In this step by step tutorial, we are going to show you how to start a WordPress blog on Siteground. This article has been written keeping beginners in mind.
If you are a person who wants to start a WordPress blog and make money with it but doesn’t know how or where to get started, this tutorial is the perfect place to start your journey into the world of blogging and making money online.
As you may already know, blogging is one of the most effective ways of generating income online. There are thousands of people like you and me who earn a living online with blogging.
Getting started with blogging is relatively simple and also the barrier for entry is pretty low. Even if you don’t have web designing skills you can start a website or blog these days, thanks to the modern WYSIWYG style editors.
Today if you can type on your computer and click the mouse you can create a successful website or blog. It is that simple.
Don’t get us wrong. Making money from your blog isn’t very easy and we don’t make any money claims or give assurances.
Instead what we teach you here is to set up your own blog. Precisely speaking, we teach you how to start a WordPress blog on SiteGround hosting that can make you money from day one.
Can You Really Make Money from Blogging?
Yes, definitely. There are many ways to make money from your blog. We won’t be going into the details of how to make money from your blog in this article.
However, to encourage you a bit, we are going to share a small screenshot as our income proof, which shows the most recent commission we earned as ClickBank affiliates. This isn’t to brag, but just to show you that it can be done. And this will be the only time we are going to share our personal financial details on this blog, at least for now.
The month had just started and there was the following commission in our Clickbank account. The day was August 1st, and the ClickBank commission we earned that morning was around $466.84 for the sale amount of approximately $1170.
Here are the screenshots.
Steps Involved In Starting a WordPress Blog
Now let’s have a look at the steps involved in starting a blog on SiteGround or any other hosting for that matter. Below are the steps most of us follow while starting a new WordPress blog.
Niche selection or choosing a niche is the process of selecting the main topic for your blog. You need to choose a topic about which you are passionate and knowledgeable. The niche should have a target audience and also be profitable.
What use is blogging about a niche which doesn’t have readers and doesn’t generate income?
We have written a detailed article about how to choose a profitable niche for your blog. Read it if you want to know how exactly to choose a niche by brainstorming for new ideas.
The domain name is the address or the name of your website. It is the URL which your visitors type in the browser to get to your website.
You can either register a domain name at a third party domain registrar and connect it to your web hosting account or can register a domain name at your hosting provider itself.
We usually register the domain names at NameCheap and later connect it to our web hosting servers. And that’s what we are going to do in this tutorial.
Here is how to choose a domain name and register it at NameCheap. Registering a domain name at SiteGround is an easy process as well, but will cost you more.
If we compare your website to a house you are going to build, the domain name is the address of your house and the web hosting is the land on which you are going to build your house.
Web hosting companies provide you with these big computer servers where you can store all the files of your websites and blogs. Web hosting is the platform where your website is hosted.
It is due to these web hosts you can keep your website live 24×7 allowing your visitors to access the content of your website/blog any time of the day from anywhere in the world.
Now there are many things to consider while choosing the perfect web hosting for your blog. But whenever choosing the web hosting for our blogs we usually look at the uptime, the speed, the cost and the customer support offered by a particular web hosting company.
There are a lot of good web hosting services in the world right now. But the one we choose for small to medium-sized blogs/websites is SiteGround.
They are cost-efficient, fast, user-friendly, feature-packed and have a great customer support team.
WordPress is the content management system or the blogging platform that we will be using in this tutorial to start a blog on SiteGround.Although there are different content management systems WordPress is the first choice of many bloggers including us.
We don’t need to go into the nitty-gritty details of the mechanism behind the working of WordPress and the various methods of incorporating WordPress on our websites and blogs. Instead, we will show you below how to easily install WordPress with a few clicks on your website or blog without having any coding knowledge or technical skills.
Ok, those were the basic aspects of blogging every beginner should know. Now without further ado, let’s get started.
How To Start A WordPress Blog On SiteGround Hosting?
As mentioned above we will need to register a domain name first. It can be done at any domain registrar or at SiteGround itself.
For this tutorial, we will register the domain name at NameCheap and then connect it to the SiteGround hosting.
