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SiteGround Review: Pricing & Plans (2024)

SiteGround is a top-rated hosting company when it comes to managed WordPress hosting. They offer great start-up plans when building a new website.

I’ve used their hosting services for client sites and many of my own sites for years. On top of providing an awesome user interface, SiteGround also has one of the best customer services in the web hosting industry.

Setting up a website with SiteGround is quite simple. Follow this guide to correctly sign up for hosting and install your first WordPress website.

If you get stuck at any point, reach out, and I’ll be happy to help.

Let’s begin!

Step 1: Setting up website hosting correctly

1. Sign up: I recommend signing up with SiteGround by clicking the view plans button.

get website hosting from SiteGround

SiteGround is a web hosting provider with exceptional customer support and short response times. They also register domain names but at a much higher cost than Namecheap.

2. Choose a plan: To begin, I would recommend the StartUp plan. Click the GET PLAN button to sign up.

WordPress hosting plans from SiteGround

This page lists three different shared managed WordPress hosting plans. Your website will share server space and resources with other websites on these plans.

I suggest going with the StartUp plan if you only build a single website. For unlimited websites, go with the GrowBig or GoGeek plans.

However, as your blog or business website grows, you may require a dedicated hosting solution. Just contact SiteGround, and their team will provide you with the right solution.

3. Enter your domain: If you have picked a domain name, enter it and click proceed.

Enter or choose a domain for hosting

On this screen, you can either register a new domain or enter an existing one if you have already purchased one. Remember, buying a domain from SiteGround will cost almost double what it would from Namecheap.

4. Complete your registration: Review your information and make a payment.

complete hosting form in SiteGround

On this screen, you can buy hosting on a monthly, one-year, or two-year term. Choose the one that works for you and complete your registration.

Step 3: Install WordPress properly

If you’ve been following along, then by now, you should have your domain name and website hosting set up and ready to go.

1. New website install: Click the Websites link from the top menu bar.

Add a new website on SiteGround

Once in your SiteGround dashboard, go ahead and click the NEW WEBSITE button in the top right-hand corner.

2. Enter your existing domain

enter domain name here

On this screen, select the middle option (Existing Domain), then go ahead and enter the domain name you purchased earlier, and click continue.

3. Pick the WordPress option

install wordpress on siteground

Select the “Start New Website” option first, choose the WordPress application, and complete the WordPress setup process by adding your login details.

Pick an email you currently use, but don’t worry; you can change it later.

4. Log in to the WordPress dashboard

log in to WordPress from Siteground

If you followed the steps correctly, WordPress should now be installed on your hosting account.

To access your WordPress dashboard, click on the LOG IN ADMIN button.

You should now be in your WordPress website’s backend.

Step 4: Customize your website (Theme, Pages & Menu)

1. Add a theme: Pick a theme for your website.

Pick a wordpress theme

Click on appearance from the left column menu and then search for a theme that works for your personal or business website.

Once you find the right theme, click install. You will then see the new theme appear in your list of installed themes. Here, you will have to select the theme and click activate manually.

Your website should now display the theme you have selected.

WordPress comes with hundreds of free themes; however, they are limited in their functionality.

I recommend using a paid theme and website builder combo like Divi by Elegant Themes. Their theme is perfect for making a modern website.

2. Add pages: Create pages for your website.

Add pages to WordPress

In this step, we will review how to add pages to WordPress. On the dashboard screen, click on the pages tab on the left column and then click the Add New button.

Gutenberg WordPress Page Builder

Thanks to the Gutenberg WordPress page builder, it’s easy to create image and text content using blocks right in the Gutenberg editor.

On this screen, clicking the + sign on the top left menu will reveal various block options to start building your web page.

And on the top right corner, clicking the gear icon will reveal page settings. Here you can add the page-featured image and configure individual block settings such as font size and color.

Once you’re finished building the page, click the “Publish” button from the top right menu to create the page.

3. Add a menu to the site navigation

To add a menu to your WordPress website, click Appearance and select Menus.

Then, pick the pages you want to add to the menu and click Add to Menu.

Finally, choose a name for your menu and click save menu.

The menu should now appear in your website’s navigation area.

4. Add posts: Create blog posts

create a wordpress blog post

Adding blog posts is very similar to adding pages. The only difference is you would click Posts from the left column and then Add New.

Once you are ready to create the post, click the “Publish” button in the top right corner.

If you don’t want the full post to show on the front page, go to settings and change the post’s full text to an excerpt.

To view the live version of your website, select “visit site” under My WordPress from the top menu bar. And that’s it!

If you have registered a domain, then sign in to your domain name account and change the DNS (domain name servers) so they are pointing to your hosting servers.

One thing to remember is that DNS changes can take between 1 hour and 72 hours.

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