Can I Run a WordPress Site with Godaddy Linux Hosting?
The question “Can I run a WordPress site with GoDaddy?” is a frequent one, and it’s a good one, because it’s highly relevant today. After all, WordPress is probably the world’s most popular content management system. It’s a free and open-source program that power more than 30 million websites across the globe. It was famously used to create the websites for H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitters, and many more. In the past year alone, over 7.7 million new websites were built using WordPress.
We’ve all heard of WordPress, and many of us may even have used it on a personal level (for yourself or a friend). That being said, not a lot of us have dabbled in the world of hosting and installing WordPress themselves, so we might not fully understand all the ins and outs of doing so. If you’re looking to host a WordPress site and aren’t sure about what tasks needs to be performed, this guide will help you get up and running in no time.
Choose A WordPress Hosting Plan That Suits Your Needs
Before we begin, it’s important to note that there are basically three different ways that you can host a WordPress site. They are as follows:
- Free WordPress hosting plans from Big Daddy, which is owned by GoDaddy;
- Paid WordPress hosting plans from Dreamhost, Bluehost, and many more;
- Managed WordPress hosting plans from companies like A Small Orange, Hoster, and more.
If you’re reading this blog post, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re either looking at a free WordPress hosting plan from GoDaddy or have one already. If you don’t, you can get started with a free plan in no time at all, but we’d recommend you choose a paid plan to avoid any interruptions once the site goes live. That way, you’ll always have access to your site’s dashboard and will be able to keep track of the various aspects of its operation (such as site security and performance).
Step One: Install WordPress To The Root Folder
The first thing you need to do is install WordPress to the root folder of your domain. The reason behind this is that WordPress needs to have full control of your site’s files in order to operate properly. It won’t do well if it has to ask a webmaster for help every time it needs to update a library file or send an email.
To install WordPress, you need to use your domain’s root folder (the one with the index.html file in it). So, if your domain is example.com, you will need to use http://example.com/ as your WordPress installation folder. You can alternatively use ~/public_html if you’re running WordPress in a virtual machine (VM).
After you’ve installed WordPress to the root folder of your domain, you need to login to your dashboard and click on the Sites icon. This will bring up the dashboard where you can manage all the sites you’ve created. From here, click on the Add New Site button to add your new site.
This will bring you to a form where you can enter the details of your new site. As before, it’s important to note that WordPress needs to have full control of your site’s files in order to operate properly, so you should select the Single WordPress Version option. This will prevent any conflicts with other plugins or themes you might have installed on your site.
Once you’ve entered the details of your new site, select the Create button to create it. A confirmation screen will then pop up where you can choose a domain name for your site (obviously, you can’t choose something already in use), a username for the website, a password, and a short description for your site. You can also choose to install WordPress to the root folder of a free domain if you don’t want to use your own credit card to pay for hosting (note that domain squeezers usually ask for a $15 installation fee, which is refunded once you’ve installed WordPress to the root folder).
Step Two: Install WordPress To A Subfolder
Now that you’ve got WordPress installed to the root folder of your domain, you can begin the next step which is to install WordPress to a subfolder. This is done in order to keep all your site’s files in one place and to make managing your site easier.
To do this, log back into your dashboard and click on the Sites icon. This will bring up the dashboard where you can manage all your sites. From here, click on the Edit link next to the site you wish to move WordPress to (it will be the first site listed).
In the menu that appears, click on the Site option and select the Site You’d Like To Move WordPress to. Once you’ve done this, click on the Site icon and select the Move button. A confirmation screen will then appear where you can choose the location (folder) of your new WordPress site.
This is the second step in order to move WordPress to a subfolder and is done simply to keep your site’s files in one location. While this may be helpful to save you some time in the future, it doesn’t change the fact that WordPress still needs to have full control of your site’s files in order to operate properly. So, make sure you back up your site before you move it to a subfolder.
Step Three: Configure WordPress To Suit Your Needs
Once you’ve installed WordPress to the root folder and a subfolder, you can begin configuring it to suit your needs. The first thing you should do is set a password for admin (short for administrator). This is important as WordPress does not come with a password by default, so you’ll need to set one first. Once you’ve done this, you should test out your new admin password by clicking on the username on the frontend of your dashboard. You should now be able to log in successfully.
The next step is to set up your blogs. A blog is a section of a website that is usually used to post discussion articles and events from the website’s owner’s perspective (this is opposed to a traditional website, which is usually used to host content created by third parties and is run from an editor’s viewpoint).
To set up blogs, first navigate to the Settings panel on your dashboard and click on the Blogs icon. A menu will then appear where you can choose the number of blogs you’d like to create (you can have up to three blogs if you wish).
From here, click on the Add New Blog button to add your new blog.
This will bring you to a form where you can enter the details of your new blog. Make sure you fill out all the required fields (including a title, blog description, and content) and then click on the Create button. A confirmation screen will then pop up where you can choose a domain name for your blog (obviously, you can’t choose something already in use), a username for the blog, a password, and a logo for your blog. You can also choose to make your blog a free blogger or a premium blogger.