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Don’t know How to set up a WordPress blog? Check this tutorial, here I explain how easily you can set up a WordPress blog on Hostgator in 10 Minutes . So many people’s are find this post helpful while setting up their blog.
First time setting up a self hosted blog may be a headache for you. When I start my self-hosted blog I also think about that how I could do this. But it’s not as hard as we think. By following my setup tip’s you can setup your self-hosted blog within 10 minutes. It’s true, I can bet, it takes hardly 8-9 minutes. Before go right into the post first discuss something about it. Why we have to go for self-hosted blog ?, Why we use WordPress as a blogging platform?, How much it will cost ? etc. etc.
Why go for Self-hosted blog?
In free blog (ex. blogspot) we have no control over our content. We get limited features to control our blogs. We can’t make it so user-friendly as self-hosted blogs and the most irritating thing is we are bounded by some other third parties terms and conditions. If we violate their terms and conditions they will delete our blog. That’s mean we can lost our all hard works anytime. That’s why we recommend self-hosted blog where we are the owner of our content. Where we can store everything, we can change everything’s, we can delete our files, we can backup our files and we are not bounded my any T & C.
Why everyone goes for WordPress?
Not only I, everyone prefer WordPress because it is world most popular blogging software and most popular CMS (content management system). In WordPress using themes and plugins we can design our blog easily. Almost 40% blogs are hosted on WordPress. Anyone can handle WordPress platform without any coding knowledge. Many many others reasons also have that ensure WordPress is the best blogging software so far.
Read More – Blogger to WordPress Migration Guide
What is web hosting?
According to Wikipedia Web hosting is a service that provides Web users with online systems for storing information, images, video, or any content accessible via the web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients. Which files can access anywhere in the world.
How much cost it?
Normally a web hosting package cost something in-between $4-$15/month. It depends on types of web-hosting packages. In the web thousands of web-hosting companies available. Only some of them are good. So before investing money on web hosting purchase first re-search about that web hosting company then purchase. Before choosing any web hosting ask below questions web hosting providers –
- How much storage they offer? [Include storage space, bandwidth etc.]
- No of domain/Sub domain/Email you can host?
- Which type of protection they offer for security?
- Do they provide email/ phone/chat support?
- Are there any additional charges after purchasing web hosting package?
- Up-time percentages?
I recommend Host-gator as best web hosting. You can use any other web hosting like – Bluehost, siteground, just host, DreamHost etc.. All of these also very good.
Here my 5 reasons why I recommend Hostgator –
#1 Support System – After two years hosting I can say Hostgator has the best support system that I ever use. They are always ready to help me. There all types support faculties ( email service, toll-free phone call and live chat) are very fast and very helpful. I personally prefer live chat for fastest service. They are awarded many times for their world-class support system. So any problem you can get quick support through their support system.
(Note – Always do phone call or live chat for quick support).
#2 Unlimited – Not many web hosting company offer unlimited usage of disk space, bandwidth, domains, email account any many more. But HostGator give this entire unlimited package with their baby plan at very low-cost monthly price. Only their hatchling plan have a restriction, you can host only single domain otherwise all their other hosting packages come with unlimited facility.
#3 One click WordPress Installation – In HostGator control panel I can setup my WordPress blog in clicks.
#4 Up time Guarantee – All types of packages Hostgator always guaranteed 99.9% up time. Which is really good news for any webmasters. I’m using Hostgator web hosting past two years without any hassle. In two years I never see any long downtime so far.
#5 Inexpensive – hostgator hosting prices are really cheap. Prices varies with type of hosting packages. Normally Hostgator all time give their customers 20% off on any hosting packages. You can get 5% more by using my affiliate coupon code. Using my coupon code you can purchase any type Host gator Web hosting package at 25% off price. For maximum benefit I recommend buy longer term hosting package.
Note : Mytrickschool.com also hosted on Hostgator Baby web hosting plan.
HostGator 25% Coupon Code –
hostgator web hosting packages details –
In hostgator you will see three type web hosting plan – 1) hatchling plan 2) Baby plan 3) and business plan.
Hatchling Plan – Low price rate; it will cost only 3.96$ per month. But main disadvantage is in this plan you can only host a single domain name otherwise everything is fine.
Baby Plan- Most useful and my recommended plan. In this plan you can host unlimited number of domains. This plan will cost 6.36$/month.
