This is part 3 of my series on how to start a travel blog. The previous post was about Blog Setup Basics where I discussed buying a domain and setting up your hosting account. Today, I want to focus on the process of installing WordPress.
What to Expect from this “Learning to Blog” Series
This is the third part of a series on the topic of starting a travel blog or really starting any type of blog for that matter.
- Part 1: Introduction to Blogging
- Part 2: Blog Setup Basics
- Part 3: Installing WordPress (This post)
- Part 4: Configuring Your WordPress Blog (Next Up)
- Part 5: Your First Blog Post
- Part 6: WordPress Plug-ins
- Part 7: Getting the word out: Marketing Your Blog
- Part 8: Making Money with your Travel Blog
Installing WordPress on a Hostgator Account
Regardless if you use Hostgator or Bluehost or some other hosting company, they will most likely have a 1-Click way to install WordPress. This makes setting up a website or blog easy and should take some of the fear out of the process for those with less tech skills.
Installing WordPress Using QuickInstall
Watch the video below or follow the step-by-step instructions that follow.
- Login to your CPanel
- Scroll down to the Software/Services section and click on the QuickInstall icon/link to start the installation.
- On the left side under Blog Software, click on WordPress.
- Next, they show a description of the current WordPress release for your info. Just click on Continue.
- You will now need to fill out the details of your blog.
- After completing the form, you just need to click Install Now! to begin.
- A short time will pass as it copies files over, then you will get the Congratulations message.
- The installation is Done! All the details and a randomly generated password will be sent to the email address you entered in step 5.
You should have received an email from Hostgator when you signed up with details about your username, password and how to login to your cpanel. The username and password will be what you used when your created your Hostgator account. To get to the cPanel, you need to open up an internet browser like Chrome, FireFox or Internet Explorer. Now, enter the address of your cPanel. It will typically look something like this:
yourdomain.com/cpanel or maybe like this:
First, you need to decide whether you will have a website with a separate blog:
or will your website be your blog like this:
Next enter your email address, leave App version at the default setting and make sure Manual install is set to No.
Then enter your site name as well as your first and last name.
So, check your email, get that password and let’s login to your new site for the first time.
Open your favorite internet browser and type in your new website address in the address bar but include /wp-admin to the end of the address. This will take you to your WordPress login screen.
Once you type the correct address into the address bar of your browser, you should be taken to a page that looks like the following:
Enter the username and password that was just emailed to your email account and you should be immediately be taken to your WordPress dashboard for the first time.
Congratulation! You have just installed your first (or maybe more) WordPress site.
In the next installment of this series, I will show you how to configure your WordPress site.
Start a Blog That Matters
Anyone can start a blog, so if you want your blog to catch on a build an audience, then you need to Start a Blog That Matters. This means you should strive to help others with your blog, whether you’re explaining how to get discounts on travel or showing how to fix a leaking propane tank. Make your content great and make your blog matter.
After you have completed my 8-part series on starting a blog, you should try Corbett Barr’s blogging course.
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- What’s included in Corbett’s course?
- 13 Weekly Lessons and Action Plans
- Over 8 hours of video
- FAQ full of previously asked questions from 800+ students
- 60-Day Money Back Guarantee (No Questions Asked)
- The 90-Day Action Plan to turn nothing to a Blog That Matters
What Are Your Thoughts?
Did you follow along with the tutorial well? Was it as easy as I tried to make it or did you have difficulties. Let me know in the comments below. For more on WordPress, you should check out the post I recently wrote called An Overview of WordPress over on my Freelancing site.
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