Once you purchase SiteGround and have your cPanel set up you can start setting up the rest of your blog. Like installing WordPress!
In this post, I will walk you through how to install and set up WordPress.
If you do not have a blog yet, don’t worry, head over to my blog post on how to start a blog guide.
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What Is WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source content management system. In other words, it is how you create your blog or website.
WordPress powers more than 1 in 4 websites on the internet. Making it one of the most popular ways to create websites and blogs.
WordPress.org Vs WordPress.Com
Self-hosted, free software that you install on your own web host, like SiteGround.
Is a paid service that host WordPress.org. You lose a lot of the flexibility with WordPress.com.
For the purpose of this guide and the other guides you find on this site, I will be talking about WordPress.org.
How To Install WordPress With SiteGround
This walkthrough is done using SiteGround. The steps should be close to the same for other web hosts.
If you do not have a web host yet, head over to this blog post on how to choose a web host.
Head over to your SiteGround admin panel and log in. Now click on over to your cPanel.
Once you are on your cPanel homepage scroll down until you see auto-installers. Now click on WordPress.
You will be redirected to the WordPress install screen. Click on install. If you have more than one domain name, make sure you select the domain you want to install WordPress on.
MAKE SURE YOUR DOMAIN NAME IS POINTING TO YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT. CHECK OUT THIS GUIDE.
After you click install follow the instructions on your screen. Select your language, set up your user name and password.
Now your WordPress should be installed and ready to go!
type in yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and log in. You should now see your WordPress dashboard.
This is the area you will go to, to manage your blog post, your theme, basically everything to do your website.
Now a fresh install of WordPress is pretty plain. You will have to download and install a theme to give your website some style.
I recommend purchasing the Genesis framework with StudioPress. From here you can purchase thousands of different themes. You can even find Genesis compatible themes on Etsy.
StudioPress has awesome customer support. They can help you with setting up your theme and any theme related problems you may run into.
Once you have your theme set up, you are now ready to start writing some blog posts!