If you're trying to install WordPress on your HostGator web hosting account, they actually offer something called QuickInstall. As the name implies, this is a quick, easy, and automatic way to install WordPress and a lot of other popular software that is related to web hosting. In the rest of this guide, we'll show you how to install WordPress at HostGator with their QuickInstall method.If you don't have a HostGator account, you can find the latest discounts at the following pages:
HostGator WordPress Installation Guide
Step 1 - Login to Your HostGator cPanel (Control Panel)
First, you need to login to your HostGator cpanel. Your cpanel address, username, and password should have been included in the HostGator account information email that you got after signing up.
Step 2 - Launch HostGator's QuickInstall
Once you're logged into your cpanel, scroll to the bottom of the page, and you should see the Software/Services section shown below.
Click the QuickInstall option.
On the QuickInstall screen, under Blog Software on the left, click WordPress. Although WordPress is listed as blog software, it is also now a CMS (content management system), so don't let that throw you off.
You'll then see a short description of WordPress. Click continue, and you'll then be asked the questions shown below.
Step 3 - Enter Your Website Information
Most of this is pretty self explanatory, but I'll explain the parts that may be a little confusing.
For application URL (at the top), you'll see your domain name on the left and a blank box on the right. This blank box will allow you to install WordPress into a subdirectory, such as "blog". This would make your WordPress site accessible at http://your-domain-name.com/blog instead of just http://your-domain-name.com. Some people like to do this because they have another website at their main address, which they want to keep, but they would like to add WordPress as a subarea.
If you're planning on using WordPress as your main website, just leave the Application URL box empty.
For Blog Title, you want to put the name you'd like to call your website. For example, for masterslair.com, we would put Master's Lair as the name.
Step 4 - Completing the WordPress Installation
Once you click Install Now, you should get a message confirming that the WordPress installation was successful. You will then also be told the administrator username and password for managing your website. And don't worry, you can easily change the long password they generate for you.