In this guideline, we consider you meet the following requirements:
- You have a hosting plan with Siteground
- You own a Domain Name and have access to the client area in order to change the DNS records to point to Siteground’s server.
- You have bought a Flatsome Theme licence from ThemeForest
As a beginner, these operation may take between 60 to 90 minutes.
As a professional, this operation takes between 30 to 40 minutes after we get your domain name + hosting credentials – and we charge 250 USD.
Install WordPress on a Siteground server
- Log into your Siteground’s account
- Add a new website
- Select “Existing domain”
- Enter your domain name
- Select “Start New Website”
- Select “WordPress”
- Enter a strong password or use the password generator.
This is a temporary password we will need later.
Copy paste it in a block text for example.
- If you are not used to security management we recommend to add the SG Site Scanner option
- And click “Finish”
- It takes about 1 or 2 minutes for Siteground to prepare and install your WordPress site.
If everything went well, you should have the following screen.
- Do not click on “GO TO SITE” or “LOG IN ADMIN” buttons!
- Click on “Manage Site”
- Get your Siteground server IP address
Make sure your Domain Name points to this server IP address
Now we have your Siteground server IP address, we need to make sure your domain name points to it. In order to do this we need to edit your DNS (Domain Name Settings).
You may have registered your domain name from one of the following Registrars. If not, don’t panic, the process to edit DNS Records is quite similar from one registrar to the other.
We need 2 records to be set from your registrar domain name panel:
- A Record
- Type = A
- Host / Name = @
- Value = the IP Address given by Siteground in previous step
- TTL = the lowest possible
- CNAME Record
- Type = CNAME
- Host / Name = www
- Value = @
- TTL = the lowest possible
How to edit your “A Record” with:
Before we go to the next step, we need to make sure the A Record has been changed and has propagated.
- The propagation time varies depending on many factors. Usually it takes from a few minutes (10 min) to several hours. Be patient!
- Check if your A Record has propagated. Go to whatsmydns.net and enter your “domainname.com” + search
- If the IP Address matches with your Siteground’s IP Address, then it means you are ready to go to the next step. If not, wait for some time and check again until it matches.
After your A Record as propagated, we are going to install & activate a SSL Certificate.
- Go to your Siteground account > WEBSITES > SITE TOOLS > SECURITY > SSL Manager
- Select “Let’s Encrypt” + GET
It takes about 1 or 2 minutes for the certificate to be created and installed.
- Click on the 3 little vertical dots
- Click “Enforce HTTPS”
- Switch the radio button to enable “HTTPS Enforce”
You can close your SIteground – Site Tools browser tab.
It’s time to go to your WordPress admin login url!
- Open a new browser tab and head to “yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php“
- Log in with your email address and the password your saved before.
- You are now in your WordPress Admin Backend!
Import a Professional WordPress template
- Go to Plugins and click “Add new”
- Search for “All-in-One WP Migration”
- Click “Install Now”, wait for 10 seconds before the blue button “Activate” appears
- Click “Activate”
- Download our JSU-WP-Pro-Install file and save on your computer
- Go to “All-in-One WP Migration” > “Import”
- Select the “JSU-WP-Pro-Install.wpress” file you just saved
- Click on “Proceed”
- This operation takes about 30 seconds to complete
We are almost done! Now we need to clean up a few things to get a clean and secured WordPress site!
- After the import is completed you need the log in again to your WordPress Backend site
- Go to yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php page
- Use the following credentials
Username: Just Start Up
- Go to “Settings” > General and make sure
WordPress Address (URL) is set to https://yourdomainname.com
Site Address (URL) is set to https://yourdomainname.com
Sometimes Site Address (URL) is set by default to http:// (without the “s”) instead of https:// (with the “s”)
- Change the Administration Email Address to your business email address
Ideally this email address should contain your domain name – ex: email@example.com
- Also change all the fields that suit your needs: Site Title, Tagline, Site Language, Timezone, Date Format, Time Format, Week Starts On
- Do not check the box “Anyone can register”.
- Click “Save Changes” – The blue button at the bottom!
- Finally, create a new user with “administration” role
- Go to “Users”
- Click “Add New”
- Fill in the necessary fields: Username, Email, First Name, Last Name
- Avoid generic terms such as “admin” for the username
- Make sure to set a strong password – If your password is not strong, chances are very high your site is getting hacked soon!
- Once it is done, log out as “Just Start Up” username and log in with your newly created user. Delete “Just Start Up” user.
Register and activate your Flatsome Theme Licence
- The Flatsome Theme version installed here is probably outdated
- To keep you site secured and get all the latest features from this Theme, you need to activate your licence and update your Theme to the latest version
- Go to your WordPress admin panel > Flatsome > Theme Registration
- Click on “Generate a token here”
- Follow the steps “Create a token” from the Flatsome documentation.
- Take a look at the Flatsome Documentation & Video Tutorials to get the most out of it.
Your WordPress site is now ready to use!
Just Start Designing it! Follow our next topic about the “design essentials” to start customising it as you wish!Start Customising