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Before you can do anything, you need to get your website hosting set up. This will take you about 10 minutes, so let's get that taken care of right now!
Here's an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on setting up your web hosting with the best web hosting provider on the planet...
Remember: Since I’m using HostGator myself too, I’ve negotiated a discount for readers who use this guide (72% off). This discount will apply automatically when you click on the link. Enjoy!
(Already have a domain name? Just click on "I already own this domain" and enter your domain. Then move on to Step 3 by scrolling down a bit.)
How do I choose a good domain name?
Tip: Don't worry about picking the perfect domain name. Your domain name isn't cast in stone, you can always change it later if you wish through a 301 redirect.
Be sure you choose a domain name that is…
1. Easy to Remember – Don’t choose a nonsensical name, something tough to spell, or a long name full of dashes. “www.best-tech-gadgets-in-the-world.com” won’t ever stick in someone’s head, but something like “www.techgeeks.com” rolls off the tongue.
2. Unique and Descriptive – You want a name that reflects who you are and what you care about. Be creative and build an identity you’re excited about!
3. Trustworthy – Domain extensions like “.com”, “.org” or “.net” are the most popular, with “.com” being the one most people think of first. Try to avoid crazy extensions like “.rocks” or “.biz”, as these are less commonly used, tougher to remember and not as trusted.
Still stuck? Just use your name as the domain name, eg JohnDoe.com. The pro is that you're free to decide/change your blog topic later. In the meantime, you get to build your personal branding.
If you already know your blog topic, then try adding these prefixes/suffixes to your topic:
ADJECTIVES THAT WORK AS PREFIXES
LATIN WORDS THAT WORK AS PREFIX & SUFIX
WORDS THAT WORK AS PREFIX & SUFIX
Type the domain name you want to use in the box, then click “next”. If the name is available, you’ll be able to claim it. If it’s not available, choose another one.
If the name you want isn’t available, HostGator will show you some alternatives that are similar – or you can punch in a new name and try again. I’d suggest you to use something that ends with .com, .net or .org
I recommend the “Hatchling” plan for now – you can always upgrade later if you decide you want more advanced features, but you get more than enough with Hatchling.
Having cold feet? Hostgator offers a 45-day money back guarantee so you have nothing to worry about.
Once you’ve chosen Hatchling plan and found a name you like that’s available, you’ll need to register it by putting in your contact and billing information.
You’ll also have a chance to customize your package a bit. This is a chance to save some more money, so don’t skip it! Apply discount code “STARTBLOG” to get 72% off.
Tip: To save money, you can un-check the boxes under Add Additional Services. You don't really need them when you're just starting and you can always add them later.
It may take a few minutes for HostGator to register your account, so be patient. You should get a confirmation email when your account is ready.
Once you’ve logged in to your control panel (all the information you need for that should be on your inbox) , it’s time to install WordPress. Thankfully, this takes just one click!
Once clicked, you’ll be automatically transferred to Mojomarketplace.com – don’t panic, this is just a site that helps HostGator install platforms (like WordPress).
You should immediately see a screen where you’re offered to “Install” or “Import” WordPress. Click “Install” to get to the next step.
When you’re finished, “Install WordPress”. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a loading bar at the top of your page that will eventually tell you that your WordPress blog has been installed and you’ll see your log-in credentials.
Once the installation completes, you’ll get an email that shares your login information, including an “Admin URL”. (In case you missed that notification bar)
To log in to your blog, click the admin URL. If you forget this URL, it’s simply www.yourblog.com/wp-admin (where “yourblog” is your domain name).
Congratulations – you now know how to make a blog using WordPress. You’ve installed WordPress and set up your blog, all on your own! As you can see, it's really easy and straightforward. Happy blogging!