Setup A WordPress Website on GoDaddy - From Start To Finish
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WordPress and GoDaddy are two incredibly powerful tools to make an amazing Website. Get setup quickly and easily.
3.3 (11 ratings)
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Created by Sage Lewis
Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Setup WordPress On GoDaddy with no previous experience.
  • Select and build out a theme that will make your site look awesome.
  • Use plugins to customize the way your site works and functions for your users.
  • Configure all the settings to make your site look and act exactly the way you want.
  • Use GoDaddy's cpanel to take control of your Website installation.
  • Use FTP and Web Disk to upload files to your server if you need to.
  • Use GoDaddy's Installatron to install and setup WordPress quickly and easily.
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  • If you are going to setup WordPress on GoDaddy as you go through the course you will need a credit card ready.
  • You will want a comfortable computer to work on.
  • You will want some calm thoughts and patience. Doing anything new for the first time can be hard on the brain.
  • You will need something in mind that you want to build a Website for.

WordPress is the most widely used content management system on the planet. That's simply because it is so powerful and yet easy to use.

GoDaddy is the most widely used hosting platform on the planet. That's because they are affordable and also easy to use.

This course mashes those two items together to help you create an amazing Website quickly and easily.

I will walk you through every step of the process to get your site setup, running and looking great.

If you have wanted to get a Website for your business or organization or if you have wanted to move your Website to WordPress this course is for you!

This is a video-based course that shows you how to setup everything step by step.

If you have never setup a Web hosting account or Website before you will feel your brain stretch a bit as you go. But just follow each step and you will be up and running in no time.

You could realistically be up and running in an afternoon.

This course is meant to take the mystery out of making a Website. It's not out of the realm of your capability. WordPress and GoDaddy make setting up a Website straight forward and easy. This course guides you through the process so you are sure to have everything up and running correctly and effectively.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want an awesome Website for their business, church, hobby or anything that means something to you.
  • Students who feel comfortable using computers. But you don't need to be a computer genius either.
  • Students who already have a WordPress Website but want to be more savvy and knowledgeable.
  • This is probably not for a WordPress developer that already has a strong hold on setting up and running WordPress.
  • If the thought of uploading something to the Web makes you break out into a cold sweat this might not be for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:28
WordPress and GoDaddy are two of the most popular platforms around. This course is primarily about setting up WordPress. But I wanted to install it on a Web host that is very common. I've had a lot of good luck with GoDaddy over the years. If you aren't sure where to host your site, GoDaddy is as good as any.
Preview 01:28
GoDaddy Setup
12 Lectures 32:17
There are a lot of plan to choose from. This is what I think you should use.
Preview 05:30

This video goes over the details of setting up a specific plan.
Preview 01:56

GoDaddy offers a free domain when you purchase a plan for a year or more. This video talks about the pros and cons of using the free domain and whether or not you actually need it.
Getting a free domain or not

This video goes over the details of setting up your GoDaddy account.
Setting up your account on GoDaddy

This is the money part of the process.
Confirming your credit card and paying for your account

Here I discuss picking the domain you want to use for your site.
Picking your domain

We are back to domains. This is the process for using a domain name that is NOT on GoDaddy. Figuring this out is needed for getting your WordPress site up and running if you aren't using a domain bought on GoDaddy.
How to configure domains not on GoDaddy - Step 1

This video shows you how to setup up an A Record for using a domain outside of GoDaddy.
How to configure domains not on GoDaddy - Step 2

Cpanel is the tool you use to manage all the nitty gritty of your Web hosting account at GoDaddy. This is not an exhaustive review of Cpanel. But it's enough to get you up and running with your WordPress site.
A short tour of cpanel - What it means to you

Web applications give a person with no coding experience the power of a Web developing master. We look at a variety of things that can be done with Web applications on GoDaddy.
Web Applications on Godaddy. Why they are so awesome

FTP, file transfer protocol, is a very powerful and common way of uploading things to your server. While you don't need to be able to do this to get your WordPress site running, sooner or later you are probably going to want to use this tool.
How to setup FTP

Web Disk is another way of uploading files to GoDaddy. If FTP doesn't float your boat maybe Web Disk will.
How to access your web server using Web Disk
Configuring WordPress
5 Lectures 20:17
Now the fun starts! We are going to install WordPress so you can have an awesome place to create your masterpiece.
Installing Wordpress Using Godaddy’s Installatron

If you have gotten this far, congratulations! That's a big step. Here are are going to getting into the admin area of WordPress. This is where you do all the really cool stuff for your new WordPress site.
Getting into Wordpress Admin

