There are two different methods to install WordPress on Hostgator and depending on your purpose I think it’s a good idea to use both of them. The quick version I will tell you more about in this post are great when you are building small niche sites. If you on the other hand are building a site for several thousands visitors each day you should install it manually.
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Install WordPress With Fantastico
Log into your Hostgator cPanel and scroll down to Software/Services and press Fantastico De Luxe.
Head over to your left sidebar and chose WordPress.
Now a new page will load with some short information on the current version of WordPress. This is up to Hostgator to keep it up to date, so just click through this by pressing the New Installation-link.
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By doing this you’ll be directed to a new page where it’s time to fill in the information about your site. Scroll past the image below to read more information about what the different fields does.
Some fields may bee a bit tricky so let us go through the image together.
- Install on Domain
Here you choose which domain you should install the blog on.
- Install in directory
It’s not always you want to install your blog in the root. Therefore you can choose a submap by filling in the name of the map you want the blog to be installed in.
- Admin access data
Here you enter administrator username and password for your blog. Remember to chose a difficult one with letters, numbers and also a sign.
- Base configuration
Fill in the nickname of the user you want to blog with. This will be published on your blog. I recommend you to use your real name. The last two fields will be your blogs title and description. Most of the time people will use your blog title as the anchor-text when linking to you.
When all of your fields are filled, press Install WordPress.
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If everything went as it should this page will be loaded. It shows where you installed your blog. If you followed my steps it will look like this.
Press Finish installation to complete the installation of your new blog.
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Congratulations. If everything went as it should you will see the following page presenting information about your blog. I recommend you to send the information about your user to your mail since most of us have a tendency to forget important things such as user settings.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or ask me through my contact form. I will do my best to answer within 24 hours.