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Soo you’re all set to start a WordPress website!
You’re in good company, WordPress powers 25% of the internet.
To make you feel sure of your choice, here are a few notable people/companies that use WordPress: Beyonce (yep!), The New Yorker, BBC America, The Walt Disney Company etc.
So WP (as WordPress is fondly.. or more conveniently called) has two versions wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
This post is about the self hosted version of WP which is WordPress.org.
I definitely recommend the self hosted version to anybody who is serious about making money through their blog.
In this guide we will see how to make a WP site using Siteground in an easy-peasy way. NO CODING WHAT-SO-EVER.
Within 30 mins you are going to be posting posts/pages to your brand new site (or move posts + pages from your old site, which Siteground will do for you for free btw).
When starting a self hosted WP site you need 3 things:
1. A web host
2. A domain
3. A theme (we’ll discuss this in another post)
Choosing a Web Host Company:
With so many options available choosing a web hosting company can prove to be tedious for many new bloggers. What with all the gobbledygooky technical terms.
I personally used Bluehost before and switched after their customer care became terrible.
The most important parameters to consider when choosing a hosting service -even if you are not so techy- are price (duh!), uptime, speed, server response time and CUSTOMER SUPPORT.
I’ll compare the prices last, because I want you to see how important the other parameters are (especially when the price ranges are comparable).
Let’s get started:
1. UP TIME
Up time is the amount of time the server is up and running. The server is where your site is stored, so this can be translated as, the amount of time YOUR SITE IS UP AND RUNNING.
In this matter, both of them are comparable. And they offer good up times.
2. SPEED AND SERVER RESPONSE TIME
Speed is.. er.. speed. Server response time is how long the server takes to send you your request (an image, a page, a file etc).
Both of them result in a fast or slow site. You obviously want your site to be fast. According to a survey, a site that takes more than 3 sec to load loses about 50% traffic.
SITEGROUND: Siteground is known for their superfast -think Edward Cullen- servers.
This is a result of their state-of-the-art hardware, free Supercacher and CDN (all fancy-schmancy but good) services.
BLUEHOST: Bluehost offers good speeds too.
But Siteground imo is faster.
3. CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
This in my opinion is a VERY VERY important factor. Even if you are a web expert, you will sometimes talk/chat to customer care reps.
Caution: This is purely my opinion.
I moved from Bluehost because of this. Based on my own experience and several experiences I’ve seen online, their customer support is absolutely terrible.
They take forever to respond, and when they do, it’s a curt response like “Hey, thanks for contacting our support”.
And even when they do reply, more often than not, they didn’t help me.
If you are a brand new blogger, you might not need this. But if you want to migrate your site from one host to your new one (Siteground or Bluehost).
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These are the comparisons for Shared hosting which is used by most bloggers.
With that aside, let’s see how you can launch your WordPress website with Siteground.
1. Choose your plan
Go to Siteground. Just as you go to the site, you will see this.
Click on See Plans to see what plans they have to offer.
At the very basic level Siteground offers 3 plans, they are:
GrowBig and ($5.95/mo)
Which one should you choose?
It depends, but I’ll try to give you some advice.
For most bloggers, in the beginning the site is going to be relatively small and so will the traffic.
You can get started with the StartUp or GrowBig plans.
Between these, the most important things to consider are the number of sites and visitors.
StartUp plan let’s you host 1 site and a traffic of up to 10,000 visitors.
The GrowBig plan lets you host multiple websites.
So, if you want to host MORE THAN ONE SITE, you have to go for the GrowBig plan.
The GoGeek plan is for you if you plan to have an ecommerce site or have advanced features.
Also keep in mind that you will be charged annually and not monthly.
2. CHOOSE YOUR DOMAIN
Once you select your plan (I chose the GrowBig plan), click on Order Now.
You will be taken here:
You have to type in the domain name you want. Domain name is the name of your websites, mine is superchargeyour.blog
While choosing a domain name, make sure it is something that resonates who you are and what you blog about.
Also, try to keep it short, and it must be simple enough so that your readers can type it without making errors.
3. REVIEW AND PAY
So you’ve chosen your plan and domain, you are one step away from your site.
Here, you have to enter your details -correctly- and then choose how long you want to pay for.
Note: The 60% off applies for as long as you pay for, NOW (if you pay for a year, it applies for one year and then goes to the regular price. If you pay for two, it goes to the regular price after two years and so on).
Finally, hit pay now!
Siteground has a quick one click WordPress installation service. You can find it here: WordPress Install on Siteground.
But if you don’t want to do that, you can always message them and have them install it for you (how awesome!).
Well that’s it, you are now the proud owner of a brand new WP website.