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sitegroundIntroduction To Siteground

Designing your own website starts with a quality web hosting provider, a domain name and a content management system like Wordpress or Joomla in this article we will introduce you to Siteground our recommended provider, a proven leader in web hosting services and we will guide you through the process of setting up a Siteground hosting account and show you how to create a website with Wordpress or Joomla. 

Siteground are a popular web hosting company that has been hosting websites worldwide since it was founded back in 2004, they have data centers located around the world allowing you to choose your data center location for optimal server speed and performance

Siteground have been around long enough to know what there customers need when it comes to web hosting and they provide top notch customer support there hosting plans are packed with all the resources and features to get you started. 

They provide competitive shared hosting along with dedicated servers, and also reseller plans for web developers however they do not provide a VPS hosting service, how ever a cloud based platform is provided for there customers.

There shared hosting plans are popular with customers, starting at $9.95/month currently offering at a 60% discount at $3.95/month for the start up plan you get some great features at a competitive price, there are two other shared plans with additional features added with more storage space and un metered data transfer so one of the other two shared plans may be of interest to you depending on your needs.

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Siteground dedicated servers are offered in three dedicated hosting plans, the entry level dedicated plan starts at $269/month and includes 480GB SSD drive, four core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 ram and a generous 10TB of bandwidth, the power server and the top premium plan, super power server include extra resources for powerful dedicated server hosting.

For webmasters that do not have the resources to purchase a dedicated server Sitegroud provide a cloud hosting service, starting at $80/month you get two CPU cores, four GB of memory, a 40GB SSD drive for data storage and 5TB of data transfer, cloud hosting is ideal for growing businesses and online shops selling down loadable media like video or images, the best feature with cloud hosting is that you can scale up your resources as they are needed when your business grows.

Customer Support

With Sitegroud you are assured of great customer support as there customers know only to well, your requests are answered in a decent amount of time or you can talk directly with them on 24/7 online chat, they provide five data centers spread around the world which you can choose from when you sign up these are based in Chicago United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy and finally in Singapore which is the preferred data base for New Zealand websites.

They provide a range of security features for all there hosting plans including a free SSL certificate through Lets Encrypt, the installation of your SSL certificate is as easy as one click and the system performs the rest of the installation of the certificate for you.

 

Sign Up For A Siteground Account

Learning how to create a website and design a website for your own needs can be very rewarding and the first step is to get a reliable web hosting provider, our recommendation is Siteground they have a proven track record for customer services and provide feature packed shared web hosting plans with all the resources you need to get you started online.

This article will guide you through the process for signing up for a Siteground shared web hosting account and creating your very own wordpress or Joomla website all in a few very easy to follow steps. 

The first step is to visit the Siteground website and select a shared plan that will best suit your websites needs, if you are just starting out with website design we suggest a shared hosting plan with Siteground you get all the resources you need at the best possible price, there are three types of web hosting services available for a more indepth explanation please read our guide web hosting

 When you have decided on the hosting plan you need click on get plan and a new window will open up, the next step is to register a domain name, a domain name is your unique idenity on the internet it is like a phone number that will link to your website.

Domain Name

The domain name you choose will have a big impact on the type of visitors that you will attract to your website, if you are targeting people only in New Zealand then a top level country domain would be your first choice this is .co.nz or the alternative .nz domain.

Websites that are targeting traffic from countries around the world will require a .com domain name, however trying to get a .com domain that you need will be extremely difficult as the domain extension is the most popular used worldwide.

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Once you have selected your domain name click on procced and you will be taken to the main Siteground account page here you will need to first enter your email address and password this will be used later to access your account, your password needs to be secure and one that you can remember.

Then enter the required client information for your account, this includes your name and address, the next step is payment information you can use mastercard, visa or other payment methods.

Database Center

The final steps require you to select the database center, for websites targeting New Zealand traffic only select Singapore, for websites targeting traffic worldwide select USA or Europe select the period of your hosting account 12 months or 24 months, and any extras that are required then confirm to there terms and select pay now, you will be sent a confirmation email and a link to your new Siteground hosting account. 

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How To Create A Website

Trying to figure out how to install your new website can be very daunting at first, but once you know where to start the process is really straight forward and you will be up and running your new website in a short amount of time.

Automated Installers

Most of the more well known hosting services provide a one click install in your hosting account for both Joomla and for Wordpress, these auto installers will create the data base and the username and automatically install the content management system for you.

The automated installation process that follows is described for a Wordpress or Joomla automated installation, the choice of a Joomla website or a Wordpress website is up to the individual, an explanation of both content management systems can be found here Wordpress or Joomla.

Wordpress Or Joomla Installation

To get started with the automated installation of Joomla or Wordpress login to your hosting account and Cpanal, once in the cpanal interface search for the softaculous app installer usually located at the bottom of cpanal.

Scroll through the script applications and find the installer for either Wordpress or Joomla depending on the content management system you would like to install, a new page will open with information on joomla or wordpress installations.

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Click on install now and select the latest version of wordpress or joomla enter your installation url, this is your domain url and select the protocol http or https, enter your websites name and website description.

The admin settings are for the backend admin area enter a admin username and admin password and write these down for use later on, choose your websites language settings depending on your targeted audience and country.

The final step for a wordpress installation is to select a free theme from the available themes then click install and wait for the installation to complete, for joomla just click the install button and the process will start once the installation has completed enter your url into a browser and visit your new website. 

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Themes And Templates

When you are installing a third party Joomla template or quickstart package like the ones available at Template Monster, these templates are required to be manually installed with out the use of the automated installers please read our guide on installing Joomla Templates manually

With a Wordpress website changing the look of your website is as easy as just changing the the Wordpress Theme, the new theme will not effect your content but change the layout of the website for a fresh new look

Website Design

Now that you have installed your content management system you need to structure and design your website to attract visitors, website design basics include populating the website with relevant content, adding menu structure to easily navigate your website and search engine optimization, please read our guide on basic website design 

Administration Panal

Access your websites administration panal using the username and password you used to install the content management system for a wordpress website this is (www.example.com/wp-login.php), and for a Joomla website (www.yourwebsite.com/administrator/index.php) here you will find the control panal for your website.

The control panal gives you access to all the tools needed to setup your websites content, here you can write articles, install components, install modules used for displaying content and install plugins that help to create content and keep the website running effectively.

Modules, Plugins And Componants 

For Joomla websites extensions are where you can edit installed templates, modules and plugins that all work together to effectively run your joomla website, extensions are also where you can install these plugins and modules along with components to run a joomla website.

A great place to find new extensions and components for Joomla websites is the Joomla extensions directory, here you can shop for the extensions needed for your website some extensions are provided for free while others are a premium product.

For Wordpress websites these are called plugins and give you access to install blogs, payment gateways for ecommerce websites, login forms, email contact forms and a host of other great software for Wordpress websites there are hundres of plugins available for wordpress websites some are free while others are premium at a cost, a great place to shop for Wordpress plugins is Wordpress.com.


 

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