Starting a blog? Want to get your new website setup within minutes? Here are the steps you need to take to setup your wordpress blog with Siteground hosting (my personal website host – love them!).
It doesn’t get easier than this!
Head over to the Siteground website. [Important tip: Be sure to use that link as it’s an affiliate referral one, and you will get a special deal for being referred by me!]
First up is choosing your Siteground package. Here are the basics:
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher which greatly improves a WordPress website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
All plans include free domain registration!
Choose your domain name. You’ll either be registering for a new domain name (and yay – you get it for free!!) or using an existing domain name if you have already purchased it.
Then you just need to review and complete your setup.
Unlike many other hosting providers, the Siteground advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process. This means you are able to get the low price they are offering for a year, two years, whatever. Lots of the really low priced hosts make you sign up for the longest term (like 3 years!) to get the super low price they have advertised.
Then just select the options in the “Extra Services” you may want. The SSL certificate is meant for people who will be using their site to do e-commerce (selling stuff!).
Check the Terms of Service, and then click the blue ‘pay now’ button. Done!
That’s it! You officially have Siteground hosting now.
Then if you are ready to start up your wordpress site, there are a few ways you can do this. You can manually setup WordPress or you can use the Siteground “Wizard”.
I’ll continue the tutorial using the Wizard Tool.
Access your Siteground Customer Area. After you signup (see steps above), you will have received all the necessary information you need to login.
Once you login to your Customer Area for the first time, you will see a popup asking you if you want to have WordPress preinstalled on your account. Select that option and click on the “Proceed” button.
The next page has two section. In this first one, enter the login information for your new WordPress application.
Tip: Don’t use “admin” as your username – it’s too easy for hackers!
In the next screen, pick one of the free WordPress themes available and click on the submit button. Don’t stress about the theme that you are picking – you can change that later. I recommend opting for a custom theme (see my theme recommendations here!).
On this last screen you will find a summary of your WordPress installation. This includes where to access your admin area, your username and your password. Save this info somewhere!
That’s it! Now head on over to that admin URL, login, and you can get started on blogging your heart out.
There is definitely a learning curve to using wordpress, but once you get the hang of it, it will become your new BFF.
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