Hello dear readers, last month I had started a new category on blogging to share useful blogging resources and tips for new bloggers or anyone interested in blogging as a career. In my previous post I had mentioned the merits of going self-hosted with your blog. In this post I will discuss how you can create your WordPress blog with Siteground.
Having your own blog provides you an amazing sense of ownership and gives you a chance to build something of your own and that you can be proud of. Before starting a self-hosted blog, I always assumed one must be really tech savvy to build a website. To my pleasant surprise there are web-hosting services like Siteground which make it extremely easy to set-up a self-hosted WordPress blog within minutes.
Why I recommend Siteground?
Before starting my blog I did a lot of research into finding a good web host and for me Siteground just ticked all the boxes. Based on my experience, I will definitely suggest it for beginners. These are some points that convinced me that I must go with Siteground
Great Uptime: As per research Siteground has an average uptime of 99.99% which in turn helps to load the site fast. If your site is slow you will lose your audience and it’s bad for your business. So choosing a right host which has a proven track record fast uptime is absolutely crucial and Siteground will give you that.
Excellent Customer Service: Siteground has an amazing customer service. There are two options of phone and live chat both of which are available 24/7. During my installation, I had to use the live chat option for some very simple queries. I must say I was really impressed with the prompt reply from their customer care executive each time I asked something.
Free SSL Certificates: Siteground gives free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates on all its account. An SSL certificate on your site ensures the user that it safe to browse the site. In fact in terms of ranking, Google algorithm too favours sites with SSL certificates.
Daily Backups: A big plus with Siteground is it does free daily back-ups with all its hosting plans. Therefore users don’t have to worry about any loss of data. For me this is a big plus as I can go on with my business without worrying about getting a backup of my content.
Money Back Guarantee: If you are not satisfied with Siteground services you can get ask for a refund within 30 days of signing up. So you have a window period to test Siteground services and that is really convenient from the customer’s point of view.
Shared hosting plans of Siteground
Here comes the best part, Siteground gives a 60% off on all its shared hosting plans if you pay upfront for either 12 months, 24 months or 36 months. The discounted rate makes it really affordable to buy the plans as well as saves the hassle of monthly renewal. You can get started right here to avail the discount.
What I would suggest is as a beginner you can pay for 12 months initially and later renew if you want to. It makes sense to do so and is pretty affordable when you consider the 60% discounted rate. I know people who have paid for a total of 36 months at a go because they trust Siteground’s solid reputation. And I can say this from my own experience Siteground services has been excellent so far.
StartUp Plan: I highly recommend this plan for beginners as it is affordable costing only $3.95 per month for the yearly subscription. The start up plan is best for when your blog traffic is low. It comes with 10 GB of space but you can host only one website with this plan. It is suitable for 10,000 monthly visits.
GrowBig Plan: This plan is best for those who have seen a spike in blog traffic and want to upgrade their hosting plan. It suitable for monthly visits 25,000 monthly visits. You will get 20 GB web space and get to host multiple sites.
GoGeek Plan: In this plan also you can host multiple websites. It is ideal for sites which have huge traffic as it accommodates 100,000 monthly visits. The web space allotted here is 30 GB. In addition you will have access to a number of premium features of Siteground.
Creating a blog with Siteground
Domain Registration (Step 1)
To start a blog you have to register your blog name or the domain name. Choose a domain name which will be easy to recall for your readers and which gives an idea about your blogging niche.
You can register your domain name with Siteground. It will cost you $15.95 annually or you register your domain name with domain registration service such as Namecheap. Here I must mention if you use Namecheap you can register your domain at a stretch till 10 years.
Another reason is that if in case you need to change your webhost in future, you can change it smoothly as your domain name is registered independently with an external register and not the webhost.
Go to Siteground homepage, choose your plan. You will be directed to the domain registration page. If you have already registered your domain click the second option ‘I already have a domain’ or else choose the first option to register your domain with Siteground.
Give your details (Step 2)
Next you will be required to give your name, email, password, address, payment details etc. You need to fill this information to create your Siteground account. While filling the details make sure write down the email and password somewhere separately because you will need these once you have created your account.
Also note Siteground has servers all around the planet so choose the server nearest to you. Suppose you are in Asia your server location will be Singapore.
There are extra services like domain privacy and SG scanner which you can opt for if you want; although I would suggest opting for domain privacy. Cross check everything; agree to the terms of service and hit the pay button. Congratulations! You have just registered your domain. Just a couple of more steps and you are done.
Verify your domain (Step 3)
Now open your email the one you had provided while opening your Siteground account. Your inbox will have several emails from Siteground containing sales receipt, verification of your domain name; after verifying your domain login to Siteground using your email and password.
Install WordPress (step 4)
Once you are logged click on the tab Customer Area<My Accounts<cpanel. In your cpanel you can install WordPress at just a click.
Now choose a username and password for your WordPress.org and voila you have created your website! Remember to note down your username and password you will need these details everytime you login into WordPress.
Next you will be signed into your WordPress dashboard. You dashboard is the place where all the action happens. You create and format your post. You customise your blog through themes and plugins.
Install a theme (step 6)
The next really important thing you need to do is choose your theme. There are so many free as well as paid themes. WordPress.org has thousands of free themes but if you are ready to stretch you budget I would say go for a paid theme. Creative Market has an amazing collection of paid themes.
So that’s it! You have successfully created your self-hosted blog all you need now is to start creating some content and make your blog go live.
Hope you found this post super useful. As you can see is actually pretty easy to create a blog so if you are itching to start one don’t dwell on it too much just do it. The sense of achievement after creating something on your own is amazing! So start now.