WordPress Tutorial #2
Before you can build a website, you need to host it somewhere. Most new sites use a shared hosting account, which is the least expensive way to start. (Click here to see a discussion of the different types of hosting.)
Setting up a shared hosting account is generally straightforward. Here are your step-by-step instructions for setting up a site with Siteground. (If you’re choosing a different host, the basic steps will be similar.)
Siteground has very good customer service reps, so if you’re unsure what type of hosting you need, or which plan to select, feel free to chat with a representative before you start the order. You can call, or click the Live Chat link in the upper right-hand corner of the website.
#1. Choose your Plan
If you have only one site, the Startup plan is fine. Click the Order Now button.
#2. Enter Your Domain Name
If you already registered your domain, type it in under “I Have a Domain Name.” The format will be mydomain.com. You don’t need any special symbols. For this site, I would type in wpbuildingblocks.com.
#3. Enter Your Account Information
Fill in the requested personal information, which includes:
- First name
- Last name
- Email address
- Street address
- Zip code
- Phone number
- Password (enter it twice)
#4. Provide Payment Information
Scroll down, and enter your billing information.
#5. Confirm Your Hosting Plan
Scroll down again, and enter information about your hosting plan.
Siteground has already filled in the hosting plan you selected at the beginning, and the data center location nearest to you. If you want to change either of these, click the icon next to that detail, and a dropdown box will open where you can scroll to select a different plan or data center.
Select the time period — trial, 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months.
If you don’t want the HackAlert Monitoring, click the checkbox to deselect it.
Confirm you’ve read the Terms of Service, and click the blue Pay Now button.
Once you’ve successfully completed your order, a screen pops up to tell you your account has been created successfully.
“Thank you for purchasing SiteGround Hosting services! We are currently processing your order. In case you have not received your Welcome email within the next 1 hour, please contact us via our LiveChat or call our toll free number.
Shortly after that, you’ll receive an email with your login information.
#7. Log into Siteground
That’s it — you’ve set up your hosting account!
Do you have a question about setting up your hosting account with Siteground? Use the form below.