WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms in the world, offering an ever-expanding library of themes and plugins that allow users to make any sort of site they could possibly imagine. It’s therefore no surprise that so many people are flocking to the platform each and every day to setup their own sites.
Meanwhile, GoDaddy is one of the most reliable web hosting providers in the business, handling over sixty million individual domain names and offering affordable hosting plans for a huge variety of customers. If you’d like to combine the powers of these services by setting up a WordPress site on a GoDaddy hosting plan, we’re here to show you how.
In the past, setting up WordPress on a new hosting platform was quite a difficult procedure. Users were forced to download and install a myriad of files, as well as configuring all sorts of complicated settings and performing frequent checks before the whole thing was properly up-and-running. Nowadays, hosting providers like GoDaddy are able to make the whole process much more straightforward.
You can have WordPress installed on your GoDaddy hosting account in just a few minutes, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems whatsoever, as long as you follow the step-by-process in our guide. Before you begin, you’ll need to have your domain name and have signed up for a GoDaddy account. Once those basic steps are out of the way, you can start the installation.
The first step is to login on your GoDaddy account and head over to the ‘Web Hosting’ section. Find the account you want to access and click on the button labelled ‘Manage’. This will take you to a new page with a list of the most popular one-click hosting applications. WordPress is the most popular platform currently available, so it is usually found at the very top of this list.
All you need to do is click on it to proceed. If, however, WordPress doesn’t appear, simply scroll down or click on the ‘Blogs’ section on the right; you should be able to find it in a matter of seconds. However you find it, simply click on the big ‘Install Now’ button to continue with the process.
You’ll now be presented with three steps, which you must complete to confirm the installation. The first step is simple; all you’ll need to do is choose the domain you wish to be hosted. You’ll also need to choose where WordPress is installed. For our purposes, the directory field should simply be filled with a forward slash.
The second step is perhaps the most important one, as this is where you will set up your various administrative account information. You’ll need to come up with a username and password, along with entering an email address to secure your account.
For this step, we strongly urge you to think of a good username and an even better password. You shouldn’t use basic things like ‘admin’ or ‘password’ here. You need to make this account as secure as possible, since it will be the one to have full access over your site. If someone were to hack into this account, they could easily destroy all of your hard work and bring your website down in an instant.
Be sure to use a password that is impossible to guess. We recommend a mixture of letters and numbers for maximum security, and the username should also be quite complex. Finally, remember to link a secure email address to your account, ensuring that you are the only person with access to the email.
Once all of those things are done and you have checked that everything has been filled in correctly, you can finalize the installation process. If you followed the steps of our guide, the whole thing shouldn’t have taken too long at all. You will soon be able to start creating your own site and sharing your content with the world through the combined powers of WordPress and GoDaddy. It might take up to 24 hours for the process to completely finish, but you’ll receive a confirmation email at the address you gave when it’s all done.
If you’re feeling impatient, you can go to the ‘Manage My Applications’ tab on your GoDaddy account and check the listing for your site. There should be a ‘Status’ bar and this will eventually update to ‘Successfully Installed’ when it’s ready to go. Either way, we hope that this guide has been useful for you and we hope that you don’t encounter any problems.
As soon as your WordPress installation has been confirmed, you can log back into your account and start using the WordPress platform and library to build your website, complete with countless themes and plugins to make every single one of your webpages entirely unique.