How To Setup WordPress Hosting
The next page is the sign-up page where you’ll be asked if this will be new hosting account and if you already have a domain. “Choose Service” section you need to select “Get a new hosting account.” “Enter Domain” section you need to select “I already have a domain” and enter your full domain name. “Choose Service” section the StartUp plan should already be selected for the previous page or you choose another plan. “Purchase Information” section you will need to select a server location and the hosting period. I recommend choosing a server location that most of your website traffic will be coming from. If you are in the US and expect mostly U.S. based traffic to your website then you can choose Chicago. Next you can choose the period of time you want to buy hosting for. The last option under this section is signing up for the SG Site Scanner which scans your website for malicious code created by hackers. You don’t have to purchase this service now, and we’ll talk about other ways to secure your self hosted WordPress website later. The last part is entering your payment information, then click “Pay Now.”
How To Setup Your Hosting Account With Siteground
Now that you’ve purchased hosting it’s time to get everything setup. You will need to visit the “My Accounts” tab when logged into your SiteGround account. The next step is to click the button that says “Launch Setup Wizard” on the My Account Page.
The next page will ask you to input all the info needed to setup your hosting account for WordPress. See screenshot below for what enter on this page. Be sure to use a strong password when you set up your account. I use 1Password.com to store and create rock solid passwords for all of my accounts. Click “Confirm” once you’ve entered all the needed information.
After clicking “Confirm” on the previous page you will be asked again if you want to add SG Site Scanner. I recommend that you decline this service since we will cover how to setup security later with other tools for your self hosted WordPress website. You will select “Confirm” under the “Enhance Your Account Section” then click “Complete Setup”
After this step you will receive the below pictured confirmation page that set-up is now complete. Click the button that says “Proceed to Customer Area”
How To Connect Your Domain To Your Hosting Account
Ok, so the setup of the domain and hosting account are done, but you still need to connect your domain on GoDaddy to your hosting account at SiteGround. This step is very important so pay close attention to this part. On your Siteground user area page you will need to go to the “My Accounts” tab and on the same page click the tab that says “Information & Settings.” This page will show you your hosting account’s IP address (Example: xx.xxx.xxx.xxx). You will need to copy the IP address to your GoDaddy account where your domain is located shortly.
Open another tab in your internet browser, and go back to your GoDaddy.com account, be sure to be logged into the same account that you used to purchase your domain name. At the top of the screen (if logged in) you should see your name. If you hover over your name you will see a menu that gives you more options. Under the Quick Links column you will see and click the link that says “Manage Domains.”
Now you will be redirected to the Domain Manager Page where you will see your domain with 3 little dots beside it. Click the dots then click “Manage DNS”
You will now be on the “DNS Management” page where you will click the pencil icon that’s on the same line of the “A” record. Once you click on the pencil icon you will need enter the following info: Host: @ Points to: This is the IP address from your Siteground account. TTL: Custom Seconds: 600 Then click save.
To test and make sure your domain and hosting account are connected you can open another tab and type in your domain name. It should take you to your website which will have the default WordPress website theme as shown below.
Now to login into your self hosted WordPress website to make changes and customize it to your liking you will need to login into your website. You will need to use the same username and password from Step 8 to login to your website. The login page for every WordPress website is http://yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php. Just replace the yourdomainname.com with your own domain name. You will use the same login info from Step Eight to log into your WordPress website.
Once logged in your WordPress Dashboard will look like the image shown below.
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