How to Install WordPress on GoDaddy’s Shared Hosting

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used by bloggers around the world. In January 2018, Akismet, a web analytics service owned by Automattic, the company which owns WordPress, stated that over 500 million websites use WordPress worldwide, making it the second-largest CMS behind only Google Docs.

Installing WordPress on any hosting plan is a breeze. All you need is a few minutes to input the necessary details into the plugin’s database and then you can start configuring your site. However, if you’re looking for a free solution to host your site, you might want to consider using WordPress’ built-in hosting capabilities which are offered by the software’s developers.

Here’s how to install WordPress on GoDaddy’s shared hosting platform in five simple steps.

Step one: Choose the right domain name

As the name suggests, a domain name is the address of your website, which you can choose any name you want, but it has to be unique and memorable. Since you’ll be typing this address into your web browser to access your site, it’s best to pick a name that’s easy to read and pronounce.

If you have a limited budget, consider registering your domain name with one of the free domain name registrars like 1&1, Hover, or Namecheap. You’ll also need to purchase a business-class email account from one of these companies (they provide these services for free).

Once your domain is set up, you can move on to the next step.

Step two: Install WordPress on your server

To start, you’ll need to log into your GoDaddy account and then click on *Tools* followed by *Manage Websites*. From the Manage Websites window, select the site you created in the previous step and click on *Settings*.

Once in the Settings page, you’ll see a small heading at the top which reads “Welcome to WordPress!”

Just below that, you’ll see a textarea box which is displaying the site’s actual IP address. This is the address of your server (usually a computer or a device that is connected to the internet) on which you’ll be installing WordPress. Make sure you enter the actual IP address of your server, but if you’re using a public hotspot or shared wifi, you can probably leave this box blank.

To install WordPress, just click on the *Install Now* button.

Keep in mind that if you have more than one website on your GoDaddy account, you’ll need to repeat this step for each site. Once you’ve installed WordPress on the server of one of your sites, you can move on to the next step.

Step three: Configure WordPress

Since you’ve just installed WordPress on your server, it’s time to configure it. From the Settings page, click on *WordPress Admin* to be taken to the dashboard of your WordPress site. As the name suggests, the WordPress admin area is where you’ll be spending most of your time as a site owner. It has a few vital elements which you’ll need to check off before you can start uploading content to your site.

The first thing you may want to do is change the site’s name under the Settings menu. This is the name which will appear on your site’s pages and in the address bar of your browser when you navigate to one of your posts or pages. You can also choose to have your site displayed with a static front page or a dynamic front page (where content is pulled in from various sources and displayed live as it is being updated).

The best practice is to create a seperate top-level domain for your site. This will make it much easier to track and analyze the traffic to your site. To do this, click on *Settings* and then on *General Settings* under the *SEO* heading. From here, you can choose to have the site accessed via `.com` or `.ca` domains.

The next step is to set a password for the admin section of your WordPress site. To do this, enter a password in the *Password* box and then confirm it in the *Repeat Password* box. You can use the same password for the site’s admin area and for your GoDaddy account. Make sure you use a strong password (a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters) and change it regularly.

The final step is to activate the site’s *Honeypot* feature. This feature encourages users to create an account on your site by offering them a free account for your service. Just click on the *Honeypot* icon located next to the *Settings* menu.

With these steps, you’ll be able to install WordPress on GoDaddy’s shared hosting platform easily. Just keep in mind that if you have more than one site on your account, you’ll need to repeat these steps for each site. Once you’ve finished, you can monitor your sites’ performance and make any necessary adjustments to optimize your site’s functionality.