An Introduction To SiteGround
Once you have picked a hosting package and have logged into your account, you will be taken to your dashboard. The dashboard is your hub to request support, manage your account, manage your sits and domains, and purchase additional services.
Managing Your Sites & Domains
To manage your sites and domains you need to go to either the ‘websites’ or ‘services’ tabs. The ‘websites’ tab is where you can see all of the domains hosted by your account and will do most of the management for your domains. This tab allows you to access each domains dashboard and add extra services. The services tab on the other hand is where you can find information about your hosting settings and manage the DNS records of your domains.
The Websites Tab
As you can see above, you can see the various different sites that are hosted on my account. If this is your first time logging in it will look a little differently as it will prompt you to set up your domain. So if you are at this point, go ahead and install WordPress on your domain, without Woocommerce since we will do that ourselves later, and then you should see the dashboard visible above.
From this dashboard we are able to look at our site tools, which takes you to the domain’s dashboard, and your WordPress Kit, which allows you to access your staging site, run backups, access your WordPress admin, and some other features. Below the domains you can also see some other tools available to you. The Sitebuilder is offered by SiteGround and you won’t be using it, but the CDN, SiteScanner, and SSL certificate tools are all tools you will use for pretty much every site you make.
The Services Tab
There are two sections to pay attention to on the services tab, the ‘hosting’ section and the ‘domains section. The hosting section, featured above, is where you can see your hosting plan and if needed purchase a new one or upgrade. Additionally you can view and manage your domains under each hosting account by clicking the manage link.
As you can see, under the plan details I can see all of the websites that are hosted under this account. Currently there is only one visible since there is only one domain being hosted, but if I had clients who’s sites I was personally hosting, I would be able to see and manage them here. When I click the ‘manage’ link I will be taken back to the same section visible under the ‘websites’ tab.
If I now navigate to the ‘domains’ section I will be able to again see all of the domains hosted under my account.
The difference is now when I click the ‘manage’ link, I will be taken to an area to manage the account and DNS setting for the domain.
The Domain Dashboard
The domain dashboard is a dashboard dedicated to each domain where you can manage it using all of the different site tools.
Featured above is the dashboard where you can see your IP address and nameservers as well as some analyitics for the month. Additionally you can access any pinned tools that you use frequently, which you can edit.
The site section allows you to access the file manage, app manager, view your databases, and transfer files. You probably won’t do much with this section but it is where you can view all of the files and data that are installed on your site.
The security section is an important section as it is where you manage the backups of your site and install SSL certificates. A couple other tools you may use here is the HTTPS Enforce tool which makes sure users get to the secure version of your site, and the SiteScanner tool which allows you to set up the site scanner and catch any potential vulnerabilities you may have.
The speed section is where you can improve the speed of your site. You can set up your CDN and cache settings.
The WordPress section is where you manage everything WordPress. You can install it or navigate to the admin panel, access your staging site, migrate sites, and set up your update procedure.
The domain section is where you can create subdomains and manage your DNS settings.
The email section is where you can set up your email account for your domain, and manage it settings and users.
The statistics section is where you can view all of the analytics for your site. You will still want to utilize google analytics but the stats available through SiteGround are a good addition.
The devs section as the name suggests is for developers. If you are coding a site it is where you can manage and push your website versions live using the Git tool. You can also run cron jobs and manage you PHP version. As a designer you won’t really need to use any of these tools.
The last section worth mentioning is the marketplace.
This section is useful if you ever need to purchase another domain or transfer on over to your hosting account. Additionally you can purchase domain privacy if you didn’t do so when you purchased a domain. What this essentially does is hides your personal details if someone tries to look up who owns your domain.