You’re at the right place if you’re thinking about Siteground as a hosting provider. Previously we’ve already checked out what hosting is and what possibilities there are.
That’s where I’ve mentioned that I definitely recommend Siteground as a relatively cheap web host.
Now we’ll look at what packages they have and how exactly you can start off.
Which Siteground plan to choose
If you click on https://wpviking.com/siteground then you can always get the biggest discount from Siteground. Currently, this is $3.95 / month, if you choose the cheapest offer.
The most important values are:
- how much they cost,
- what number of websites you can use it on,
- how much web space it provides.
One website means one domain name. In the StartUp offer, you can only install 1 website, so right here that’s the problematic limit. 10 GB of web space is totally enough because a website won’t be more than 1 GB, so you won’t have to deal with this.
The most important features are:
- it installs WordPress by just a few clicks,
- you receive SSL for free, which means that your link will start with https, and this nowadays is important from a security and SEO aspect.
- you can create an email address for the domain name,
- you can connect a free Cloudflare to it, which means that it’s nearly irrelevant from which country they make a search for your site, it’ll load just as fast,
- 30-day money back guarantee.
It’s important that a 10,000 monthly visit isn’t a restriction, rather a reference, if a bit more people are checking out your website, there still won’t be a problem with it.
The biggest change with GrowBig is that here you can have an unlimited number of websites.
If I were to start now I’d do it like this: I’d start with the smallest one and if I decide that I want a new website, then I’d switch to GrowBig since you can upgrade anytime for the price difference between the two.
There aren’t many differences between GoGeek and GrowBig. This difference matters a bit in the 20 and 30 GB web space. I’ve mentioned that a website won’t be bigger than 1 GB, but the fact that these are shared servers come into play.
This means that there’s a physical server, the size of which is, let’s say 200 GB. You purchase a slice of this resource, but the rest will belong to other people, therefore it’s up to them how much pressure they put on it, you can’t affect this. Therefore if you only place a load of 2 GB on it, ‘cause for example, you have 2 websites, these will still perform better on GoGeek, since this way 30 GBs will be yours out of the 200 GB hosting, so the chances of other people overloading the server are lower. The difference isn’t big, you won’t have to deal with this at the beginning, but that’s why the 25,000 and 100,000 monthly visit reference exists.
Step 1 – Choose a plan for your needs
Long Story Short:
As a complete beginner, if you only want 1 website, choose StartUp, if you want more websites, choose GrowBig, and if later on you really grow big, you can upgrade to a bigger package anytime.
How to register an account at Siteground?
Let’s look at registration, now for the StartUp package, but either way, it works just like this with each of them.
Step 2 – Choose Domain
First, you have to make a decision about the domain name, whether you already have one or want a new one. If you already have one, then you have to connect this later on.
The simplest way is to purchase the domain name from Siteground as well. That way everything will be in the same system, and you’ll be able to use it right away.
So you’ll have to select your future domain name, as well as the ending. If it’s taken, then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy it here. This way you’ll be able to change the name itself, or the ending.
Now I’ll choose one that isn’t taken and that’s how we’ll go on. For me, the price is $15.95.
If we advance it’ll say that the domain name is available for the hosting account.
Step 3 – Give personal details
After this comes the boring part where you have to give personal details, provide them as required.
It’s important that if you are not from the US and you can buy the hosting for a business, then provide the VAT, because this way it won’t add your country’s tax. Its form is different for each country, so you’ll have to find the one that is relevant to you.
You’re required to pay with a debit card, so provide this information as well.
You can first check if you’ve selected the right plan at the Purchase Information section.
For the Data Center, choose the one that’s closest to your visitors. If your site goes international, then it won’t really matter, because,
What about the prices?
Let’s talk a little bit about the price…
The reason these cheaper hosting providers are able to offer these low prices at the start is that later on, they will raise them, so in the long run, they’ll generate profit. There are no exceptions here, everybody does this, in fact, most of them raise the price a lot.
With Siteground it works like this:
- The monthly fee is $3.95 for the start and it lasts as long as you purchase it for.
- You have to pay in advance for at least 1 year, however afterwards the price will jump to $11.95 / month.
- If you buy it for 3 years, then it will be cheap for 3 years. Here you’ll have to decide how much to take on because you have to pay this amount now.
- You don’t have to stick to your current domain name, so you won’t lose the hosting if you want to use a different domain.
I know it’s a difficult decision because we all want cheap hosting, but don’t want to be committed for too long, however, if you feel like this website stuff is for you and you have the funds to pay for more years in advance, then you’ll benefit a lot from Siteground.
Step 4 – Finishing the Purchase
So after this, they’ll try to upsell us 2 extras, but there’s no need for that.
You have to accept the Terms of Service and you can
After this, it’ll load for a bit, be sure not to close the page accidentally!
If the purchase was successful, you’ll get a message confirming this. With this, your Siteground account is done, but your WordPress site has not been installed yet.
Step 5 – Log in to your Account
If everything’s loaded, then you can enter the Customer Area. You can look at the payment information and Support, where you can receive different kinds of assistance, but now we are going to need the “My Account” menu item.
You’ll see your different domain names here.
If you’ve just bought it, then it’ll need approx. 30 minutes until you can complete the “Verification.” You’ll receive a mail, where you only need to click the link. Nonetheless, you can start building your website right away, which is really cool.
Step 6 – Install with Setup Wizard
So the “Setup Wizard” will assist you in installing WordPress as soon as possible.
Now we’ll start a new website, but you also have the possibility of transferring an earlier website to this hosting. Siteground helps a lot with this and all of it is for free.
Click on “Start a new website” and a question will pop up asking which software you wish to install.
WordPress will be selected right away, you won’t need to click anything else.
Now comes your login info.
Initially, you’ll still need to provide your email address. You’ll receive messages here, so be sure to provide one that you check out regularly.
Next is the username, which is a really important field. You’ll be able to enter the user interface of WordPress with this. It’ll have to be 8 characters at least. You’ll be logging in with this all the time.
I believe I won’t need to explain the password too much. Of course the longer and more complex it’s, the better.
The username and password are super important because different robots will automatically try hacking pages. You don’t want them entering and destroying your beloved website, so this one’s actually really important.
Confirm the information and if the system finds everything in order, then we can continue.
We won’t need the extra stuff, so don’t check them off.
Confirm this and you can click on “Complete Setup”.
Now it will load for 1 to 2 minutes because the system is creating the files of your website, please be patient. Once the process is done, you can go back to the Customer Area.
Step 7 – Log in to your WordPress Admin Area
From now on in the “My Accounts” section you’ll see what version your WordPress is.
We can continue to the Admin Panel. By the way, you can access this if you write /wp-admin after your domain name, for example, wpviking.com/wp-admin. You’ll have to enter the previously provided login information. You can have your browser remember it, so you won’t need to enter it every time.
If successful, another one of SiteGround’s wizards will pop up, which will help you configure WordPress a bit. It’s great for those you are trying to navigate inside this world by themselves, but I’ll be here for you to tell you about the best practices, so feel free to close this.
After this, it’ll go on to the Dashboard and with that, we’ve completed the installation of WordPress. If you look at the domain name it should start with https. This means that they’ve also automatically created the so-called SSL certificate for your website, so it’s more secure as well. It’s a great help that you won’t need to deal with this separately.
That’s how easily all of it goes with Siteground, they’ve made the whole thing very user-friendly.
I hope the installation goes smoothly for you too. Don’t worry if not everything’s clear right away, all the pieces will fall into place.
Feel free to ask if something’s not clear. Good luck with the installation!