HostGator is one of best hosting service providers out there. It is reliable and comes with a lot of support in the forms of tools and software to assist you in making your websites top notch. It’s QuickInstaller can install WordPress on your domains in seconds and allow you to create a website in minutes.
With HostGator, you have unlimited bandwidth, storage, premium support and all the server support you need to run a WordPress blog in a smooth manner. What’s better, is that you can easily install WordPress and make your blog live in minutes.
Assuming you have already purchased your domains and are ready to bring your blog or website into existence, I will now begin with a short and sweet guide about how you can create a WordPress site from scratch with HostGator and its available tools.
I have to tell you that the site that you come up with using these guidelines will be a basic blog; you will have to look into more designing options to give your blog a completely customized look.
But, if you are a newbie and are just looking to start with your online experiments then this post will be of great help.
New WordPress Site with HostGator
WordPress as we all know is the most popular CMS platform when it comes to blogging and having an online presence in general. It has given people with no technical background a platform to create online assets and explore the abundant opportunities of the Internet.
To start with, go to Hostgator and select the hosting plan that is perfect for your website. If you are just starting, a shared hosting plan is good enough for you which you can upgrade in the future as per your requirement.
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Now, as your hosting plan is ready, let's get started with the process and create a website with Hostgator and WordPress
With HostGator, you get a standard cPanel hosting along with QuickInstaller which is an excellent an easy way to install WordPress. You can always use the manual installation method, but who has the time right?
So, let begin with installing WordPress on your HostGator domains
Installing WordPress on your website
HostGator has some excellent quick-install options for all the popular CMS platforms like WordPress and Magenta. Just follow these steps and you site will be ready in no time.
Login to your HostGator account and head over to the cPanel and Find the Quick Install option at the bottom
In the sidebar, you will find WordPress in the Blog Software section. Click on it and then continue
In the next dialogue box, you will find your domain mentioned along with a blank box. Leave it blank or else your installation will go into a subdirectory. You don’t want that.
You should uncheck enable auto upgrades. Manual updating is always better when it comes to WordPress as sometimes automatic updates can lead to incompatibility and performance hampering.
Fill in the fields. Use a strong username and a complex password to make your website safe and secure.
Click on Install now. Don’t close the page. After installation finishes, there will be an official confirmation through the registered email id.
You Have Successfully Installed WordPress: Now Let’s Create an Awesome Website
Using the Dashboard to Create a WordPress Site from Scratch with HostGator
After you have installed WordPress, you need to do some stuff before your website is actually ready. The good part is, you can do this in the matter of minutes from your WordPress dashboard which kind of looks like this:
Now, you can follow these steps to make your first website
Change the permalink structure first
One thing which you ought to do is change your permalink structure. For instance, when it comes to URLs, you might want your contact page URL to show www.yourdomain.com/contact. But, WordPress will not do that itself. By default, it will enlist your domains with numeric codes like www.yourdomain.com/??123p=3. Now we don’t want that, do we?
Therefore, you should change your permalink structure by following these steps:
- Go to Settings in the dashboard
- Head over to permalinks
- Choose the option: Post Name.
If the default setting is already set to post name then it must have been done by HostGator while installation. You don’t need to change anything then, but it is always excellent to check. Now your post URLs will be easier to track and remember.
Set Your Timezone
This might be an important part if you are to follow a regular schedule. Also, you wouldn’t want to be in India and work on US timings!
- Go to Settings
- Head over to general
- There will be a time zone field
- Go ahead and choose your time zone.
- You can also change the starting day of the week
- Save your changes.
Set Up your basic Page Layout
Your website is made of building blocks called pages. For instance, you must have come across websites with separate pages for products, services, company information, blog etc. these pages have to be set in order to keep your website organized and put in timeless content (content that changes once in a while)
You might not have any content at the moment to give to these pages, but you can always add them later. Some of the most generic pages you can create are about us, your services, a blog page to show your blog posts, a contact us page, a biography page etc. It is only limited by imagination and your requirements.
Ready for the final touch:
Complete your layout by adding a theme to your website
You might want to take a look at WordPress’ huge collection of themes to give a stunning appearance to your website. You can choose any theme (free or paid) and WordPress will then install it on your website. The thing I like is you do not need to know a single line of code to do this! Remarkable, isn’t it?
- Go to Appearance in the Dashboard Section
- Head over to themes
- Now simply choose the theme you like. Don’t worry, you can change it later on
- If it’s a free theme, you can see the demo and install it right away.
- If it is a paid theme, then you can see the demo, then pay the price and then install it on your website in minutes, given your internet connection is fair.
It is always good to start with a free theme and as you add elements and content to your site, you move to a more customizable premium theme later on!
Well, you just created a website, how about that!
HostGator is an excellent hosting provider and it offers quick and easy WordPress installations through QuickInstaller. Therefore, you can easily launch your website in the matter of half an hour using the steps mentioned above.
If you have any doubts, please discuss them in the comments section and also give us any feedback you have! We would love the same!