How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 2019 (in Under 15 Min)
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How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 2019 (in Under 15 Min)


So you’ve probably heard that it’s so
much better to have a self-hosted WordPress website than it is to have
something like WordPress.com, Wix, or Weebly, or Blogger, but now you’re
wondering how do I set that up? In this video I’m going to show you how to set
up a self-hosted WordPress website using NameSilo and SiteGround. Alright guys so we’re all set up here
we’ve got our stopwatch over here on the left and I’m open to the NameSilo
website. I’m gonna just click this little start button right here and we will be
off to the races. All right so the first thing I’m going to do is search for the
domain name that I want and I know that this is available because I recently
searched for it. So I’m gonna click the dot-com box if you want any of these
other domain extensions go ahead and click that. I’ll click “register checked
domains.” Okay and all I’m going to configure over here is to set the
privacy setting to “WHOIS privacy” and then I don’t have a coupon code so I
will just click “Continue.” Alright so now we have to actually create a new account. Okay, now I’ll click “Create my new account.” Hopefully that will work and it did, so for my payment
let’s just fill all this in. Alright now I’ll click “Place my order”
and we should be done. At least we’re done getting our domain
name. Alright so it says your order has been processed click here to manage your
domains so I will click here and … there we go here’s my new domain name. So I’m
in my account right now I’m not gonna close this window ’cause I will need
something from it later. I’m gonna open a new window and now I’m going to set up SiteGround. So I’m gonna go to SiteGround.com and look we’re only at 3
minutes. Now I’m gonna go to “Get Started” under Reliable Web Hosting. You can
actually go to Managed Web Hosting – it’s going to take you to the same page
if I’m not mistaken. So I’m gonna sign up for the StartUp plan you can get the
GrowBig or the GoGeek but since this is just a tutorial I’m gonna sign up for
the cheapest one because I don’t want to have to, you know, spend more money than
necessary just for tutorial. So I already have a domain so that’s what I’m gonna
put in right here. Now that’s the one I just bought and I’ll click “Proceed” and
I’ll have to fill in all my information again. I’ll have to fast forward so that you’re
not so bored. Okay so now I’m going to just sign up
for the trial for one month but if you are setting up an actual website not
just a tutorial then you should probably select 12 months. All right so I will
confirm that I have read and agreed to the SiteGround Terms of Service. I do not
need news and special offers because I already get those. And … awesome. So we’re
at what maybe 5 minutes and almost 30 seconds and so far we have already
bought our domain name and signed up for SiteGround. The next thing we’re gonna
do is actually set up our WordPress site. So now I’m actually going to click this
little button right here that says “Proceed to customer area” and I am going
to start a new website. Okay. So we’re going to set up the new website I’m
going to click “Start a new website” and down here it says “Please choose software
to install” just click here on “WordPress” and this is where you can select your
login details. Okay and then I’m just gonna click
“Confirm” so make sure that you write all of this information down. If you don’t
then you may have to try and figure out what your what your username and
password are later which can be a bit of a pain. Okay so we you have requested to
install WordPress–that’s correct–I do not want to add SG site scanner. You can
if you want to but I choose not to. I will confirm that I have read the Terms
of Service and Privacy Policy. Complete setup. This is taking kind of a long time to
process but I guess that’s par for the course. All right your hosting account is
ready to use. Okay, great. Proceed to customer area. Okay so this is
the main site ground members area and we’re already at 7 minutes and 45
seconds and we’ve already set up the domain, we’ve signed up for SiteGround,
and we’ve actually begun the process of installing WordPress but we’re not quite
finished. Okay so the next thing we’re gonna have to do is we are going to have
to tell NameSilo where our site is actually going to be hosted. And you do
this by going to “My Accounts on SiteGround and then you go to “Information
and settings” and down here where it says Account DNS you’re going to need this
information right here. Where it says ns1.siteground326.com. Now
