How to Install WordPress on a Godaddy Hosting Account
You might be thinking about launching a WordPress blog, but are not sure how to go about it. Maybe you heard about how beneficial WordPress was for [company name], and how much the platforms revenue is worth. Or perhaps you’ve always admired the blogs around your favorite niche sites, and you think that you might could do the same thing, only better.
No matter why you’re considering a blog, the task of setting one up can seem daunting. There are a lot of moving parts, from finding the right domain name to selecting the right hosting plan. All of these things can seem like a lot of work, and perhaps they are, but it’s worth it. Once you’ve launched your blog, and you’ve gotten the hang of it, you’ll see how much easier it is to keep up with content, and to grow your audience, than you would to just run your [company name] site by hand.
Find The Right Domain Name
If you’re going to have a blog, you’re probably going to want to find a nice, short domain name for it. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time remembering it. With a.com domain name, you’re going to want to make sure that you register it before someone else does. Also, you don’t want to pick a name that’s already taken, or that’s already been registered by someone else. When you find a name that you like, make sure that it’s available, and that it’s not already been taken by someone else. Once you’ve found a name that you like, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Find The Right Hosting Plan
Even if you have a domain name for your blog, you still need a web host to actually launch it. There are a lot of hosting plans out there, all with their perks and quirks. A lot of people prefer shared hosting because it’s easy to install and use, and because you don’t have to worry about scaling capacity as your blog grows. People in general prefer shared hosting for websites because it’s much easier for others to access the content that’s on the site than it is for them to host it themselves. That way, when your fans or potential readers try to access your site, they won’t be met with a “502 Bad Gateway” error message.
If you register the domain name, and you decide that you want to use that domain for your blog, you’ll have to use the hosting plan that’s associated with it. The best option is to choose a free hosting plan from a reputable company that also offers domain registration. With these types of plans, you don’t need to worry about scaling capacity because they will handle everything for you. Plus, with most hosting companies, you get a free domain with your purchase.
Once you have your domain name and hosting plan chosen, it’s time to move on to the fun part – installing WordPress on your site. You can do this either through your web browser via FTP, or you can download the WordPress software and install it directly on your server.
Let’s take a quick look at how to install WordPress through your web browser via FTP:
1. Log into your account with GoDaddy and click on the gear icon in the top right corner. Now click on the Settings button.
2. Now navigate to the General section, and click on the button to save changes.
3. Back in the main section, click on the button to activate your account.
4. You’ll now be taken to your dashboard where you can see all of your sites. You’ll see a small cog in the top right corner of the screen. Click on this to bring up your FTP credentials. Enter your login credentials and click on the Connect button.
5. You’ll now see folders and files on the left side of your screen. Navigate to the wp-content folder, and click on the Upload button to upload the WordPress installer file. It should automatically start to upload. Once that’s done, click on the Publish button to confirm the file’s location.
6. You’ll now be brought back to your dashboard. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner, and then select Settings from the drop-down menu. This will bring you back to the settings page for that site. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
7. Your site’s details will now be listed in the menu on the left of your screen. Click on the gear icon, and then the More option from the drop-down menu to get additional options. Now click on the Update button.
8. You’ll now be brought to a confirmation screen. Click on the Install button to continue to the next step.
Create Your Content
The last step before you can post to your site is to create content for it. You can do this either through basic WordPress blogging, or you can use the built-in podcast platform to record and publish audio content. To start, I would recommend the latter because it’s much easier to use, and it doesn’t require as much effort to maintain a blog, relative to a traditional weblog.
If you decide that you want to use your blog to publish a traditional weblog – creating content and putting it online – you’ll need to do the following to get started:
1. Log into your WordPress dashboard and click on the Tools button in the top right corner.
2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the Customizer.
3. Now you can start to customize the look of your blog by clicking on the Select Theme button and selecting a theme from the drop-down menu. Make sure that you get a theme that’s appropriate for a blog, because the look of your blog will affect how others perceive it. Once you’ve made your selection, click on the Download button to get the theme.
4. Now that you have your theme installed, it’s time to start blogging! Create a new post and type out some content. You can use the WordPress Dashboard to do this; just click on the Posts button in the top right corner of the screen.
5. You can also use the WordPress Dashboard to manage your content. To do this, click on the Add New Button in the lower left corner of the Dashboard.
6. This will take you to a list of recent posts. You can edit any of these posts, or delete them completely if you want to start fresh. Make sure you click on the Publish button at the bottom of the page to post your changes.
7. To add more content to your blog, just follow the same steps above, but instead of clicking on the Add New button, click on the Add Media button.
8. This will take you to a page that shows all of the formats that images can be uploaded in. From here, you can click on the upload button to browse your computer for images. Make sure that you keep your images smaller than 6MB in size, because anything over that limit could potentially cause you to run into problems with your web host.
Now that you have a basic idea of how to install and use WordPress, it’s time to move on to the next step.