This blog post is a continuation of the easiest way to start a blog article. In that article i clearly explained the meaning of common terms like WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins and other terms i will be frequently using throughout this post.
In that blog post, i also explained why almost anybody can create a blog with the WordPress blogging software and what you will need to spend money on, in order to create your own blog.
Click the link above to read that article if you haven,t read it, before reading this post if you don,t want to scratch off your wig later.
Like i mentioned earlier, to create your own blog, you will need to spend money on just two things which include;
A domain name;which cost just $12/yr
A Hosting Space; which cost just $6 per month.
WordPress is a free blogging software. After you have registered your domain name and rented a hosting space for your blog, you just need to install the WordPress Software on your Hosting space and start using the WordPress themes and Plugins to create your blog.
Assuming that you have already read the basics, lets continue…
How to register your domain name and rent a hosting space for your blog.
Like i told you before, you are going to register your choosen domain name and also rent a storage space for your blog files from the Hostgator Company. Hostgator offers both domain name registration and web hosting service.
Follow the simple steps below to register your domain name and rent a storage space at Hostgator. Its going to take you just 3 minutes. Ok lets do that very quickly.
Step 1 Visit the Hostgator website
Step 2. At the Hostgator website,click on the get started now button as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 3. The Hostgator company rent out storage spaces from their server in the form of hosting plans.These hosting plans are set of priviledges attached to the hosting spaces on lease.
The Hatching plan is the cheapest plan with limited privileges
The Baby Plan is the standard plan with all the priviledges you need to set up a beautiful and fully functional blog.
The Business plan is the deluxe plan. Its very expensive and therefore not suitable for the newbie bloggers.
I recommend the Baby Plan; which is the standard plan suitable for the newbie bloggers like you and i. If you plan to get more, you can always upgrade the Business plan later, as your blog becomes more successful. So click on the sign up button beneath the Baby plan as shown in the screenshot below to move to the next step.
Step 4. After clicking on that sign up button, you will arrive at the hostgator order form as shown in the screenshot below.
This is the area of the Hostgator website where you will finally register your choosen domain name with Hostgator and also rent a space on the Hostgator server for your blog files.
Watch the video below to learn how to fill the Hostgator order form with the required info.
Finally, click “Check Out Now.“
The next page shows that your order is successful.
Congratulations! That’s all it takes to register a domain name and rent a hosting space with the HostGator company.
Ok after you have successfull paid your bill,you will receive a 3 confirmation email from Hostgator.
The most important email is the one with your account info. It contains all the information that you will need in order to access the hosting space that you have just rented on the Hostgator server. This is how the email looks like.
If you have received an email like that, proceed to the next step and learn how to install WordPress on your hosting. Like i told you before, WordPress is the platform that themes and plugins run on.
As soon as WordPress is installed on your hosting space, you can start making use of the numerous WordPress Themes and Plugins create your blog.
How to install WordPress.
Follow the simple steps below to quickly install WordPress on your hosting facebook.
Step.1 To install wordpress on your Hosting space, first you will need to log in to the control panel of your Hostgator Hosting account. The control panel of your Hosting account is the section of the hostgator websites that contains lots of tools that will enable you to manage your hosting space. To install wordpress, you will need to gain access to the Hostgator Control panel section using your User name and Password.
The username and password to your Hostgator hosting account can be found in the email with your account info. This is how the email looks like.
To log in to the control panel of your hostgator hosting accoount, just, click on the link control panel link as shown in the screenshot below.
After clicking on that link, you will arrive at this login page…
Copy and paste your Username and Password in to their respective fields and click the Log In button below.
Ok after you have done that, you will arrive at Control Panel of your Hosting account.
Now to install WordPress, just click on the WordPress installer link as shown in the screenshot below.
After clicking on that link, this what you will see.
If that box wasn,t automatically filled with your registered domain name, just click inside the box to select your domain name. Ok thats all you need to here. Please leave the directory box as it is. Click next to proceed to the next phase.
After clicking on that link, fill in the relevant info and click on the install wordpress button.