You might have already made the decision to have a self-hosted blog, but now you’re wondering how the heck you get it all set up in the first place. If you’re anything like I was, this is the part where you get intimidated by all the technical stuff that starts coming your way.
But I promise its not nearly as hard as it seems. So take a deep breath, grab a beverage of choice, and lets get started…
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How to Start a Blog
I’m going to assume you’ve already picked a hosting company, and for the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to assume its SiteGround. It’s what I use despite having used BlueHost and HostGator in the past.
I know that recommendation goes against the grain a bit, as many people recommend BlueHost, but I’ve had a number of websites over the years with all three of these host companies, and I promise that SiteGround is by far the best.
I’m planning a future blog post that breaks down all the reasons why I prefer Siteground. But you can also go to their site and talk to one of their reps about any worries you might have. That’s what I did, and it convinced me even more that they were the right choice. I honestly can’t say enough good things about their customer service, especially for helping out newbies or people that aren’t super techies.
All right. With that out of the way, onwards and upwards and all that.
First head on over to the SiteGround homepage:
And scroll down to where you see these options. Click on “LEARN MORE” under “WEB HOSTING”
Then you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this.
You can read through all the options here, but if you’re just creating your first website or blog, I recommend just going for the “START UP” plan. It’s the cheapest one, easy to get started and you can always upgrade when you need to.
Then you’ll need to enter your domain
Then you’ll end up here:
Enter in the email and password of your choice and proceed to the next screen.
Then you’ll need to enter your information and your credit card info.
Then you’ll need to choose the period of time you want.
You can choose 1, 12, 24 or 36 months. This is the thing I love about SiteGround – with the exception of choosing one month (where you’ll have to pay a 15 dollar set up fee) it’s the same price per month no matter how many months you choose. Most hosts charge you more if you want anything less than 36 months. And let’s be honest, when you’re first starting out its hard to plan beyond 12 months!
So, I’d recommend choosing the 12 month option, but if you’re feeling confident – go for a longer time if you wish! It’s definitely a good deal because you can keep the discount for longer.
Next up is the Extra Services screen.
You can pick which extras you like. The domain privacy is a good one to have, because when you register a domain if you don’t have domain privacy people can find your personal information, like the home address you used to register. I highly recommend it!
Then click “PAY NOW”
Then you can log in to your account, and you’ll be taken inside.
Next, we’re going to help you get WordPress installed. WordPress is a content management system that serves as a framework for your blog so that you can have a beautiful and functional website without having to know any HTML. For those of us that aren’t uber techie, it is amazing. Plus, there’s tons of ways to configure it to what you want – but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Like I was saying, you’ll want to get into your account.
Once in you’ll see a screen like this one.
Click on CPANEL:
You’ll see a big panel of options and you want to go under the one that says “WORDPRESS TOOLS”. You’ll see a big W and it will say “WordPress Installer”. Click that and follow the prompts.
Once WordPress is installed, you’ll get taken to your WordPress login screen which looks like this:
Log in with the credentials you created.
Boom! You’re set and ready to go! Now you can start blogging your heart out. Easy, right?
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