The signing up process is straight forward, fast, and easy. Start by clicking here to go to SiteGround.
(Visiting SiteGround through the link that we provide will enable us to receive a commission from SiteGround which will help us keep this service available for free, it will be at no extra cost for you, and you will get the special discount (70%) that SiteGround will give you for the first year, which you can have it extended if you sign up for 24 or 36 months!)
When you reach SiteGround’s home page, choose between “Web Hosting” and “Wordpress Hosting” (the first two from the left) by clicking the “GET STARTED” button.
Personally, I went with “Web Hosting” after chatting a bit with SiteGround’s support; they told me that both are pretty much the same, though WordPress Hosting plans show more options related to WordPress, which we will use to build your website. The prices of both hosting plans are the same as well.
After that, you need to choose one of the three plans available:
You have “StartUp”, “GrowBig”, and “GoGeek”.
Now the StartUp plan is good for you if you’re just starting out; if all you need is one website, with less than 10,000 visitors a month, and doesn’t require a lot of space and resources (total space available for this plan is GB 10, which is great for a small, simple website).
The GrowBig plan, which I personally picked when I first signed up with SiteGround, is more advanced; you can host more than one website, you have double the space available (GB 20), and it can receive up to 25,000 visitors a month. It’s great for WordPress powered websites, it even offers tools to improve WordPress websites performance, and personally, I think it has the best value for money paid.
The GoGeek plan is more suitable for bigger, more resources-demanding websites, such as online stores, and websites that receive up to 100,000 visits a month. Probably not the plan for you if you’re just starting out.
One thing to remember here, is that you could easily upgrade your plan if you need more resources, and when you receive more visitors each month.
So choose the plan that you think is suitable for you by clicking on the “GET PLAN” button then move to the next step.
Now yo need to choose a domain name. Something that looks like this YourDomainName.com , if you already have one, then select the “I already have a domain name” radio button, and enter your domain name in the box (without the “www.” of course since it’s already on the left.
Later on it shall have to be connected with your website. If you want to register a domain name through SiteGround, which will be automatically connected with your website, then keep the “Register a New Domain” radio button selected.
After that, enter the desired domain name in the box, without “www.” and “.com” or any extension, then choose the right extension from the drop down menu on the right “.com” (of course “.com” is better and more popular).
After that, click on the “PROCEED” button.
You will be directed to a page where you will fill your information, in addition to your payment information of course. This is the last step to create your SiteGround account.
On the “Step 3” page, you will find a group of forms that you need to fill.
Start by filling in your email, which will be your username, and a password, which you will use to login to SiteGround, to reach your user area, where you will manage your websites and tools (when your website is set up it will have its own page to login to it, so you can customize it, or add content … etc.)
Now in the fourth box which is labeled “Purchase Information” choose the Data center that is closest to you and your audience (geographically), this is where your website(s) will be residing. If you are in the United States or close to it, then keep the data center choice there (from the drop down menu), if you are in Europe, choose either the UK or the Netherlands, Asia or Australia, choose Singapore.
I know, this is the internet, it doesn’t matter where your website, but the closer the data center the faster your website will be accessed by visitors.
As for the “Period” dropdown menu, we recommend keeping it at “12 months” (or more if you like). You can pay monthly, but paying annually saves you the setup fees, and it’s more practical (it’s all up to you of course).
You should now see a message that looks like this:
And Congratulations! You’re now part of the SiteGround universe!
Now to proceed from here, you can visit your user area and have a look around, or you can go ahead and contact us, so we can start building your website.
Learn more about our services here, we build websites for free!
Contact us if you have any questions at all, or any feedback of any kind.