The blog set-up program has ended but see below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get your blog set-up!
The video below will walk you through step by step directions to get your blog set-up in less than 10 minutes!
Below are step by step directions with screenshots taken from the video to help you get started.
Go to HostGator.com
Go sign up for a hosting package at HostGator.com (using this link). When the HostGator homepage loads, click the button labeled “Get Started Now!”.
Now you will need to select a hosting package. I recommend the Baby Plan – that offers you Unlimited Domains – but the Hatchling Plan will do as well.
You can save more money by signing up for a longer term but you can pay month to month as well.
1. Choose a Domain
Enter the domain you would like in the “Enter Your Domain” section. (If you have already purchased your domain name, you can enter it in the “I Already Own This Domain” section.)
If available, it will show up in the list. You can purchase as many domains as you would like – .com, .org, .net – but I recommend at least starting with the .com.
You will see a section that says Domain Privacy Protection with the box checked – I recommend keeping this for your domain because it will protect your online privacy.
But if you would like to save $9.95/year feel free to skip this.
2. Choose a Hosting Plan
Enter your preferred username and security PIN.
3. Enter Your Billing Info
You will enter your personal and billing information in this section – you can pay with credit card or PayPal.
4. Add Additional Services
In this section, you can pick any of the additional services that you want but my recommendation is to move forward without anything additional at this time – you can always go back and add them on later.
5. Enter a Coupon Code
Enter EFFICIENT30 (no spaces) – this will knock 30% off the price!
6. Review Order Details
Review all of your details and make sure everything is accurate. If it is, check the box stating that you agree with the terms and conditions (after reading them, of course…) and click Checkout Now!
You should be taken to a page saying “Welcome to the HostGator Family”.
7. Go Check Your Email
You should receive two emails – one with login information for the billing and one with login information for your account.
When you receive the email with your account information (see below), click on the “Your Control Panel” link.
8. Control Panel Login
After clicking on Your Control Panel link, you will take your username and password from the email above and enter it into the cPanel to log-in to your control panel.
9. WordPress Installation
Once in the Control Panel, you will scroll to the bottom of the page and click on QuickInstall under Software/Services.
You will find the WordPress install via the left-hand navigation bar or the large box in the center of the page and click Install WordPress.
You will fill out the Install WordPress form using your information – blog URL, email address, blog title, username (I recommend using the same username you used previously) and your name.
After that is filled out, click the big green Install WordPress button.
Once your install is complete, you will see the page below which provides you with your URL Admin area, username and password.
You will also receive this information via email for safe keeping.
10. Accessing Blog Admin Area
Once you are on this page, you will use your username and password from the Quick Install email that you received.
After logging in, you will be on your Dashboard! Mark this page as a favorite and save your log-in information – this is where you will go to update your blog, create blog posts, etc.
11. Learn the WordPress basics
If you are new to WordPress, you can sign up for my Start Your WordPress Blog course that will teach you everything you need to know about your new WordPress blog.