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Installing WordPress with GoDaddy hosting

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If you have Web Hosting through GoDaddy, creating a fresh WordPress install is very easy. The first thing you need to do upon logging into your GoDaddy account is to navigate down the page to where is says “Web Hosting” and click on the “Manage” button to the right. On the next page, click on the “Manage” button again for the domain name you wish to install WordPress on.

At the top of the next page, you will want to click on the “Applications” link, as WordPress is considered an application. Scroll down the next page until you see “Apps for Content Management” and click on the icon for “WordPress blog.”

On the next page, simply click on “+ install this application” button at the top right of the page. Even if you already have another instance of WordPress applied to this domain name, this is how you would add another WordPress install totally separate from your other one. Once you click “install” you will see your domain name listed and an empty box labeled “Directory (Optional).” If you type something in this box, this will create a sub-folder off your domain into which WordPress will be installed. For example, on my website, I have two WordPress installs, one at melissapilkey.com/WIE and another at melissapilkey.com/tcgrooming. They are two totally different sites. However, if you want to use WordPress for your main website, you don’t have to create any sub-folder and can just leave it as is.

If you scroll down this page a little farther, you will see a section labeled “Settings.” This allows you to change your Administrator Username and Administrator Password. This will be the username and password you use each time you log into the wp-admin page to make changes to pages, posts, widgets etc. You are also given the option to change the Administrator Email that you want to have associated with this WordPress install and you can setup the Website Title and Tagline here if you wish as well.

Once you have changed everything you want, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “+install” button. This can take several minutes, but that’s all you have to do. A new WordPress install will now be setup. To login, you simply go to www.yourdomain.com/subfolder/wp-admin. Of course, if you didn’t install WordPress in a sub-folder, then you would just go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You can then start having fun with your new WordPress site.

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