Business Plan – Don’t buy this package at the start of blogging. This plan is bit costly, it will cost you around 11$/month. This package also has some new features such as- Private SSL, IP address and toll-free number.
They also offer 45 days money back guaranty, If you un-satisfied by their hosting you can get your full money back within 45 days.
Without discount HostGator hatchling plan cost you $178.20 for 3 years, Baby plan cost you $286.20 for 3 years and business plan cost you $466.20 for 3 years
Now after using my 25% off discount code Hostgator Hatchling plan will cost you $133.65 for 3 years, baby plan will cost you $214.65 for 3 years and business plan cost you $349.65 for 3 years.
Now I’m starting to explain how to setup a WordPress blog on Hostgator within 10 minutes.
To starting a WordPress blog need 3 things –
- A domain name.
- Credit Card or PayPal Account
- 10 minutes time. (I think you have 🙂 🙂 )
If you already purchased domain name then skip step I.
Step I – Purchase domain name
In the web thousands of domain providers are available where you can purchase your domain name at cheap price. Even you can buy domain name from Hostgator but Hostgator charge per domain name is too high, normally you can get a domain name at 10$ but Hostgator cost it 15$. So purchase domain name from other domain name provider like godaddy, bigrock, namecheap is always best.
For example to buy any domain name from godaddy.
Search your preferred domain name. Click on Checkout Button create your account and complete purchase process through credit card.
Always buy .com extension domain name for better valve.
Step II- Purchase web hosting package from Hostgator–
- Go, HostGator.
- click on web hosting.
- Choose any one of three web hosting package. (Don’t purchase monthly plan, purchase at least one-year web-hosting plan. )
- Click on Sign up Now !
- Now you will see a form where first option is register a domain name or I already own this name. If you want to register a domain name just type your prefer domain name in the blank space. They will show you are that domain name available or not. If not available they will show you an error message. Don’t worry try other domain name.
- If you already have a domain name click on I already own this domain name and put your domain name in that blank space.
- No needs to change this second option, You already choose that as your choice. By the way you can change it here if you want to change again.
- Now in account information choose a username and password. Do follow their conditions otherwise they will not accept your user name and password.
- Add your address and billing details. Two way you can payment either credit card or paypal both ways are safe to use.
- Now unchecked all hosting add-ons. Without these add-ons your website will run smoothly, so why heavy your budget.
- Now in coupon code section put our coupon code – MTS25PERCENTOFF and get 25% off instantly.
- Read their all terms and conditions and click on create account.
- After completing payment process, it’s time to check your Gmail account.
Hostgator will send a mail on your mail account which contains your username, password, hostgator cPanel log in details and two name servers. (Never delete that email).
Step III – Point domain name name servers-
If you purchase domain name from hostgator just skip this step. If you are purchase domain from other domain provider follow this steps carefully.
- Sign into your domain name provider control panel.
- Go domain name name server option.
- Change those name servers with new hostgator name severs and click on update button.
Step IV : Install WordPress-
Now go back on your gmail. Using username and password Sign into hostgator cPanel.
In cPanel scroll down on quick install logo.
Then go WordPress. Click on install wordpress.
Now you will get another Form, Just fill-up –
- Add email address, blog title, username and name.
- Click on Install WordPress.
It will hardly take 5-10 seconds to load. You will get your WP login address, username and password instantly. Do remember that username and password. ( A copy of these details you will get in your email address ).
Your WordPress log in page will look like – www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/
Now using username and password log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Bookmark your log in page for next time use.
Hurrah !!!, now you successfully create your first self-hosted blog on WordPress.
If you do these all processes correctly it will take hardly 7-8 minutes.
Now in WordPress dashboard you will see 1 default post, 1 default page and 1 default comment.
You can visit your website by putting your blog link in new tab, or in dashboard from left side header corner you can visit your blog.
First delete all default post, page and comment. Then in post section click on Add New and write down your first blog post.
In plugin section you can see some pre-install plugin like – Akismet, jetpack, wp super cache etc. You can install more plugin from WordPress directory. To add plugin go Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add plugins.
Read More – Essential WordPress Plugins
Your blog will be loaded with default wordpress theme. You can use that or change that with other free themes from wordPress directory. To add new theme go dashboard >> appearance >> themes >> add new >> Install any theme.
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