For such a long time I was thinking about starting a blog, but I had no idea how to do it. I did so, so, so much research about all the different platforms and providers, and in the end I decided to go for a WordPress blog and get it hosted with SiteGround. I’m going to write another post shortly about why I made this choice, but in this post I’m going to tell you how to start your hosting journey with SiteGround in just 4 steps (the best part is, it’s super, super easy and takes just five minutes!) 🙂
STEP 2. Choose your hosting plan
SiteGround has three plans:
- The StartUp plan is perfect if you are a beginner with one website idea that you want to start right now. This is the option that I went with, as I was just starting out, don’t need a lot of space or have much traffic at first. I would recommend this one if, like me, you’re a total n00b to the world of web-hosting.
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer if you already have a blog and need some space to cater for your increasing audience, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher (it increases the number of hits a site can handle and boosts the website loading speed) that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed.
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration (yeah, that’s as geeky as it sounds).
(Okay, perhaps this part is even better…) You can sign-up for any one of them here for a great discount (60% off!)
- StartUp – with 60% discount – £2.75/month excl. VAT
- GrowBig – with 60% discount – £3.95/month excl. VAT
- GoGeek – with 60% discount – £7.95/month excl. VAT
When you sign up, you can choose to sign-up and pay for 12, 24 or 36 months all in one go. This means you’ll get the discounted rate for the entire duration you choose, so pay more now and you’ll get cheaper hosting for up to 3 years!
Once you’ve selected your plan, click “Get Started” to move onto…
STEP 3. Choose a Domain
You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. If you have one, SiteGround also allows you to transfer your existing website for FREE (bonus!).
To register a new dot com domain name with SiteGround costs £9.95/year excl. VAT. There are many different dot endings available, including international country dots and fun endings such as dot coffee, dot club etc, but may cost a higher price. I recommend going for a dot com – it’s short, easy to remember and the cheapest. Plus, if you choose to register with SiteGround, it’ll save you the hassle of working with multiple providers, so this is what I decided to do.
However… if you want to save a bit of cash (Tip!) you can always register your domain name with namecheap.com and have it hosted by SiteGround, or transfer the domain to SiteGround after you’ve registered it but you will have to wait 60 days before you can do this (this is an ICANN rule for all domains and cannot be omitted). With namecheap, there is also a larger variety of dot endings available (Tip 2!), so if you’re looking for something more unusual or something usual which isn’t available as a dot com or dot co dot uk, then this could be a way to get the domain name you want (kind of).
Once you input your chosen domain and click ‘proceed’, it will tell you on the next page whether your domain is available for registration or not. Tip 3!: A fast and easy way to check availability is to do quick searches on namecheap.com to find if your chosen domain is available and similar variations.
STEP 4. Review and Complete
Unlike many other hosting providers, the discount you’ll get applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process. Being able to get the low price for the one year period is a great selling point for SiteGround in comparison to other providers where the lowest monthly price applies only for the longest period. As a beginner (and never being sure about the future), I decided to go for the 12 month option, but you may want to choose longer period depending on your ideas and needs. A good thing to bear in mind is that after the initial sign-up period has ended, regular renewal prices apply, so if you think or know you’re going to be needing it longer, you’ll benefit greatly from signing up for 2 or 3 years from the get-go. If you’re really not sure, you can even sign-up for a one month trial. You’ll pay the discounted monthly rate, plus a £9.60 setup fee, but I recommend going for 12 months as a minimum (honestly, you’re going to love it!).
In this section you’ll also create an account (or login if you already have one) and provide your client and payment information. SiteGround will automatically select your Data Center as the closest one to you of five around the world (Chicago, London, Milan, Singapore and Amsterdam) – you’re welcome to change this if you wish, but I recommend sticking with the closest to your location.
Periods and Prices Example: How much you would pay today on the StartUp plan:
- 12 months – £33.00 excl. VAT
- 24 months – £66.00 excl. VAT
- 36 months – £99.00 excl. VAT
- Domain Registration: At this stage you’ll pay for just one year of domain registration.
- Domain Privacy: This is offered at £9/year, and I highly recommend this to keep your personal details private.
- SG Site Scanner: £15.60/year excl. VAT – I recommend this if you have a business or a larger amount of traffic to your website, for example your site requires the GrowUp and GoGeek plans. If you’re a beginner with a small project or blog, I doubt that you will need this added protection.
You’ll see your total price listed below including VAT. Click to confirm the terms of service, ‘Pay Now’, and…