How to Install WordPress on Web Hosting (Siteground)
WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that’s been around for quite some time. It was initially developed for bloggers, but has since grown to become the world’s #2 CMS (after Drupal). Let’s dive into how to install WordPress on your new web hosting account with Siteground.
Step 1: Sign Up For A Hosting Account With Siteground
You can choose from three different hosting plans with Siteground, ranging from their starter plan all the way up to their most popular plan. If you’re just getting started, I recommend going with their StartUp plan. It comes with a free domain and allows you to install one website. You’ll love it because it’s so easy to use. Just follow the instructions below.
To get started, visit this special link and you’ll be landing on their hosting payment page. From here, you can click the Get Started button to proceed to their shared hosting plan.
On this next page, you’ll be asked to pick a domain for your website. If you don’t have a domain yet, you can purchase one through them. Don’t worry, they’ll get you set up with a free domain in no time. Once you have your domain, you can continue to their shared hosting plan.
Step 2: Install WordPress
Once you’ve purchased your domain, visit its DNS Records and update its A Record to point to your new host’s IP address. This step is very important because it will help ensure that your website can be found when someone types in its URL. You can also do this through your domain’s Manager. You’ll need to visit your domain’s settings and grab its IP address. Once you’ve got it, you can proceed to the next step.
To install WordPress, visit the WordPress website and download the latest version of the plugin. Once downloaded, open up the WordPress plugin folder and click the install button on the left-hand side. This will activate the WordPress installer. Follow the onscreen instructions to get the plugin installed. When asked to choose a theme for your site, don’t hesitate to choose one of their free themes or download a premium theme from their theme repository.
Once the plugin is installed, click on the Tools button to access the front-end of your WordPress site. You’ll now see a button that says Install WordPress From Scratch. Click it and you’ll be presented with a page that shows you all the available options for hosting your WordPress site. You can choose a plan that’s right for you from the dropdown menu.
Siteground provides you with instant WordPress installation thanks to a one-click installer. If you’ve followed these steps correctly, you’ll now have a functioning WordPress site.
Step 3: Configure Your New WordPress Site
To get the most out of your new WordPress site, you’ll need to configure it properly. Open up the Control Panel and click the Configuration tab. Here, you can adjust several settings pertaining to your WordPress site. For example, you can change the name of your site, upload a logo and create a custom-background image for your page. You can modify all these settings by simply clicking on their names to change them.
To make the most out of your new WordPress site, visit the Settings -> Reading page and read through the content carefully. There are a lot of settings that you can tune to increase your site’s performance. For example, you can change the number of articles you have per page, set up social media sharing on your site, or adjust the date format your site uses.
Step 4: Customize Your Site With The Theme You Choose
After configuring your WordPress site the way you want it, you can start upgrading it with a theme. To do this, visit the Appearance page and click the Themes tab. Here, you’ll see a list of all the themes available for WordPress. To choose a theme, simply click on its name to view its demo. You can also read through the comments left by previous theme users to get a feel for how others have configured their sites. Once you’ve chosen a theme, click Install to activate it.
You can now start customizing your site with the theme you chose. You can click on a module (such as Blog) to add content to it or drag and drop widgets (such as the Popular Posts widget) from the dashboard to place them on your site. Don’t forget to visit the Theme Options to make sure the theme is configured the way you want it.
Step 5: Enjoy Your New WordPress Site!
Once you’ve done all of that, you can simply go to your site’s front page and click on the Post icon to write and publish your first blog post. From there, you can click on the Menu icon to access your site’s main navigation menu. You can also visit your site’s stats to see how many visitors visit it each month and how many pages users access each day. Finally, don’t forget to check out the help page if you’re stuck somewhere.
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems around because it’s easy to use and offers a large number of features. If you’ve never created a blog or website before, this might be a good choice for you as it provides you with a functional, looking website in a matter of minutes.