How To Quickly Setup A WordPress Blog On SiteGround

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I’m going to walk you through how easy it is to set up a new WordPress blog using the web hosting provider SiteGround (which hosts this website.)

The best part is that you don’t have to be a computer whiz either! There’s a nicely designed web interface to help walk you through the process.

Before you can start, you need to open up an account with the web-hosting provider Site Ground (affiliate link)

Site Ground offers a special START-UP plan which is the cheapest plan for a few bucks a month. If you’re planning on running more than one website then go with the GROW BIG plan which is a bit more expensive.

You’ll enter your billing information, credit card, and e-mail address. You’ll also need to enter a register a new domain name (if you don’t have one already.)

Related post: How To Setup A WordPress Blog That Makes Money

Setting Up WordPress On Siteground In 3 Easy Steps!

After you get your domain name registered and an account set up you’ll see an option for the Quickstart and Setup Wizard, it will automatically pop-up for you.

1) FIRST, Select “Start a new website.” Then select the “WordPress” software option. Then you’ll create your WordPress login information (e-mail, username, and password.) Then click “Confirm.”

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2) THEN, On the next screen, you’ll confirm the setup and terms of service by checking the confirmation box, then click “Complete Setup.”

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3) LASTLY, You’ll get a confirmation that the setup is complete and your hosting account is ready to use, then click “Proceed to Customer Area.”

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At this point, you are done with the setup!

What’s Next? I Highly Recommend You…

Consider using a theme framework such as Genesis –  the Genesis Framework by StudioPress, it’s great, and my favorite WordPress Theme set up so far. Semplice is another WP theme I’ve recently discovered as well. I’ve noticed a 2 – 3 times increase in my page views per user session since the upgrade.

WordPress plugins setup – You need plugin’s to add custom functionality to your WordPress site. Like spam filtering on comments and setting up a contact form. I have an entire article written about my favorite plugins here: WordPress Plugins Guide

Get Familiar With cPanel

cPanel is a basic web-based config utility that controls your WordPress database configuration and other web-hosting services such as Backups, DNS,  and e-mail accounts. The cPanel can be a bit technical so have a friend help you if you’re stuck. You can also do some self-learning by reviewing the cPanel Knowledge-base or hire an IT professional for help.

Back Up Your WordPress Blog Website

Make a copy of all your written content in WordPress by doing an export of all the content to an XML file. You can do this by using the Tools / Export option in your WordPress admin web panel.

Final Thoughts

Once you’re able to login to your blog to start writing, you’ll still have a lot of work ahead of you. I would focus on getting your first 10 blog posts done. Check out the article Writing and Creating A Blog Post to discover some great tips for getting started with your first post.