1. Domain Name Set up through SiteGround

It’s no mistake that WordPress powers 30% of the web. It’s a straightforward web content management system that’s free to use. With a little exploring, a novice with a healthy dose of curiosity can figure out how to get their blog up and running.  This makes knowing the steps of WordPress Setup very, very important!

Not every aspect of starting a blog is free, however. Hosting your website and your domain name are both services that you need to purchase. 

Anyone wishing to start on a website may start on a domain hosting website, such as Siteground or BlueHost. SiteGround will be the one we discuss, as it is one of the most popular and reliable domain hosting sites out there.

Next, you’ll want to create a new domain and enter a domain name (domain names can be purchased through your domain hosting website or through sites like GoDaddy). You’ll want to choose a domain name that effectively communicates what you are trying to sell and what your business is all about. After selecting a domain name, you have several add-on options available, such as Domain Privacy Protection and SiteLock security. We highly recommend Domain Privacy Protection as it protects any personal information of yours that is tied to your new website

2. Plugins, and hosting, and pages, oh my!

After establishing your domain, WordPress hosting is available for purchase through SiteGround itself. Creating a hosting account will allow you to create any website you like – your imagination is the limit! The account can be created in the WordPress Content Management System (or Joomla, Magento), or you may want to create your site in HTML. After creating your account in WordPress, you can re-access the admin side by typing in your website’s URL, followed by “/wp-admin/.”
Ex “mybusiness.com/wp-admin/.”

When you begin initially creating your website, you will see the WordPress dashboard. The essential aspects of the dashboard at the beginning are “Pages” and “Plugins.” Learn how about how to utilize the WordPress Dashboard here. 

Clicking “Pages” will allow you to create, edit, and organize all your webpages. The pages section is for sections or pages that will likely not change very much. “About,” “Contact,” etc. Posts are articles that are added as time goes on based on trends, interests, etc.

The “Plugins” tab is where you will find all the updates for your site’s plug-ins. A good rule to use is that every time you log into your site, you should update your plug-ins if you can! Or, if you are a web designer running multiple sites, whenever one needs a plug-in update, the others will likely need a plug-in update too.


3. Choosing your Theme

The WordPress Web Design Dashboard has one more integral function – allowing you to view your actual website at any point. You can do this by going to the Dashboard and hovering over the “Welcome” section and clicking “Visit Site.” At this point, the site will be a blank slate. To begin building your unique website, you will need to choose a theme. We recommend the Divi Theme – learn why here!

By using the Divi theme through WordPress, you can access countless themes for making a website. Elegant Themes is where you purchase Divi, and when you visit their site, you can find not only the Divi theme but multiple tutorials (more on this subject later).

Happy creating!

SiteGround has quite a few packages available, depending on your business needs. Choosing the basic plan allows you to create your website most easily and get started (note that you can upgrade your plan at any time, depending on the growth of your business). Typically the first year is offered at a discounted rate, and if you are just getting started, the basic package should be just right.


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