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. I recently upgraded to the GROW BIG plan which is a bit more expensive.
(The START-UP Plan is good for one website that will not exceed 10,000 monthly visits.)
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.
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.”
2) THEN, On the next screen, you’ll confirm the setup and terms of service by checking the confirmation box, then click “Complete Setup.”
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.”
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.
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.