In this post I will show you how to set up a WordPress blog with SiteGround.
I wish I knew so much when I was starting up my blog 3 years ago. It took me almost 2 months to figure out what kind of blog I needed. Where to get the domain, hosting, etc.. So here I am with my experience, ready to share everything with you guys.
- You need a domain name.
Make sure you choose something easy for the readers to remember. The cheapest place where you can buy a domain is www.godaddy.com you can buy domains here for as low as £0.89 for the first year, then £8.99 for the second year.
2. You need a hosting account.
This is where your website live on the internet. for this step the best place to go is www.siteground.com
To get a hosting account it will cost you £14.99 for one month, £39.60 for 12 months and £118.80 for 36 months. When I was not sure if this was a right hosting for me, I only went for a 1 month package, but SiteGround proved me right. I should have gone straight to 36 months package.
There are 3 hosting plans which are:
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
I would recommend going for the basic hosting plan as this is the cheapest option and has very good capacity for your blogs, before you decide to grow your website.
I have tried other web hosting companies before finding out about Siteground and believe me, they are the best! They have 24/7 dedicated support team who are so friendly. They will help you out on no matter what subject you are stuck on while creating your blog. I have been on their chats literally 24/7 before I understood how it really worked and they have helped me so much, I have no words to describe their amazing work.
So I would definitely recommend you to choose Siteground for your web hosting as they are really super special.
3. You need WordPress.
The biggest mistake beginners make when starting a blog is choosing the wrong blogging platform. Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making that mistake. Once you have sorted out our web hosting account, you need to install WordPress, this is what makes sense especially for fashion, beauty, lifestyle, parenting bloggers. WordPress is super easy to use and is the most exciting part of working on your own blog. Once you have your hosting account, you can log in to install the WordPress. WP also has some amazing plugins. I will do another blog-post on the best WordPress plugins so stay tuned for that.
4. You need a Theme.
Once you have the WordPress installed on your website, you can actually design it with some of the most beautiful themes from Pipdig. I have been using Pipdig themes for a very long time now and I am super happy with their designs, prices and support teams. It is super duper easy to purchase, install and play around with it. Believe me, no other themes will serve you better than Pipdig. The theme I am using on my blog is called Holly&Wave but you can of course choose the theme of your taste on their WordPress themes.