I show you step by step on how to install WordPress on Hostgator. After you purchase a hosting package with Hostgator, you get access to a Cpanel. My installation guide shows you how to install WordPress through your Cpanel.
Let’s get started.
Sign in to your Hostgator Cpanel
After you pay for your Hostgator hosting package, you receive your login details for your Hostgator Cpanel via email.
In the email is a link to the URL of your Cpanel login page. I recommend you click on the link to this URL and bookmark it.
Here is the login page for your Hostgator Cpanel.
Enter your username and password and click on the ‘Log In’ link.
After you log in, you come to your Cpanel dashboard.
Search for WordPress
In your Hostgator Cpanel, type ‘WordPress’ into the search bar at the top of the page.
How to Install WordPress
To start your WordPress installation, click on the ‘WordPress Installer’ icon.
Then you come to this page.
If you have multiple domains hosted on Hostgator, select the site from the drop-down menu. Hostgator also has paid installation services should you not want to continue with completing the installation yourself.
To install WordPress yourself, select your domain from the drop-down list and then click on ‘Next.’
On the next page, there is some information for you to complete before your installation can start.
‘Blog title’ is the name of your site, ‘Admin user’ is the username of the person who will be administering this site., and ‘Admin email’ is the email address you want to use to receive notifications from this site.
Ensure the box to ‘Automatically create a new database’ is ticked, your site won’t work without a database.
Agree to the terms of service and then click on the ‘Install’ link.
After a short time, your WordPress installation completes. Once finished, you receive your WordPress admin login details. These details are also sent to you by email.
Don’t forget these details. You can’t log in to your WordPress admin without them.
How to log in to your WordPress admin
To view your website homepage, click on the URL link, next to ‘Installed to.’ On my example above, my homepage URL is example.thestayguesthouse.com/
Here is the homepage for my new WordPress site. Hostgator set this default page for you so that your visitors know this is a new site.
To log in to WordPress on this site, click on the orange ‘Login’ link on the ‘Installation complete’ page or click on the green ‘Admin Login’ link on the homepage.
Here is the WordPress login page for this website.
I recommend you bookmark this page. You will be using this URL a lot.
To log in, use the details from your ‘Installation complete’ page.
After you log in, you come to your WordPress admin dashboard. Now you can start creating your WordPress website.
Installing WordPress using Hostgator’s Cpanel takes a few minutes. Log in to your Hostgator Cpanel and select the WordPress installer icon. Complete some details about your site and select install. The installation process takes less than a minute.
I would recommend bookmarking your Cpanel login page, your website homepage, and the WordPress login page.
If you have issues with your WordPress installation, note the error message, then contact Hostgator live chat support via the help icon on your Cpanel. I have found Hostgator support to be quick, knowledgable, and courteous.
To check out Hostgator’s latest hosting plans, go to www.hostgator.com (*Paid link). They offer discounts to new customers.
If you are having trouble logging into your WordPress admin, check out my ‘How do I log into WordPress on my site?‘ post.
Before you start your WordPress installation, would you be kind enough to leave me a comment? Did you find my post helpful? Did you have any issues with your WordPress installation? I look forward to reading your comments.