I’m going to copy that I’m going to go back in here to my
domain manager on NameSilo and I’m going to click on my new domain. Alright so here’s what we need to change. Down here where it says name servers
click that button “change” and this is what we’re going to change. I’m going to
replace this. I’ll paste that in. I have to go back to the SiteGround page and
highlight this and copy it. And I’m just going to delete this one. And I’ll click
“Submit” Awesome. Okay, so now it says nameservers
ns1.siteground326 and ns2.siteground326 so we are all
good on NameSilo and we can actually just close this window. So now we’re back
at the SiteGround window and we can actually start setting
up the actual WordPress site. So let’s go to “my accounts” and what we want to do
now is to go to the admin panel. Make sure that you’ve got your domain here. If
you have multiple domains you’ll see multiple ones listed under here and
you’ll have to choose which one that you go to the admin panel for. So let’s go to
the admin panel (waiting waiting waiting) Alright so this is our WordPress login
page. Here’s where you will put in your credentials that you set up earlier. I’ll
click “login” Alright, so now SiteGround is pretty
cool because it has this sort of WordPress wizard and it’s very easy to
use so let’s go through that now. Let’s go to “Start Now” and what it’s going to
ask you to do first is choose a theme. Now it says ‘we’ve gathered some of the
best free and paid themes’ so if you want you can choose a theme here, and because
this is a tutorial and I want to show you how to get up and running quickly, I
will choose one of these free themes. Let’s go ahead and choose makeup artist. ‘Great design choice.’ That’s fine, we’ll
click “Confirm” and then if you want you can add some plugins. Again, just look
through these and see if you want to install them. I can install one for you
now if you want. Let’s see, let’s do Jetpack and Contact Form. That should be
alright. Let’s click “continue” And marketing–one of the best SEO
plugins is this one by Yoast so I will definitely select that one. And I’ll
click “Complete” Alright so now what they’re doing is they are installing the
theme and the plugins that you chose. And in just a second we’re actually going to
be able to go to the site and see what it looks like. Okay, so says “congrats your site is ready”
I’m gonna go to the dashboard. You can choose “view site” if you want but I’m
gonna go to the dashboard so that you can see what it looks like to have
WordPress fully installed and what the dashboard actually looks like. So, this is
the dashboard. You’ve got some options here at the top, you can view your site,
etc. And over here on the left side this is where your main menu is so if you
want to add a new post you would go to Posts. If you want to add a new page such
as your contact form or your About page or your Terms of Service, you would go to
Pages and click “add new page” If you would like to set up the …
customize the theme you can go to, well I think you can go to Themes and then
Customize. Or you can go straight to Customize. The widgets submenu down here
or the widgets option down here in this little sub menu, I should say. That is
where you will configure your widgets. And depending on the theme you have your
widgets will appear in various places in your theme. Usually there’s like a
sidebar widget and there’s a footer widget and sometimes there’s a header
widget. If you would like to configure menus you can do that from here. And what
else should I show you? And the other things that are kind of important are in
Settings. You want to go to General and set all this up, and then you can also
click down here into Writing, Reading, etc. to make sure that you’ve got the right
settings down there. But let’s go to the site and see what that looks like.
I like to do … go up to My Blog and go to Visit Site. But what I like to do
is click do right click on my mouse (excuse me) and then click Open Link in
New Tab because if you don’t do that it’ll open in the current window and
sometimes it’s a little easy to get lost. So I like to open in a new tab and this
is my new site. So as you can see I’ve got my domain up here. This is the theme
that I chose and this is all filler. So all these things will have to be
replaced. I will need to replace these images with my own images. I’ll have to
replace the text with things that I’ve written. Yeah, so that’s basically it. So I
hope this was useful for you. We’re in at under 15 minutes here so I think that
was pretty good. Alright guys, so that’s it for this video.
I hope you found it useful. If you did please give me that thumbs up, I really
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