WordPress Tutorial Part 2a – Hostgator Account

So you chose Host Gator  Good for you, it’s a brilliant hosting company and very easy to use 🙂

You will need a credit card or PayPal Account to continue.


On the  Host Gator click on the “View Web Hosting Plans” button.

Hostgator Hosting Plan - One of the best WordPress hosting plans available


 

HostGator offers three web hosting plans: Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan, and Business Plan. Of the three hosting packages available the middle one is the best value for money as it allows you to build unlimited amount of sites on your space.

Hostgator Hosting Baby Plan - One of the best wordpress hosting plans available


Now you have to enter the domain name that you require, if it is available you will be taken to the payment option page.  If it’s not available you will have to choose another name or variant.


Payment

Hostgator Hosting Baby Plan - One of the best wordpress hosting plans available


Complete the “Billing Information”

Hostgator Hosting Baby Plan - One of the best wordpress hosting plans available

Choose how long you wish to pay for, Hostgator are the only hosting company that I know that allow you to pay on a per month basis.  You can even cancel with a 45 day money back guarantee.

You willl be asked for:

  • Package Type:
  • Billing Cycle
  • Username
  • Security Pin
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • City
  • Country
  • Credit Card Information or choose Paypal


Upon completion 

You will receive and email with all of you details on it, Please do not lose this email, it is important.

Thank you for your order with HostGator.

You can login to our billing system at http://gbclient.hostgator.com/ login using your email address and the password **************

Your Control Panel: https://gator1121.hostgator.com:2081Your

Domain: makingyourownwebsite.co.uk
Your Username: ************
Your Password: *************
Your Nameservers:
NS1:
ns2257.hostgator.com
NS2: ns2258.hostgator.com

We are happy to inform you that your Shared Hosting Account has been configured and is ready for use!

Visit the HostGator Knowledgebase and Video Tutorials section for solutions to commonly asked questions:
http://support.hostgator.com/
http://www.hostgator.com/tutorials.shtml

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email support@hostgator.com.

Best regards,
HostGator.com


You have now ordered your Hosting Account and Domain Name, you now need to install WordPress on your account 



Please note that it can take 48 hours for your domain name to become active.  We can proceed but your domain name wont take you to the new site yet, so don’t panic


You need to login to your “Hosting control Panel” or CPanel as it is called.  You have the address in your confirmation email that I mentioned before…   you did keep it didn’t you…

In my example email it was:    Your Control Panel: https://gator1121.hostgator.com:2081

follow the link to your CPanel locate and click the Fantastico icon near the bottom:


Click the WordPress link.

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Choose New Installation:

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer



The next screen needs a little bit of input from you:

Which Domain to use

Admin Access (User name)

Password

Admin nickname

Email address

Website name (you can change this later one)

Website Description (you can change this later one)


When you have entered these click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer


A confirmation page, click the Finish Installation.  If you have an error message go back and check the previous page

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer


Enter your email address and press ‘send email’  – this will send you a username and password reminder.

 Installing WordPress on your hosting account using the Fantastico automated installer


That’s it!

You now have a working, albeit empty website.  We will discuss editing it in the next Making Your Own Website with WordPress Tutorial