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Installing WordPress on Hostgator
Installing WordPress on HostGator is incredibly easy and is one of the many reasons I recommend hosting with them. HostGator uses a software package called Fantastico. Fantastico is a commercial scripting library that automates the installation of web applications to websites. Fantastico is used by HostGator and they have a script that automatically installs WordPress for you. Here’s how you do it:
- Login to control panel for your HostGator account. This information would have been provided to you by HostGator when they set-up your account.
- Find Software/Services, then click on the Fantastico De Luxe icon (it’s a blue smiley face)
- When the Fantastico screen opens, click on the WordPress link located in the left hand menu.
- In the left hand window, some information on WordPress will appear. This will tell you the version being installed. Click on the New Installation link.
- Next, the installation screen will be displayed. Choose the domain that you would like WordPress installed to. If you have only one domain on your hosting account, than only one will be listed.
- For the Install in directory field, leave it blank if you want WordPress installed to the root or enter a directory if you want it installed to a sub-directory. In most cases you’ll leave this blank; however, if WordPress is only a portion of your site you should install it to subdirectory. For example, if you already have a site on your domain and want to add a blog using WordPress, you would install WordPress to say the blog directory. Again, for most of you, this field will just be left blank.
- Next we’ll complete the admin access data. The admin account is the primary administrator account for your new blog. Put whatever name here you would like in the Administrator-username field. In the Password field, enter a password. Use something that is easy for you to remember. Personally I suggest using a combination of letters and numbers as this makes the password harder to guess.
- Next we’ll fill in the Base information. For Admin Nickname, either put the same admin name you entered above or you can chose a different name. For Admin Email, enter your primary email address where you want emails from your WordPress site sent to. These emails include comment notifications, new user notifications, etc. For Site Name, put the name of your blog. For my blog it would be: Side Income Blogging. Then enter a description or a tagline for your blog.
- Click Install WordPress.
- The next screen will show a summary of the installation. If everything looks accurate (it should be), than click on Finish Installation.
That’s it! Yes, it was really that easy. Like I said, HostGator makes the process simple.
Now that you have WordPress installed, we’ll get it set-up and ready to go. I’ll walk you through the set-up process in my next article in the Start a money making blog series