How to Build A Website on Siteground

Last updated on October 17th, 2023 at 10:14 am

There’s a reason Siteground is such a popular web host. They make setting up your website incredibly simple and provide thorough documentation and tutorials about how to use their platform.

As a Web Developer, you would probably expect that I had experimented with lots of different web hosts over the years, but that’s not the case. I found SiteGround when I built my first website in 2017 and never looked back. The host really does solve all of my problems through a high-quality and simple interface. And for those times when there’s a strange issue with your site, they have a dedicated and knowledgeable support team that you can call 24/7 as long as your customer.

That’s enough of an intro. This article is about how to start a new website with Siteground. By following the steps below, you can have a brand new website ready to customize within five minutes or less! So let’s get started.

How to Add a Site to SiteGround

Step 1: After you’re logged in to SiteGround, navigate to the Websites tab.

Once you’re a proud website, owner, the websites tab is where you’ll spend most of your time in SiteGround. Here, you’ll find a list of any, and all websites that you host through SiteGround, along with settings, and options that you can customize for each one.

Step 2: Choose the New Website button at the top right corner of the screen.

You can ignore all the other options on the screen at this point. Will cover those in future tutorials.

Step 3: Select one of the domain options: New Domain, Existing Domain, or Temporary Domain, and hit Continue.

If you choose Temporary Domain, Siteground will generate one for you similar to this one: liamo35.sg-host.com. 

The easiest way to go is to either buy a new domain on Siteground or have bought your domain name through a service like Google Domains before you set up your website on Siteground. But it’s easy enough to change your domain later, so any of these options is fine.

Step 4: Select “Start New Website” or “Skip and Create Empty Site.” 

Most of the time you’ll want to start a new website, so will cover that in this tutorial. But it’s important to know that you can also migrate your current website from another host, and SiteGround will walk you through that process.

If you look at the little link at the bottom of the page, you also have the option to skip the step and create an empty site. This is like building a shell for your future website to live in. Choose this option if you have a set of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files, for example, that you would like to upload to create your site.

Step 5: If you selected “Start New Website,” choose a CMS to install. 

A CMS is a Content Management System, and unless you’re a professional web developer or have a decent coding education, you need one in order to run your website. These programs offer you a visual interface to make it easier to build pages, blog posts and other content for your website, rather than having to code it all by hand.

You can choose between WordPress, WordPress + WooCommerce, or Weebly Sitebuilder. For most websites, choosing WordPress by itself will give you everything you need. This creates an automatic WordPress install on your Siteground server so that you don’t have to go through the rather tedious steps of installing it on a local server like you’re home computer, which isn’t as secure anyway. 

WooCommerce is pretty much the standard e-commerce platform, so if you plan to sell things on your website, it’s good to install WooCommerce right along with WordPress. But if you choose not to do so during this step, you can always add it later through the WooCommerce plug-in on WordPress.

Weebly is another CMS like WordPress, which I’ll cover later in another article.

Step 6: Choose a username and password to use when signing into your CMS’s backend, then choose Continue.

This is probably the most important step, and the main one that you’ll want to write down. I am serious. Write this down, because if you don’t remember it, you won’t be able to access your website to set it up.

The user name you choose can be any email address, but it’s a best practice to use your sites domain after the @ symbol, since most professionals, use their sites domain email address for communications related to their website. 

Note: Do not share your user name and password with anyone. With it, anyone can change or delete your website entirely. I show my user name in this tutorial only because I plan to delete this website when I’m done writing this article.

SiteGround will usually offer to install extra features like the site scanner for added security, and to tempt you into spending more money. Usually, the offers are useful and relevant, but they are optional and not completely necessary, so I usually ignore them and install what I need later.

When you click Finish, you’ll get a loading screen like the one above. It really does usually take about two minutes to set up a site! Just leave the browser window open until it finishes and you’ll have a site within minutes. 

When this page is done loading, you’ll be given the option to tweak your site settings on SiteGround or log into your new site’s backend. Are usually choose the latter, so I can go set things up.

When you want to access your site later, and you don’t have a handy button to take you there, you can simply type your domain into the search bar of any browser, followed by /wp-admin to be taken to the login screen. So your URL should look something like this:

yourdomain.com/wp-admin

This is where your login credentials come in handy, so I hope you wrote those down somewhere secure!

Wrapping Up

It’s that easy! And the truth is, it is with most platforms these days. I will be providing articles on how to start a website through other platforms in the future. I chose SiteGround to start with because of their stellar customer support, low prices, and the platform’s overall ease of use.

If you have any questions about this process, leave a comment below! I always answer, and I’m happy to chat about your website needs. Speaking of comments, which website platform do you think I should cover next?

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