How to Install WordPress on HostGator

How to Install WordPress on HostGator

WordPress is the blog engine that I run on my websites. I like WordPress because it is easy to customize, and because once you have a WordPress site looking the way that you want it to, all you need to focus on is adding content. After you have installed WordPress more than once, it is likely to become second nature. However, the first time might be a bit confusing. This article covers the process of installing WordPress on a website hosted on HostGator.

Note: The process for installing WordPress should be similar for any hosting provider that offers a “one-click install” option for server-side applications.

  1. Log in to the cPanel page for your HostGator account. If you have never used cPanel before, find the link in the email that HostGator sent when you opened your account.
  2. Click the “QuickInstall” icon under “Software/Services” near the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the “WordPress” link under “Blog Software” in the left column.
  4. Click the “Continue” button on the right side of the window.
  5. Select the domain that you want to install WordPress on using the pull-down menu under “Install WordPress.” If you only have one domain, you do not need to do this.
  6. Type a folder name after the forward slash if you do not want to install WordPress in the root directory of your website. For example, if you want to install WordPress at, type “wordpress” after the forward slash. If you want to install WordPress at, leave the box empty.
  7. Type the email address that WordPress should send administrative notifications to.
  8. Type the name that you would like to use for your WordPress blog. The name does not have to be permanent, and you can always change it later.
  9. Click “Install Now.” The HostGator QuickInstall feature installs WordPress in the selected location.
  10. Open your email. You should find an automatically generated message from WordPress containing your password. Make a note of the password. You can change it later.
  11. Type the location of your WordPress blog in the address bar, adding “/wp-admin” to the end. Using the examples in Step 6, the full address would be or
  12. Type “admin” as the user name, and enter the password found in the WordPress email.

You are now logged into the admin area of your WordPress blog, and can perform functions such as selecting a theme and adding your first posts.

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