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How to Create a Self-Hosted WordPress.org blog in 5 minutes?

How to Create a Self-Hosted Wordpress.org blog in 5 minutes?

Starting a Self-Hosted blog might seem like a hustle, but in reality, it’s only going to take you a few minutes to set up if you follow this tutorial.

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How to Create a Self-Hosted WordPress.org blog in 5 minutes?

Step 1: Get a Hosting Package

WordPress.com comes with many restrictions such as not being able to install plugins or themes. Instead, we work with self-hosted WordPress.org blogs that have no restrictions and allow you to have total freedom over your content.

To set up yourself a self-hosted WordPress.org blog you will need to get yourself a web-hosting package.

Web Hosting is a service which provides you with space on servers of the web host. This space is where your domain points to, and from where all the files of your site are loaded and displayed on request whenever the blog is accessed by the reader. To put it simply, it’s like renting an apartment for your blog. Well, we all need a place to live, right?

When it comes to best web hosting services out there, I always, always recommend Siteground to all of my friends & clients. Their live chat support is available 24/7 which is always A MUST for a newbie blogger or anyone starting their business online. The longest time I ever had to wait for their team member to reply was under 3 minutes & that’s pretty impressive, right?

I trust them truly with my own blog and website & that means  A LOT. It’s my full-time business after all!

(The following images are screenshots I’ve taken from Siteground so you know what to do. Open up Siteground in a new window and follow along.)

StartUp plan is probably one of the most popular plans they offer. You get a very great package for a very low price, perfect for your first blog! Please note, you will only be able to start ONE site on this package, if you’re thinking of running multiple blogs, you should go for one of the bigger plans.

GrowBig plan will allow you to host multiple websites, as well as give you customer support with priority which is a great feature for new website owners who need extra assistance. I started with this plan myself and then eventually upgraded as my business grew.

These days, I use GoGeek plan which I love as you get all of the above features + even more space, fewer accounts on the server, 1-click WP staging, pre-installed git, PCI compliance, etc.

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Choose which plan fits your needs best according to the number of blogs you’re planning to have page views etc. Just go ahead and click on ORDER NOW button to be taken to a new window.

Step 2: Choose a domain name.

Scroll down and you will get an option to choose a domain name you’d like to use:

Type your choice in and click on PROCEED!

Step 3: Complete The Form.

Now, you will be taken to a form to fill out your login deets and your personal information. Fill all of the required fields and move on to your purchase information. Here, you will be able to choose monthly payments if you’re not in a place to pay upfront. However, I highly recommend signing up for at least 12 months period straight away. You will actually save quite a lot of money this way!

Next, choose if you want to get any additional services, but don’t worry if you don’t feel like you need them at the moment. You can always get back for all of these add-ons once you start blogging!

Step 4: Complete your order.

To finish off your order, choose to PAY NOW and continue to the next step to fill out your payment deets & complete the order.

Step 5: Install!

Now visit SITEGROUND home page again and login to your account for the first time:

Here, you will see a popup asking you if you want to have WordPress preinstalled on your account. Select that option and click on the Proceed button.


Click PROCEED. In the next window, fill up the rest of the tabs with your blog title/subtitle/your admin name/password.

To finish the setup, click on the SUBMIT button once again and that’s it!

Here it is, your WordPress blog is now live and ready for you to start using straight away! That was quick, huh? I told you!

Now, go ahead and choose one of our WordPress themes + fill out this form for free design installation services!

18 Comments

  1. mailoha albaladejo 07/06/2016

    hi! the screenshots aren’t showing up for me in google chrome or in safari. do you know why that is?

  2. Author
    kotrynabass 10/06/2016

    Thanks fo letting me know, Mailoha! Images should be visible now!

  3. mailoha albaladejo 12/06/2016

    I opted out of Domain Privacy protection ($24/yr) and the HackAlert Monitoring ($12/yr). Do you recommend those services? Are those services that you now use?

  4. Author
    kotrynabass 15/07/2016

    Dear Mailha, it’s always a great idea to get some extra protection, but it’s not necessary at first.

  5. Adele Bantle 24/08/2016

    Dear Kothryn,

    I have a WordPress site hosted by Hostgator. Can I follow your instructions and transfer my Blogger blog to this without using Siteground?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    Sincerely
    Adele Banlte

  6. Create A Blog 22/09/2016

    Very good info…I love your screenshots. Very easy to sink my teeth into (sort of speak).

  7. Kelli Tennant 12/11/2016

    Kotryna– you are amazing. Thank you. I registered on Siteground, etc. but now when I go to login at cpanel, do I use the same username and password from siteground? Thank you 🙂

  8. Amanda 09/11/2017

    Hey there!

    So I started my youtube and Instagram with just my full name. At the time I could not choose a name that worked for my niche and I wanted to leave it open to add new subjects incase I wanted to change in the future. Now I am feeling like when my site becomes more successful, I do want want my first and last name and information to be out there for anyone to see. What do you recommend, and do you have any tips about how to come up with a new name?

  9. Author
    kotrynabass 12/11/2017

    Hey there! I actually started my own blog as kotrynabass.com in the early beginning and this never stopped me from growing my blog or online presence. I would say if you are thinking of changing your domain with your actual name in the future- just go for it now and build your own, personal brand! xx

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