How to Setup Domain and Hosting for WordPress.org Site

Updated 12/19/14: 

We no longer use FatCow.  It was the frequent database unavailability that began wearing me down.  So I did what I always do…researched, researched, researched.  And found that SiteGround is known for its amazing uptime!  SiteGround it is then.  But wait, there’s more!  They also do free site transfers and include CloudFlare CDN with their hosting.  Not to mention, they have the best (and fastest!) support I have ever worked with.

Reasons why I suggest buying your domain name and hosting through SiteGround:

  1. 99.9% Uptime Guaranteed
  2. Fastest support yet!
  3. Free CloudFlare CDN integration
  4. Free website transfers
  5. Free daily backup

I’ve worked with other hosting companies and SiteGround has given me the least amount of trouble.

 

How to Buy Great Hosting with a FREE Domain

  1. Use our affiliate* link
  2. In the Get Domain: field type in the domain you would like to have and click the red Search button
  3. Under the StartUp plan, click Order Now
  4. PURCHASE INFORMATION
    1. Period: 12 months   $3.95/mo + FREE setup
    2. DOMAIN SERVICES
      1. Domain Privacy – Check!
    3. Choose if you want any of the Extra Services under Purchase Information
      1. Premium Support is free for 3 months, but you’ll need to remember to remove it after that time before being charged $3.95/mo after that time.
      2. Basic Backup Service – If I’m your web developer, I’ve probably already installed it on your account.  Or I will install is for a one time fee instead of monthly.
      3. HackAlert Monitoring – Completely up to you.  I can also install a security plugin for a small fee, but $1/mo is also pretty low for the peace of mind.
  5. Confirm that you have read and agree to their Terms of Service
  6. Click Submit Order
  7. Have them go ahead and install WordPress, or leave it to me.

 

How to Transfer to SiteGround Hosting

  1. Use our affiliate* link
  2. Click the big red Sign Up button
  3. Under the StartUp plan, click Order Now
  4. Click I already have a Domain
  5. Input your current site URL
  6. Put in your Contact, Password, and Purchase Information
  7. Choose if you want any of the Extra Services under Purchase Information
    1. Premium Support is free for 3 months, but you’ll need to remember to remove it after that time before being charged $3.95/mo after that time.
    2. Basic Backup Service – If I’m your web developer, I’ve probably already installed it on your account.  Or I will install is for a one time fee instead of monthly.
    3. HackAlert Monitoring – Completely up to you.  I can also install a security plugin for a small fee, but $1/mo is also pretty low for the peace of mind.
  8. Confirm that you have read and agree to their Terms of Service
  9. Click Submit Order
  10. Now, send me your new SiteGround login information along with your Domain Registrar login information so I can connect the two for you!
    1. Your domain registrar could be the same as your previous host since hosts typically offer a free domain with your first year hosting through them.  Popular domain registrars are GoDaddy, Namecheap, Register, Domain

 

*In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from SiteGround. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.