Install Wordpress 2.6 with Hostgator account

Install WordPress 2.6 with Hostgator account

This blog is hosted at Hostgator so I’ll explain how to install your WordPress blog in less than 5 minutes.

WordPress needs MySql support and some free space. At first create a new database for your WordPress blog with phpMyAdmin or hostgator’s MySQL Account Maintenance.

Notice at the creation success message that your database name has a prefix, which is your account’s name at Hostgator.

You can create new user for your WP (WordPress) database or exploit existing one, but for security reasons it’s better to have a dedicated user.  Don’t stick with your usual password for the user because you won’t need it to type in very often so it’s better be complicated to add more security to your WP blog.

Don’t forget to Add User To Your Database or else your blog won’t work.

Assign user to the specified database

Assign user to the specified database

Now you have to upload all the files from wordpress-2.6 installation folder to the public_html folder of your account at hostgator or a folder, created to store your blog. You can save some time by using Hostgator’s File Manager.

File manager

File manager

Use the feature upload files and upload zipped folder of WordPress installation. Then select the upladed file and extract in place pressing command on the right side of the window. All wordpress file a now extracted.

Last step in the installation is to configure your wp-config-sample.php file.

Edit your wp-config-sample.php file

Edit your wp-config-sample.php file

You can edit it localy on your computer or use File Manager from cpanel. In this case select wp-config-sample.php file and press edit file in the right menu.

Edit your wp-config-sample.php file for database setttings

Edit your wp-config-sample.php file for database setttings

Fill the necessary fields. Enter the name of your database you’ve just created and username with password. This file will be used by WordPress all the time to connect to the database and retrieve or write information to it.

Don’t forget to rename wp-config-sample.php into wp-config.php and save it.

You’re about done installing your WordPress blog. Now Open www.example.com/wp-admin/install.php in your browser. This should setup the tables needed for your blog. If there is an error, double check your wp-config.php file, and try again.

Note the password given to you and change it immediately after first login.

The steps above are more or less the same for all WordPress installations on all hostings not only Hostgator.

Login and start blogging!

Login screen
Login screen

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2 Responses to “Install WordPress 2.6 with Hostgator account”

  1. great article! have you seen a similar tutorial for Dreamhost, and Bluehost – two hosts I regularly work with?

  2. installing wordpress at iziHost Europe is much much easier as are all our other scripts.
    cPanel is overrated.
    Using our Virtualmin Professional it will take 3 mouse clicks and the database is made automatically. No hassle at all.