WordPress is a free content management system. It allows you to set up the look of your blog, create and publish blog posts, and much much more! In this step you will be installing WordPress into your newly “rented” hosting space.
Step 1– Shortly after you sign up for web hosting with Hostgator you should receive an email from them with your account information.
Pull up that email and locate your Username and Password.
Step 2– In another browser go to www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel (ie: www.how2startablog.com/cpanel) and put in your Username and Password.
Step 3– This takes you to your cPanel (control panel). Scroll down until you see the section entitled “Software” and click on “Quickinstall”.
Step 4– Now click on “WordPress”.
Step 5– Select your domain and click “Next”.
Step 6– Fill in the information below. “Admin” means administrator or the person who is in charge of the website. For “Admin User” I put my first name.
Read and check the terms of service agreement and click on “Install Now”.
When it has installed (it should take only a minute) it will let you know “Installation Complete”!
Congrats, you started your blog! Now you are ready to log in to your WordPress Dashboard (where you will be able to write and publish posts and design your website).
Log in by going to www.thedomainyouboughtinstep1.com/admin (i.e. For me www.how2startablog.com/admin). Once there insert your Username and Password and you will be brought to your WordPress Dashboard!
The WordPress dashboard may feel unfamiliar at first but believe me it won’t take long before you are a WordPress dashboard pro!
p.s. I’ve made a video to help you get started setting up your new blog! You can view it below when you are ready!