How To Install WordPress on HostGator in 2020 [With Pictures]

Want to start a blog

Do you know WordPress powers 33% of the Website in the world, & it’s the simplest yet most popular blogging software ever made?

Getting started with WordPress is quite easy, and the very first step is to install WordPress on your hosting account.

Most of the shared hosting for WordPress offers a quick script to install WordPress, and you don’t have to take the manual route to create your WordPress blog.

Here I will be sharing steps you need to follow to install WordPress on HostGator hosting. HostGator offers three different hosting packages, and I suggest you pick Hostgator Baby package which cost only $6.95/month and offers unlimited hosting package.

You can learn more about HostGator on their official page here. ( Use 30% discount code at checkout – ShoutMeLoud30).

Step by step guide to install WordPress on HostGator:

One of the fastest and easiest ways to Install WordPress on your hosting account is using QuickInstall powered by Mojo MarletPlace. It will make the installation process easy, and within minutes you will have your WordPress blog installed, up and running.

HostGator offers various ways by which you can install WordPress on their server.

  • Manual
  • Quick Install
In this WordPress installation guide, we will be using the QuickInstall method on HostGator to install WordPress.
This is one of the easiest ways to get started with WordPress & within 5 minutes your WordPress site will be up. Follow this guide and feel free to ask questions if you have any:

Login to your HostGator web panel. Under services/Software click on QuickInstall.

On the QuickInstall page, you need to select “WordPress’ on the left side. In 2020, HostGator also offered services that will cost you a lot to Install & simply setup a Theme. I would suggest skipping that option, & just follow this guide to setup everything of your own. (It’s easy & doesn’t take much time)

On the next page,  drop-down select the domain on which you want to install WordPress blog.

Here you can decide where you want to install WordPress. Either at the root of the directory or under the sub domain. For example:

  • Root Directory: https://www.shoutmeloud.com
  • Sub directory: https://www.shoutmeloud.com/blog

If you are new to HostGator and have a baby plan or above plan, you can add as many domains as you want and you can host multiple websites on a single hosting package.

Click on next & now configure rest of settings as directed below.

Make sure that you don’t use “admin” as username, as this is a security risk. Rather use your email address or your nickname.

The point is to make it hard to guess. Before hitting the magic button Install WordPress, Cross check if you have done everything right. Else rolling back things will consume time.

Here is how my settings look like:

While HostGator Quick Install is setting up your WordPress blog, it might try to upSell you by offering stuff like WordPress theme or any such service.

HostGator UPselling WordPress theme

I suggest you Skip it & I did the same. It’s easy to Install WordPress of your own. It will take few minutes, and your WordPress blog will be installed & you will get an email with your dashboard link, username & password.

WordPress Installed on HostGator

on HostGator server and you can access your WordPress dashboard by going to “domain.com/wp-admin” (Replace domain.com with your actual domain name)

Make sure you add your email here. So that information about the installation will be sent to your Email blog.

What to do after installing WordPress blog?

Since you have understood the installation of WordPress. It’s time for now to configure your WordPress blog.

Head over to following tutorial and link to theme resource and plugins which will help you to configure your WordPress blog.

Essential WordPress tutorials After Installing WP

WordPress Theme resource

If you face any issue regarding WordPress installation on HostGator, feel free to let us know via comments. If you find this post useful, don’t forget to subscribe to our Email newsletter for more such WordPress tutorials and updates.

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A blog scientist by the mind and a passionate blogger by heart ❤️. Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and Cryptocurrency space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud and CoinSutra, and a Speaker at Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. He has won numerous awards for his work at ShoutMeLoud. Life motto: Live while you can! Teach & inspire while you could & Smile while you have the teeth.

52 thoughts on “How To Install WordPress on HostGator in 2020 [With Pictures]”

  1. Just on a random day on internet i found a service that google and hostgator are providing a free domain and free web hosting for 1 year for small business holders.I want to install wordpress on my domain.But i don’t find any option of fantastico on cpanel.
    so,now can i now install wordpress on Hostgator.
    Any other alternative..
    domain is :networthy.in

    1. @Vipul
      What you talking about is IndiaGetOnline, which is an initiative from Google & hostgator together… Which is indeed a great initiative, but for technical people like you, I won’t recommend that service, as it comes with great number of limitations… Like you can’t install WordPress on it, and you have to use Website builder to make most out of it…

  2. I was looking for a suitable Hostgator tutorial for a member of my family as I am not really familiar with it. This really helped them get their WordPress blog up and running. Thanks.

  3. Hello,

    If I have to buy the hostgator baby plan, is still the coupon code ( shoutmeloud30) applicable?

    Waiting for your reply.

  4. Harsh, please help me i want to buy web hosting from godaddy or hostgator. Which one should i buy. Thanks.

  5. i have a wordpress website on my local server in computer how could i migrate it to hostgator with same settings that i have changed in dashboard on local server.please help

    1. export you database from phpadmin . then create a database on your hostgator server phpadmin . then import database to newly create database. change your word press config details like user name , password, db name more: budnet.co.in

  6. Looking for another Web hosting for more projects. Hostgator would be a good investment. Moreover, Installing WP on Hostgator seems easy. Let’s do it
    Thanks for sharing Harsh

  7. Thank you so much for this, I just bought a site through them, and wanted to do this, but couldn’t figure it out.
    So thank you very much appreciated.

  8. Joseph Hartfield

    Installing wordpress with Fantastico from cpanel is very easy, it is really helpful for newbies. Thanks Harsh for this wonderful and easy to follow guide 🙂

  9. Hi Harsh,
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    I am currently hosting one of my websites with Hostgator India as the major traffic from India. Hostgator is one the hosting business from EIG and it is doing a good job.
    I prefer to use cPanel as it provides the “”QuickInstall”” or the one-click installation option for

  10. Thanks for a complete detailed step by step guide, I was using blogger and trying to migrate on wordpress. Your post really helped me to setup my first wordpress website on Hostgator. You’re awesome bro … Thank you so much for this helpful post

  11. how to install wordpress and get a username and a password using plesk (can’t change to cpanel because i already bought the domain)

  12. thank you for an entire special little by little guide, i used to be the use of blogger and seeking to migrate on wordpress. Your submit definitely helped me to setup my first wordpress internet site on Hostgator. You’re first-rate bro … thanks so much for this helpful put up

  13. Hi Harsh! I have followed your steps but I still couldn’t log in. It says that my installation is complete but when I click log in, the page couldn’t be found. I have tried to install it many times. Please help. I’m a beginner so I really don’t know what to do and just relying on people’s advise. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you:)

    1. @Danise
      Did you purchase your domain name from HostGator or somewhere else? Make sure your domain is pointing to your HostGator server. Feel free to ping me or post on ask.shoutmeloud.com for the help.

      1. Prashant Patnaik

        i am having the same issue. Purchased wordpress hosting plan, then pointed my domain to the hostgator server
        but it’s still not working. already 72 hrs.

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