Welcome new bloggers and new friends!
Here’s a question for all you bloggers out there, did you install WordPress yourself or have someone do it for you?
What made me want to talk about this topic is that I was reading a thread on a social media site and saw what I assumed to be a new blogger frustrated and in distress. She went through the process of buying a domain name and hosting package from SiteGround, however, installing WordPress was giving her a world of trouble.
In my mind, I had flashbacks to when I purchased a domain name and got a hosting package. Then, since I had no idea what to do next, I gave up trying to have my own website.
Yeah, I know. It was a little disappointing.
Now, looking at where I am, I can’t believe that I let a small gap in my knowledge keep me from moving forward. That distressing event was years in the past. However, I’m here to say to you new bloggers that I understand how confusing it can be to learn about domain names, site builders, web hosting, and the like. I’ve been doing this for years, and there are still some things I don’t completely understand. However, what I’ve done is put together an easy-to-follow WordPress tutorial using SiteGround.
I use SiteGround because it’s easy and works well with WordPress. I’m happy to recommend it to you. Hopefully, this tutorial will help.
Some Basic Assumptions
Let’s get some basic assumptions out of the way. I am assuming that you already purchased hosting, hopefully through SiteGround, and have a domain name. And, for the sake of this article, we are going to assume that one or a number of the following are true:
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How Do You Install WordPress Using SiteGround?
Step One is to Sign in to SiteGround.
I know, I know. It sounds like a no-brainer, but there are a few things you should bear in mind. The sign in information that you use now will be different from what you use on your site later on.
This is something that I didn’t completely understand when I started, and it might trip you up. You will sign in to SiteGround only when you’re doing something to change your host plan, purchase your domain name, or things of that sort. You cannot make nor can you access your site here.
Step Two is Click the My Accounts Tab.
Step Three is to Click the Manage Account Tab.
It is important that you click “Manage Account” on the hosting account and domain name combination that you want to work on. Most users will only have one hosting package. But you might have a number of them, so you need to choose the right one.
Step Four is Going to Your Control Panel.
Look for the orange button that says cPanel. You might see a little pop-up that says: “Are you sure?” Click the “Access cPanel Securely” and then click “Proceed.” You will likely notice that there is a ton of stuff you can do in your cPanel. We will create tutorials for that at a later date.
Step Five is to Click the WordPress Icon.
You’re going to see a bunch of information on the page in front of you. Do not get overwhelmed. Scroll down and find “AUTOINSTALLERS.” Click the WordPress icon. The page should look similar to this:
Step Six is Hitting the Install Button.
It’s a simple step. But if you don’t do it, you can’t build your site.
Step Seven is Customizing Your Settings.
This is a very important step. Here you will change your domain protocol to “http://www.yourdomainname.com.” You’ll see some sites with the HTTPS protocol. This is for secure sites. You likely don’t have one. If you did, you would probably know.
Make sure you selected the right domain name. This should be an automatic entry. Leave the area for “In Directory” blank.
Scroll down and you’ll see a place to customize your site name as well as create a site description. People are going to use this to find your website, so don’t leave them as they are.
Now, create a unique username and password. This is the username and password you will use to access your site. Jot this information down, as you will need it later on in the setup process.
It’s up to you whether you want to change your email or leave it as it is. I just forwarded mine to my Hotmail account. Later, I will prepare a tutorial to show you how to do this.
Step Eight is Finishing the Installation and Going to the Admin Panel.
If everything has been done correctly, you should see something that kind of looks like this:
You’re going to see the “Administrative URL.” You’re going to want to keep this information. This is key to building and designing your site. Basically, it’s your domain name plus/WP – admin/. You may want to bookmark this.
Step Nine is Signing in to WordPress.
Take the URL you just got and copy it into your webpage. Take the username and password you created during step seven and sign in to your page. It should look something like this:
Congratulations and Salutations! You now have what it takes to install WordPress all by yourself. That’s literally all there is to it.
Now, you can start making blog posts and designing your site. Soon, I will upload more tutorials about using WordPress.
I hope this helped. If you have any questions or need any additional assistance, please feel free to ask. I was once a new blogger, and I appreciated the help I received. I now feel that it is my turn to pass the same assistance on to those who have come after me.