How to Use FTP and Managed WordPress Hosting at Godaddy

FTP (or, File Transfer Protocol) is a protocol used for transferring files over the internet; specifically, it is used to upload and download files between a server and a client. If you’re using a traditional web hosting service, you’ll be restricted to using FTP to upload your content because most web hosts will not allow you to use other transfer protocols such as SFTP or FTPS.

If you’ve ever used FTP you’ll know how insecure it is when used without the use of a strong password. Anyone with a web browser and an FTP client can easily access your site’s files, making them vulnerable to hacking.

Secure FTP Alternatives

Not all FTP is created equal, and, as the name suggests, there are alternatives which provide better security and privacy. Here are a few of the more popular secure FTP services:

  • SFTP (Secure FTP)
  • FTPS (FTP over TLS/SSL)
  • TLS/SSL (Transport Layer Security/Secure Sockets Layer)
  • HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

These secure FTP alternatives provide better security than the older, less secure FTPR protocol. The big difference is that you’ll have to explicitly authorize the server you connect to in order to use them securely (which means you have to know your own password). In most cases this is done by clicking a button which allows the server to connect to your computer without having to enter a password every time.

Whether you decide to use a secure FTP service or not, you’ll still need to use FTP to upload and download your website’s content. Since most web hosts do not offer this level of security when using their service, you may want to consider looking into managed WordPress hosting which provides you with all the tools you need to build and maintain your website without needing to worry about security issues.

Why Use WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) which, as the name suggests, is designed to make the process of creating and maintaining a website simpler and more efficient. What this means in practice is that using WordPress you can easily build a website with all the standard features you’d expect to find on most websites, and you don’t have to worry about any technical challenges that might arise while using a different CMS. Let’s take a look at the various benefits of using WordPress.

  • Ease of Use (Ease of Configuration)
  • Aesthetics (Personalization)
  • Community (Forums, Blogs, and More)
  • Scalability (For larger websites)
  • Cost Effective (Monthly Fees vs. Customized Hosting)
  • Secure (HTTPS)

As you can see, many of the benefits of using WordPress can be attributed to the ease of use offered by the CMS. Creating a website with WordPress is usually as simple as clicking a few buttons in your web browser. No programming knowledge is needed to use WordPress — simply follow the on-screen instructions and you’ll be able to get up and running in no time. You won’t find a more popular choice for creating a website because it is so simple to use and offers such amazing flexibility.

How to Use Managed WordPress Hosting at Godaddy

If you’ve decided that WordPress is the right choice for your needs, you’ll want to look into managed WordPress hosting at Godaddy. What this means is that, as the name suggests, the hosting provider takes care of all the technicalities of hosting your WordPress website so that you don’t have to. Usually this means that your website will load faster than it would if you were to host it on your own computer, and it won’t be prone to crashing due to overuse (which can happen if you don’t have enough resources to handle the load).

There are a few things you’ll need to do before you can start using managed WordPress hosting at Godaddy, and they are as follows:

  • Log In To Your Control Panel
  • Create A Password For Your WordPress Account
  • Fill Out The Form To Get Your Free Customized Domains.
  • Activate Your WordPress Account
  • Check Your Email For Further Instructions

After you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll be able to use the Managed WordPress hosting at Godaddy to create your own WordPress website with a custom domain name. To get started, simply click Create a Free Account and you’ll be presented with a registration screen, as seen below.

From here you’ll need to enter a desired username (your name) and password and then click Create Account. You’ll then see a message congratulating you on creating your account, as seen below.

You’ll be presented with a dashboard where you can access all the tools you need to manage and maintain your WordPress site. From here you can click on Manage Accounts to view all the websites you’ve created, as well as export/import all of your WordPress data. In addition, you can also click on Settings to make changes to your WordPress site’s configuration, as seen below.

The most important thing to note here is that, when you first sign up with Managed WordPress hosting at Godaddy, you’ll be given a special link which will allow you to access your website’s files without needing to go through a login process. This is very useful if you’re ever needing to edit/update something on your WordPress site because, as the name implies, you won’t need to login to access your files. Simply go to the aforementioned link and you’ll be able to download/edit/update your site’s content.

Secure Your WordPress Account

Now that you have a free WordPress account, you’ll need to take the time to create a strong password for your account. When creating your password, you’ll want to make sure that it is not too easy to guess nor is it based on your name or the names of your friends or family. In most cases, a combination of numbers and letters will work best for creating a secure password.

After you’ve created a strong password, you should change your WordPress login name and add a new password to your WordPress account. Doing so will ensure that your account is more secure and that you don’t have to worry about anyone guessing your password. To add a new password to your WordPress account, simply visit Settings from your dashboard and click on the Password option. You’ll then be presented with a screen where you can add a new password to your account, as seen below.

Changing your login name and adding a new password to your WordPress account also alerts potential hackers that your account is protected by a strong password. You can always click Send Password Review to verify that your password is indeed strong.

Create A Backup Of Your WordPress Site

With the help of WordPress itself, you can create automatic backups of your entire WordPress site. All you need to do is visit your WordPress dashboard, click on Tools, then select Export from the list of options, as seen below.

This will then bring up a screen where you can choose to either download a compressed file of all your content or click Browse to choose a specific folder where WordPress should back up your data to. When creating your backup, you should select the Select All option at the top of the screen, as seen below, to back up everything associated with your WordPress site, including your settings, themes, and plugins (as these are the things which make up your WordPress site).

Once you’ve created your WordPress backup you can restore it at any time using the Import option on your dashboard, as seen below.