The process to getting up and running with your own WordPress blog has gotten easier over time, but if you’ve got about 30 minutes, we can have you up and running. There are 2 primary things you need in order to setup your WordPress site:
- A Domain name, which is the name of your site (like bloggingwithwp.com)
- A hosting account with WordPress, where your site will exist on the internet)
That’s it! Even better is that we’ve got a deal with SiteGround that will give you this domain free when you sign up for their extremely affordable hosting accounts.
SiteGround is known for their speed and reliability, and is one of the hosting companies that WordPress recommends itself.
Setting up hosting with SiteGround
To get started visit SiteGround and then click on the ‘Choose Plan’ button.
They offer 3 plans of WordPress Hosting, “StartUp”, “GrowBig”, and “GoGeek”. You can’t go wrong with any of these plans however if there is even the slightest chance you might start a 2nd blog (believe us, it can get addicting), you should jump right in with the GrowBig plan, as it allows for unlimited sites.
The price might seem a little steep to begin with, but remember, you’re getting some of the best hosting out there, and you’re getting a free domain (normally $14.99).
Now that you’ve decided on your plan, you’ll be met with SiteGrounds awesome configuration and checkout all in one page, saving you time. First step is to choose ‘Get a new hosting account’.
The next step is to pick your domain name. Not only do you get this domain for free, but you get to pick from a list of free ‘TLDs’ as well like .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .us, or .nl.
After picking a domain name, it’s time to pick your plan. Like I said above, I just recommend that you start with the GrowBig package as it’s got a great value for what’s provided.
Once your plan is selected you have a small area to review your configuration, including adding on some features. If you went with the GrowBig plan like I suggest, you’ll get a free domain and free SSL for the first year. That’s more than almost a $100 value. The next step is to review your price and pay. Remember, this is for 1 year of hosting, domain and SSL certificate, you can’t beat those prices! All in all that’s less than $8 per month!
What are you waiting for?