How to Set Up a Website Hosting Account

WordPress Tutorial #2

Domains and Hosting

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.)

You need to host your website somewhere. Shared hosting is the least expensive.Click To TweetSetting 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.

chat with a representative

#1. Choose your Plan

If you have only one site, the Startup plan is fine. Click the Order Now button.

Choose your Siteground Plan

#2. Enter Your Domain Name

Enter your domain information

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

Fill in the requested personal information, which includes:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Company
  • Email address
  • State/Province
  • City
  • Street address
  • Zip code
  • Phone number
  • Password (enter it twice)

#4. Provide Payment Information

Scroll down, and enter your billing information.

Enter billing information

#5. Confirm Your Hosting Plan

Scroll down again, and enter information about your hosting plan.

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. I do recommend it, though. They’ve recently switched to using Sucuri for this service, and Sucuri is pretty much the best in the site security business. If you purchased your own account with Sucuri, you’d pay about $200 annually instead of the $18 annual fee you’ll pay for it this way.

Confirm you’ve read the Terms of Service, and click the blue Pay Now button.

#6. Congratulations!

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.

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Comments

  1. Carl Gitchel says:

    Susanna,

    I enjoy your posts on the MMW Groupsite!

    I need to build a basic site for my new-and-exciting freelance copywriting career. My question is: when signing up for bluehost, do you think any of the extra services are necessary? I’m not sure if a solo-preneur needs SiteLock, Site Backup and Jumpstart.

    Thanks!

    Carl

    • Hi Carl,

      Thanks. I think the Backup is worthwhile. Not absolutely necessary, as you can easily back up your site yourself. But for all the aggravation you can avoid if your site gets compromised, I think it’s a reasonable investment. If you’re not sure, you can always add it later — you don’t have to get it up front.

  2. dawn engler says:

    Oh boy, so I used bluehost to install WordPress, but it seems to be just pointing to my blog site. Have a done something wrong? I thought I’d be building from scratch.

    • Do they have the same domain name, Dawn? IN that case, Bluehost would just point to your blog.

      • dawn engler says:

        Thanks Suzanna…that’s what I thought might happen. I pointed the domain name at the blog, but then later realized through reading your goodies, that I needed the wordpress.org, not the .com in order to build a proper website. So the domain name is in the wrong spot.
        That’ll teach me to try and think techie!

        • Dawn, it’s not hard to fix. Send me an email (use the Contact Me form) and we’ll take a look. 🙂

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