How to Install WordPress on HostGator (2019)
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How to Install WordPress on HostGator (2019)

Hi guys, it’s Martie here from,
and in this video we’re going to be covering how to install WordPress on HostGator web
hosting, using the built in cPanel. I’m going to cover the entire process, step
by step, and in a way that anyone should be able to understand. Plus I’ll even show you how to get your
first months web hosting with them for only 1 penny. Now, I did already post a video covering how
to do this a while back. But since then a few things have changed,
and I’ve had some people telling me it was outdated. So this is the newest up to date version,
recorded in late 2018. And if you’re ready to get started? This is how to install WordPress on HostGator
web hosting. Okay, so the first thing we need to do is
just sign up for an account by going to Or alternatively you can just click the link
below this video. Either way, once we get here we just need
to click “web hosting” in the top-left, and that’s going to show us the 3 different
hosting plans that hostgator offer. To be totally honest with you the business
plan comes with a whole load of added extras we probably won’t need at this time. So that really really just leaves it between
the hatchling plan, and the baby plan. The only real difference between these two
plans, is that the hatching plan allows us one single website. While the baby plan allows us to have as many
websites as we’d like. So if you’re only planning to have one website
or blog, go for the hatchling plan. Or if you’re going to have more than one
site, go for the baby plan. As I’m just doing this for the tutorial,
I’m going to go for the hatchling plan, and once you’ve decided on which plan you’re
going to go for. Just click underneath where it says “Buy
Now!” That’s going to bring us to this page, which
is where we can register the domain name for our new site. All we need to do is type the domain name
we’d like to use into this box. So for me, I’m going to type “wp smart
way”. Then on the right hand side, using this dropdown,
we can choose what domain extension we’d like to use. So for me I’m going to go for the .com,
but you might want to use something else like .net or .org. Once we’ve choose our domain name, and extension,
opefully it comes up and says “added – primary”. And this means the domains available for us
to register. Once we’ve chosen our domain name. We also have the option to buy other domain
extensions as well. So we could purchase the .com version of our
domain, as well as some other ones like .org or .net. But we can always come back and purchase these
later as well if we like. Then underneath, we’ll see here it says
“domain privacy protection”, which is a 100% optional add on. To be honest, I normally just uncheck this
box, and haven’t had any problems to date. But if you want to keep your site totally
anonymous, just leave this box checked and it’ll be added to your bill. Then underneath it says “choose a hosting
plan” and here we just want to check that our package type is correct, and choose a
billing cycle. So I chose the hatchling plan at the start,
so this is correct, and then underneath we can choose how often we’d like to pay for
our hosting. We can pay for it once every month, every
six months, or we can even pay for it every three years if we like. Now we do save a bit more money the longer
we buy at one time, so that might be something to
think about, As I’m just doing this for the tutorial, I’m
going to set mine to monthly. Then underneath we just need to create a username
and security pin for use with Hostgator, and then under this, we can enter our personal
billing information. So that’s our name, your email address,
and things like that. Then on the right hand side we can choose
how we’d like to pay for our order, and we can choose either a credit or debit card,
or PayPal. Then under this, we’ll see it says “add
additional services” and these are a few paid services that Hostgator offer. I normally just uncheck these boxes myself. But you can have a read through them, and
if you like the look of any of them, just leave the box checked and it’ll be added
to your bill. Now, you might see here we get a free SSL
certificate, and these normally cost sort of ten to twenty dollars. So it’s pretty awesome that we get this
included with our order. Then under this it says “enter a coupon
code” and as I mentioned at the start of this video, I’m going to give you a coupon
code that’ll get your first month hosting for only one penny. Now, there here might already be a coupon
code entered in here, worth twenty or twenty five percent off. But instead of using this this coupon code. We’re just going to delete it, and instead
we’re going to enter INSTALLWP1 So that’s the word install, the letters
WP, and then the number 1. Then when we click validate, we’ll see underneath,
we’re now getting our first months hosting for only one penny. Now this is awesome if we’re only going
to be purchasing a few months hosting at a time. But if we’re going to be ordering more than
6 months, there’s an even better coupon we can use! If we use the coupon “HOSTING30” instead,
we can get 30% off our entire order. Which can obviously work out a lot better
if our bill’s a little higher. If you’re unsure, you can always try both
coupons and see which one works out better for you. And please feel free to leave a comment underneath
letting me know which one worked out better. Then once we’ve entered our coupon, underneath
we just want to check that our order is correct. Also be sure to note of the 45 day money back
guarantee, and the 24/7 phone, live chat, and email support. Which can be extremely helpful if we get stuck. Then as long as we’re happy with everything
here. We just need to scroll down to the bottom,
check this box to agree to the terms, and then click “check out now!”. So I’m just going to quickly pause this
video while I fill out my billing information above, and pay for my order, and then I’ll
be right back! Okay so that’s me now back. And when I finished paying for my order, It
brought to a thank-you page, and then redirected me to the homepage. At this point we just need to open up our
email inbox in a new tab, and we should find a few new emails from hostgator. These are pretty important emails, so we need
to keep them safe, but for now we just want to click into the email labelled “your account
info”. In this email we’ll see we have a link to
our control panel, also known as our cPanel, our username & password for logging in, and
some other pretty important information. So now we just need to click the link to our
control panel, which will open up our cPanel login screen in a new tab. Then we just want to copy and paste our username
& password from this email, into the cPanel login screen. Then we just need to click log in, and this
is us going to be logging into the HostGator cPanel. Now this might seem a little overwhelming
at first, but it’s actually pretty easy. All we need to do is scroll down to where
it says “Software”, and then click “Quick Install”. Then we can just select WordPress in the middle. Or if we don’t see this, we can click “one
click installs” on the left, and then select WordPress here. Either way, that’s going to bring us to
this page, and here we just need to select our new domain name from this drop-down list,
and then click “Next”. Then on this page, we’re just going to enter
some basic information for our WordPress site. So for blog title, this is just going to be
the name of our WordPress website, and for me, I’m just going to type “My New Website”. Although, don’t worry too much about this
for now, we can always change this later. Then Admin User is going to be the username
for logging into our site, and it’s also going to be visible on a few different pages
as well. Then we just need to enter our first name,
our last name, and our email address. Then underneath, we just need to check this
box to agree to the terms of service, and then click “Install”. Hostgator’s then going to install WordPress
for us automatically in a matter of seconds. Once it’s finished, we’ll be given a link
to our site, our username, and a randomly generated password. At this point we just want to right-click
the login button, and click “open link in new tab”. This is then going to open up the WordPress
login screen in a new tab. Now we just want to copy & paste our username
and password, from this screen, into the login screen. Then when we click login, this is us going
to be logging into what’s known as the WordPress dashboard. Which is where we can add any content, or
make any changes to our new site… Which by the way, is now live online! All we need to do to visit our site, is click
our site title in the top-left, and that’s going to show us the default WordPress installation. Then to get back to our WordPress dashboard,
we just need to click our site title again in the top-left. So that’s us now finished, and that was
how to install WordPress on HostGator web hosting. If you managed to follow along at home. Please leave a comment underneath saying you
did it, and tell me what type of site you’re planning to build. I’d really love to hear this, and I’ll
always try to help wherever I can. If you liked the video, please give it a like
to show your support, and consider subscribing to the channel for more WordPress tutorials
like this one published every week. The finally, if you want to learn how to use
WordPress now you have it installed, you can join my free WordPress 101 course by going
to The course covers things like changing themes,
adding pages, creating menus, and everything else you’ll need to know in order to build
a website or blog with WordPress. So just go to,
to get free lifetime access to the course. Once again, my name’s Martie from,
and thank-you very much for watching my video!


