Have you been thinking about starting your own WordPress website or blog with GoDaddy, but like so many before you, have found yourself dreading the process of setting it up? We all want to create and share our thoughts with the world. Unfortunately, the technical, behind-the-scenes stuff is another world completely and if you aren’t familiar with it, it can sometimes be enough to scare you away from blogging altogether.
Never feel like you have to sacrifice a nice blog – the blog you want – just because you’re afraid it’s going to get too complicated. When I first started blogging, how did I learn anything? I Googled it. I searched, searched, and searched some more for the answers I needed and started to piece everything together. Eventually, I knew enough to get me going and here I am now. Blogging is within your grasp.
Setting it up, especially with GoDaddy, could not be easier. What I love about GoDaddy’s functionality is that it streamlines the process for you, allowing you to automatically integrate WordPress hosting options with the domain you want. In only a few quick clicks, you’re set up and ready to go. Plus, don’t even get me started on GoDaddy’s support team. They’re beyond helpful and have navigated me out of some pretty treacherous mistakes I’ve made. We’ve all been there, right?
In this blog post, I’m going to walk you through, step-by-step, how to set up your own WordPress website with GoDaddy. It really is the beginner’s guide. But, no matter what stage of blogging you’re at, we’re all learning. See something that doesn’t make sense? Leave a comment below or get at me on Twitter. I want to help you as much as possible!
1.Hosting and domain name
To start off, head to GoDaddy.com. See the menu bar at the top? Find ‘Hosting’ and click it.
You’re going to be presented with a bunch of different packages. Honestly, if you’re a beginner blogger (getting less than 25,000 visitors a month) and looking to post semi-regularly, the ‘Basic’ package will likely do you just fine. Select the package you want.
Want to add SiteLock malware scanning to defend against hackers or a standard SSL Certificate? You can do that on the next page. I’d recommend doing a bit of research on any additional options GoDaddy offers you, so that you know exactly what you’re purchasing and if it’s right for you and your blog. Once you’re done with that, select ‘Continue.’
What’s this?! A free domain? Well, GoDaddy, that’s so generous of you.
Now, depending on when you’re reading this, I can’t guarantee this option will still be available, so please keep that in mind.
Know the domain you want your blog to have? Have you thought long and hard on it? While it may seem like a really small detail now, remember that this is where your site will live and depending on your future success, changing your domain may present more problems than you anticipated. So, just take a few seconds and make sure you’re 100% on board with your decision. It’s cool… I can wait.
Good to go? Perfect. Enter the domain you want in the search bar and click ‘Search.’ If it’s available, click on ‘Select and Continue.’
You should be automatically redirected at this point to the Checkout page.
When you make it to the checkout, you’re going to be given a bunch of options. Don’t be overwhelmed. Once you know what you’re looking at, it’s really easy to understand.
Find the grey bar under the site’s menu – it says stuff like ‘Product,’ ‘Term,’ etc. See it? Now, look just below it. The term area is where you select the amount of time you want to have your domain and/or hosting. The idea is, the more time you pay for upfront, the more money you save in the long-run. Select what feels right to you.
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Take a look at the other options available, including ‘Matching Domains Available.’ Once you’re done, click ‘Proceed to Checkout.’ If you haven’t already signed up for a GoDaddy account, this is where you’ll have to do it. Once you’ve completed that, enter your information, pay for your domain, and voila!
3. The rest (yes, it is that simple)
This is where things start to get really easy. So simple, in fact, you’ll think you’ve done it in your sleep.
Once you’ve completed everything and your account is all set up, click your account name in the top right corner of the screen. It should have a little silhouette of a person’s head and shoulders right next to it. Got it? Click that and then select ‘My Products’ from the dropdown menu.
In the panel of options that comes up on the next screen, look for ‘Web Hosting’ and click it. A dropdown bar will appear and you’ll see your newly registered domain name. Navigate to the right of that and look for the green box labeled ‘Manage.’ Click it.
Scroll down to the section under ‘Options & Settings’ called ‘Popular Apps’ and select WordPress. You literally can’t miss it. It should be the first choice. In the next screen that loads, select ‘Install.’
You’ll have to complete the on-screen fields – but don’t worry because, again, super simple.
Domain: The domain URL you want to associate with your new WordPress website.
Directory: This might seem confusing, but don’t let it freak you out. In most cases, you’re going to just want to leave the ‘/’ that’s there, depending on where you want to install WordPress.
Username & Password: Fill in the fields called ‘Admin Name,’ ‘Admin Password,’ etc.
And don’t forget your ‘Blog Title.’
WordPress will be installed to your hosting account within 24 hours. When it’s ready to go, you’ll get a confirmation e-mail. You’ll then be able to login to your WordPress dashboard at www.YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin.
Now that you’ve reached the end of the tutorial, what do you think? Did that all make sense? Like I mentioned above: If you have questions, leave a comment below or find me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook).