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How to install WordPress on GoDaddy

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March 13, 2022
How to install WordPress on GoDaddy

WordPress is one of the largest platforms that is used to build websites and one of the biggest content management systems available. GoDaddy is the world's biggest platform that provides domain names and website hosting, so obviously if you use both of them together you will have a highly secure and creative website.

Once you have decided that you will build your website using WordPress, you will absolutely need a domain name and hosting services provider like GoDaddy, so generally what you need to do in order to make your WordPress website up and running is to buy a domain name like (example.com) and then find a hosting platform that will make your website live.

In this post we will be talking about How to install WordPress on GoDaddy using several methods and ways.

We will be also covering a free method to install SSL Certificate on your GoDaddy website hosting, and save more then 40$ each month.

The following titles explain the structure of this article

  1. What is GoDaddy hosting and what are their services ?
  2. The requirements to install a WordPress website on GoDaddy
  3. Installing WordPress GoDaddy using cPanel
  4. Install SSL Certificate on your website for free

What is GoDaddy hosting and what are their services ?

Web Hosting on Godaddy

GoDaddy is the world’s largest platform that provides domain names and hosting services. It’s main role is to help individuals and businesses make their websites available on the internet via the World Wide Web.

GoDaddy provides many services related to domain names and website hosting. They have a huge search engine where you can find almost every domain name that you can buy for your website.

Among the services provided by GoDaddy there is :

Domain names

Domain names are very important if you want to make your website live on the internet, because without a domain name no one can access your website. GoDaddy is one of the largest domain name sellers.

Web Hosting

When you build your website, you need to keep it live on the internet in order to be accessible for everyone, so that is exactly the job of web hosting. It is like renting or buying a space on the World Wide Web and putting your website on there. GoDaddy is one of the greatest web hosting providers.

Reseller Hosting

GoDaddy does not provide its services only for individuals but also for businesses, so as a business you have the rights to resell their services and products with your own prices and on your own website.

Business Hosting

A very easy to manage hosting platform with the possibility to change the server’s resources. It includes a very easy and simple dashboard where you can manage your new and existing websites.

WordPress Hosting

Even though you can host your WordPress website on GoDaddy using web Hosting service, GoDaddy has another amazing service specifically for WordPress websites that comes with some additional benefits like security updates, SEO Optimization, one click migration tools…

Before diving into the ways and methods that we can follow to install a WordPress site on GoDaddy, let’s talk a little bit about the minimum requirements that you need to have before installing WordPress.

The requirements to install a WordPress website on GoDaddy

Requirements to install WordPress Website on GoDaddy

In order to install a WordPress website on Godaddy, there are some requirements that you need to have before starting the process.

The first thing you will need is to purchase a new hosting plan from GoDaddy, note that you don’t need to choose WordPress plan in order to install WordPress on GoDaddy.

You will also need a registered domain name, you can get a domain name from GoDaddy so easily because they have a great search engine that allows you to find almost any domain name that you want.

Once you have both of these requirements, then you are ready to go.

Now let’s move on to our main topic “How to install WordPress on GoDaddy”, so actually there are many ways that we can follow to install our WordPress site on GoDaddy, we will be covering the easiest way in the next couple of paragraphs..

Installing WordPress on GoDaddy using cPanel

Step 1 : Accessing your hosting cPanel account

Actually, there are two ways to follow in order to access your cPanel hosting account.

The first way to access your cPanel dashboard is by typing in the URL bar in your browser the link to your website followed by :2082 or :2083

For example : https://growyourbusiness.tech:2083/

URL
URL

Once you have done that you will be redirected to a login page when you need to enter your GoDaddy’s account credentials and you will be in your cPanel dashboard.

cPanel dashboard login page

Another way to access your cPanel dashboard is via your GoDaddy account, so first login to your GoDaddy account and then go to web hosting and click Manage and then select your web hosting account that you want to install WordPress on and click Manage again, and then you will be redirected to your cPanel dashboard.

Step 2 : Choose WordPress on your cPanel dashboard

Once you made it to your cPanel dashboard, search for Softaculous Apps Installer or Web Applications and expand that panel and click on WordPress.

WordPress on cPanel Dashboard

Step 3 : Install WordPress

Now click the install button on the top left side.

Install WordPress On cPanel Dashboard

Step 4 : Installation Configuration

Now you will be redirected to fill out some information about your new website, you will need to fill all the fields in the form and make sure that you write the right domain name with https and http.

Install WordPress on cPanel Dashboard

One other important thing is that you need to remember the Administrator username and the Administrator password that you enter in the form, because these credentials will be the credentials that you will use to sign in to your WordPress Dashboard.

Once you have completed the form, click Install and wait for a few minutes to complete the installation.

Step 5 : Login to your WordPress Dashboard

Now that you have completed the installation, go to the URL https://mywebsite.com/wp-admin and in there you will have to enter the credentials that you have chosen in the configuration step.

Congratulations! You have Successfully installed your WordPress website on your GoDaddy account.

Install SSL Certificate on your website for free

SSL Certificate Installation

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer is a certificate or a token that helps you encrypt the link between the server you are hosting your website on and the visitor. Its role is to make sure that the data going between a visitor and your web server is totally secure and no one can have access to it.

Installing SSL Certificates is so important for your website because users and search engines will trust your website more, if you don’t install SSL Certificate on your website, there will always be a (not secure) phrase before your link which means users will never trust your site.

SSL Certificates cost you between $30 and $40 if you want to buy from GoDaddy or Namecheap or any other web hosting provider, but the good news is that you can install it for free on your website following some very simple steps.

In order to install a free SSL Certificate in your website you will be using a platform called cloudflare, which is actually a website security company that provides content delivery content (CDN).

Using this platform we will install SSL Certificate for free on our website.

Follow these steps to get your free SSL Certificate.

Go to cloudflare.com and login or register if you don’t have an account.

Click Add site on your dashboard and enter the domain name of your website.

Choose the Cloudflare free plan

Just choose the free plan, you don’t need a paid plan to get SSL Certificate.

CloudFlare Plans

Step 4 : DNS Configuration - Update your nameservers

In this step you need to remove the nameservers from your domain registrar account dashboard (we suppose you bought your domain name on namecheap) and then put the nameservers given by cloudflare, take a look at the following image.

namecheap nameservers

Step 5: Waiting for DNS Management to be transferred to CloudFlare

It may take a few minutes or a few hours for the DNS management to be activated on your Cloudflare dashboard.

After a couple hours, refresh the cloudflare page and Congratulations, your website has been successfully added to cloudflare.

Step 6 : Create your SSL Certificate

Now that you have done all the previous steps, you must have successfully  added your website to cloudflare, what you need to do now is to go to SSL/TLS and then choose flexible in the mode selection dropdown and then click continue

Step 7 : Redirect traffic to HTTPS

This step is the last one and what you need to do here is to redirect all the traffic that comes to your site from HTTP to HTTPS, so choose “Always Use HTTPS”.

In your cloudflare dashboard Scroll down and at the left side you will see “Rules”, expand it and click Page Rules and then click Create Page Rule.

Create page Rule on cloudflare

Now what you need to do is to create two Page rules for two URLS “yourwebsite.com” and “www.yourwebsite.com”  and for each of them you will need to choose Always Use HTTPS.

Once you have done all of this, the configuration will take a few minutes to be set up.
Congratulations! Your website has free SSL Certificates forever.

In the end we hope you like this blog post, and you found the answer of how tp install WordPress on GoDaddy.

If you want to know how much does a website cost in 2022, then take a look at our blog post here

Thanks for reading, and best of luck with your new website 🔥

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