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Well please look no further because just like you I decided to go with Siteground and I have feeling in my gut (which is never wrong) that you will too! Just keep on reading so I can help you get set up! Don’t throw away your idea of having a blog yet! I was literally in your shoes! I was so frustrated that I took two weeks off because I was angry at myself for buying web hosting but had no clue or idea on how to set it up! Below I’m going to walk you through step by step to make things a little bit easier.
Step 1: Choose Your Plan
The picture below shows the differences between all of their plans and you can find out more about them here. I personally selected Grow Big because hitting a specific number of monthly visits is definitely one of my goals for this year! If you’re just starting out or very new to the blogging world, then Start Up may be the best choice for you. Please keep in mind to pick whichever plan that aligns with your goals for the year and pockets because it is billed annually.
Step 2: Picking Out Your Domain Name
This is very important for you and requires a good amount of energy and thought on your part. You can choose something that is great and catchy but also pick a name that fits perfectly with your brand. Make it a name that people won’t forget and try to make it easy to spell. You can select “Register a new domain” and type in the domain name to see if it is available. If you already have a domain then there is an option “I already have a domain” and you are able to add your current domain. Another great option about Siteground is that they offer free website transfer so you can get everything transferred fo free! Review your information and then complete your order! Alrighty, now let’s get you up and running on WordPress.
Step 3: Login
Now we are getting to the good stuff! Go ahead don’t be afraid, sign into Siteground! I’m grateful I had done some research (like you’re doing now) about setting this up! In fact, you pretty much won’t even be on Siteground, the most time you will spend on here is probably setting it up! Now the login as pictured below should be in the upper right-hand corner.
Step 4: My Accounts
Now that you are signed in you should see your name at the top with a friendly Hello in front of it. If it’s not your name then I can’t help you with that (haha). Okay, now you should see a gray bar. In the gray bar, the second tab should be My Accounts. Click on this tab and that will get you to where you need to go!
Step 5: cPanel
Next, we are going to manage your account. Click the account that you are setting up for the hosting package you have chosen. Once you have selected Manage Account you should come across a panel of buttons and the button that we are focusing on today will be the cPanel. Now the other buttons like renew and upgrade are pretty self-explanatory but right now we clicking on that orange button baby! Now with cPanel (for future use) you are able to manage your website files, folders, create email accounts, and much more. But for now, we are using it to set up your blog for WordPress.
Step 6: WordPress Icon
Okay now don’t freak out because that’s exactly what I did when all these little icons popped up! I was like umm I don’t want all of that! Well, we only need one which is good! Look for AUTOINSTALLERS a little bit further down the page and under it click on the WordPress Icon.
Step 7: Install
Once you have clicked on the WordPress icon it should bring up the full description. Showing you what version you’re installing, features, screenshots, and much more. Now look all the way to the bottom of the page and go ahead and click Install. I’m getting excited because you are one step further to start your blog! (Happy Dance)
Step 8: Settings
This part is important because we want to customize your settings and choose whether you have www.yourblog.com or yourblog.com. Go ahead and change your domain protocol to https://www or https://. I have done research on this and either one is fine. They are both the same. For instance, if you don’t want the www in front of your blog it won’t come off as not being professional or give you lower rankings in terms of SEO. Make sure the correct domain is chosen and keep the “In Directory” option blank. Scroll down and customize your blog’s name along with putting what your blog is about in the site description. Now pick a new user name and password for when you need to access your site. Remember it, write it down, and keep it on you at all times! I also made a list below to make it easier.
- Choose Protocol (https://)
- Choose Domain
- In Directory (Leave Blank)
- Site Name
- Site Description
- Admin Username, Password, Email
- Select Language
Step 9: Completion
Hopefully, you are staring at a success page because you made it! Now you can copy and paste the Admin URL or you can remember that it’s your domain name.com /wp-admin. That’s how I access my admin page.
Step 10: Sign On In
Woo! Woo! Welcome to the Blog Life, make yourself comfy. Now you are able to login to WordPress and start building your blog. This is where editing themes, installing plugins, and writing your post will become your life now! (Just kidding)
You are now officially all set to start BLOGGING! How exciting! Good luck on your journey and don’t give up!