You have decided to start a blog.
if you are anything like me, you do not really know where to start. Begin with reading our post why you should start a blog with WordPress to help you decide if you wish to have a self-hosted blog (we definitely recommend!).
If you decide so, you will need to find a reliable hosting provider. Lucky for you, your search has finished! SiteGround has probably the best hosting for small businesses at the moment and we cannot recommend it enough.
Follow our guide how to start a WordPress blog with SiteGround and your blog will be ready in 8 easy steps.
#1 WHY SITEGROUND?
Five years ago when I started blogging, I had no idea what I am doing. The resources were still pretty limited and I followed the advice I was able to find around the web. I read somewhere it was the best to start a self-hosted blog, so I did (even though I did not really know why).
Unfortunately, I have put the price over quality and chose iPage for my first host. After almost 2 years of constant problems with server, downtimes and bad customer service, we decided to switch to SiteGround.
Our life has been wonderful ever since and we never looked back!SiteGround has the best shared hosting for small businesses and bloggers out there!Click To Tweet
SiteGround has proven as:
- fast hosting provider
- very reliable!
- plus you get a free SSL certificate
Being a user of SiteGround is fantastic! We have zero problems, and even when we find something we need help with, their customer service is equally great.
They say they have 24/7 customer service – but honestly, you will not need them. How great is that? Even more, in the past three years, we had maybe one or two downtimes. They were so short and unimportant we do not even remember.
#2 CHOOSE A RIGHT PLAN
SiteGround has several different hosting platforms for different needs and company sizes. If you are a small business and (or) just starting out, their shared web hosting will be more than enough.
For bigger companies or higher performance needs, we recommend cloud or enterprise hosting.
Bloggers and small business owners should definitely choose their best seller, shared web hosting.Start small, you can easily upgrade your hosting plan whenever you need.Click To Tweet
if you are just starting out and you will use one website only (no multiple websites, no subdomains) >>> choose a START UP plan which is great for sites up to 10 000 visits per month.
- you will get free site transfer
- 24/7 support
- unlimited traffic
- free Cloudfare and SSL certificate
Once you reach monthly 10 000 visits, you can easily upgrade to a GROW BIG plan. This package is also great for anyone using multiple sites or subdomains.
- you get everything as with a start up plan
- + priority technical support
- + super-cacher for great speed
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#3 CHOOSE A DOMAIN
Before you commit yourself, think about the domain you wish to buy.
You can do it directly through SiteGround (recommended) or buy them externally through sites like GoDaddy.The best domains are short, easy to remember and type. Don't try to play smart - be simple.Click To Tweet
5 tips for choosing a domain name:
- always go for .com domain – other domains are ok, but .com is excellent (.net or .org can be good alternatives)
- if .com domain is taken, you do not want to register the same .net domain – you will have direct competition and can be seen as a copycat
- domains should be as short as possible (up to 3 or 4 words)
- easy to remember and easy to type
- check if the same names are available on social sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, …
Check if the domain is available and if it is – then go for it!Always go for .com domain. Other domains are ok, but .com is excellent!Click To Tweet
#4 PAY FOR HOSTING AND EXTRAS
After choosing your hosting plan, you can decide where would you like your server to be located. They have 5 options: London, Amsterdam, Milano, Singapore and Chicago (hint: choose the one closest to your target audience for the best experience).
You can also choose if you wish to buy hosting for 12, 24 or 36 months. If you are sure you will be using the hosting for a longer period of time – buy 36 months if you can. You will get 50% off for the whole period. Once you will be extending the service, the price will be much higher!
We also recommend adding the domain privacy so not everybody can find out your personal details and address.
Once you have chosen the desired services, SiteGround will ask you to put in your personal details, create an account and choose a method of payment. One more click and – voila!
#5 START SET UP WIZZARD AND INSTALL WORDPRESS
Installing a WordPress is super simple and you can definitely do it yourself. SiteGround offers 1 click install and it is not a biggie at all.
Login to your SiteGround account you created in the previous step.
Click on “my accounts” and choose “Go to cPanel” as shown below.
Find “Autoinstallers” menu and choose WordPress.
Enter desired username and password (remember this because you will use it to log in to your site) and choose if you wish to use an HTTP or HTTPS site. Https is recommended and SiteGround gives you one year free SSL certificate!
Congrats, you have just installed WordPress!
To access your site go to “yourdomain.com/wp-login” and enter the username and password you have chosen.
#6 PICK A THEME
If you are serious about blogging, you will want to have a serious theme too.
There are tons of different WordPress themes, but we honestly recommend Divi and Extra by Elegant Themes. They are both responsible, fast, totally customizable and they look great.Divi and Extra by Elegant Themes are awesome and fully customizable themes for you blog.Click To Tweet
Extra is a bit more bloggers friendly as you can choose category layouts (if you are into that), but both Divi and Extra are awesome for bloggers and small businesses. You can create pretty much any site you wish.
They also include Divi builder, the best visual builder and the only one you will ever need.
#7 HAVE FUN
Blogging can be stressful and tiring if you are trying to do it all.
Stop trying to be perfect and be real.
You do not need to have 8 social media accounts and write 74 posts a week. Find your own schedule and social media you and your audience both like.
Don’t get caught in “gotta do it all” mindset – you will forget why you start all of this.
And that’s to HAVE FUN.
#8 EARN SOME BUCKS
So you started blogging and you could definitely earn some bucks from it.
If you are in love with SiteGround as we are, the easiest way how to do it is to become a SiteGround Affiliate.
For each sale you make, you will get at least 40 EUR and you can easily pay off a year value of hosting in just a few clicks! How cool is that?!
If you wish to learn more about affiliate marketing and various ways how to earn money from your blog, we recommend you to take the best course out there – Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
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