  • Kolya Tolboy

    I have been a follower of Martie's channel now for some months. Apart from the great content in his videos, he is the most unbelievably helpful person you could ever hope to meet. I had to create a folder on my email service, such was the volume of questions I plagued him with – every one of them answered comprehensively. Following Martie's gives you a real unfair advantage when it comes to creating websites!

  • Blendlogic

    Awesome stuff. Was just starting my own series on doing blogs! Keep up the posts.

    Q: Do you have anything against namecheap?
    I am considering moving all my domains for myself and my clients to be registered on NameCheap to save money, then just point the DNS to SiteGround or whatever their hosting is right now?

    Too much of a hassle to save a couple bucks or worth it?

  • DJ Rishabh

    U r a true and supportive mentor. I like ur videos very much bcoz u have deep knowledge about the process and ur voice is very clear and u cope up with the speed very well. Can you plz let me know how can i contact you as i have to ask questions regarding wordpress dashboard. Thanks God bless u and keep helping the way u r doing. Many success to you my friend.

  • Jermaine Parker

    Does it take time for my Domain to show up in the box(after you click on Install WordPress)? All of my other domains show up there but the new one does not show up.

  • joe

    I was watching for a while videos that was made years ago and I couldn't do anything by watching old videos finally I find this 2019 video and fix my websites because I'm trying to build a website in 2019 I have to watch videos that's made 2019 thank you for saying 2019 at the end of your title.????


    Be sure to read honest and real reviews left by real users on my blog before you signup for Hostgator, please go to my blog here – ForestReviews. com/hostgator-review/ (remove space before com). Thanks, Abdulkarim

  • Rohit Adventure Traveler

    When I try to install WordPress, I don't see the domain name I purchased on hostgator in the drop-down list. Do you know what can be the issue?

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