Finding out how to start a WordPress blog on Hostgator is one of the first steps you should plan to do to build your platform on the web.
Having your own platform gives you the right to share whatever content you want without been restricted by other platforms rules. Let’s get started.
On Hostgator’s home page they mention that their ‘Web hosting scales from easy to expert’. Getting started with your first WordPress blog should start you with a one site web hosting plan.
Now let’s explore a few terms you might encounter when signing up to for your Hostgator WordPress blog.
Domain name. What is it?
A domain name is the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of your website. For example, if you go to Google, Google’s domain name is https://google.com. You can buy any domain name you want with any available domain name ending you want.
Most of the one word and two word domain names are taken with .com endings. But you can find some diamonds in the rough. E.g I registered the domain name decisionresults.com.
Many people recommend getting a .com domain. And if you can’t get that, get a .net, and if you can’t get that, get a .org. Dot io domain names are becoming popular for many sites. But it comes with a higher fee than a dot com domain name.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is where your website is stored. Microsoft Word documents have files ending in .docx for example, and website pages have files too.
Which web hosting plan should you get?
If you’re new to web hosting you will probably want to start off with the easiest option available.
That is WordPress Hosting. The Starter Plan is the best to get started with, which comes with web hosting for 1 site, 100K visits per month, 1GB of backups, a free SSL certificate, and a free domain. One thing that you’ll be happy about is that Hostgator’s WordPress Hosting is super fast. This is a problem many people with shared hosting have, and there’s only one way to solve it and that’s with faster hosting.
There is nothing to install, you get a free domain, and you get started with your blog with nothing to worry about. Note: You do need to sign up for a 12, 24, or 36 plan to get the free domain.
Explain 100K Visits
When you add content to your blog and people find it either on social media, on google, or through a paid ad, they visit your site. And 100 thousand people are allowed to visit your site per month before you will need to upgrade your account.
How do I backup my site
You get 1 GB of backups with the starter plan and Hostgator have made it easy for you to make backup with a simplified control panel.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate is a Secure Sockets Layer certificate. This enables your website visitors to have a secure, private and encrypted connection while viewing your blog.
Hostgator’s customer service and 24/7/365 day support is outstanding and they are more than happy to help newbies that need assistance. Just ask. You can call, live chat, tweet, or read their KnowledgeBase to get assistance.
Once you’ve got your WordPress site set up, view this video to show you how to create your first blog post.