How to Move from Linux to WordPress in GoDaddy

People are always looking for the best way to migrate their websites from one platform to another. The problem is that most companies offer only one or two services, and those services are usually very expensive. That usually means you have to go with what you know, or with what the provider offers you at the time. But what if there was a way to find a perfect, or at least close to perfect, fit between the platforms you are shifting to and from? What if there was a way to easily and affordably move your sites from one platform to another?

Well, there is a way, and it is called WordPress. Since its establishment in 2003, it has grown to become the largest website-building platform in the world, with over 70 million active users each month and a repository of over 24 million plugins. Meaningfully, the platform is so robust and feature-rich that even non-developers can use it to build and grow their own website in just a few hours.

Yes, WordPress is that perfect fit you were looking for. Or, at least, it is close enough to perfect that you should consider it for your next website move.

Why GoDaddy?

Now, let’s get technical. Why GoDaddy? Well, for one, the platform is owned by a multinational company, meaning it is stable and trusted. Also, as a domain registrar, they offer a variety of features that can help you build and grow your website. But mostly, GoDaddy is synonymous with ‘easy website management’, an apt description for someone moving from a complex environment like Linux to a fully-functional, easy-to-use CMS like WordPress.

Step 1: Register Your Domain

Since you are reading this article, it is assumed that you already have a domain name for your website. But before you move to the next step, it is essential to register that domain with GoDaddy. To do that, simply visit this website and follow the prompts.

Some domains must be registered through a commission-based affiliate program for which you receive a commission even if someone clicks a purchased link or redirects to the vendor’s site. This is typically implemented through CPC (Cost-Per-Click) or CPM (Cost-Per-Mille) advertising models. Learn more about affiliate domains here.

Step 2: Set Up Your Database and Login Information

Once you have your domain registered with GoDaddy, you can set up your database and login information. To do that, simply visit this webpage and log in with your existing details. Once you are in, click the Database button to set up a new database. A database is a place to keep your website’s data, so importing is a must.

You can import from a variety of sources, including your own custom-made spreadsheet, a word processor document, or even another website. But the most common way to get the data you need is to set up a custome-made spreadsheet with all the info you can get your hands on. This includes details like the URL of the site, the platform it is built on, and any other relevant data.

Step 3: Install WordPress

Once your database is set up, you can install WordPress. To do that, simply follow the on-screen instructions or download and install the WordPress software manually. In both cases, you will need to enter your domain name and admin password when prompted. Once you have WordPress installed, navigate to to gain access to the administrative area of the platform.

Here, you can create blog posts, edit the settings of your website, and otherwise perform all the basic functions to maintain and grow your site. As a non-technical person, you will not need to delve into any of those settings—WordPress will handle them all for you.

Step 4: Customize Your Webpage’s Appearance

Once you have a basic structure in place, you can start customizing the appearance of your website. To do that, simply log in to your WordPress dashboard, locate the Appearance tab, and make the necessary changes. Remember, since this is a non-technical move, you should ensure that all the necessary details (like your web address and meta data) are filled in correctly. In addition to that, you should look into the General tab to ensure that everything there is correct as well.

Once you have made the necessary changes and saved them, you will see a green check mark next to the changes you made. To confirm what settings you have changed, click on the Read more link next to Settings. That will open up a new page where you can see a list of all the settings you changed.

Step 5: Activate Your Website

Once you have completed all the necessary steps to move your site from Linux to WordPress, the final step is to activate it. To do that, simply log in to your WordPress dashboard, locate the General tab, and click the Activate button. That will activate your site and make it visible to the general public.

Why go through all these steps when you can hire someone to do it for you? There are a variety of reasons why you might want to consider this route. First, it is always beneficial to understand the underlying mechanics of a system you are using. By taking the time to digest how WordPress works, you will be able to pick up positions more easily when you require help from the platform in the future.

Another reason to do this yourself is to ensure that everything is set up just the way you want it. While this route may be more expensive than hiring someone to set up your website and maintain it, it is more beneficial in the long-run. By taking the time to learn how to manage your own website, you will be better positioned to understand and respond to any issues that may arise.

WordPress is a great choice for anyone
moving from a complex or cumbersome system to a user-friendly,
easy-to-use platform. Not only is it robust and fully-featured,
but it is also highly customizable.