The minimum amount of investment you need to do right now to start a WordPress blog on Siteground is at least $50-60 (a rough estimate) which includes one year of web hosting and domain charges.
The whole process of starting a new WordPress blog can be divided into the following important phases. Registering the domain name, registering for a web hosting service, connecting the two, and installing WordPress on the domain.
To get started, head on to NameCheap to register the domain name. Click this link to get started. You will be taken to a page that looks similar to this.
Enter your desired domain name in the search box. If it is available for purchase, the result will be displayed as shown in the image below, along with the cost of that particular domain name.
Once you are happy with the domain name click the add to cart button. Now at this stage NameCheap will display a few add-ons, which you needn’t bother right now.
Even the SSL is provided by SiteGround for free, so don’t choose any of the addons at present and continue with the domain purchase.
Click on the ‘view cart’ button to continue.
Now choose the number of years for which you want to register your domain name. Also, keep the WhoIs protection on (It is a free service offered by NameCheap).
This allows you to hide your identity and other personal details from online stalkers. Once everything is done click on the ‘confirm order’ button.
Now on the next page, you will need to create an account. Enter the basic details like username, password, your first and last name, and the email address and click the ‘create account and continue button’.
On the next page add your card details and make the payment. You can also use PayPal to pay the domain registration fee.
And that’s about it.
Once your payment is completed successfully the domain details will be sent to your email address almost instantly.
You will receive another email from NameCheap asking you to verify the email address. Until you verify your email address the domain will not be activated.
Click on the verification link to verify your email address.
Now let’s move on to the second phase.
Registering for SiteGround Web Hosting Account
To register for the SiteGround web hosting account, click the link below.
Once you are on the Siteground page, click on the ‘get started’ button under the ‘web hosting tab’ as shown in the image below.
Now on the next page, choose the ‘Grow Big’ plan and click on the ‘get plan’ button.
Now, on the next page, you need to enter the domain name that you registered earlier on NameCheap. You can even choose to get a new domain name here, which may cost you an extra $15.
On the next page, you need to fill in some basic details such as your email address, first and last name, phone number, address, etc. You also need to create a unique password for your account.
Once that’s done enter your payment details. You can also choose your desired data center and the billing cycle period here.
We suggest you choose at least 12-24 month billing period to avail a huge discount on your hosting fee. You can get the Siteground Grow Big plan for $71.40 if you decide to sign up for a minimum of 12 months.
Fill in all the required details, agree to the terms and conditions and click on the ‘pay’ tab.
Congratulations, you have completed the registration of SiteGround web hosting service.
Now within a few minutes, you will receive emails from SiteGround containing your purchase receipt and the account access details.
Use your credentials to log in to your SiteGround account. Once you login to your account, another email containing your nameserver details will be sent to your inbox.
Connecting NameCheap to SiteGround
To connect your domain at NameCheap to the SiteGround hosting, login to your NameCheap account and click on the ‘Manage’ tab in front of your domain name.
Now go to the DNS section and choose ‘custom DNS’. Enter the SiteGround nameserver details here which you got through the email.
Enter the details and click on the ‘tick mark’ as shown in the image above.
Now you have successfully redirected your NameCheap domain to your SiteGround hosting account.
The change in NameServers may take from a few minutes to many hours depending on various factors.
So to continue further with installing WordPress on your domain name, you will have to wait for the NameServer changes to happen.
If you see a coming soon page or any other random page related to SiteGround when you type your domain name in the web browser, it indicates that your domain name is pointing to the Siteground hosting. If you are still seeing the NameCheap page, you will have to wait a bit more for the DNS propagation to take place.
Installing WordPress on Your Domain Name
We assume that your site is already pointing to your SiteGround web hosting account now. To install WordPress on your domain name, go to the SiteGround dashboard and access the ‘App Manager’.
Choose ‘WordPress’ from the applications list.
Enter your desired login details and email address and then click ‘install’.
And that’s it. You have successfully installed WordPress on your website on SiteGround web hosting account.
Once the installation is complete, you can access your website admin dashboard by typing yourdomainname/wp-admin
You can now enter your username and password details to go inside your WordPress dashboard.
And that’s about it.
We will see how to set up your blog properly with themes and plugins and different ways to make money from your blog in the next post.