How to Manage Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting?

I’ll be honest, when I first got started with WordPress, I had no idea what I was doing. I simply followed the instructions on the screen and hoped for the best. But eventually, I figured out how to make it work for me and my website. And you know what? Now that I’m experienced, I’d like to share some of my best tips with you so that you can better understand the power of WordPress — and so you can use it to your advantage.

Tip #1. Install WordPress on a Dedicated Server

You might be asking yourself, why dedicate a server to WordPress if you’re just going to throw it on a shared hosting plan? Well, for starters, shared hosting plans come with all kinds of drawbacks. First off, as the name would suggest, you share resources with other users. So even though you have your own server, the resources — like the hard drive, RAM, and bandwidth — still count toward someone else. Which, in turn, can lead to delays in site performance, downtime, or even crashes.

On the contrary, installing WordPress on a dedicated server means you have complete control over the resources, which in turn, means you can ensure they always work to their full capacity and maintain the highest performance for your website. In short, it’s a win-win situation.

Another major difference between dedicated servers and shared hosting plans is the price. While shared hosting plans cost a lot less, you’ll have to purchase your own domain and pay for the service each month. Whereas with a dedicated server, both of those things are included. What’s more is that you can choose from a variety of shared hosting packages from top-notch providers, like Godaddy, that come with free backups, free domain privacy, and free hosting updates. Now, that’s value!

Tip #2. Set Up Regular Backups

Speaking of value, I think it’s a smart investment to ensure your data is always safe and sound. After all, you can never be too careful when it comes to website traffic and the information that it can expose about your business. Regular backups are a must for any business website, and they’ll ensure your content stays available and secure, even in the face of serious problems.

The truth is, even if you’re using the most cutting-edge security software, hardware, and processes, some hackers are simply too intelligent or determined to prevent data breaches. In 2015 alone, there were over 4.5 billion data records breached. That’s according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. So if your data is valuable, it’s essential you take the steps to ensure it’s always protected.

Tip #3. Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A content delivery network, or CDN, takes content that you’ve uploaded to your website — such as videos, graphics, or HTML documents — and distributes it to users around the world. In reality, CDNs are just servers that act as local caches for all your content. So rather than your users having to wait for your website’s servers to respond, they can access resources more quickly from a nearby server.

As your website’s content manager, it’s your responsibility to choose the right CDN for your needs. What’s more, you should consider their reliability, support, and price when making your decision. You can also use free trial offers from popular CDNs like Cloudflare or MaxCDN to research and compare different services before choosing one.

You should aim to use a CDN that’s close to your audience in terms of geographical location. That way, when your users visit your website, the content will load faster since it will come from a closer server. It’s also a good idea to look into a CDN’s resources, like speed, platform compatibility, and security, to ensure you make the right choice.

Tip #4. Use a Content Management System (CMS)

Sometimes, you don’t need a whole website, you just need a simple blog. That’s why you should consider using a content management system, or CMS. What’s more, the majority of the web’s largest blogs use a CMS to this day, including Vox, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider.

A CMS makes it easy to create and manage blogs and other content without needing to learn any code. Instead, you simply need to learn how to use the tool’s graphical user interface, or GUI. After getting the hang of it, creating content is easy enough, and if anything goes wrong, you can always fix it with the help of the tool’s user community or support team.

One of the most popular CMSs is WordPress. And though it has a lot of features, what’s great about it is that it’s incredibly simple to use. In fact, the basic blogging functionality — which comes with a free plan — is enough to get you started.

To further simplify the process of building a blog, WordPress offers a self-hosted option. With this option, you have complete control over your website’s files. Plus, you can use any domain you’d like.

Tip #5. Use Browser-Compatible HTML & CSS

In order for your blog posts to look the same no matter what browser your readers are on, you need to use browser-compatible HTML and CSS.

With HTML, short for Hypertext Markup Language, you can add formatting, design elements, and even animations to your website’s content. With CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, you can change the layout and design of your site. Plus, with CSS3, you can add animation and interactivity to your content.

Nowadays, most major browsers, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, support both HTML5 and CSS3. What’s more is that when a browser encounters a website that doesn’t follow the latest HTML5 and CSS3 standards, the layout can sometimes be unpredictable.

Tip #6. Use a Validated Hacking Team Account

If you’re thinking about attempting a security audit of your website, you first need to make sure you’re using a valid hacking team account. What’s more, you should use a reputable hacking team rather than going through an anonymous proxy, or VPN, to mask your identity. Doing so can leave you vulnerable to attacks, since the malware and credentials of your anonymous connection could be used to access your personal and company data. Moreover, using a VPN creates a permanent connection that, in most cases, prevents you from being able to access your personal data when you need it. As a security professional, it’s your job to make sure your clients are always secure when using your services.

Tip #7. Manage User Accounts & Passwords

With a website, the more users you have, the more security risks you create. That’s simply a fact. So to ensure your users keep their accounts and passwords secure, you need to make sure you have the right software and policies in place. In most cases, the best practice is to use strong, long, unique passwords for each user. Additionally, you can use key-based authentication with two-factor verification to further increase security.

When setting up your user accounts, you should consider what the anticipated level of security needs to be. That way, you can ensure the correct software and processes are in place to meet those needs. One of the simplest ways to manage user accounts and passwords is with the use of dedicated admin accounts. What’s great about these accounts is that they’re solely dedicated to managing content — and have no other privileges, like changing passwords, analyzing traffic, or viewing user profile information.

Tip #8. Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

If you really want to be extra careful when it comes to your website’s security, you can use two-factor authentication, or 2FA, to create a second layer of security. What’s great about this layer is it makes it more difficult for hackers and other unauthorized users to access your account. In most cases, 2FA adds an additional layer of security by requiring a code, or password, that’s also verified through a second authentication method, like an SMS code or a code generated using a hardware token.

Additionally, you can use tools like Google Authenticator or Authy to create authenticators for your phone numbers and other devices, like watches and TVs, which you might use to access your accounts. This way, even if someone gets access to your password, they’ll still need a specific code or pattern, available only on your phone, to make any changes.