Reader to final make your foray into blogging like a pro?
WordPress is the leading free software, powering nearly 20% of the web and offering everyone an easy to use blog.
To get going, you need to grab a domain name and hosting, then install WordPress. Enjoy!
If you just want the setup…here it is:
HostGator makes it RIDICULOUSLY easy to setup your WordPress blog with their “1-click WordPress install tool.”
Quick note: I do earn a small commission if you choose HostGator web-hosting and sign up through the links here. You’re helping keep Dear Blogger free for everyone, so huge thanks!
Need me to walk you through WordPress setup from start to finish? No prob!
Given I run 5-10 projects at any given time on WordPress, write for major WordPress blogs, and now pay the bills with WordPress, it made sense to make a guide for YOU.
And, get this:
I made an ENTIRE demo site (check it out here) and an entertaining under 10-minute video documenting exact setups on how to:
✓ Register domain and hosting at HostGator
✓ Install WordPress
✓ Log in for your very first time
✓ Write a post
✓ Upload an image
✓ Upload a plugin
✓ Upload AND change the theme (your blog’s look)
✓ And a bit more!
Note: Just like your phone bill, a domain name and hosting cost money, but that doesn’t mean they’re expensive. HostGator is dirt cheap, what I use, and if you’re self-employed, this “cost of entry” could even be a tax write-off.
So sit back, hit the “PLAY” button, and click here to visit HostGator and get started.
A handful of readers have already emailed me asking for manual instructions for setup at HostGator, which I have now posted below:
Setup WordPress – The Quick Guide Manual Instructions
1) Head to HostGator and click on View Web Hosting Plans in the center of your screen.
2) Select your plan. The “Hatching Plan” at 1 year is a good value and a common choice for beginners. You’ll notice that monthly rates decrease with longer periods – 1 year is reasonable so you can blog freely without worry – and HostGator always reminds you as renewal approaches.
3) With your plan selected, it’s time to choose a domain name for your blog, and here are 5 quick pointers to help out:
✓ When in doubt, your firstnamelastname.com is a good choice
✓ If not, try to make it simple yet brandable, like “Twitter”
✓ Always make your site title and domain name the same (“Ebay” is found at ebay.com)
✓ Avoid numbers and dashes
✓ Stick to the .com, .org, .net extensions
3.1) If someone already has the domain name you selected, you’ll get an error message. It’s okay, try again.
The next three steps are quite simple:
4) Confirm your package type and billing cycle
5) Create your Username and Security Pin (these don’t have to be fancy)
6) Scroll down and uncheck all the hosting addons. You don’t need any of these for your site to run flawlessly.
Now, plugin in my discount coupon and you’ll see your total price at the bottom of your screen get’s reduced by 25%. Go use that money your just saved for a snack – taking a break never hurts.
7) Moving on, fill in your billing information as you would for any other online purchase like at Amazon.com, for example, and make your payment.
The domain and hosting setup is now done! Congrats, you’re already well ahead of other newbies. Next, we’ll install WordPress.
8) Check your inbox for an email called HostGator.com Your Account Info which contains your:
- Password (can change this later on, it probably looks goofy now)
- Control Panel Link
9) Click on the Control Panel link right in the email, and you’ll be taken to the control panel. Exciting, eh? Now enter the username and password (from the email).
Once inside, scroll down to where you see Software/Services and click on the blue smiley face called Fantastico De Luxe. This is your WordPress 1-click install tool.
10) Click on the word “WordPress” in the left column, then click New Installation.
11) Fill in your administrator data, aka the username and password you’ll use to login to WordPress when you want to blog. These should be good.
How to make a good username:
✓ Try first initial plus last name
✓ Or, just use your first name
How to make a good password:
✓ Using numbers, uppercase, and lowercase create a string of letters that represents your main interests
✓ Now shorten this string to 6-8 characters, and you’re all set
Create these pieces of information, then click Install WordPress.
12) On the next page, you’ll get the link to your brand new blog. It’s the link right after “Bookmark This!”
You now have your own WordPress.org self-hosted blog! Wasn’t that easy?
Probably way easier than you thought it was before you went through these steps in my guide!
Bookmark your login link (which is always www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin) before doing anything else. It’ll just make blogging more convenient.
Conclusion: Welcome to WordPress.org!
To get you cruisin’ in the fast lane, I picked out three good reads at the blog to begin your journey with WordPress:
Additionally, I strongly urge you to watch the video above. We not only setup WordPress, but publish a post with an image, install a plugin, and change the entire look of the blog.
Thanks for using the guide!
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