SiteGround WordPress Tutorial: How to set it up correctly?

If you are looking for a tutorial to set up SiteGround then this guide is perfect for you.

Written by Louis Perry | Last Updated On: [date format=”d F, Y” timestamp=”-47 days”]


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SiteGround is one of the recommended web hosting for WordPress. It offers unbeatable services and suitable for serious projects, it has more additional strong and technical features. In this article, I will show how the SiteGround WordPress can set up correctly.

SiteGround Hosting Plan

It is actually a bit expensive compared to other competitors when it comes to high-end web hosting plans but I believe it is really worth it. They does not offer Domain name for free. This tutorial is designed to give you a survey of how to set up WordPress in SiteGround and use the tools we’ve created in the greatest possible way.


To start using SiteGround, choose a plan that best for your WordPress site. There are three plans that SiteGround has to offer, StartUp plan, GrowBig plan and GoGeek plan. StartUp is the inexpensive Siteground shared hosting plan, GrowBig is the most liked plan for good cause because it offers the best worth for your money while GoGeek plan are what we had endorse for users doing ecommerce.


If you’re looking to host one website, I recommended StartUp plan but if you’re hosting multiple websites, GrowBig or GoGeek plans are the best.

SiteGround caching

All SiteGround hosting plans include all three options of caching which are NGINX Direct Delivery, Dynamic Cache and Memcached except for the StartUp plan which comes with the NGINX Direct Delivery only. Manage your cache settings via your site’s Site Tools > Speed > caching.

After you choose a plan, we are now going to SiteGround website.

Configuring SiteGround Website

In this section, you will learn how to configure your site at SiteGround

SiteGround log-in

Log-in to your SiteGround account. Enter your username or email to proceed.


Choose a Domain name

Setting a website in SiteGround starts with selecting a Domain name. It is the website name and the address where Internet users can access the website. It reflects your products or services so that your customers can easily find your business through a search engine.


Your customers will anticipate that your Domain name is close to your business name. For the first sites, the system will automatically suggest to start a site with the Domain name. When choosing a Domain name, make sure that you use the right Domain name extensions, make it short, make sure that it is easy to type and say, avoid hyphens and numbers.


For numerous sites, .com is the best option because it is the easiest to remember. It is the first top-level Domain names and most trusted Domain extensions.

The website set up will give you a choice to choose a temporary domain, register a new domain or use an existing domain. You can purchase an unlimited number of domains in your SiteGround hosting account.


When you register a new Domain name, you need to validate it in order to show that you are the owner of the new Domain name. It is done via email. You will receive an email from the corresponding Domain registrar asking you to verify the Domain name registration. In the email, you see a verification link, click on it and it will directly you to the page where you can review the Domain contact information.


The verification should be done within 15 days from the receipt of the email. If you fail to verify the information within this period, your domain will get suspended. Keep in mind that Domain name registration is an additional $ a year on top of your hosting plan.


If you had an existing Domain name, transfer it to SiteGround but you should first meet the criteria in transferring a Domain name. If it meets all the criteria, order the Domain Transfer service from your Client Area > Services > Domains > Transfer and the system will check if your Domain name meets all the criteria. Once the Domain name transfer is completed, the details is automatically apply to your Domain name. 

Since, we have no new domain and existing domain yet, we use temporary domain first but it is not recommended to use for a long duration of time because it has no SEO value. It is only provided to you temporarily and it is convenient to use to help you get started without losing excessive time on thinking a name for it. Then, clicks continue.

If your Domain name is registered by SiteGround, you can edit all details directly from your Client Area > Services > Domains > manage next to the preferred Domain. Now, you can start use you’re hosting by creating your first site. It is a first collection of web pages and related content that identified by a Domain name.

Set Up Site

After setting the Domain name, the Website Set Up will take you to the next step. Click set up site to continue.

The website will take you to the next step where you will select migrate a website or start a new website. Migrate a website is a term in general used by SEO professionals to report any event whereby a website is to go through a real changes in areas that can remarkably affect search engine visibility while start a new website is choosing the right website and it can be stressful and overwhelming.


Since we starting to create a new website, select a start new website. Through the wizard, choose an application that automatically installed on new website. The most liked and easy app for starting a new website is WordPress.

It is a free and open-source Content Management System (CMS) paired with a MySQL database. Simply, click select in the WordPress section under Choose Application.


Installation Details

After we selected WordPress, we are now in an installation details which you will make use to access your site, manage and add content to your page. Fill up email address and strong password or generate your password and click continue when ready for setting up log-in details. Free installation of WordPress is included in all plans.

Another option for installing WordPress is go to your SiteGround Dashboard > WordPress > Install & Manage

Additional Functionality

Next step, add useful and additional functionality to new created website. Add the SG site scanner solution which will scan the site and inform if the site is hacked and Domain privacy if you want to hide your personal details.


SG Site Scanner is a SiteGround’s malware detection and monitoring service and it scans all the links on a daily basis. Domain Privacy is a service offered by a number of Domain name registrars. Click on finish to proceed and website creation will be completed in a few minutes.

Access WordPress Admin

When completed, go to access WordPress Admin. The WordPress Dashboard or WP Admin is basically the control panel for your entire WordPress website. It is where you create and manage content, add functionality in the form of plugins, change style in the form of themes and more. Click log-in.

Setting up WordPress Dashboard

In this section, you will learn how to set up WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard

You are now in your WordPress Dashboard and ready to create your own website. It is a first screen which will be seen when you log into the administration area of WordPress which will display the overview of the website. It is a collection of tools that provide details and an overview of what’s happening on your site.

To construct what details you want to view on your WordPress dashboard, click on Screen Options in the top-right part of your screen. It will enlarge a panel that will permit you to enable and disable the different information you want to view/hide. Once you have already tools you want to display on your dashboard, rearrange them by simply drag and drop them around your screen.

Create a WordPress post

Go to posts > Add new.

Once you enter the content of your first WordPress post, publish it.


If you found that setting up WordPress is confusing, don’t worry because it takes time to be familiar and know the process in the WordPress dashboard. WordPress is learned fastest if we used it. Thank you! Get started now and use SiteGround as your web hosting for WordPress.

Louis Perry

Louis Perry

Louis is a full-time blogger and email marketing expert. He is a contributor in Income Roar

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