GoDaddy has a "Quick Setup" for getting started using WordPress. You may find this helpful. This is a guide through using that tool.
Getting started quickly with Godaddy Quick Setup

Themes are what make your site look pretty and awesome. Here we discuss how to pick and use a new theme for your WordPress site.
How to customize your site with a new theme

The great thing about WordPress themes is that they are often very customizable. Here we'll look at the customization process.
Preview 02:35
WordPress Settings
5 Lectures 15:41
We are now going to start getting all the Settings setup in WordPress. These are the little details of determining exactly how your WordPress site will be structured.
Settings > General - Getting the fundamentals of your site setup

Writing settings determine how your site functions as a writer. This area gives you some powerful control over your site's access from a writing point of view.
Settings > Writing - Get the writings fundamentals setup

Reading settings in WordPress determine how the outside world sees your site. You can significantly shape the user's experience within this area.
Settings > Reading - Setup how people will view your site

Discussion settings determine how and if you let people comment on your site. This is an area that always is of concern for a business.
Settings > Discussion - Configure commenting for your site

Permalinks control how the urls of your site appear. You might not think much of this. But this is incredibly important... both for your users and search engines. Definitely configure this area.
Settings > Permalinks - Setup how your urls will look to your visitors
Making WordPress Come To Life
9 Lectures 38:45
Plugins give your site a huge amount of power and customization. We review plugins here and I show you how to install them and activate them.
Installing and Setting Up Plugins

This is a list of the particular plugins I think you should install fundamentally on your site.
A List Of Recommended Plugins

WordPress gives you several levels of access you can give particular users of your site. You don't have to do everything yourself, you know. User access levels let other people on your team contribute while still letting you decide just how much access they get.
How to give specific users specific access to interacting with your site

We finally get to write something! This video discusses the difference between pages and posts. Understanding this will help you decide where you should be putting your content.
Pages and Posts - what’s the difference

Here we take a closer look at posts and when special features are available to posts, namely: categories and tags.
How to write a post and use categories and tags

The video talks about pages and their respective properties.
How to write a page and setup child parent structure properly

Menus let you control what your navigation looks like on your site. Different themes have different kinds of menu options. We'll check out how to setup menus here.
How to setup menus and why they make your site so awesome

Widgets are little items that pack a lot of punch. They let you put some really powerful functionality in your site with the simple drag of your mouse. We'll look at what is possible here.
What are widgets and how to use them

And this is the wrap up. If you watched all of this, and more importantly, did all of this: WOW! You are amazing and awesome. There is more that certainly can be discussed about WordPress. And I'm happy to make more tutorials to add to this course. But I'll listen to you as to what you would like to see. Just let me know. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. It means a great deal to me. Sage
What we learned and where to go from here
2 Lectures 23:55

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About the Instructor
Sage Lewis
4.5 Average rating
83 Reviews
6,895 Students
6 Courses
Web Marketing Professor Since 1999.

Sage travels to keynote or instruct on the following topics:

  • Social Media
  • Search Marketing – Optimization & Paid Search
  • Link Building

Topics where he has spoken:

Social Media

  • Duck Brand Duct Tape
  • Development Dimensions International
  • Monsanto
  • Search Engine Strategies –San Jose, NYC,Chicago
  • Colleges –ClevelandState, Lone Star, Tri-C
  • COSE

Search Marketing – Optimization & Paid Search

  • National Speakers Association
  • ClevelandClinic
  • Motorola
  • Search Engine Strategies –San Jose, NYC,Chicago
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • COSE
  • eMarketing Techniques Conferences

Link Building

  • Search Engine Strategies –San Jose, NYC,Chicago
  • Click Z
  • Link Building Mastermind group

More about Sage Lewis:

Since 1999, Sage has taken a great deal of pride in cultivating and maintaining his expert status in the Web marketing industry. His online expertise has provided rich content to industry leading websites such as SearchEngineWatch as a Link Expert Columnist; ClickZ as a Search Marketing Expert Columnist; and Search Engine Guide as an SEO Video Columnist.

Sage is also the President of SageRock Inc. — a leader in Web marketing for over 10 years offering search engine optimization, paid search, social media and analytics. The firm has been recognized four separate years as a leading Search Marketing provider both by Marketing Sherpa and NEOSA.

Additionally, Sage has become known as as “The Web Marketing Video Guy” on YouTube where he has created 100’s of videos that have amassed over 555,000 views.

Finally, Sage is the author of "LInk Building is Dead. Long Live Link Building!" The #1 Best Selling Advertising Book at Amazon!

Sage is an Amazon Top 100 Business & Investing Author.