You’ve decided you want to start a blog using WordPress. You want the flexibility to tailor your site as you please and potentially monetise in the future, so you opt for the self- hosted route. Research begins on potential hosts and you see various recommendations. If the following are important to you check out Siteground’s hosting options:
- Great Customer Service
- Timely resolution and support on tech issues
- Low price hosting based on 1 year sign up (vs 3 years with other hosts)
Choosing your hosting plan
Siteground has 3 hosting plans which you can sign up for at the discounted price of £2.75 ($3.95 for US) per month via this link.
The StartUp Plan – this is the one to use if you are starting your first blog.
The GrowBig Plan – the plan I currently use, great if you want hosting for multiple websites. Includes the SuperCacher which improves WordPress website speed, making it great value for money. This plan is perfect for existing bloggers with multiple sites or those looking to take their current site to the next level.
The GoGeek Plan – For larger sites (talking 100,000+ views monthly), sites including e-commerce facilities and in need of more advanced development.
Choosing your Domain
If you have a domain already (as I did) you can continue to use this. Siteground offer a free website transfer, which is useful if you struggle on the tech side.
If you don’t have a domain, not to worry, you can register a new one through Siteground. I would also recommend getting Domain Privacy if you haven’t got it already. This will avoid your personal data being visible on the Whois or Nominet databases (proxy details put there instead).
Review your Selection & Complete Hosting Sign Up
Unlike other hosts Siteground’s discounted rate applies whether you sign up for 1 year or 3. This gives you the option to try them out and see if you like them without having to commit for a lengthy period in order to get the best rate. Just to prove here’s a snippet from Siteground:
Siteground offer a FREE WordPress installation service. So you can simply request for them to do this.
Or you can use the WordPress Autoinstaller…
In the ‘My Accounts’ section, select ‘Go to c Panel’.
Select WordPress from the Autoinstaller section.
Enter details as requested. Not all fields need to be completed (e.g. In Directory, Theme)
You are now good to go! If this is what you are looking for click to go to Siteground.
Which hosting providers have you used? What is the most important thing to you when it comes to a hosting package? Please share your thoughts and experiences.