Now it’s time to pick the domain name you want for your blog. For example, this site is www.startblogging101.com – that is my domain name. You have to come up with your own, unique domain name for your site. If you don’t already have your own domain name, make sure the “Register a New Domain” option is selected. Then, fill out whatever domain name you want for your blog.
Keep in mind, each domain name can only be owned by one person so you have to find one that isn’t already in use. Lastly, make sure the “Domain Registration” box is checked (SiteGround gives you FREE domain registration for the 1st year and saves you $15 which is a nice perk!). Reference the image below if you need help.
Once you have your domain name filled out, click the PROCEED button.
Fill out Account and Payment Information
After clicking the PROCEED button, you should be presented with the last step where you fill in your account, client, and payment information as seen below.
Your Account Information will be the login details you use for your SiteGround account. The Client Information is simply information about you so they know who the account is tied to. Lastly, the Payment Information is where you will enter in credit card information to pay for the hosting. After you have done that, move on!
One last section before moving on! After you have filled out your account, client, and payment information, the last section to complete is the Purchase Information. Here, you will see the Plan listed that you selected in Step 3.
IMPORTANT: You have to choose the Period of time that you want to purchase hosting for. Keep in mind that after your initial period is over, the price goes to the “Regular” price listed. So, if you know that you are going to have a blog for longer than a year, you would be smarter to purchase 2 or 3 years right off the bat because you’ll save money. However, if you want to just do a year to start off, choose 12 months as your Period.
The very last part to complete before paying is to decide which Extra Services you want. The first one which is the Domain Registration already comes FREE for the first year (saves you $15!). I would highly suggest getting Domain Privacy. It’s only $1/month extra and your personal information will be protected. If you don’t have Domain Privacy, anyone can do a WHOIS lookup on your site and see who owns the site (first name, last name, address, phone number, etc). Having Domain Privacy masks this data and prevents snoopers from seeing it. Lastly, the HackAlert Monitoring is NOT worth it in my opinion because there is a plugin you can add to your site later that is 100% free and does the same thing plus way more.
After you have everything filled out (reference the image above if you need help) make sure the checkbox that says I confirm I have read and agree to the SiteGround Terms of Service is checked and hit Pay Now. Time for Step 5!