So you’ve set up your SiteGround account, and you’re ready to take off and add All. The. Content. to your blog or ecommerce site.

Not so fast compatriot.

After you’ve finished registering your SiteGround account, take a few minutes to set up a couple of things before the website-building fun begins. Namely, an email account and some simple security.

SiteGround makes it easy to set up both of these through your Dashboard.

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What is SiteGround?

SiteGround is one of the most popular hosting services for blogs and ecommerce site. It works seamlessly with WordPress and contains many features including a free domain name for the first year (as of this writing), a free SSL certificate, free daily site backups, and others.

SiteGround offers a few different plans for small bloggers and ecommerce businesses.

Read here about setting up a SiteGround account.

SiteGround Email and Security

When you’re logged into your SiteGround account, click the Websites tab at the top of the page. You will see your website(s) in the list. Click on Site Tools to go to your Dashboard.

On your Dashboard, there is a menu on the left side. Here you can set up an email account for your site and some simple security.

First, create an email account. Navigate from the menu Email –> Accounts.

Enter whatever you want for the first part of your email address, and create a password. You can create more than one email. (For example, if you have a business, you may want separate email accounts for info, help, customer_service, etc.) Your list of email accounts will appear at the bottom of the screen.

When you build your email list, this is the address you will use to send campaigns and emails to your subscribers.

Next, let’s set up some security. Navigate on the left side menu Security –>SSL Manager.

On the SSL Manager Screen, select your domain and choose the free Let’s Encrypt.

SSL makes your site more secure and encrypts the data that passes through it. Don’t skip this; as SiteGround makes it so easy, there’s not reason not to have an SSL certificate.

To force your website to run over a secure connection though, there’s another step. Navigate on the menu Security –> HTTPS Enforce. Turn the toggle button on if it’s not already.

That’s it for now. SiteGround has plenty of other features that we will consider. But get started with your email and security.

Feel free to leave questions or comments below.