Now you should have your nameservers at your domain registrar pointing to your hosting and a simple page should be rendering for your URL address.
The next step is to install WordPress. There’s a couple different ways to do this, but it’s important to follow these instructions to ensure you set up your site properly from the very beginning.
Siteground will offer to install and configure WordPress for you right after you purchase the hosting. You will get presented with the following options:
I do not recommend to install WordPress via this option (if you have installed Wordpress via this method, it’s not a big deal. You can delete the installation and start again. It becomes a big deal if you’ve already added content and configured Wordpress).
If you go down this path you will have your site setup in http which is an unsecure address. This is viewed negatively in the eyes of Google. You can very simply (and for free) set up your site in https (securely) before installing WordPress. You can do this by using Let’s Encrypt. This is important as it has a positive effect on your rankings in Google!
Follow the instructions below:
Navigate to the “My Accounts” section of Siteground and click on the Go to cPanel button.
Scroll down until you can see something that says “Let’s Encrypt.” Give it a click.
Make sure the Let’s Encrypt SSL option is selected and your website appears in the domain section. Then click on the install button:
It should install instantaneously. Now you can navigate back to your cPanel and scroll up to the top. You’ll see different sections listing Domains, Autoinstallers, Site Improvement Tools and Wordpress Tools. Click on the ‘WordPress’ icon under the Autoinstallers section:
You’ll be taken to the installation interface. Click on the ‘Choose Protocol’ option and select either https://www. or https:// (it doesn’t really matter which one, it just depends if you want the www. in front of your domain name in the URL bar. Some people prefer not to have it as it shortens the URL, others prefer to keep it for tradition).
Scroll down and you need to fill out your username, password and email address:
Scroll down further and hit that big INSTALL button..
The WordPress installation will then commence. It usually takes about 10 seconds or less..
Once it’s finished you will be presented with some links. Make sure you bookmark your Administrative URL. This is the link you must follow in order to log into the WordPress dashboard of your new site!
Congratulations – you just installed and configured WordPress with an SSL certificate!