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Day 1: Set Up WordPress

How To Sign Up For Hosting And Install WordPress

Action Plan

Step 1: Sign Up For SiteGround Hosting And Install WordPress

We use SiteGround hosting in our video tutorials throughout this challenge.

Why This Step Is Important

Every WordPress website requires web hosting. We recommend using SiteGround hosting for your website and here’s why we love SiteGround:

1) Their customer support team is amazing. This is the #1 thing that sets SiteGround apart from other (similar priced) hosting companies. It only takes a few seconds to be connected to a live chat support agent that is extremely knowledgeable and will quickly assist you in resolving your issue.

2) SiteGround has consistently proven themselves to stay on the cutting edge of technology. For example, they were one of the first to offer free SSL certificates and PHP 7 standard on all servers. They continue to add innovative features such as their new easy-to-use control panel, site migrator plugin, and free daily backups with one-click restores.

If you’re serious about your website, you won’t be disappointed with SiteGround.

Sign Up For SiteGround Hosting

Click the button below to view SiteGround’s pricing and begin the order process.

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to sign up for SiteGround, which plan to choose, and how to install WordPress during your account setup.

Video Summary

  • Visit SiteGround
  • Who should choose the StartUp plan (0:45)
  • Who should choose the GrowBig plan (0:54)
  • Begin the checkout process (1:16)
  • Select “I already have a domain name” (1:23)
  • How to choose a data center location (1:51)
  • Choose how many months you want at 60% off (2:25)
  • Submit your order and check your email for the confirmation (3:20)
  • Save your login details for SiteGround (3:40)
  • Log in to SiteGround and begin the WordPress setup wizard (3:52)
  • Start the WordPress installation process (3:58)
  • No need to add the SG Site Scanner (4:32)

(I signed up for hosting and installed WordPress)

Step 2: Change Your Domain's Nameservers In Hover


Why This Step Is Important

This step is extremely important because your website will not be accessible until you complete this step. Also, keep in mind that once you change your nameservers, it may take up to 24 hours before your website is accessible online (typically it only takes a few minutes).

Visit Hover

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to change your domain’s nameservers in your Hover account with the correct SiteGround information.

Video Summary

  • Your website won’t work until you change your nameservers (0:08)
  • Log into your Hover account (0:22)
  • Where to edit your domain’s nameservers (0:35)
  • Log into your SiteGround account (0:50)
  • Where to find your SiteGround nameservers (0:55)
  • Copy and paste the two nameservers shown in your SiteGround admin (1:06)
  • Save changes (1:22)
  • It may take up to 48 hours before your website is accessible (1:30)

(I changed my domain's nameservers)

FAQ


Why do you recommend SiteGround?

After testing a lot of other hosting providers (Bluehost, HostGator, etc.), we always come back to SiteGround. Their admin is more intuitive, their support is more knowledgeable, and they are always coming out with new features and upgrades.

Here are the two main reasons we love SiteGround:

1) Their customer support team is amazing. This is the #1 thing that sets SiteGround apart from other (similar priced) hosting companies. It only takes a few seconds to be connected to a live chat support agent that is extremely knowledgeable and will quickly assist you in resolving your issue.

2) SiteGround has consistently proven themselves to stay on the cutting edge of technology. For example, they were one of the first to offer free SSL certificates and PHP 7 standard on all servers. They continue to add innovative features such as their site migrator plugin and free daily backups with one-click restores.

Which SiteGround plan should I choose?

This depends on how many websites you want to create. If you are only creating one website, we recommend choosing the StartUp plan.

If you are creating multiple websites, we recommend choosing the GrowBig plan (the GrowBig plan allows unlimited websites under one account).

How much does SiteGround hosting cost?

The initial cost for the StartUp plan is $4/month. You can purchase up to three years at the $4/month price. After three years, the cost will be $8-10/month depending on the discounts offered to you at the time of renewal. Pricing promotions like this are standard in the industry.

Can I host more than one website with my account?

Yes. You can host an unlimited number of websites if you choose the GrowBig plan (the StartUp plan only allows one website).

Which server location should I choose?

If you watch our video tutorial we discuss this in detail. In general, you want to choose a server that’s closest to your customers. So if your customers are in the United States, you should pick a United States server. If your customers are in Europe, you should pick a European server. The closer your server is to your customers, the faster your website will load for those customers.

How long does it take for my nameservers to be updated?

This usually takes less than an hour, however, sometimes it can take up to 24-48 hours for the nameservers to be updated. Your website won’t be accessible until this process is finished.

Will there be renewal discounts?

Yes, when it comes time to renew your hosting, you will be offered 20-30% off of the regular price for your plan (depending on how many years you agree to renew).

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Our "Website In A Weekend" challenge is supported by the small affiliate commissions we receive from SiteGround Hosting and Elementor Pro. Other than this, we are not associated with SiteGround or Elementor in any way.