Are you planning to start your blog?
WordPress is the best platform to start your blog. WordPress with HostGator hosting makes a good pair.
There are a few reasons why beginners should start a blog on Hostgator. Here are some features of Hostgator shared web hosting, which I like.
- HostGator is the cheapest web hosting starting at $2.75/month.
- Easy to use.
- You will get excellent technical support on call/chat.
- If you are not satisfied with HostGator’s service, then you can cancel the plan at any time. Hostgator offers 45 days of the money-back guarantee.
- 99.9% of uptime guarantee.
- Hostgator provides free full transfer of your existing site within 30 days of sign-up.
- Unlimited MySql Database
- Automatic backup
- Free SSL
- Unlimited addon domain
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited email addresses.
If you are ready then let’s start with the tutorial. Here are the simple steps to start a blog on HostGator web hosting.
Choose a hosting plan
The first step is you have to choose the web hosting plan for your blog. Hostgator offers three different plans.
Hatchling plan– If you are a beginner and have only one domain name then you can go with this plan.
Baby Plan– This is the very popular plan of Hostgator. You can host an unlimited domain with unlimited bandwidth. If you have more than one domain then you can go with this plan.
Business Plan– This plan offers all the features of Hatchling and Baby, also it provides the dedicated IP and positive SSL.
You can see the complete comparison between these plans here.
Once you choose the hosting plan, click on the Sign Up Now
Register a domain name
Now, you have to choose the domain name for your blog. If you have a domain name, then you can directly use it. Otherwise, you have to register the new domain name.
Choose the desired domain name and proceed. Make sure that you checked the domain privacy protection option. This will keep your personal information private in ICANN and shows only HostGator information.
Billing and Hosting details
In the next step, you have to confirm the hosting plan details, billing details, and coupon code (use coupon code SCROLLBUCKS).
Review the order and checkout. Hostgator will start preparing your hosting profile account. Please wait for some time.
After completing the registration process you will redirect to Hostgator Cpanel. Here, you can manage all your hosting account details.
At the same time, you will get an email with all login details, name servers, and IP address of the server, etc.
Now, login to your HostGator cPanel with the provided credentials(present in the email).
After cPanel login, you will see different types of services, tools, and applications present in the dashboard. Now, we want to install WordPress to your domain name.
Finally, it’s time to install WordPress for your domain. In the popular links section, you will see the WordPress installer option or sometimes get started with the WordPress option present. Click on it.
Select the domain name from the dropdown and the directory. I would recommend you keep the root directory for installation. If you want to create a folder then you can.
- Admin email will be your WordPress email by which you can log in to your WordPress dashboard. Also, you will get all account-related emails to this email address.
- Admin user is the username that is also used to log into your WordPress dashboard.
- The blog title is your blog name, if you haven’t chosen yet then you can take any temporary name and after login, you can change it from the WordPress dashboard.
Enter all the details and click on the install WordPress.
Hostgator will start installing WordPress for your domain. Wait for a few minutes till the installation completes the message.
Once done, you will get the installation completion message as well as the login credentials for WordPress. You can log in with the credentials provided. Now, you can install the theme as per your requirement.
Now, you can log in to your WordPress dashboard with the credentials which you got in the above step.
After login, you can install any WordPress theme and customize your blog as per your requirement.
Here are the few things required to do after installing WordPress.
After WordPress installation, you have to install the necessary plugins for your blog. Here are the important WordPress plugins you must need to install.
Here, I will tell you about the WPForms WordPress plugin and How to create contact forms in WordPress using it?
Once you install the WPForms plugin from the WordPress store, go to WPForms >> Add new.
Now, you will get a form builder to create the form. Enter the form name and click the simple contact form.
By default, you will get a simple form, you can customize it as you want. You can add any fields and once done, save the form.
You will get a unique form code [Shortcode] which you can use anywhere where you want this form to display.
Suppose you want to create a contact page, go to Pages >> Add new, and give the page name as Contact.
Now, add the contact form which we have already created, you need to add block(+) and select WPForm.
Now, select your agreement form and add it to your page.
and finally, publish your contact page, you will see the contact form. In this way, you can create different types of forms for various purposes.
Also, please check the WordPress plugin directory which I am using for my blog.
Hostgator is the best choice for a beginner who wants to start their journey with WordPress. Hostgator has many plans which are suitable for beginners to business level.
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