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How to Start a WordPress Blog Using Siteground & Godaddy

Today I am writing a tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog using Siteground & GoDaddy, this is an introduction to help those who are looking to start a Blog Flipping Business. You see, I have written an eBook guide for writers who want to start a blog flipping business. This eBook was geared towards the community of active bloggers I have connected with since 2008.

What I didn’t plan on, and what has happened recently, is that I would connect with writers looking to go freelance to full time who want to know more about starting a blog, writing for a blog, and flipping it! This is such a fabulous option to add to an already active writing income stream you have, or perhaps, a good way to dive into the blogging world to make money blogging.

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Whatever your background or reasons for looking into starting a WordPress blog using Siteground and GoDaddy, I am here to help make the process smoother for you.

  • I am using Siteground for hosting.
  • I am using GoDaddy for the domain. (the URL, or website address)

Buy Your Domain

Choosing the right domain name for a blog is a critical step, especially for writers who are venturing into the digital space for the first time. The domain name is not just an address for your website; it’s a reflection of your personal brand, your writing style, and can significantly impact your online presence. Here are some key considerations for selecting the perfect domain name for your writing blog:

  1. Reflect Your Niche or Brand: Your domain name should give readers an instant idea of what your blog is about. If you specialize in a particular genre, like travel, food, or fiction, try to incorporate that into the name. For instance, ‘WanderlustWordsmith.com’ immediately suggests travel writing.
  2. Keep it Short and Memorable: A domain name that is concise and easy to remember is more likely to stick in the minds of your audience. Avoid complex spellings or long phrases. The easier it is to recall, the more likely readers are to return.
  3. Avoid Hyphens and Numbers: Hyphens and numbers can make your domain name more complicated and harder to remember or communicate. They can also be prone to typos, leading potential readers to a different site altogether.
  4. Consider Using Your Own Name: If you’re building a personal brand as a writer, using your own name can be a great option (e.g., ‘JaneDoeWrites.com’). It personalizes your blog and grows your name as a brand in the literary world.
  5. Choose the Right Domain Extension: While .com is the most popular and easily recognizable domain extension, there are many other options like .net, .org, .blog, etc. Consider .blog if your primary focus is blogging, but remember that a .com is often seen as more professional and is easier to remember.
  6. Check for Availability and Trademarks: Before finalizing your domain name, check if it’s available and not already trademarked by someone else. This can be done through various domain registration websites. Additionally, make sure it doesn’t contain any registered trademarks to avoid legal issues.
  7. Future-Proof Your Domain Name: Think long-term about how your blog might evolve. Choosing a name that’s too specific might limit your ability to branch out into other areas of writing or topics in the future.
  8. SEO Considerations: Incorporating relevant keywords into your domain name can aid in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), making it easier for potential readers to find your blog through search engines. However, the relevance and readability should take precedence over SEO.
  9. Be Creative and Unique: Your domain name is an opportunity to stand out. Don’t be afraid to be creative. A unique and catchy name can be a great conversation starter and attract attention.
  10. Ask for Feedback: Before making a final decision, ask friends, family, or potential readers for their input on your chosen domain name. Getting different perspectives can be invaluable.

I use GoDaddy or NameCheap as the place to buy my domains. In this tutorial, you will see me use GoDaddy, however, the process for that part of the tutorial will be similar across most domain registrars. Once you’re committed to a domain name, click to buy it, and go through the process.

The privacy addition is something you can go with or not, it’s completely up to you. Just read each option, and remember you are only buying the domain, so do not add hosting in this step, we will get to the hosting plan in the next step.

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Purchase Siteground Hosting

I have used a variety of hosting plans in the past, but as of now I always recommend Siteground. They are by far the best for customer service, and plan options. You can get away with their lower plan at first, but may need to upgrade as you build your business & get more traffic.

Once you have clicked here to purchase the Siteground hosting plan, we’re ready for the next step in creating your very own blog to start a blog flipping business!

Are you feeling excited yet? I am feeling excited for you and I don’t even know you!

Connect the Domain to Hosting Account

Since I have GoDaddy and Siteground, I can share some screen captures here to give you a good idea on how to do this with a visual. I am not sure about you, but sometimes visuals help me know where to find the steps better.

When you are logged into your Siteground account, you should see the tabs like above. Click on “websites”, and then the “new website” button. The next screen should appear like this …

Since you own the domain in GoDaddy, you will click on “Existing Domain” and type your domain (the URL) in the box that appears. It will look like below:

Click the continue button. Click “Start a new website” and select “WordPress”. Not to be confused with the option that says “Woocommerce”, we are only building a WordPress blog today.

Next, you will need to create a login, use your email address, and a good secure password. Make sure to write this down so that you know what your login will be. You will need this to start designing and writing on your blog.

Once you have this information inserted, click “Continue” button to move to the next step. DO NOT click to add the add ons it tries to upsell you on. Just click finish in this next screen.

You will see a screen that tells you Siteground is setting up or creating your website. The screen may look like the one below, and it can take up to 2 minutes.

Change your Nameservers in GoDaddy

The next step is hard for me to show accurate screen captures, as I do not want to disclose my private nameservers or other details. Here’s a brief capture of where you should be inside of your GoDaddy account under the domain you just added to Siteground.

To get a full detailed “HOW TO” on this step, you can click the Read Here section that Siteground includes on this particular page within your account on Siteground. This link is below the nameservers they have listed under the “Point Your Domain” section of this part of setting up your new blog.

The cool thing about using Siteground’s tutorial is that they will help you to do this step for all domain registrars out there on the internet (in case you didn’t use Godaddy.com).

