Godaddy Hosting Only Install WordPress – How to Do It Right
It’s no secret that WordPress is the #1 content management system used worldwide. With a vast selection of free tutorials, courses, and support forums around, it’s very easy to get started with WordPress — even if you’ve never done so. And one great thing about WordPress is that it’s extremely
flexible. There are countless possibilities for extending its functionality.
That being said, once you’ve installed WordPress on your web host, you’ll need to take the time to configure it properly. This guide will help walk you through the steps required to install WordPress on a GoDaddy hosting account.
Step 1: Sign Up For A GoDaddy Hosting Account
If you don’t have a GoDaddy hosting account yet, you can create one through their simple to use interface. It only takes a few minutes to get set up and you’ll be able to access your new website via a custom domain name (like myblog.com).
One of the best things about GoDaddy is that they give you a free domain when you sign up. So if you’re looking to create a WordPress website, GoDaddy is a great choice since you won’t have to worry about buying a domain name.
Step 2: Install WordPress To A Subfolder Of Your Home Directory
The first thing you need to do after signing up for a GoDaddy hosting account is to install WordPress to a subfolder of your home directory. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep all your website files in one place and make it much easier to work with. Just remember that this folder needs to have enough space for all your content.
To install WordPress, you need to navigate to your home directory in your browser. Then, you’ll need to click on the GoDaddy icon to launch their Plesk panel. Once the panel loads, you’ll be presented with the default welcome screen.
From here, you can click on the Addons tab to access the WordPress section. You’ll see a number of different WordPress add-ons ranging from free to premium. You can install any of these to your website subfolder and continue to the next step.
Step 3: Configure Your WordPress Install
Now that you’ve installed WordPress to a subfolder of your home directory, you can configure it to your liking. To do this, you’ll need to click on your installed WordPress app in your dashboard to go to the Settings page. Here, you can change the general WordPress settings like the site’s name and description.
Beyond this, you can customize the WordPress installation via the Theme tab. From here, you can choose from a number of different themes for your site. You can also choose to install a different WordPress app from the one you’ve got installed on your system. Just keep in mind that each app comes with a default theme. If you decide that you don’t want to use this theme, you can always switch to another one.
Once you’ve made your selections, click on the Changes Save button at the bottom of the page.
This will process the changes you made and then take you back to the Settings screen. From here, you can click on the Activate button to make the changes live on your site.
Step 4: Test Your New Website In Your Browser
Once you’ve activated WordPress on your site, you can test it in your browser. To do this, simply enter the URL of your site (with the.com) into your browser. You’ll then be presented with the WordPress dashboard.
From here, you can click on the Appearances tab to customize the look and feel of your site. You can choose the background color and texture for your site’s header, as well as set the size and style of your fonts. You can also choose to hide or show the app menu which is located at the top of the page.
As you can see, there are a number of options to customize the way your site looks. This is one of the most important steps in the process of setting up a WordPress website. Once you’ve made your selections, click on the Changes Save button at the bottom of the page to continue to the next step.
Step 5: Customize Your Login Screen
One of the things that makes WordPress so flexible is that it allows you to fully customize the login screen. This is where you’ll need to enter your login credentials to access your site (username and password).
To do this, you can click on the Users tab in your WordPress dashboard. Here, you can create a new user and customize their account settings. You can also choose to activate the ‘Remember Me’ feature so that users don’t have to sign in each time they visit your site. Doing this ensures that your users stay connected to your site even when they’re not using it. Just remember that this feature can get expensive if you have a lot of users so use it responsibly.
Step 6: Configure Your Sidebar
The sidebar is a part of the site’s interface that appears on the left-hand side of the page when you’re viewing it. Usually, sidebars contain smaller tidbits of information like recent posts, events, or other similar items. However, you can put anything in a sidebar. Just make sure that whatever you put in there is relevant to the content on your site.
To configure your sidebar, click on the Appearance tab in your WordPress dashboard. Here, you can choose from a number of different sidebar layouts. Once you’ve made your selection, click on the Changes Save button to continue to the next step.
Step 7: Set Your Default Language And Style
Just because you’ve installed WordPress doesn’t mean that you need to settle for using English as your language. You can use any other language that you want for your site’s content. But, if you’ve never done so, you might not know how to properly write things in the language of your choice. This is why you should always choose a style for your site’s language whenever you install it — to ensure that your readers can understand you correctly.
To set your default language and style for your site, click on the Settings tab in your WordPress dashboard. Here, you can choose from a number of different languages and styles for your site’s content. You can see that I’ve currently set my language to French and my style to ‘Fashion’. Once you’ve made your selection, click on the Changes Save button to continue to the next step.
Step 8: Activate Your Analytics
WordPress comes with a variety of tools that can be useful to website owners. One of these tools is Analytics. With Analytics, you can track the traffic to your site and get a clear picture of its performance. Just click on the Admin panel in your WordPress dashboard to access the Analytics section.
From here, you can click on the Settings tab to access the Analytics settings. To start, you can choose to show your website’s daily, weekly, or monthly traffic. You can also set the default date range for your statistics in the future. These are all very useful settings to have in your Analytics dashboard.
Once you’ve made your selections, click on the Changes Save button to continue to the next step.
Step 9: Login To Your Website
Now that you’ve installed WordPress and set up your default language and style, you can login to your site. To do this, simply enter the username and password for your WordPress dashboard in the proper order. The name and password for your WordPress app should be your exact same login details for the login screen — including capitalization and punctuation. For example, if your login details are ‘admin’, ‘password1′, they should also be the default login details for your WordPress app (with ‘admin’ capitalized and ‘Password’ in all lowercase).
If you try to login to your site with the wrong credentials, you’ll be presented with an error message. If this happens, then you’ve unfortunately entered the wrong login details for WordPress. Usually, this happens when you’ve mistyped one of the letters in the username or password. So, make sure you’ve written down your login details correctly and try again.
Once you’ve successfully logged in, you can take a quick break while you explore your new site.