How to Change Your Website’s Domain in WordPress with Godaddy

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re wondering how to change the domain of your WordPress site. You’re in good company – so were we when we first heard the term “domain name”. It can be a daunting task to understand what makes up your domain, how it all works, and most importantly, how to change it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the steps to take to change your website’s domain easily and securely from Godaddy.

Create A New Database For Your New Domain

When you change your website’s domain, you’ll need to create a new database for your site. The database is where your content and settings are stored. You can also think of it as your site’s “backend”. If you’re using WordPress, the default setting for the database is called wp_db. If you’re not sure what a database is, don’t worry – your site’s host will have you covered. They’ll take care of all the database details for you.

Update Your WordPress Hosting Account

If you’re using Godaddy to host your website, you’ll need to update your WordPress hosting account’s settings. Go into your dashboard and click on “My Sites” to view all your WordPress sites. You can also click on the name of any site to go to that particular page. Once you’re on that page, click on the “Settings” button in the upper right-hand corner. From there, you can change the settings for the site.

Change The Website’s Domain In WordPress

Once you’ve updated your WordPress hosting account’s settings, you’ll be able to see a list of your websites. From there, click on the name of the website you’d like to change to reflect the new domain name. You can then enter the new domain name in the “A Website’s Name” field. When you do, click on “Update”. WordPress will then switch the domain automatically and apply all the changes you made. You can check your site at any time by clicking on the “Visit Website” button in the upper left-hand corner.

Securely Change The Website’s Domain In WordPress

You’ll need to take some extra steps in addition to simply changing the domain name in WordPress to secure access to your new site. If you’re using a shared hosting account from Godaddy, they’ll take care of all the security for you. However, if you’re using a dedicated hosting plan – which we highly recommend – then you’ll need to take the time to set up your site appropriately. We’ll discuss the dedicated hosting plan in more detail below, but first, let’s cover the basics of securing your WordPress site.

To begin with, you’ll need to download a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt. This will make your site more secure and prevent others from seeing your sensitive data such as credit cards or social security numbers. You can get the certificate from Let’s Encrypt and install it on your site manually or through WordPress. Once you have it installed, you can generate a unique key for your site and use it to log in to your WordPress dashboard. You can find more information about generating a unique key for your site here: https://codex.wordpress.org/Tips#Authenticating_a_User_Logins

On the login screen, enter the unique key generated above in the “WordPress Login” field and click on “Login”. You will now be able to access the dashboard for your site. From there, you can change the domain for your site without any problems.

Why Use A Dedicated Hosting Plan From Godaddy?

Dedicated hosting plans allow you to install WordPress directly on your server. This cuts out the middleman and speeds up the process of getting your site online. It also ensures that you’ll have complete control over the resources your site uses. Having your site hosted on a dedicated server gives you the flexibility to install additional software, such as WooCommerce or a custom-built eCommerce platform, without having to worry about hitting the server’s cap.

Dedicated hosting plans also ensure you’ll have complete control over your site’s DNS settings. The host will maintain the domain name you provide for your site and you won’t have to worry about it being overwritten by your web host. This ensures your customers will be able to access your site even if the address changes. For example, if you buy a new domain due to increased traffic or brand awareness, you can change the DNS settings for your site to point to the new domain without worrying about your customers being lost.

Steps To Change Your Website’s Domain In WordPress

To change the domain for your WordPress site, follow these simple steps:

Update Your WordPress Hosting Account

Make sure you’ve updated your WordPress host’s account settings to reflect the new domain. You can do this by clicking on the “Settings” button in the upper right-hand corner of your dashboard. From there, you can change the settings for your site.

Change The Website’s Domain In WordPress

Once you’ve updated your WordPress host account’s settings and are able to see your site’s dashboard, click on the name of the site you’d like to change to reflect the new domain. You can then enter the new domain in the “A Website’s Name” field. When you do, click on “Update”.

WordPress will then switch the domain automatically and apply all the changes you made. You can check your site at any time by clicking on the “Visit Website” button in the upper left-hand corner.

Securely Change The Website’s Domain In WordPress

As mentioned above, you’ll need to take some additional steps in addition to simply changing the domain name in WordPress to secure access to your new site. If you’re using a shared hosting account from Godaddy, they’ll take care of all the security for you. However, if you’re using a dedicated hosting plan – which we highly recommend – then you’ll need to take the time to set up your site appropriately. We’ll discuss the dedicated hosting plan in more detail below, but first, let’s cover the basics of securing your WordPress site.

To begin with, you’ll need to download a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt. This will make your site more secure and prevent others from seeing your sensitive data such as credit cards or social security numbers. You can get the certificate from Let’s Encrypt and install it on your site manually or through WordPress. Once you have it installed, you can generate a unique key for your site and use it to log in to your WordPress dashboard. You can find more information about generating a unique key for your site here: https://codex.wordpress.org/Tips#Authenticating_a_User_Logins

On the login screen, enter the unique key generated above in the “WordPress Login” field and click on “Login”. You will now be able to access the dashboard for your site. From there, you can change the domain for your site without any problems.

Why Use A Dedicated Hosting Plan From Godaddy?

Dedicated hosting plans allow you to install WordPress directly on your server. This cuts out the middleman and speeds up the process of getting your site online. It also ensures that you’ll have complete control over the resources your site uses. Having your site hosted on a dedicated server gives you the flexibility to install additional software, such as WooCommerce or a custom-built eCommerce platform, without having to worry about hitting the server’s cap.

Dedicated hosting plans also ensure you’ll have complete control over your site’s DNS settings. The host will maintain the domain name you provide for your site and you won’t have to worry about it being overwritten by your web host. This ensures your customers will be able to access your site even if the address changes. For example, if you buy a new domain due to increased traffic or brand awareness, you can change the DNS settings for your site to point to the new domain without worrying about your customers being lost.