Once you get your wordpress blog all set up, if you haven't used WordPress before, you're probably going to feel a little bit overwhelmed. Believe me I did too. I'm absolutely 100% self-taught though, so if I can do it, you can too!. Not only that but, I've already done the legwork, and have found you some amazing resources to get you started blogging right on time in WordPress!
Now before you get lost in lingo, we, and the rest of the internet will be referring to two parts of your website. The "Front End" is what your guests see, and what you see when you go to your website without being logged in. The "Backend" or the "Wordpress Dashboard" is where you'll login to create your posts. To log into your dashboard, click the green button that you see here on this page, and on the front of your webpage.
You'll be taken to a page that asks for your sites username and password. You should have created a username for yourself when you signed up for your blog at Hostgator, and you should have received your password either at that time, or in a later email from Hostgator. If it's been a few hours, and you do not have a password, or you don't recall your username, go ahead and give hostgator support a call and they'll get you going.
Hostgator can be reached at 1 (866) 964-2867, or via LiveChat on their website.
Once you've gotten to the login step, go ahead and play the video shown here. If you have any dashboard related questions, head to the group page after you've finished and add #wordpressdashboard to your post. See what the group has to say. There are also lots of other groups online that help beginners with WordPress. Since most of the people in our group are pretty new at this point, and, although I've got my children that I am an all knowing Goddess, for fear of being struck by lightening, I'll admit, I'm a great resource for WordPress, but there are better.