The above screen is what you want to see if you are using GoDaddy for the domain. Click on the tab that says Nameservers, and you will see a spot to change them to the ones that SiteGroudn provided you with.

Once complete with this step, it’s time to move forward with your next step …

Add/Enforce a Secure Connection

The next step is to enforce an SSL which is included with your Siteground account. This step is found within your Siteground account first. Navigate to the websites tab inside the Siteground account, then click on “site tools” for the domain that you just added, click on “security”, then SSL manager, select “lets Encrypt” or one of the options open to click in the dropdown menu, then click “get”.

So, now you will see that this is all set and the SSL is installed for your domain. But there is another step to enforce this security certificate.

Go into your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to the websites tab inside the Siteground account, then click on “site tools” for the domain that you just added, click “install & manage WordPress”, scroll down, and click the button that looks like an exit door (hover over it and it says “log in to Admin Panel”.

Now that you are inside your WP (WordPress) dashboard, it’s time to navigate to the menu option on the left that says “speed optimizer” and then click on the “environment” option.

You will toggle that switch to the right of HTTPS enforce and click YES to log out. Then go back and log into the website using the email and password you set inside of Siteground at the beginning of this tutorial.

I also toggle “on” the fix insecure content to keep it safe and secure. If you don’t do these steps, then people will get a warning that your site may be dangerous. You do not want that to happen (even though your site isn’t dangerous, this SSL helps keep it secure by internet standards for the most part).

Now that you have your website all safe and secure, it’s time to choose a theme or a blog design as some would call it. This makes the front end that your readers see look presentable and easy to navigate so that you can build readership, get traffic, and eventually flip your blog for sale on Flippa.com

Choosing a Theme AKA Blog Design

Now I am going to switch the domain I am working on because I am currently building two different websites. Always something creative to do in this blog flipping business. Do not worry about screen captures that show a different URL, that part is irrelevant for this tutorial.

You can skip the next paragraph if you’re already logged into the WP Dashboard Area. Scroll down to the image that shows your WP dashboard.

Navigate to the websites tab inside the Siteground account, then click on “site tools” for the domain that you just added, click “install & manage WordPress”, scroll down, and click the button that looks like an exit door (hover over it and it says “log in to Admin Panel”.

This should open in a new tab in the WordPress dashboard area. From here, as seen in the image below, you need to hover over the Appearance menu option and click themes.

I like to add the City Girl free WP theme, as it has worked well for flipping some of my blogs in the past rather quickly. So, click on “add new theme” and pick a theme you like by selecting “install”, otherwise you can search for the City Girl theme in the search box. Just click search and it should show up.

You can see the City Girl theme below, just click install and you’re ready to get started with designing your blog to start making money blogging.

Once installed, click on Activate and you’re ready to move onto the next step.

Customize Your Theme

Click on Live Preview and you will see a screen like this…

The pencil-looking thing means this is a spot you can click and edit. So start by clicking the pencil near “My WordPress” so that you can rename your site the domain name. Example: This is HotNH.com so I will put the text in as HotNH as shown below.

You can add a tagline if you’ve already developed that but otherwise, this is fine for this step.

Since I am mostly showing you just how to get the basics set up, I am not going to go much further today into the design of these them, or setting up your privacy pages, and contact forms. I will leave that for another day or to go deeper on setting up your blog in my courses that are launching soon.

Feel free to click here and get on my list for information regarding my upcoming courses to go deeper into setting up your blogs to make sure you can have success using my Blog Flipping eBook methods.

Don’t forget to get your hands on the eBook, too. This will help you out as you navigate this new adventure in your writing career. The buy button below will work just fine for that process.

Building blogs & writing blog posts may have a slight learning curve for some writers reading this post today but the ability to earn a pretty solid income with multiple revenue streams is worth the time you take to learn more about how I created my personal writing empire over 16 years.

I want to help you build your empire faster than I did by learning the shortcuts and quicker methods through the lessons I learned & can teach you to do better. Essentially, I made a lot of mistakes & took the long road to build my writing empire. I do not regret a moment of it, as now I get to show you the better way to do it!

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14 Comments

  1. This will be a very helpful post for beginner bloggers. The fact that you add your personal experiences make the tutorial so relatable.

  2. I have done this myself although I do use a different host who is fantastic. My previous one was awful and the customer services were a complete farce. It helps to find a host that works well to minimise disruption and to get help for your blog when needed.

  3. Great tips for starting out. I’m not familiar with siteground but I remember starting with GoDaddy. I think they have a good hosting service if you’re just starting out and great price values.

  4. Your tutorial on starting a WordPress blog using Siteground & GoDaddy is a game-changer. The unexpected connection with writers transitioning from freelance to full-time blogging adds an exciting twist to your journey. Your eBook guide is a valuable resource, making the path to blog flipping accessible and rewarding. Looking forward to diving into the world of blogging with your insights!

  5. It can be overwhelming & a bit stressful for anyone wanting to start a new blog, having posts like this is so helpful! You have a lot of great tips here.

  6. This is very interesting, I didn’t know about all these. Thanks for sharing all this information.

  7. I am extremely interested in checking out Siteground. Customer service is so important when it comes to hosting, and some of the companies out there are real stinkers in that department.

  8. I need to give Siteground a look. Customer service is key to me because I’m not the most savvy person on the backend. My current host has TERRIBLE customer service.

    1. Oh no! I don’t like to hear that your current host has awful customer service. If you need any help, let me know. Good luck with your search, and I hope that if you choose Siteground, you get similar positive experiences like me. xoxo

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