How to Host a Dedicated WordPress IP Address on Godaddy
If you are looking to host a WordPress blog on the Godaddy WordPress platform, then you have come to the right place! In this article, I will walk you through the steps to create a dedicated WordPress IP address so that you can install WordPress to any of the sub-domains you specify without being blocked by Godaddy.
Step 1: Create the Dedicated WordPress IP Address
You can use one of the shared WordPress IP addresses that Godaddy provides or you can register your own custom domain with the company and then create a dedicated WordPress IP address for that domain. To create a dedicated WordPress IP address, follow these steps:
- Navigate to your domain management section of your Godaddy account.
- Click on the “Pro Blogger” button.
- Select “Single Website” under the Shared hosting section.
- Click on the “Next Step” button.
- Fill in the required fields in the following form (make sure to use a strong password that contains at least one number and a special character):
- Type of Website: pick “Blog”
- Description: (this is a place to write a short description of your site)
- Your Preferred Domain: (this is the domain you will use for your WordPress site)
- Email address: (this is the email address you will use to register your domain and to confirm the settings for your WordPress site)
- Password: (this is the password you will use to register your domain and to confirm the settings for your WordPress site)
- Billing information: (you will need to provide your credit card information if you choose this option)
When you click on the “Create Dedicated IP” button, you will be taken to a login page for your domain. You can use the same email address and password you used to login to your Godaddy account to login to your domain.
*Note: if you run multiple sites with the same domain, you will need to create separate accounts and logins for each site.
Step 2: Install WordPress to the Dedicated IP Address
Once you have a dedicated WordPress IP address, you can install WordPress to it using the instructions in the WordPress guide. Make sure to use the same email address and password you used to login to your domain to login to WordPress.com. (You will only need to do this once, it is not necessary to do this every time you update WordPress or add content to your site.)
You can also use a separate account and password to login to your WordPress.org account if you have one. (This is highly recommended as WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate platforms with separate software and they function differently.)
Step 3: Configure the WordPress Blog
After you have installed WordPress to your domain, you can use the dashboard to configure it however you see fit. The default settings for a WordPress blog are fairly liberal and you can use the freedom of choice that this platform offers to create an amazing blog that suits your needs. For example, you might want to create a category for all your favorite restaurants in your area so that you can easily find them on your site. (You can also use the WordPress Search feature to find content on your site if you do not use categories.)
Step 4: Test the WordPress Blog
You can take any website or blog you have created and test it by using it’s URL (uniform resource locator) e.g.:
- Blogger: https://blogger.com
- Medium: https://medium.com
- Shopify: https://shopify.com
- Wix: https://www.wix.com
- Squarespace: https://www.squarespace.com
- WordPress: https://wordpress.com
If you see that the blog loads properly when you visit any of these example URLs, then you can be sure that your site is up and running smoothly and that you did everything you needed to do to get it up and running.
Step 5: Maintain the WordPress Blog
You can use the CMS (content management system) provided by WordPress to update content on your site regularly, add new blog posts, and delete old ones as needed. Doing this from your own site is extremely time-consuming and can be a hassle, so maintaining a WordPress blog is a great way to get regular updates without having to worry about losing track of content or having to call someone to help you out. You can also use plugins to help you manage and organize your blog. (There are many free and premium plugins available on WordPress.org that can help you manage your content, blog posts, and even visitors. You can read more about the best WordPress plugins here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/)
Step 6: Manage Additional Domains with Godaddy
If you have additional domains you would like to manage with Godaddy, you can do so using the very same method described above. To create a dedicated WordPress IP address for a domain you have registered with the company, you will need to navigate to your domain management section of your Godaddy account and click on the “Pro Blogger” button. Then, you will select “Shared hosting” under the Shared hosting section and create a new account. You will then need to follow the steps above to create the dedicated WordPress IP address for that account.
If you have any questions about this process or if you need help, feel free to contact us! We are happy to help you out.