In my last post, I took a deep-dive into blog hosting.
Specifically, I talked about:
- What blog hosting is.
- The role of a blog hosting company.
- Things to think about before choosing a blog hosting company.
- Thing to look for in a blog hosting company.
- My top two recommended hosting companies.
In this post, I am going to show you how to set up your blog hosting if you decide to go with SiteGround (affiliate link).
Just as a reminder…
SiteGround is a great hosting company for the hands-on DIY type blogger who is comfortable with learning and managing the tech aspects of setting up a WordPress blog.
I specifically recommend them for the financially strapped NEW blogger. One who is looking for fast, secure and reliable blog hosting…on a budget.
The reason for this is that they have a really inexpensive starter plan – called the StartUp plan.
It’s important to understand that if you have a strong business building focus with your blog and plan on working fast and hard…you will likely outgrow SiteGround’s starter plan pretty quickly. Which means that you’ll be faced with higher hosting costs.
Now, if you monetize your blog quickly, that shouldn’t be an issue. Your income will offset the price increase.
But if you don’t monetize quickly, you could find yourself faced with cost prohibitive hosting fees.
So…think carefully about what you want to do with your blog.
If you are a brand new blogger, then I would recommend the SiteGround StartUp plan if you are on a tight budget – as it’s one of the most inexpensive yet high quality starter hosting plans out there. I would also recommend it if you are not yet sure if blogging is your “thing.” Or, if you’re not yet sure how much time you are going to have to put into your blog.
If you are a beginning blogger who KNOWS that it’s your goal to make money blogging, then I would strongly encourage you to check out Webs by Amy (not an affiliate link).
Yes, it’s more upfront, but she does offer a monthly pay option (SiteGround doesn’t). She will install WordPress and your SSL certificate for you. And she’ll load you up with a premium theme and premium plugins (which you’d have to pay for otherwise).
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me show you how to set up your SiteGround Hosting.
Which SiteGround Hosting Package Should You Choose?
As you can see from the image below, SiteGround offers various web hosting packages.
As a blogger, the one you want to choose is the “Managed WordPress Hosting” option. Once you select that option, you’ll see three different levels of plans. There is the StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek.
There are a few things you need to be aware of when choosing your plan.
The first is that the price you are seeing is a discounted rate. You have the option of locking in that rate for up to three years.
However, whatever term you choose – one to three years – you have to pay the FULL amount up-front.
Once the term you have paid for is up, your price will go up to the regular price listed (which is 3x the discounted price).
The other thing to be aware of is that the special pricing is ONLY available at the initial time of purchase. It does not apply towards plan upgrades.
So let’s say that you purchase the most basic plan – the StartUp – and then a year later you have outgrown it and want to upgrade to the GrowBig plan, you will be billed at the regular price for the GrowBig Plan. And once again, you’ll have to pay the annual amount (they don’t offer a monthly payment plan).
Here is what the SiteGround support had to say about it:
For this reason – because you only get one chance at the discounted rate – choose the highest level plan you can afford, for as long as you can afford it.
Or, choose the StartUp plan for a year, and then plan on switching hosting to Webs By Amy.
Once you have made your selection, you’ll be re-directed to the domain page.
If you don’t already have a domain, then I recommend that you purchase your domain separately. Don’t register it with SiteGround (or whichever other hosting company you choose). You can read about why, here.
So if you haven’t already registered your domain, go ahead and do that, and then come back here and select “I already have a domain.” You’ll see that they give you a place to enter it.
From there you create your account and add in your payment information.
As you can see, under purchase information – you have the option of choosing your time “period.” By default it’s set to 12 months, however, you can choose up to 36 months.
You will also see additional services offered which you have the option to pay for. Which services you see offered may vary.
Once you finish paying, your account will be created and you will see the following box pop up:
Select the “don’t need help now” option and hit confirm.
Your new hosting account is ready for the next step.
Note that you will have received a few emails. Be sure to save the one with the subject line: “Important information about your new hosting account.”
In particular, you want to make note of the section of the email that says “don’t forget to update your DNS settings.
You’re going to need those settings in order to connect your domain to your hosting account.
But that’s something I’ll show you how to do in the next post.
Congratulations! You now have a SiteGround Blog Hosting Account.
*Please note that I am an affiliate for SiteGround. What that means is that if you choose to sign up for SiteGround using my link I receive a commission (thank you!). It does not affect your price at all.