I’m so excited that you’ve made the commitment to pursue the life of your dreams by starting an online business! I know this is a huge step that can feel overwhelming so I’ve simplified the process to make it as simple as possible.

Below are step-by-step directions that will enable you to take the first steps in starting an epic online business. The best part is that it takes less than 30 minutes!

Now that you’re focused on accomplishing the goal of starting your own business, it’s time to get started! Below are the action steps that you’ll implement to start your epic online business. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Erica@FocusImplementTriumph.com.

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Implement these 4 Simple Steps to Start an Epic Business
  1. Register Your Domain Name on Siteground
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Set Up Your Business Email Account
  4. Customize Your Website
Here’s the Details….
Step 1: Register Your Domain Name on Siteground
  • Go to the Siteground website and click ‘Sign Up’
  • Select a plan. Since this is a new business, the features provided in the StartUp plan for $3.95/month provides everything you need and more
  • Register your new domain name
  • Enter all of the required information to secure your domain name and hosting services
Step 2: Install WordPress
  • To begin, login into your Siteground account by clicking ‘Login’ at the top right hand corner
  • Click on ‘My Accounts’
  • Click on ‘Go to cPanel’
  • In the autoinstaller section, click on ‘Wordpress’
  • Click ‘Install’

To complete the configuration of your WordPress blog installation you must select specific settings. Here are my recommendations…

  • Choose protocol: In this you can select www with your domain or nonwww. I prefer using non-www, as it keeps the length of my URL shorter
  • Choose domain: Select the domain name from the drop-down on which you want to install WordPress.
  • In Directory: Leave this field blank
  • Database name & Table Prefix: Leave it as it. There’s no need to make any changes.
  • Sitename & Description: Add your sitename and description. This can always be modified after your WordPress blog is installed.
Step 3: Set Up Your Business Email Account
  • Go to the cPanel and click on the Email Account Icon under the mail section
  • Enter a new email account you wish to establish and fill out the necessary details (name, password, quota (up to 2000 MB) and click ‘Create Account’
  • Your newly established email account will appear. Click ‘More’ and then click ‘Access Webmail)
  • Select your Default Webmail Application.  They appear in order from most functionality/features to least. If you want a lot of features, choose horde. If you prefer to have a standard email account without many extra features, choose SquirrelMail and if you want something in between, select roundcube. After you click ‘Set as Default,’ your new email address will popup and you’ll be officially in business.
Step 4: Customize Your New Website
  • Check the email address that you used to establish your Siteground account. In it you will find a message entitled ‘Wordpress Installation Confirmation.’ This message includes all of the information that you need to login to your WordPress dashboard and begin customizing your website.

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