How to Install WordPress on a Hosting Plan with Godaddy and FileZilla

WordPress is a free and open-source CMS (content management system) that’s widely accepted as the number one choice for personal and commercial websites. Installing WordPress on a web host is as easy as 1-2-3, but doing so can be pretty daunting for those unfamiliar with using a command line or comfortable in front of a web browser. Below we’ll discuss how to install WordPress on a Hosting Plan with Godaddy and FileZilla. We’ll cover the basics such as logging in and accessing the dashboard before moving on to discuss common errors beginners might make and how to avoid them.

Choose A Hosting Plan That Suits Your Needs

Before we begin, it’s important to note that WordPress itself is extremely flexible and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit any need or taste. This being said, it is still beneficial to have a clear picture of what your needs are since there are certain hosting plans that are better suited for certain types of websites. Below we’ll discuss a few of the most popular and commonly used web hosts along with their advantages and disadvantages.

Free Hosting

One of the biggest draws of WordPress is that it’s completely free to use. This is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, there’s no billing to speak of which makes the installation and usage quite easy. On the other hand, there’s no technical support available which means you’re on your own if you run into problems. Free hosting is also incredibly popular, so if you’re searching for blogs or personal websites, you’re bound to come across a free host offering at least some level of service. For those who want to run their own website and are comfortable enough using the command line, shared hosting is the perfect choice as you won’t need to worry about installation or configuration.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is exactly what it sounds like: hosting websites for multiple customers on the same server. This type of hosting is great for individuals or small businesses who want to create a professional-looking site but don’t have the technical know-how to do so. Installation is straightforward and only requires basic HTML and CSS skills, and you won’t need to deal with hosting configuration or monitoring tools. If you’re looking for a simple and secure way to launch your personal website or blog, shared hosting might be the perfect choice for you.

VPS Hosting

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) provides a way for webmasters to purchase dedicated server time that’s been pre-configured with a Linux operating system and a large amount of free storage. This is a popular choice among content creators and those who need large amounts of disk space for media files such as video, images, and audio. VPS hosting is great for people who want to experiment with different CMSs (content management systems) or for those who need a dedicated IP (internet protocol) address so they can experiment with different services such as Google Cloud Print, SMS (text messaging), or email marketing without worrying about their incoming emails being flagged as spam.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is essentially what it sounds like: hosting a specific website or project on a server that is solely dedicated to that task. This type of hosting is ideal for people who are looking to create a stable and secure platform for their blog or business website. Because dedicated servers are singularly focused on hosting a single project, they can be more highly-configured than shared or virtual servers which make them more suitable for use by technical experts and people with extensive knowledge of servers and networks. If you’re looking to create a niche product or service and need a reliable and stable platform to do so, dedicated hosting might be the perfect choice for you.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is something of a hybrid between dedicated and shared hosting. Instead of renting a physical server, you purchase virtual servers (more like a cloud container) from a company like Google or Amazon which are devoted to hosting your project. Cloud hosting is ideal for those who want to create a professional-looking site but don’t have the budget or need for a dedicated server. Cloud hosting is also a great choice for people who want to experiment with different CMSs or are looking for a way to quickly launch a site.

Managed Hosting

Finally, we arrive at the granddaddy of them all: managed hosting. Managed hosting is exactly what it sounds like: you pay a monthly fee to have someone else take care of the server administration so you don’t need to. This type of hosting is great for people who want to experiment with different CMSs or CMS versions without having to worry about spending too much time maintaining a server that can be unstable or crash. Since the professionals at the company take care of the maintenance and administration, you can focus on creating content.

Hopefully, this overview of the various web hosts and their advantages and disadvantages has helped you make the correct decision about which type of hosting to use for your specific needs. If you’re still deciding which type of hosting is right for you, consider using this handy comparison chart that highlights the main differences between the various types of hosting.

Step-By-Step Guide To Installing WordPress On A Hosting Plan

Now that you have a general idea of what types of hosting plans are out there and which ones are better suited for the types of websites you create or plan to create, let’s move on to the good stuff: how to install WordPress on a Hosting Plan. Below we’ll cover the basics of installation, including logging in and accessing the dashboard before delving into configuration and future security updates. We’ll also discuss some common errors beginners might make and how to avoid them.

Login To Your Dashboard

One of the first things you’ll need to do after you’ve purchased your Hosting Plan is to log in to your dashboard. Your dashboard is where you’ll find all the tools and information you need to manage your website or blog. You can think of your dashboard as the equivalent of the Windows Control Panel in Microsoft Windows: all the essential administrative tools and features condensed into one place. The most common way to access your dashboard is through your web browser. For example, if you have a website hosted on Bluehost, you can access your dashboard via this link:

Configure The Following:

  • Username (also know as the ‘site name’ or the ‘domain name’))
  • Password
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Confirm Email Address
  • Language (select the language you want to use, or ‘engagement’, if you want to have a default English language site)
  • Timezone (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Number Of Website Pages (the default is 10)
  • Database Size (the default is 5 MB – although you can configure it to be higher if you have more than 5 MB)
  • Activate WordPress (you’ll need to enter a valid email address to do this)

Once you’ve completed the above steps, you’re good to go. You can now begin creating content and taking care of your website or blog without worrying about server administration. We’ll discuss more advanced topics in the next section.