WordPress – Install on Godaddy

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In this video I’m going to go over how to install WordPress on your own shared hosting.

Some of the hosting companies include Go daddy, Bluehost, Host Gator, and many more.  I recommend going with a well known company because they will have more security in place.  Some of the smaller companies have less sever security which could make it easier for a hacker to get into your website.

For WordPress to function correctly, you’ll need the WordPress application, a web server, and a database server.  Once you have these 3 items installed WordPress will function properly.

Most of the popular hosting providers make it very easy to install WordPress.  Through a wizard you will fill in a few blanks and click install and in a few minutes your WordPress installation is ready.   Godaddy, Bluehost, and Host Gator are a few of the hosting providers that have this wizard for easy installation.  In this video I’ll show you how easy it is with Godaddy.  You should already own a domain and have purchased hosting.  If you don’t have either of these, you’ll need them before you can proceed with this email.

Log into your Go daddy Account.  Click on the Sign In button on the top right corner.

Type in your username and password.

Click on Sign In.

It should take you to your Account page.  If it doesn’t, click on account name in the top right corner, then click the green button Visit My Account.  Click Manage next to your Hosting account.

Once again, click Manage next to the hosting account you want to add WordPress to.

Scroll down to Web Applications.  Click on WordPress.

Click Install This Application.

Select the domain you want to add the WordPress installation to.  You should have at least one domain show up here.

Next to the Directory, this is where you’ll want to add the folder name if you don’t want it installed on the root of your website drive.  The majority of times you will want to install in in the root so you’d want to delete what’s there and leave it blank.  But on occasion, you might want to install it in a different folder.  Maybe you want to have a test copy of WordPress that you can play around with before you launch your website or maybe only part of your website is on WordPress.  In most cases, if your entire website will be in WordPress, you will leave this field blank.

Under Version I usually leave everything at the defaults.  I’d always recommend installing the latest version.  If you want to install another language other than English, you can change it here.

The next option is the license agreement.  You have to agree to this otherwise WordPress will not install.

For the Automatic Updates I like to keep it at Updating with minor versions.  For major versions, I like manually run them so that I can run a backup of the site in case there are any problems.  The next option, Plugin Automatic Update, I usually keep it at not automatically updating.  Mostly if I have a website that actively changes.  If I have a site that doesn’t change much, I’ll probably enable this to save myself time from logging in and updating every plugin.  But I caution doing this as you need to make sure you are running backups regularly so that if you need to restore an old version, you can easily do so without losing any data.

I also leave the Automatic Update Backup as is to create a backup.

Under Settings, choose a username and password.  You can use what they have in there as default but it might be hard for you to remember since both are a little complex.  If you create your own username and password, I’d suggest coming up with something strong for both.  Some suggestions, don’t use your domain name or admin for the username.  Maybe throw in a number.  And for the password, same as the user name, don’t have the domain name as the password.  Use something unrelated.  Have capitalization, numbers, and maybe a symbol in there.  Preferably something you can remember.  If not, write both the username and password down before you continue.

Under email, add the email address that you want to receive the notifications from WordPress.  Have this be an email account that you have access to and check occasionally.  Resetting your password will be much easier if you use an email that you have access to.  You can also change this email address later if needed.  For now, I suggest you set it to your email address.

For the Website Title, I recommend you put your company name.  If you don’t have a company name, maybe your name, product, or service.  For the tagline I leave this blank a lot, but the installation may require it.  If so you can leave what’s there now, then remove it or change it later.  Both options can be changed later.  Some themes will show this information on your headers, but others will only show this as part of your page titles.  I will go over more about this in one of the SEO videos.

The next three options I usually leave at the default as well.  The Two factor authentication installs the Clef plugin.  Clef provides password-free, two-factor authentication that is highly secure and enjoyable to use. Just sync your phone with the Clef Wave to log in.

Limit Login Attempts installs another plugin.  From time to time hackers may try to break into your WordPress site by guessing your admin password. By default, WordPress allows users to try different passwords as many times as they want. This is also known as brute force attack. However, you can change this and add an extra layer of security to your WordPress site.  This plugin will add that additional security.

A multisite network is a collection of sites that all share the same WordPress installation. They can also share plugins and themes. The individual sites in the network are virtual sites in the sense that they do not have their own directories on your server, although they do have separate directories for media uploads within the shared installation, and they do have separate tables in the database.  For most companies, leaving this at No is your best option.  If you’re unsure, leave it at do not enable.  You can always change it later.

The last option is the Advanced Setting Management.  I usually leave this at the default to automatically manage advanced settings for me.  These settings include controls for database management, email notifications, default backup location, and automatic backup.  For the novice users I suggest leaving as the default.  For more advanced users you may want to read through them to see if you might want to change one of the options.

Click the Install button

There will be hosting companies out there that don’t have an easy wizard that takes you through the installation process.  For those cases I’ll point you in the direction or WordPress’ documentation.

Go to wordpress.org.  On the main menu bar at the top, highlight the Support menu, then click on Documentation.  Under What You Most Need To Know About WordPress, click on Installing WordPress.    I usually follow the instructions for the Famous 5-Minute Install.  If you’re looking for ease, I’d make sure your hosting company has the easy to install wizard.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

WordPress Basics
Pre Website
Buy a Domain   (5:20)
Buy Hosting   (7:44)
Create a Sitemap   (7:14)
Introduction To WordPress
WordPress vs WordPress.org vs WordPress.com   (3:32)
Installing WordPress on your own hosting   (7:56)
Logging into the admin dashboard   (2:22)
Admin Dashboard Overview   (9:22)
Dashboard Screen Options   (3:37)
Changing WordPress Settings
General Settings   (4:34)
Writing Settings   (3:53)
Reading Settings   (1:55)
Discussion Settings   (6:46)
Media Settings   (2:19)
Permalinks Settings   (4:37)
Setting up your site
Change Themes   (2:49)
Customize Themes   (7:50)
Menu Screen Options   (3:50)
Add A Menu   (4:07)
Edit Your Menus   (5:13)
Sidebar Widgets   (7:50)
Footer Widgets   (9:18)
Adding Users   (4:47)
Edit Users   (5:00)
Adding Content
Pages vs. Posts   (2:47)
Post & Page Screen Options   (8:15)
Visual Editor Menu   (11:44)
Post Formats   (4:18)
Publishing a Post   (11:13)
Publishing a Page   (8:42)
Adding Images   (11:48)
Adding a PDF as a Link   (2:35)
Linking Text to a URL   (3:15)
Pasting Text From Word or Other Editor   (7:26)
Categories & Tags   (7:35)
Custom Fields
Scheduling a Post   (1:32)
Updating WordPress
Updating WordPress   (1:50)
Updating Plugins   (1:50)
Plugins Overview   (7:15)
Plugin Screen Options   (1:14)

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