Blogging is not only a great hobby but also an opportunity for making money online via advertisement, affiliate product marketing etc. WordPress is the World’s leading Blogging Platform and HostGator, undoubtedly, is the Best Shared Hosting Service to run your Blog. A few ‘non-technical’ wannabe bloggers had emailed me on how to quickly create a blog and hence I thought of putting this tutorial together (Originally, I wanted to write an eBook on How to make your blog on HostGator but lack of time limits me to this post which is not a bad idea either)

Three Steps to Make Your Blog on HostGator

Creating a blog is no rocket science and even a non-techie can get started with your blogging on Hostgator today if you wish to do so. Here are the screen by screen instructions to become a Proud Blog owner today!

STEP 1: Register Your Domain Name

The very first step in creating your blog is to pick its identity or the Domain name. For example, if your name is Amy and you want to start a blog on Food, recipes and cooking, the following domain names may work for you.

AmysKitchen.com

AmysSecretRecipes.com

AmysFoodBlog.com

Note: A .COM domain name is better than .NET or .ORG for anything else. Also, avoid names with dashes in them. E.g. amys-food-blog.com is not recommended for search engine visibility reasons. 

Please note that, you always have the option to Register your Domain name and Hosting Account separately with different vendors (e.g. NameCheap.com for domain name registration and HostGator.com for hosting). Fortunately, HostGator provides an easy way to do both these steps together. I have all my domain names (blogs and generic websites) registered and hosted with HostGator under two accounts – one VPS account and another shared hosting account.

You can move to STEP 2 (Next page) now after picking the domain name for your blog or to do both the steps (domain registration + hosting) together.

This Blog runs on Genesis Theme Framework

Genesis Framework helps you to quickly and easily build incredible websites on WordPress. Whether you are just a beginner or advanced blogger, Genesis provides you the fastest loading, secure and search-engine-optimized framework to take your blog content to newer levels. 

Some of the standard features of Genesis include:

  • 6 default layout options
  • Comprehensive SEO settings
  • Rock-solid security
  • Flexible theme options
  • Cool custom widgets
  • Huge selection of mobile-responsive skins
  • Unlimited upgrades and support
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