Blogging is about so much more than turning out quality content on a daily basis. Although that is, and probably always will be, the most important part of the blogging process, the fact of the matter is that this once hobby has since turned into a lucrative business venture.
We know that 8 out of 10 businesses fail, and as with most businesses, you are never going to succeed if you don’t put your own time and money into it.
Trust us, however, when we tell you that it’s well worth it in the end.
If you are interested in starting your own blog, you may be overwhelmed with choices from the very beginning.
From plugins to themes and beyond, bloggers are forced to make many difficult, important decisions very early on — before they even publish a single blog post.
To ease the burden of starting your own blog, we have compiled a simple step by step instruction guide on how to start a blog on Hostgator to help you get on your feet.
Here’s our guide to start a blog on Hostgator.
At this time, Hostgator offers 3 different plans, each of which come with their own set of perks. If you are just getting started, I suggest the most basic plan for $3.95 per month. With this plan, you will receive 1 domain, 1 click installs, and unmetered bandwidth.
Whether you already own the domain you want to use or you want to create a new one, you will enter it right here. Just remember to make your domain name something easy to both type and remember, and descriptive of your site. If I am making a cupcake recipe website, I might choose something like www.bakingwithme.com as opposed to something like www.mycoolsite.com.
Once you reach this step, you will have to confirm what hosting plan you would like to take part in. If you want to pay $3.95 per month, you must commit to 36 months. Otherwise, you may commit to just 1, 3, 6, 12, or 24 months for varying monthly prices.
Next, enter both your desired username and security pin. This will be used to log in to your account.
Hostgator is going to ask for your basic billing information, so enter it into the appropriate boxes. Double check to make sure that there are no spelling or typing errors, then continue on. This one is pretty self explanatory.
In all actuality, I personally recommend that you don’t use any of them. That being said, if you fear you may get hacked or would like a site backup guarantee, you can feel free to add any of the optional services that you want.
Many bloggers are involved in affiliate programs with major hosting companies like Hostgator. If you receive a code for a discounted monthly plan, all you have to do is enter it into this box and click the ‘Validate’ button. The discount will be taken into account and removed from your total cost when you review your order details at the bottom of the page.
Once you have reviewed your order details, you must click the ‘I have read and agree...’ button before checking out. After check out is complete, you have just completed half of the blog starting process!
The vast majority of websites hosted by web hosts like Hostgator come from WordPress, so this next half of the tutorial is going to be about how we can set p a WordPress account with our Hostgator information.
In your emails, you should receive a confirmation with all of your login details, including your username, password, domain, and control panel link.
Head over to the Hostgator portal log in page and enter the username and information that has been confirmed in your email.
Click on the QuickInstall button under the “Services/Software“ section. From there, click on the WordPress button under the Blog Software tab on the left-hand side of the page. You will be met with a page asking you to continue your installation. Click the Continue button, enter your blog information, and then confirm by clicking Install Now.
The login information you will be asked to include are as follows: Your primary email address where your WordPress login information will be sent, your blog title, and your first and last name.
Guess what? You just set up your Hostgator blog! Congratulations!
Your next step is to start writing, and marketing your blog.
© Andrew Wise / Founder, Wise Startup Blog