Easiest Way to Install WordPress with Hostgator

Thousands of website developers and website owners begin to build their websites on this system. WordPress is the most popular CMS. To make a self-hosted WordPress blog or website is the dream of many newbies. Today with the advanced hosting technology, it never becomes so easier to create and host a WordPress website by anyone without any coding knowledge.

HostGator WordPress hosting service is one of the widely accepted solutions by individuals and business entities. To install WP on HostGator is an easy and pleasant experience. You can choose to install WordPress manually, or make use of their QuickInstall or Fantastico in their hosting control panel. These easy tools can help beginners to quickly set up their WordPress websites with Hostgator in minutes.

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In this WP installation and Hostgator review, you will learn how to install WP via HostGator QuickInstall. Both QuickInstall and Fantastico can help you create a self-hosted WordPress site automatically. It is your own preference to choose which tool to use. I think the easiest way to install WordPress with Hostgator is probably the QuickInstall. Hostgator is one of the best WordPress hosts. It has made the WordPress setup and management a breeze. Check out the steps below see how easy it is.

Install WordPress on Hostgator Quickly with QuickInstall

Step 1. Log on your hosting control panel with Hostgator.

HostGator provides cPanel to their hosting customers. This hosting control panel is very powerful and also user friendly. If you can’t remember your account ID and password to log in, check your order confirmation or welcome email at the account signup with Hostgator.

Step 2. Launch WordPress one-click install

Hostgator provides many useful one-click installs called the QuickIntsall. QuickInstall is a pack of many different auto installers and web applications.

The easiest way to find the WordPress one-click installer is to click Build a New WordPress Site in the Popular Links section which should be found at the top section of the main column in cPanel.

Alternatively you can scroll down to the lower section of the the cPanel home page until you are at the Software section. QuickInstall can be found from the Software section.

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WordPress is classified into the Blog Software subsection. Once you click on it, you will get a quick intro to this website CMS with its version, size and other info.

Other than that, you can also click the Website Essentials >> One-click Installs from the left navigation panel in cPanel to access the QuickInstall and the WordPress auto-installer.

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You will firstly need to choose a domain or subdomain for your WordPress installation. If like, you can also install WordPress to a subfolder in your domain or subdomain root directly.

Step 3. Fill out WordPress configuration info

Now you have the chance to configure your WordPress installation. You will bring a screen where you can input your Site Title, Admin username, admin email, your first and last name. Make sure to enter a valid email address as your login password will be automatically generated and sent to this admin email address.
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Click to check the following options:

  • Automatically create a new database for this installation
  • Terms of service agreement

Hit the Install button and you are done. The installation of WordPress will be completed in several seconds. You will see the Installation Complete message on your computer screen with the Installation Details including the domain URL the WordPress has been installed to, your WordPress Admin username and its password. The WordPress automatic install is simple and quick.

You can also find the WordPress installation details from your admin email account. The default login page of your WordPress site is http://yourdomain.tld/wp-login.php. Opening this URL address, you can enter admin and your password to log on the WP dashboard and start building your site using WordPress.

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WordPress Installation & Troubleshooting

If you have trouble setting up your WordPress on Hostgator’s server, check out below tips see if you can find the solution. Or you can leave your question in the comment area below others might be able to answer your questions.

  1. Domain not linked to WordPress Site
  2. Above instructions main revealed the steps to set up your WordPress site on Hostgator’s server. However if your domain is not pointed to their server properly, visitors will still not able to access your WordPress site. If your domain was registered elsewhere with another registrar, like GoDaddy, you have two options to point the domain to your web host. You can choose to change name servers to Hostgator’s name servers. See how to change GoDaddy Name Servers? Alternatively change or add A records to the DNS with your registrar, point the A records to Hostgator’s server IP address. See steps to add or change DNS A Records with GoDaddy.

  3. Can’t access WordPress site properly with my domain
  4. If your domain is verified and resolves to HostGator, however when you open it in browser, you get page not found or similar errors, you need to check the installation folder of the WordPress site. Normally if your WordPress has been installed to domain root folder, you will not have this issue. However when you installed WordPress to a sub folder, for example, http://www.betterhostreview.com/blog/, then you can’t access your WordPress site by visiting simply the domain without its installation directory.

    Also if you have installed WordPress on a sub-domain, you can’t access it using the top-level domain. This happens when we want to test server by setting up the site using a temporary sub-domain first.

  5. How to delete WordPress installation and start over again?
  6. QuickInstall is a powerful tool to help you create a WordPress website. If you find the WordPress has not been installed properly and want to delete the installation, it is also very easy. To remove the WordPress installation, go to the QuickInstall in your cPanel, there will be a “Manage Installations” page where you can find all installations via QuickInstall are listed, you can select and delete any installation from there. By using these web applications, setup and management tools.

  7. Any other way to Install WordPress Site with Hostgator?
  8. Yes, of course. Instead of the auto installer in cPanel with Hostgator, you can also choose to install WordPress manually onto their servers. Refer to this guide for easy instructions and fast install tips:

    How to Manually Install WordPress in 5 Minutes?

Hostgator has gain lots of loyal customers. If you are looking for a good WordPress hosting, HostGator is your wise choice.

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Update Nov 2017: this article was originally published in 2014 and has since been updated. In this update, the screenshots and instructions have been updated to reflect the changes of the new cPanel version 60.0.48 and cPanel theme.

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