How to Start a WordPress Blog/Site on Siteground – 2018 Edition

guide on how to buy a domain and set-up your Siteground and WordPress account. 

The first site I created was back in 2014, and I made many errors. The first hosting package I used was Godaddy Sitebuilder; this made sense to me at the time as I had just bought my first domain from them. I also paid extra for one professional email account.

I paid a lot of money for many basic features. Thankfully after a short while, I discovered Siteground and WordPress. Siteground was a lot cheaper than what I had been paying, I got unlimited free email account, and so many more theme options and features.

Over the last three years, I have learned so much, I would like to share some of that with you. My hope is to steer you away from some of the errors I made.

In this post, I’ll explain

1. How to buy a domain from Godaddy

2. Create a Siteground account[ link the whole line]

3. Point your site to your site ground hosting

4. Install WordPress.

5. Design your website

6. Create email addresses

7. How to get traffic to your site

As I stated earlier, when I first started online, I made many mistakes. I would create a site, put info on a page sit back and wait for the traffic to come.

Guess what……. The traffic didn’t come.

Today, I current host 12 sites, some are online businesses I run, other are blogs, some I am developing for other projects.

Before we get started

For those whose are not tech savvy, when we say domain, we mean a name (or web address) people will find you by on the internet (such as www.google.com or www.cnn.com ) A host, is a company that stores all your websites information and puts it online.

Step 1. – How to purchase a domain from Godaddy

When purchasing a domain name, I recommend using GoDaddy. They are one of the cheapest and have the best customer service in the rare event there is a problem.  Click here to go to Godaddy Website.

Now, you will need to choose a domain name for your site. This is the most stressful step, as you will realize the short and great name are already taken.

My advise when purchasing a domain name:

  • ALWAYS, go for a .com domain.
  • Try to purchase a domain name that is as short as possible, nothing over 13 characters.
  • Don’t use hyphens or numbers.
  • Keep it simple and easy to remember.
  • Also, try to make the name related to the topic of the site.

You should be able to buy a good domain for $10 / £8 a year.

Step 2.  Creating a Siteground Account

Now you need to create a Siteground hosting account, To do this click this link.

Site ground has three hosting options.

Hosting packages offered by Siteground

When you create your account, I recommend if you only have one site going for the Start-Up package, if you have more than one site use the Grow big package. The advantage of the grow big and go geek packages is you can host and install WordPress on an unlimited number of sites.

On your My Accounts tab, you will have an IP Address and name servers. Keep this information close by as you will need them in the next step.

Step 3. Let’s point your new domain to your Siteground account.

This is where It can get a little bit technical. I will try to make it very simple.

First, you need to log in to go daddy > Select My Products > Click on DNS next to the domain name.

This is the setting from go daddy for that domain, which we are going to change.

On this page, you will see a title of “Records.” The first line will be type “A” and have a name of @. Click on the pencil on the right-hand side and change the IP Address to the IP address on your Siteground Profile. Click save. If any other lines underneath have a pencil on the right, click the pencil and delete the line.

Next, scroll down to where it says, Nameservers. Select custom and enter the two name servers on your Siteground profile. Click save.

You have now successfully pointed the site at your site ground account.

Now you need to add the domain on to your site ground account

Log in to your site ground account, go to C Panel > Click on Addon Domains. You are now on the create an add-on domain screen, Simply, enter the new domain name and a password, do not change the subdomain or root name, these are generated automatically. Click add domain, and the domain will go into the domain list below.

Note: For anyone asking why not buy and create a site from Siteground, I never have my domain and hosting with the same company. There are many reasons; I will try to cover in another blog sometime.

Step 4. How to install WordPress on your site

Now you are ready to install WordPress. Go to C Panel home > click on WordPress installer > click install now.

On this screen you are presented with a few options, let’s go through them one by one.

Choose Protocol. Leave as it is

Choose domain. This is a list of all your domain, select the domain you want to install WordPress.

In Directory. Leave this blank

Site settings. Change this to the name of your site (e.g., Bob’s blog, or ABC Company)

Site description. A few words on what the site is about/

Admin Username. Change this your name.

Admin Password. Change this to a good secure password; it will tell you how good your password is. (Note…. WordPress site receives many attempts from hackers, ensure your site password is strong and download apps that prevent hackers).

Admin Email. Add an email address for this site.

All the options below you do not need to touch

Click Install, and this will install WordPress on your site.

You have now successfully installed WordPress. If you click on the My Account tab, then the installations tab underneath, you will see your WordPress site listed.

Step 5. Design your website

Now you have installed WordPress, its time to design your site. This is where most of the work with site ground is finished. You can log in to your WordPress site via the C Panel home in your site ground account, but it is a lot easier to access your WordPress site by going to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin.

There you will type in your username and password that you created earlier to log in.

Here is where you have amazing fun creating your site.

Step 6. Create a professional e-mail address.

Now you have a professional domain name and website; you need a professional email address to accompany it. To do this simply login to your site ground see panel scroll down to the mail section and select email accounts.

You are now on the email accounts page. In the form into the first half of the email address so, for example, this could be your first name, info, on mail, next you’ll see an @ symbol and a drop down box to the right. Click the drop-down box and select the email and the domain for which you want the email address to building to be linked to.

Underneath enter the password and confirm password making sure this is a strong password and click create account. Underneath this form, you will see your email address has been created in the accounts section.

On the far right, you will see a square box that says more. Click that and select access webmail to log in to your new email account.

Step 7. Let’s get traffic

Step 1 to 6 were very simple. But this is where people normally fail. In my opinion, the main reasons people fail to get traffic is unrealistic expectations, and they are unwilling to put in the hard work at this vital stage.

As I stated above when I launched my first website I created the site I created two pages of sales script sat back and waited for the traffic to come. And it never did. The reason being there is so much information out there on the Internet that you have to do certain things to rank high on search engines.

There are many different tactics out there that you could use on your website. The main one I use is content creation.

Start writing. Start writing great content. Start writing great long content that is going to help people. Think about what your potential website visitors will be typing into Google. What questions will they be asking? This is how you need to create your content.

There are countless blogs and YouTube videos stating that some new program or link building will rank you on google very quickly and it will be what makes your site. The problem here is Google is always changing its algorithm so what works today may not work tomorrow. If you want to build your page authority and the domain authority and do not want your site to be affected by any Google algorithm changes, then you must focus on original quality content.

No matter what changes happen to the algorithm in the future googles main aim will always be good original content.

Now, to social media. I will cover this more in-depth in a future post but, depending on your website the main social media platforms I would use are Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter.

You will see there I did not list Facebook, due to the fact they do not play fair with making sure your posts get to your fans, as they want you to pay for advertising. Paid advertising is their main aim. 

 If you have any comments on this article, please feel free to comment below.

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