At this point, you have signed on with SiteGround hosting if you have followed my instructions on the previous post – How to start a blog quickly and easily – Part 1. The next step is to set up your WordPress blog. Trust me when l say it’s not as scary as it sounds. There is a tiny bit of learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how intuitive it actually is. Let’s get started.
Installation of WordPress:
Go to your SiteGround dashboard and click on Domains. Look for the WordPress Installer which is under the WordPress tools about half-way down and click on that. It should look just like this.
This will install WP for you in just a couple of minutes while you sip your coffee. Trying to do this on your own is no fun 🙂 . Trust me, l did before with my first attempt at blogging. It was one of the most frustrating things l have ever done. You have to know all these things with initials like PHP, install WP on your desktop, and then upload it to the site etc. Needless to say l gave up and it took a long time to attempt blogging again. This is automated and very welcome. After all, you just want to get on the internet and not become a software engineer.
Upon completion, you will get a success screen.
Go back to your dashboard. Your next order of business is to go to the tab “My accounts”. I am not putting up screen shots of this page for security purposes. You will see your website listed. You can click on it, and it will take you to your WP site.
I recommend setting up your password information for WP here before going on to your website. You can set up your user name as the administrator of the website.
You can also set up your email from the cpanel as well. Just look for the Email heading down below.
Click the email account:
Fill in the name you want such as Kelly. It already has your @yourwebsite.com ready.
Choose a strong password and save. That’s it. If you would like to have your email forwarded (I recommend it) to you at another email address, you can choose “forwarders” in the cpanel under the Mail tab and just fill in the address you want all email forwarded to. I like this for me because it means you don’t have to log in to your host every time you want to retrieve your mail. It comes straight to your regular email address. Remember how l said previously you want things as easy as possible 🙂 . Once you’re set up, you rarely have to visit your host. It’s a set in and forget it deal.
This whole process, parts 1 and 2 should have taken you less than thirty minutes. Now, you are ready to start working on your blog and sharing your thoughts with the world. On the next post, we will tackle WordPress and set you up with the right tools to get you started.
I hope this tutorial has been as quick and easy like l promised. Please feel free to comment below and tell me how you found the whole process. This will help guide me as to how to present information and will help others coming up behind you. If you appreciate this post, please help by sharing it on social media.