How to start a WordPress site with GoDaddy CPanel (Step by Step)

Interested in using WordPress to create a blog or website?

Let’s start with purchasing hosting (you’ll see how the domain is free once hosting has been chosen.

First go to godaddy.com

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Choose “Web Hosting” under Website Hosting

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When the window loads up, just click the big green button “get started”

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Here, they will ask you which type of hosting that is right for you.  Unless you are hosting a Netflix site, a photographer or videographer or an e-commerce site with many products and much of your content will be data-heavy, then you need just a simple “economy” package (you can see how they automatically add 36 months of hosting on the right hand side? Don’t freak out, because we are going to change this in the next step.)

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So as I scroll down (after choosing the “economy” package), we see the term of hosting which means that GoDaddy will notify you when your hosting is about to expire, so don’t worry so much about how long….if your a small business then the 1st year will define if you move on or not right?  So let’s choose “12 months” and you can see on the right hand side things are looking a lot better price wise 😉

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No, we don’t need website backup because cpanel will do this for us.

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Here, unless you are using e-commerce, then you don’t need any of the malware or SSL.  SSL Certificate is to let visitors know your site is secure for online transactions.  You cannot take credit card transactions without SSL so just add it now if you plan to sell through your website.

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HEY! Remember I said that thing about the free domain?! Here it is…go ahead and claim it….not all of them are free though…..and you will have to also change the time because i think they automatically have it for 3 years…. I have faith you can do that part alone ….. riiiight?? Oh for gosh sakes, contact me if you need to.

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Ok.  So what do we have now? You have everything to go ahead and check out and once you are paid, you will just hover under or find “My Products”

 

Choose the hosting / domain name and click it…..this should load a new view and you should see a “cpanel (location)”  below the domain you chose – this let’s you know that it is, in fact hosted 🙂 Great! let’s go to some next steps of installing wordpress ok? If you have some oopsies….just go back to previous steps and try it again!

What is CPanel?

It is essentially a dashboard to help you manage aspects of your hosting account, including files, settings, and applications like WordPress.

To get to your cPanel dashboard, sign in to your GoDaddy account and click My Products.

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In your products list, locate Web Hosting, and then click Manage. You’ll see a listing of all your hosting accounts and domain names. In this example, Jane has just one: CaliforniaFlowerFarms.com. Notice that “cPanel” appears under the Manage button.

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Click Manage to open cPanel. This is the cPanel dashboard;

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Now we can install WordPress. Under Web Applications, click WordPress.

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Installatron opens to an Overview page about WordPress. You don’t need to spend any time here unless you’d like to learn more about WordPress. Let’s keep going and click ‘Install this application.’

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The Installatron install wizard will guide you through the installation of WordPress. It provides instructions and helpful information about each field.

 

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Here are few important things to remember. First, in the Location section, be sure the domain you want to install WordPress on appears in the Domain field. In our example, Jane has only one domain so it automatically appears in the Domain field. If Jane owned other domains or had created subdomains, they would appear in the dropdown menu. Next, leave the Directory field empty if you want to use WordPress as the website for the domain you selected. Not sure what that means? Let’s say Jane types “blog” in the Directory field. WordPress will be installed on CaliforniaFlowerFarms.com/blog, and that will be the web address for the page or site she creates with WordPress. But then later Jane decides she wants to build a full website for her business and she wants the web address to be CaliforniaFlowerFarms.com. She’ll need to either re-install WordPress on CaliforniaFlowerFarms.com – or move or copy the WordPress installation to her CaliforniaFlowerFarms.com domain.

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Finally, in the Settings section, you’ll see that an Administrator Username and Administrator Password are provided. Be sure to note them, or change them to something you will remember. When all the fields and options are set the way you want them, click Install. That’s it!


Now you can start creating with WordPress! For help using WordPress, signup and I’ll send you some tips on theme setup, admin dashboard in wordpress and e-commerce.


Pssssttt…here is a little tidbit…..if you ever forget your login to WordPress, then just follow these steps;

Login to your Godaddy.com account and click “cpanel admin”

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Then click the “WordPress” logo under “Building tools” and you’ll be directed to the dashboard of WordPress site 😉

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