostGator [Step by Step]
1. Choose a Hosting Plan
There are different types of hosting packages that will be shown like shared, cloud, and reseller, etc.
In order to proceed click the “Get Started ” button.
When you click “Get Started” you’ll bring to a page where you need to select the plan, you want to buy from Hostgator.
- Single/ Unlimited domains
- One-click WordPress installs
- Free WordPress/cPanel website transfer
- Unmetered bandwidth
- Free SSL certificate
- Free domain included
Most people make the mistake of selecting ‘Hatchling Plans’ which I don’t recommend to my readers. Why? Hatchling plan does offer one domain to install WordPress and small space.
What if your blog grows fast, in that case, the Hatchling plan won’t handle your blog properly.
But If you already made up your mind that you only want one site and don’t plan on ever making multiple websites, then go with the ‘Hatchling Plan.
Basically, selecting a plan for blogging depends on your purposes. So select the plan that is suitable for your goals.
However, if you are a beginner there ‘Baby Plan’ is suitable for any kind of site you want to build with WordPress. So Hit the ‘Buy Now‘ button and proceed to the next steps.
2. Select a Domain Name
Once you click the ‘Buy Now’ button it will bring you to the details page, On the first page, you need to select your domain name.
There are two things you can do in this section…
- Register a New Domain
- I Already Own This Domain
1. Register a New Domain
Unlike others, HostGator also provides domain names. They also offer free domain while you buying hosting for at least 12 months. You can either claim a free domain or buy multiple domains, it’s up to you.
But the fact the matter is domain names are bit costly rather than other providers. For EX, if you choose .com which costs $12.95 per year, on the other hand, Namecheap, Godaddy, Or Dynadot costs less than $10 dollars.
NOTE: HostGator gives you a FREE domain name for 1 year, if you want to claim a free domain then click here.
2. I Already Own This Domain
NOTE: I don’t recommend buying a domain from HostGator, What if you want to change your hosting. At that moment they bother you.
Tips for Choosing a Domain Name
Choosing a domain name is important because it should be a reflection of your business name. Basically, your blog name is the first thing your visitors will see.
However, It also helps your readers on how they will find you online. Here are some of the tips you can follow to find a great blog name.
- Use .com Extensions instead of (.net,.biz, .org)
- Creative and Brandable
- Shorter is Better ( approximately 15 characters)
- Make Sure It’s Easy To Type
- Make Sure It’s Easy To Pronounce
- Avoid Hyphens And Numbers
Hopefully, the above tips will help you to figure out a nice domain name that can make a long-lasting and positive impression.
If you still don’t know how to come up with a great domain name.. Make sure to check our guide: ‘How to find a great domain name‘ Once you select your dream domain name, then move on to Next Steps…
3. Create your Account & Enter Billing Information
Once you select your dream domain name, the next thing you need to do is this three thing
- Billing Cycle
- Create your Account
- Enter Billing Information
1. Billing Cycle
In the Billing Cycle, you have to select how long you wish to stay with HostGator. However, I recommend you buy hosting for at least 24 months, Because a blog needs time to grows.
As I mentioned earlier, blogging is a continuous learning process. If are new to two blogging then you need time to learn and grow your blog.
2. Create Your Account
Once you made up your mind, the next thing is to create your hosting account in order to log in to your hosting panel. Make sure to enter all info correctly, like email, password, and Pin.
3. Enter Billing Information
Enter all Your Billing Information correctly. This section will include all things such as your email, name, address, state.
In the section, also has the payment method you like to pay, whether you are paying with a credit card or PayPal.
4. Choose Additional Services
There is some extra addon Hostgator offers during the signup process. I don’t recommend any of these services to add to your buying list- which is just worthless and costs you money.
Basically, they indirectly force you to buy these three products:
- SEO Tools
There are some free and paid alternatives to all of these:
It will find, fix, and protect your site from malware and malicious attacks. It also downloads your site data, screens it, remove malware, and uploads the clean version of your site.
It will automated backup all web files and databases on your website on a daily basis with a 1-click restore. But there are also some free and paid alternatives out there, like UpdraftPlus, BlogVault.
3. Hostgator SEO Tools:
However, if you want to add any of the products, you can but I don’t recommend it to my readers.
Note: if you buy a domain from HostGator then add the “Domain Privacy Protection” add-on to protect you from a WHOIS lookup on your site.
5. Enter HostGator Coupon
Hopefully, you can save tons of money with our HostGator Promo Code. So Before you confirm the payment make sure the coupon code validate.
6. Review & Check Out
After you have done all the steps we have mentioned, review your order details to proceed to the next steps.
Before you ‘check out make sure to read the terms and conditions and check the agree on the box.
Once, you click to check-out button HostGator will set up your hosting account. It takes a few seconds to set up, once they are done, they will send an email to access your Control Panel.
That’s it! Congratulation! you have successfully completed your buying process the next step is to Install WordPress to Hostgator.
7. Install WordPress with HostGator
Once you log in to HostGator, there you will find a beautiful panel. To install WordPress just simply click ‘launch Cpanel.
Using the QuickInstall method on HostGator to install WordPress is a wide selection for everyone. In order to proceed, click the ‘Quick Install Software’.
The next step is “ Select WordPress” to install WordPress. You can also select “One-Click Installs” but next you have to select WordPress again to proceed with installations.
Select the domain you want to install WordPress. However, you can either install the HostGator domain or Addon Domain.
Fill up all the details:
- Blog Title – Typically your Blog name
- Admin User – Username to sign in
- First Name / Last Name – First and last name for your user profile
- Admin Email – Email address to the account associated with your site.
Once you set up all information, click agree to the terms of service agreement and click on the “Install Button”.
It will take a few seconds to Install WordPress. Once the installation process is done, you better check your Admin Email.
Once the installation is done, you will receive a “Congratulation Email”. In the mail, you will get the autogenerated password to access your WordPress login. Go to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin URL and sign in using the user name and password.
If you follow the step above, you’ve successfully started your very own blog with Hostgator. Still reading, which means you’re ready to start a blog.
Once again, Congratulations! You have now your own WordPress blog up and running with Hostgator. Not so bad, was it?
However, how is your experience to start a blog with HostGator?
I would be happy to hear from you!
Have any concerns or problems with the following tutorial… Please let me know about it and keep in mind to send me your link via comment below.
Thank You, Happy Blogging!