OK, so this is the moment that so many of you have been waiting for.
We have all the foundations in place (domain name registration, WordPress specific hosting plan, redirected domain to hosting) and can crack on and get WordPress up and running.
Just a reminder of why we’re going to all the trouble of buying domain names, hosting plans and installing WordPress…
Because it’s probably the easiest and most powerful website content management system which exists today. And it’s the most fantastic platform to launch and grow your business on.
So let’s go ahead and log into your SiteGround account area and get started.
Installing Let’s Encrypt
Before we get started, we want to install our SSL certificate to ensure that we get the little grey padlock in our browser bar.
Click on Websites and Site Tools next to your domain name.
If you see a message like this at the top of the page, it means that your domain name isn’t yet pointing at Siteground, and you will need to wait a while until it is. Hit refresh to be sure it’s showing you the most up to date status.
Assuming your domain name is all fine, we can progress to installing the SSL certificate. On the left-hand side, click on Security and then SSL Manager. Select your domain name, and from the right-hand drop-down options, click on Let’s Encrypt
Go and make yourself a cuppa whilst it installs.
Click on Configure https when the pop up dialogue box appears and then enable Let’s Encrypt on the next page.
Once it is enabled, you will see it appear in the Manage SSL area at the bottom of that page.
Easier than you expected, right?
Now that our SSL certificate is installed, we can go ahead and install WordPress.
You’re going to be impressed at how difficult it sounds, and how easy it actually is.
On the left hand side of your screen, choose WordPress and click Manage and Install.
Click on Select under WordPress. You don’t need WooCommerce unless you’re setting a full ecommerce website. And if you don’t choose it now, you can easily add it to your website later as it’s simply a plugin which is very straightforward to install.
Once you have clicked it, add a Username, a password, and your email address in the fields below. Make a note of the username and password that you choose and keep it safe. Be sure to use an email address that you have access to.
Leave the multisite option UNCHECKED
Click on Install and leave it to work it’s magic. It may take a few moments.
Once the installation is complete, you can click on the log in link and check out your newly installed WordPress website.
Make a note of the log in url as well.
This will always be yourdomainname.com/wp-admin (obviously replace the yourdomainame.com with whatever your domain name is). Lot’s of people make a note of their username and password, and then try to log into their account at wordpress.com and get totally confused and frustrated that it’s not working.
Don’t be that person!
CONGRATULATIONS! You are now all set up and ready for us to start exploring WordPress.
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