Welcome to the Technically Challenged version of Blog Hosting Setup. I am providing videos of blog hosting setup for two hosting services, but this first one will be one Siteground. While any hosting service performs the setup in a similar manner, I thought it might be helpful to walk you through, step-by-step.
This is the short version of setting up your blog. If you want a complete checklist, refer to our post Blog Tech Training Checklist. The checklist takes you from conception to install. Check out the post and the printable available in our Resource Library.
First, make sure you have chosen your blog name and the name is available. Read Before You Start a Blog for further details.
Step 1, Decide your hosting service
There are many hosting services available in all sorts of price ranges that provide blog hosting setup. You may want to read Best Website Hosting for WordPress and download the comparison chart. You can get the comparison chart for free in our resource library. Simply sign up below.
Step 2, Determine your hosting plan
Choosing your hosting plan will be determined by what you can afford, as well as the number of visitors to your site. All hosting plans have a tier-level setting. The recommended hosting service changes over time. Currently, I am a fan of Fastcomet. Their service and support is the best out there. Refer to the Best Website Hosting for WordPress and the handout for details.
Step 3, Make sure the name you chose is still available
Choosing a name is one of the most important steps in setting up your blog. You can check the hosting name, as well as the social media instances at Namechk.com. The video below will discuss whether or not you want to purchase your hosting as part of a package (recommended for most) or purchase the domain name separately. There is also a discussion in our post Before You Start a Blog.
Your name can represent a product, service, or just your name. Look toward the future to help you determine. Keep in mind, names, though important, can be changed. It’s ok to purchase a domain name and use it later, or change your mind. However, the more posts you have, the more social media images you have out there, the more difficult it is to change your name. You can use redirects (discussed in a later post) but it still requires quite a bit of work.
Step 4, Have your Credit Card Ready
Determine whether you will pay month-to-month (more expensive) or yearly (usually a substantial discount) and have your method of payment available. This will make it easier when you register and purchase your domain and hosting.
Step 5, Sign up for Hosting and Install WordPress
The video below will take you step-by-step through all five steps of the blog hosting setup. Follow all the steps to setup and install your blog. This video has been recorded to help technically challenged individuals to be able to setup their blog on their own. If you need further information, leave a comment or join our facebook group Learn to Blog with Annie and ask your questions.
Blogger Tech Tips – Blog Hosting Setup and WordPress Installation for Siteground
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Watch this space for our upcoming free step-by-step course on Blog Hosting Setup!
Until next time, happy blogging!
Annie – Your Fairy Blogmother
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