Building a WordPress blog is a child’s play. It’s even simpler with a decent hosting. GoDaddy Economy hosting definitely delivers on the simplicity quotient. Throughout their WordPress installation process, you will only witness one-click installs. If things go awry, Godaddy has a great support team to back you up. Let’s look into the process, step by step.

Prerequisites

1. Hosting: Like the name suggests, hosting is the home to your blog/website. Ideally, our blog should get a good home. Amongst the best hosting companies is GoDaddy. 1 in 6 webmasters host their website in GoDaddy servers. Its 1-click installs, long list of features and a vibrant interface makes it a webmaster’s darling.

2. Domain: If hosting is the home to your blog, domain is its name. It’s a unique identifier which cannot be changed later. The domain name should preferably express what your blog is about. Select a short name, which can be easily remembered. If possible, add in a keyword pertaining to your niche.

WordPress Installation (via cPanel)

Login to your GoDaddy Hosting account. Browse to Web Hosting > Manage > cPanel.

From cPanel, scroll down to ‘Web Applications’.  Click on ‘WordPress’ to begin blog setup. From the Installatron page, click ‘+install this application’. You will be required to fill in website related and contact information.  Fill in all necessary fields and click ‘Install’.

GoDaddy WordPress launch

Wait till the database and tables are created, and installation is complete. After installation, you will see a new WordPress blog. The login credentials of your blog are emailed to you.

Wordpress mail

Click on the mailed link that contains ‘wp-admin’ link. Use that link to login to your Admin panel. Once you click the link, the message reads ‘Create a WordPress Website’. Click on ‘No thanks’. You will be redirected to the WordPress dashboard. All backend activities of your blog are carried out here. From themes to plugins to posts, everything happens from this admin panel.

WordPress Setup Wizard

The blog is installed with a dummy post, a sample comment, and the default WordPress theme. You need to do a lot of customizing before making your first post. Some basic plugins and features such as tag cloud, posts calendar, etc… can be seen.

Themes

You cannot afford to take theme selection lightly.

Firstly, it conveys your message as much as the content does. In addition, it can make up for lack of content initially. It helps pose as a professional blog from day one.

Secondly, it dictates the performance of your site. Too much of graphics and transitions elongates page loading speed. It can overload your browser as well as the device.

Thirdly, your theme must accommodate a range of website features. You should feel easy to work with it at the backend. You should be able to change colors and layout with ease.

Overall, you need a presentable, light and customizable theme.

Why should you consider using a Premium theme?

A paid-for done theme is generally better than a free to use the theme. They look a lot more professional and are more secure. Even better, you can have a designer customize it for you. Free to use themes are often overused by webmasters. Nevertheless, you should factor in your budget too.

Installing themes

Every finished WordPress installation comes with the default theme. You can install a new theme to replace it. It’s a lot easier to install themes from the dashboard. From your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New.

Appearance - themes

You can choose from any of the available themes in the library. Every theme provides a live preview. Click ‘Activate’ to install your preferred theme for your blog. Some themes allow you to customize before or after installing them.

WordPress theme preview

If you have the theme’s .zip file, ‘Upload’ it from Appearance >> Themes >> Add New. Browse to the exact location of the file and upload it. It helps especially when you are dealing with a third party premium theme.

Plugins

Plugins can be installed easily from the WP dashboard. Below ‘Appearance’, you can find the ‘Plugins’ menu. To add a plugin to your blog, browse to

Plugins > Add New > Select Plugin > Install > Active

Wordpress plugins

It is the route to find new plugins as well. When you find plugins this way, there’s no need to download anything manually. Almost all popular plugins can be added through WordPress library itself. Some of the premium/freemium plugins may require paid subscription later.

There are more than 40,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin library. We have presented a small set of essential plugins here. This small list covers you on basic SEO and performance of the blog.

  • Yoast SEO: More than a million webmasters use this plugin. It helps evaluate your blog posts from an SEO point of view. In its free version, you can focus on one keyword or phrase. In addition, the premium version allows you to focus on multiple keywords. Hence you can have a better content optimization strategy.
  • Contact Form 7: It’s a handy contact form plugin, you can add for contact pages. It’s so simple, yet effective. Even better, it allows setting up auto-responder, courtesy of a few simple tweaks.
  • JetPack: JetPack is more than a plugin. It’s an all-around package. Sitemaps, login limits, and social sharing are amongst its functions. Except for VideoPress and VaultPress, all its features are free.
  • W3 Total Cache: This caching plugin helps to improve site performance. It saves cache in the user’s device and thereby improves loading speed. Evidently, page load speed is crucial to your SEO.

Some of the premium plugins cannot be found in WordPress.org plugin library. You can install them by uploading the plugin file via Plugins > Add New > Upload > Install > Active.

Upload WP plugin

Conclusion

Installing WordPress is as simple as 1-2-3. To make things easier, choose a beginner friendly hosting company. In that regards, GoDaddy is next to none. With GoDaddy, it’s as simple as managing a self-hosted blog. In the unlikely case of plugin errors or issues with the theme, GoDaddy support solves it swiftly.

You might need to tweak settings and appearance before making posts. Check out our other posts that cover on topics like domain registration, web hosting, website security, SEO, email marketing and website backups. Start blogging ASAP! Taking action is the first step to making money online.