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When you’re trying to build a website or blog then you’ve probably come across both WordPress and Godaddy, since they are the biggest players in the market. Godaddy is the biggest domain registrars out there and WordPress is the biggest content management platform available. Many blogs and websites that you use every day work with WordPress, Godaddy or both. But, to make these two work together you do need to know how to install WordPress on Godaddy. This doesn’t have to be difficult or complex at all, as long as you know the necessary steps, which is what I’ve got laid out for you.
Why do you want WordPress on your Godaddy domain
For some people, it’s more than logical that they need to install WordPress onto their Godaddy domain, whether this is because everyone uses WordPress or because they truly know the benefits of using WordPress. The real question is ‘What would WordPress be useful for?’ And I’ve got a couple of answers to this question.
WordPress is basically a publication platform that allows you to create a blog, the main use of WordPress. Not only does it work fast, it is also known as one of the easiest platforms to use for this. If you’re not an experienced blogger or maker of websites then using WordPress is probably the best bet you have. On top of this, WordPress is incredibly versatile. This means that even though it is meant as a platform for blogging it can be used for a lot more. If you want to make a website for your online business but you’re not an internet expert then WordPress can also be a solution for you. Does this sound appealing to you? Then you can at least give it a try to see how you like it.
Now I’m assuming that you already have your Godaddy account set up and that your domain is ready to go, when this is not the case then this is something that you will need to work on first. But, when your Godaddy account is ready for use then you can start with the first step.
You need to go to your Godaddy account and next you will need to select the hosting panel which you want to install WordPress on, you can find your hosting panels when you go the ‘my products’ section. You need to launch this hosting panel
Step 1. Select the domain
Now you’ve launched your hosting panel you need to select which domain you want to install WordPress on. You can find all your domains by clicking on the ‘hosting’ button, then go to ‘more’ and over here select ‘Hosted domains’ Here you’ll find a list of all the domains that you own. If you want to install WordPress on a subdomain then this is also possible. If you want to do this then you need to click on the name of the domain to create a subdomain
Step 2. Find WordPress
After you’ve selected the domain or subdomain that you want to use to install WordPress on it’s time to find WordPress. First, you’ll need to go back to the ‘hosting’ menu. Possibly you’ll be able to see WordPress on the top of the page because it is such a popular platform but when this is not the case then you can select the category ‘blogs’ to find it as well.
Step 3. Install WordPress
When you’ve found and clicked on WordPress you’re ready to start the installation. The process of installing WordPress has three steps.
The first step you need to go through is selecting the domain and the hosting plan for WordPress. This is easily done but you do need to pay attention to the second step where you have the chance to customize the WordPress installation to your likings. You’ll get to create a database with a fitting name and password, you’ll get to choose the installation directory and you’ll get to choose your admin name, password and email for the WordPress account. You can also leave the directory empty so that WordPress creates its own directory. You will also be able to select the name of your blog, which is something that you want to think about. It’s well possible that you’ve come up with a name for your blog weeks ago. But when this is not the case then now is the time to come up with something good. This is important data that you might want to write down somewhere so you don’t forget it.
When you’ve selected all of this you’ll get to confirm everything so the installation can start. Now the program will need some time to install but you can constantly view how far the installation is by checking ‘Manage my applications’
Along with the installation your database will also be created for which you can also find the status. You can find this by going to the ‘databases’ section and look under MySQL. When the database has the status of ‘setup’ then this means that it has been completed and you can view the details of it.
When the installation is completed
It can take a couple of hours but when you find that the status of the installation in ‘Manage my applications’ says that WordPress has been successfully installed then you know that you can now continue. Now you don’t necessarily have to constantly check your hosting account while waiting for WordPress to install, you will also receive a confirmation email once WordPress has been installed successfully on your domain.
If the database is also ready then you need to check one last thing, which is the DNS Entry. You’ll need to go to the ‘Zones files editor’ to see if a DNS entry for WordPress has been made.
Now that WordPress is up and running on your domain then you can start exploring WordPress when you’re not familiar with it, or you can immediately start building your website when you know exactly what to do.
First, you’ll need to go to the domain on which you installed WordPress so you can log in and start using it. This is when playtime starts for you when you can start exploring all the different extensions and all the ways you can customize your blog. But if you find it hard to navigate WordPress then there are plenty of manuals for WordPress that can be found online or on their own website as well. WordPress doesn’t have to be complex, but you can make it as complex as you want, as there are plenty of ways you can customize and edit your WordPress website.
Installing WordPress onto your Godaddy domain is really not that hard and you can get it done within a couple of hours, after which you have plenty of time to explore WordPress and learn all the ins and outs of WordPress. Godaddy and WordPress go together perfectly as both of them work well and reasonably easy to navigate but can also be customized to your likings. I would definitely recommend you to try out this combo and take the time to turn your blog or website into something that you’re proud of. This is what WordPress and Godaddy are truly meant for, to make something that you can be proud of to show to the world.
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