How to Install WordPress on Hostgator Webhosting Using Fantastico

Install WordPress on HostgatorAs I updated you in my last post, Technolism has moved from DreamHost to HostGator Shared Hosting, its new home. HostGator team helped us with this migration and now whatever new blogs which are joining under the Technolism network, are being hosted on HostGator.

While doing so for my new wordpress tutorials and wordpress discount offers blog, I did a quick tutorial on how to install WordPress on HostGator. So, let’s get started…

There are basically 3 options using which you can install WordPress on newly hosted domain on Hostgator which are listed below:

  • Manual
  • Quick Install
  • Fantastico

Fantastico is the simplest of the 3 and that is the method I am going to use in this tutorial and if all goes well, your brand new wordpress site will be up and running in no time.

Steps to Install WordPress for Your Blog on HostGator

Step 1: Go to your Hostgator cPanel and look out for the “Software/Services” section. Click on “Fantastico De Luxe”

Fantastico De Luxe Hostgator

Step 2: On the next page, click on WordPress from the list of CMS / Softwares displayed in the left pane of the Fantastico Control Panel.

Wordpress - HostGator

Step 3: On the next page, click on New Installation.

New Installation - WordPress HostGator

Step 4: Enter the below details on the next page and click on “Install WordPress” button:

  • Select the blog you want to install wordpress on from “Install on domain” drop down menu.
  • Enter the details in “Admin access data” section.
  • Enter the details on “Base configuration” section.
  • Leave ‘Install in directory’ field blank.

Wordpress Settings - HostGator

Step 5: Clicking on “Install wordpress” button on the above screen, you will be taken to the below screen where you need to click on “Finish installation” button.

Wordpress Installation - Hostgator

Step 6: If everything goes well, you will be shown the below screen and that’s it, You are done!

You can enter your email address and click on “Send E-mail” to get an email about the installation details sent to yourself.

Wordpress Installation - HostGator

Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress on your brand new blog hosted on HostGator.

I hope this quick wordpress tutorial helped you in installing wordpress on HostGator. If you face any issues while installing wordpress on your new blog, feel free to get in touch with us via the comments below or contact form. Stay tuned for more helpful posts about wordpress here or move on to our wordpress tips and tricks blog for more tutorials.

How to increase Memory Limit in your Blog? [WordPress TIP]

As your blog gets more popular among the audiences, it crosses new milestones, out of which the most important and the most loved by the bloggers is the rise in traffic. As you get a hike in the online traffic, blog visitors may start experiencing downtimes and timeouts, especially if you are on a shared hosting (like me! ;)), which may get annoying sometimes and in turn, you may end up losing some loyal visitors.


Increase the WordPress Memory Limit

One of the tweaks you can make to counter this problem, is to increase the memory limit for your server. The wordpress default memory limit is 32MB. This default memory limit can become a problem for your server once your blog gains traffic. To increase the amount of memory limit allowed in PHP, you need to add the below simple line of code in your wp-config file, which is located in the root directory of your WordPress blog installation.

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '96M');

Please note that in the above example, the memory limit has been set at 96MB. You can set anything in the multiples of 8MB; like 64MB, 128MB etc.

Increase the PHP Memory Limit

After you have made the changes for the WP Memory Limit, you also need to make the changes to the PHP Memory limit. For this, you need to edit php.ini file on your self hosted server.

In the php.ini file find the line “memory_limit=” and make the changes as below:

memory_limit = 96M

Please make sure that the memory limit for PHP needs to match the wordpress installation memory limit, which in this example we took as 96MB, hence for php memory limit also, you need to keep the value as 96M.

If you don’t have access to the php.ini on a shared hosting environment, then you’ll need to ask your host to increase the PHP memory for your WordPress blog.

What is the maximum memory limit you can set?

If you are on a shared hosting platform, you may not have rights to make the above changes, in which case, you need to get in touch with your hosting provider to increase the memory limit. However, if you are on a self hosted platform (VPS), you can increase it till you are not crossing the limit of RAM on your server.

Using this simple tip, you can avoid most of the memory issues on your wordpress blog. Try this and do share with us how this tip helps you in catering the downtimes on your blog.

In case of any issues while implementing this little tweak, feel free to give a shout! 🙂

How to upgrade from WordPress 2.9 to WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”

As we all know that one of the major releases of WordPress “Thelonious” is available for download finally, now is the time to upgrade to the latest version which boasts of many new features which makes this blogging platform more awesome.

In this guide, you will learn how to upgrade to the latest version efficiently and quickly in a few clicks.

Before following the steps given below, my advice is to backup everything on your WordPress blog as if anything goes wrong, you might end up losing your data which you developed over the years. So, to be on the safer side, it is better to backup your WordPress DB using a plugin.

Now, let’s upgrade to the latest version 3.0 “Thelonious” using the below WordPress step-by-step guide.

Step 1:

When you login to your WordPress admin, you must have noticed a message on the top saying “WordPress 3.0 is available! Please update now

Wordpress 3.0 is available! Please update now

Step 2:

Click on the ‘Please update now’ link as shown above and you will get the below screen.

upgrade wordpress - dashboard message

If you taken the back-up of your blog then you can ignore the warning message “Important: before upgrading, please backup your database and files.” otherwise Backup your DB now.

Step 3:

Click on the Upgrade Automatically button and if nothing goes wrong, you will see the below screen in your Dashboard.

wordpress upgrade to 3.0 successfull This means you have been Smart and have accomplished the mission !! 🙂

Step 4:

To confirm, go to your WordPress admin panel by clicking on the Dashboard link in the left Pane.

Wordpress admin panel screen shot

Congratulation!! You have successfully upgraded to the latest WordPress version 3.0 “Thelonious”. This automatic upgrade feature in WordPress comes in very handy that anyone without much technical expertise can also do it perfectly. Still, if you face any problems in the upgrade, feel free to shout using the contact us form or the comments section below. You can also upgrade manually by downloading the installation file and then uploading to your server.

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Have you upgraded to this latest marvel from WordPress? If so, which feature are you liking the most in WordPress 3.