How to Connect a Domain and Install WordPress on GoDaddy?
How to Link Godaddy Domain To WordPress? – If you’re familiar with the hosting or domain registration industries, GoDaddy will come as no surprise. GoDaddy’s (in)famous reputation was founded on making web hosting services affordable and accessible to everyone, despite its occasionally contentious nature.
Making hosting as simple as feasible is a part of this. That involves offering enough high-quality functionality while yet making the UI simple to use for beginners.
One of the first things that everyone has to do when creating a website is connect a domain and instal WordPress. I chronicled the entire procedure, including setting up a CDN, to check if GoDaddy delivers on accessibility.
How to Link Godaddy Domain To WordPress?
This article will give you an excellent understanding of what it’s like to host with GoDaddy. However, because there’s a lot more to think about when picking a host, I recommend reading my whole GoDaddy review.
How to Setup WordPress?
GoDaddy isn’t one to waste time. The very first thing you’ll be requested to do after purchasing a hosting service is to construct a website:
You’ll have to decide whether you want to start from scratch or move an existing website. You’ll also have the option of choosing your chosen data centre. Finally, enter the username and password you’ll use to access your WordPress admin account here:
You’ll next have to wait while GoDaddy develops a new WordPress website for you. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete:
That’s how simple it is to get your own GoDaddy WordPress website up and running. I’ve examined a lot of hosts, and this is by far the fastest and most user-friendly platform I’ve seen so far.
However, this isn’t the end of the trip. After that, you’ll need to set up your WordPress installation and website by going to WP Admin:
This will launch GoDaddy’s Get Started Quickly with WordPress wizard and log you into your WordPress admin account.
Fill in the kind, industry, name, and tagline in the next step to add more information to your website. You may alter these options later, so if you’re in a hurry, just use the defaults:
Then, you can offer your company’s (or your own personal) contact information so that visitors to your website can get in touch with you, including through social media:
Finally, you can choose from a variety of GoDaddy-provided free themes:
This will take you to a page where you’ll be asked to make a few minor but important modifications to your website, such as selecting a header picture and verifying your template. This interface is quite similar to the default WordPress Customizer, but it has been streamlined, so it should be simple to use whether or not you have used it before.
You can depart by clicking the X button in the top left corner if you don’t want to do this right now. Otherwise, you can click Select to confirm your changes if you’re okay with them:
That’s all there is to it when it comes to getting your WordPress website up and running. You’ll now be brought to the WordPress customizer, where you can begin editing your website. You can also leave the customizer and go to your WordPress dashboard:
GoDaddy will also give you an email with your WordPress credentials, URL, and other information, so create a backup of it:
Creating a Domain Connection
If you’re building a new website, the next step is to set up your custom domain. Once you’ve created your WordPress website, this option will be prominently presented in a number of places, including your website administration panel (as shown below) and your real WordPress dashboard.
You may either search for a new domain to register or add an existing GoDaddy domain by clicking the Add custom domain option. If you choose the first option, you’ll be prompted to purchase domain privacy (it won’t be checked by default), and GoDaddy will set it up as the domain for your WordPress site:
Fortunately, I already had one, so I simply selected it from the drop-down menu and added it.
If you already have a domain registered somewhere else, GoDaddy will take care of the majority of the work for you. All you have to do is update your domain’s nameservers at the registrar where you bought it. Then, in your managed WordPress dashboard, simply change your website’s default domain.
Creating a CDN
You must acquire the website security bundle in order to acquire a CDN from GoDaddy. This can be done by going to your website’s dashboard and clicking on Settings:
This will take you to the Managed WordPress settings dashboard, where you’ll see a Website Security box toward the bottom of the page. To continue, click Purchase:
I was taken to a screen where I could select my merchandise. It’s worth noting that the Deluxe and Ultimate plans are the ones that give a CDN a performance boost:
On the next screen, I had to be cautious because GoDaddy defaults to a two-year billing term. From the dropdown list, you can choose from a variety of additional billing terms. The pricing, at the very least, is clearly posted above the Complete Purchase button:
Finally, you’ll receive a receipt as well as confirmation of your transaction. As always, it’s quick and painless. You now have a complete website security suite as well as a CDN at your disposal:
You’ll also get a three-email blast verifying your payment and letting you know that your website security pack is now active:
My original design didn’t contain backups, but they were included in the package:
Returning to your dashboard, you’ll find the option to secure your website. GoDaddy’s security package has the added benefit of working for any website on any domain, not simply those hosted by GoDaddy. You only need to add the domain: to activate it.
That is all there is to it. You can see how simple it is to utilise GoDaddy once more. Purchasing additional add-ons or features is also simple and quick. For example, you may get Office 365 and integrate it into your website in minutes.
A User Experience That Is Both Efficient and Non-threatening
I honestly don’t recall ever seeing a provider make setting up these components of your hosting as simple as GoDaddy did. It was so simple in some aspects that I couldn’t believe it, and I had to double-check the paperwork to be sure I was on the right track.
There’s no need to tamper with your DNS or have any other technical knowledge. GoDaddy also uses warnings and prompts in your dashboard to show you what options are available to you and what you should do next.
It’s difficult to think of a more straightforward host than GoDaddy, but iPage comes close as a less expensive alternative with a distinctive appearance and feel.
Check out my in-depth GoDaddy review to see if the rest of what GoDaddy has to offer measures up to its high standards in this area.
Change the domain on my Managed WordPress website
You can change the domain name of your Managed WordPress account.
- Open your product by logging into your GoDaddy account. (Do you require assistance in opening your product?)
- Select Settings from the navigation bar.
- Select Attach Domain from the Domains section.
- Select a domain from this account or Add an external domain or subdomain to use a domain registered in another account or a subdomain from the Choose a domain pull-down menu.
- Choose Make this your account’s primary domain.
- Attach is the option to choose.