So you’re starting a website, congratulations!
You’re not 100% sure what to do and that’s totally fine. I’ve put together this quick video walk through (also written below for easy reference) so you can get everything going.
It’s simple, budget friendly, and only takes a few clicks. So let’s get to it…
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First, Sign up for Hostgator.
I’ve done the research and tested many websites over the years and Hostgator is the best option to start with. The prices are cheap and the service is extremely reliable.
I recommend using ‘cloud hosting’ and the ‘baby cloud’ plan as you can create more than one website. Although I used ‘Hatchling’ in the video as it was for demonstration purposes.
Fill out the form and payment, choosing any extras you’re like (the backup plan and added security is handy). Then when you’ve filled it all out and ticked the right boxes, click ‘Checkout Now’.
It may take up to a day for your domain name and hosting to be activated.
Now, let’s install WordPress
Your account is set up and everything is ready for to start building your WordPress website! It’s a simply process so let’s get into it…
Hostgator will email your credentials through, so log into your Hostgator dashboard and click on the Hosting Tab. Next, click ‘Manage Package’ under the Hosting title.
You’ll then go to this page…
Once there, you’ll see ‘WordPress – 1 Click Installation’, click that icon.
Select your domain, leave the directory blank (it will say directory still) and click ‘Next’.
Fill out your:
- Blog Title – title of your website
- Admin User – choose a unique name that’s hard to guess. Don’t us ‘admin’ or the name of your site as it can be a security to risk touse an easily guessable admin username
- First name & Last Name – Self explanatory
- Admin Email – To receive all website notifications on.
Make sure you have both boxes ticked below (‘automatically create a new database’ and the Terms of Service).
Sit and chill for 2 minutes.
Now the WordPress is installed!
You’ll see your installation details on the right, copy those to a text document somewhere for future reference. Also you login address will be your domain name with ‘/wp-login.php’ added to the end (example: yourdomain.com/wp-login.php ). So save that address to a text file too.
Using those details, log in and check out the WordPress dashboard!
When you’re ready to remove your coming soon page, go to the ‘Plugins’ menu on the left in your WordPress dashboard and deactivate the ‘Mojo Marketplace’ plugin.
What’s the next step?
You’re yet to find a WordPress theme (if you want a customizable theme, I recommend Divi), set up your security and get your content together (among other things).
I offer a free Email course which walks you through all of these steps, so if you’re wanting to get things set up properly, consider checking out that course out here.
Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet signed up for Hostgator – you can visit their website here.
Otherwise, thanks for watching and reading. Have a good day!