I expect you’ve landed on this page because you’d like to start a blog to share your story and provide encouragement for others. You can find pages similar to this on many sites. But, I won’t leave you with only this information. You’ll find additional pages to guide you step-by-step from Hosting to Posting.
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Three parts are required to start a self-hosted WordPress blog or website.
A hosting account
A copy of WordPress.org software
You may register your domain with the same or separate company as your hosting service. Domain registration requires an annual renewal fee. The company who manages your domain registration and renewal is the domain registrar.
Your next step is to choose a hosting service. Just as you install software programs on your computer and create files that are stored on your computer, you will need to choose a location to install the software from WordPress.org and store your website’s files and database. I recommend and am an affiliate for SiteGround which has a reputation for consistent uptimes and excellent customer service for shared hosting plans. Most hosting services offer a discounted rate when you create your account and, at your annual renewal, charge the standard rate. If your budget permits, you can often purchase a 2-3 year hosting account at the initial low rate.
Here is a guide of what we will cover in registering a domain and setting up a hosting account with SiteGround.
Visit the cPanel
Create email address and add forwarder
The first few slides guide you through the steps to registering a domain and setting up a hosting account with SiteGround.
Visit SiteGround.com to create your hosting account. Click on Web Hosting in the top menu.
Choose the Start Up plan and click the blue Order Now button. The $3.95 a month is paid annually.
Once you have chosen a hosting plan, you will need to enter a domain. You have a choice to registering your own domain or using a domain registered elsewhere.
Complete the client and payment information requested on this page.
In the Hosting Services section, you can lock in the introductory price for 12, 24, or 36 months. In the Extra Services section, you’ll see the fee for your Domain Registration, the option to include Domain Privacy, and the option to include SG Site Scanner. Domain Privacy replaces your user information with a proxy address. This prevents companies and individuals from seeing who owns a particular domain. We will set up other security methods instead of the SG Site Scanner service.
You’ll arrive on this page with the option to Proceed to Customer Area.
This the Home screen for the customer area. You’ll want to click on the My Accounts tab.
Your next step is to install WordPress. Click on the Go to cPanelbutton.
The cPanel screen offers icon links to many functions. Locate the Autoinstallers section and the WordPress icon. Clicking the WordPress icon will take you to the installation screen.
Click the blue Install button.
Now you need to complete the Software Setup form.
- Choose Protocol – Your choices are http:// or https://. If you have already purchased a SSL (security) Certificate for your site, https://. Otherwise, choose http://. SiteGround provides a free certificate that you can add to your site at a later point in the tutorial.
- Choose Domain – Usually, this is the domain you choose registered or entered during the account setup.
- In Directory – Leave this field blank.
- If you know your site name, you can enter it here.
- If you have determined your site tagline, you can enter it here.
- Enable Multisite – Leave this box unchecked.
Next is the creation of your username and password for your Admin Account.
- Admin Username – DO NOT use the word Admin in this field. This will be the username to log in to your WordPress site.
- Admin Password – Make this strong and write it down.
- Admin Email – An email address to which you have easy access
- Select Language – Defaults to English – Change if needed.
- Limit Login Attempts – Check this box.
- Choose a Theme to install – Leave this field set to None.
Once you have completed the form, click the gray Install button.
Hosting Domain WordPress
Once the installation process is complete, you’ll see a confirmation screen with the Congratulations message.
Check your inbox for several email messages from SiteGround. If you register a new domain, you may receive a VERIFICATION REQUIRED message. Respond to this message and save a copy of these message in a safe place.
You can now access your new WordPress website. http://yourdomain.com will show you the front of your website. http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin will cause the login screen to appear. You will use the username and password you just created.
Before you start the initial set up of your site, access the cPanel again to create a new email address.
You will be creating a domain-based email address. Gmail and other email clients now prefer that messages like newsletters or blog posts updates be sent from a domain-based email address.
Once you have created your new email address, visit your cPanel again and click on the Forwarders icon.
Click the Add Forwarder button.
Put the name of the email address you wish to forward from in the first blank field. For example: for email@example.com, put user in the first blank field.
You can choose the address the incoming mail should be forwarded.
Click the Add Forwarder button.