How To Start A Blog On WordPress.org
If you are looking to start your blog or website on the self-hosted WordPress.org platform the following info will help you with the first steps in getting set up. Below we will walk you through the steps of starting your blog or website on wordpress.org .
If you will be using any of our WordPress design services you should start by following the steps below.
If you already have wordpress.org set up you can shop our themes here.
LET’S GET SET UP
Step 1: DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
The first thing you will want to do is decide on a domain name. Take some time to think about the blog name that you would like so that you can choose a corresponding domain name. Your domain name can be changed later but it’s not a fun process so that’s why we always recommend putting great thought into your blog name before this step. You may want to come up with a few options as the domain name you want may not be available. So get a pen and paper and start brainstorming! IMPORTANT: Do not purchase a domain until you decide on what company you would like to use for hosting so that you can purchase through them, it’s easier to have everything together.
For a website or blog using the wordpress.org platform you will need to purchase hosting. We highly recommend WordPress managed hosting, overall it is hands down your best option if you run a WordPress site (read more about WordPress managed hosting ).
We have put a great deal of time into the research of hosting over the last 9 years, taking into account price in relation to options as well as our own personal experience and hands down, SiteGround is our favorite. Trust us when we say, it has everything you need in a WordPress hosting plan! To view the sign-up process you can see our overview here.
Below are just a few features to see the full list of options visit SiteGround.
Offers some of the most affordable WP hosting plans
Restore service (with “Grow Big” plan)
WP auto update
Advanced WP security
Easy WP install
Plans starting at $3.95
You will see 3 plan options – I suggest the Grow Big plan as it allows for the best options at the best price.
Step 2: INSTALL WORDPRESS.ORG
If you purchase any design from us that includes installation we will install WordPress for you if hosting is set up through SiteGround. Simply purchase WordPress hosting and we will do the rest! If you purchase one of our self install themes see info here for how to easily install WP on SiteGround.
Step 3: CHOOSE YOUR DESIGN
Now that you have your site set up it’s time to choose a design if you have not already done so. We have a few design options for WordPress. Choose from one of our themes, have a theme customized, or have your site custom designed. To see all of our design options please visit our WordPress design services page.