Do you ever seem to have those little projects that never seem to get done? You always intend to do them, but somehow you never seem to remember to do them until it becomes important? This blog post is one of those. I know I’ve been asked a lot about how to start with a website for a lot of reasons: blogging, starting a virtual assistant business… that kind of thing.

I personally have two different hosting plans – both of which I got through Godaddy. For my primary websites I use the Managed WordPress (I have the developer plan because I have multiple sites) , and for the lesser traffic websites I have a shared hosting plan.

Where to get your domain name and hosting

I use Godaddy for all of my hosting and domain names, and recommend that all of my students and clients do the same as well.

I’ve had a lot of clients in the past who got their domain name through one place and their hosting through another place. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you buy hosting through a place like Godaddy, sometimes they’ll give you a free domain for a year or a similar deal. Also, I’ve found that when tech issues happen, having all of your products (domains and hosting) under one roof makes it easier for the tech support to help you out because they can see all the pieces at once.

If you choose to get a domain name somewhere, no one will die and it’s really not that big of a deal. I just prefer to have all my services under one roof to make potential support issues easier to resolve. Ok – so let’s get started!

How to Get Started with Godaddy Managed WordPress

Below I have some pictures of how you can get started with Godaddy’s Managed WordPress, step by step.

I recommend you choose either the basic of the deluxe plan when you first start out. You’ll need to upgrade as your website grows, because the smaller plans have small traffic limits, but they’re fine for a newbie.

One tip I got from a GoDaddy team member: When you purchase a product for the first time, most of the Godaddy sales only apply to first-time purchases, and not to renewals. You’ll save the most money if you can register for as long of a term as you can afford. I have started doing this with all of my services, and I’ve saved a LOT over the past few years doing it that way!

So, to get started you’ll choose your plan (again, the basic or deluxe are fine for beginners with one website.)

Once you’ve chosen your plan, you’ll need to choose your term (how long you’re registering for) so you can checkout.

If you want to add-in a domain name for your website, I suggest doing that before you checkout.

Once you’re registered, you can go to your “my products” page where you’ll see the option to go to Managed WordPress.

Of course, instead of OrganizeYour.Biz, it will say whatever your domain name is.

The thing I love about GoDaddy is how helpful they are, so if you have problems call their 24/7 support at 1-(480) 505-8877 and they’ll help you out with starting up your website.

 

Have questions about starting a new website?

 

I figured you might – because there’s a lot to starting a new website. I’ve outlined some of the really common questions I get below, but feel free to leave me a comment with any other questions. I make sure each comment always gets answered, so you aren’t left hanging! 🙂

 

Should I start with a free platform, like WordPress.com or Blogger?
The short answer is absolutely no. 

 

 

The long answer is that I assume because you want to blog, you want to be able to make some money from it. Whether you want a six or seven-figure business, or if you just want some money coming in every month to make things a little easier financially, making money is good. When you work with WordPress.com, you can’t have affiliate links on your blog, which means any option to have affiliate links on your site is off the table.

The problem with other free sites (especially Blogger) is that they often have a clause that says they can shut down your website at their discretion. This means they can shut you down for no reason and you can’t do squat about it. This happened to a friend of mine who was making over $1,000 a month through her free blog, then one morning it simply wasn’t there. For the security of your business, never hand control of your website over to a company, friend, family member, or anyone else. You always want to be in total control.

What do I need to do to keep my blog legal?
There are several things you need to keep your website legal, but a big part of that is your privacy policy and other legal disclosures. There are lots of places you can get them online, I personally use this plugin to generate mine for my websites.

(Yes, that’s my affiliate link, so if you buy through it I’ll get a commission, but I only recommend things I love and use.)

What do you do for social media?
I use two platforms for managing my blog’s marketing. I love Tailwind for managing Pinterest and Instagram, they’re the bomb and I have a free class on how to use them if you want help figuring out their system, or you can just get a free trial here*.

The other platform I use is Edgar, which is ah-mazing. I use them to share all of my content to my Facebook groups, I have one for Organize Your Biz tribe members and a few others. I love it because I can load up my content and Edgar will recycle it for me automatically and they have a ton of features you can use to make sure people aren’t seeing the same stuff over and over… I can’t say enough good things about their platform. You can get a free trial for them here*.

(*Yes, that’s my affiliate link, so if you buy through it I’ll get a commission, but I only recommend things I love and use.)

What theme do you use/recommend?
You could literally spend a whole year looking for the “perfect” theme – so my advice is to go with something like Elegant Themes where you can buy a membership to their website, and then you’ll be able to get access to any of their themes.

I personally use their theme Divi*, because it’s a drag and drop editor which makes my life easy. The Divi theme also has pre-made layouts, so if you’re a total newbie and making a website freaks you out, Divi is the way to go. There are also tons of tutorials and resources out there to help you tweak Divi… definitely a good investment.

I bought the lifetime membership for Elegant Themes*, but you don’t have to right off the bat.

(*Yes, that’s my affiliate link, so if you buy through it I’ll get a commission, but I only recommend things I love and use.)

Are there other website hosts you recommend?
As a typical rule, I only recommend products I use and love here on the website, so first I’ll tell you I personally only use Godaddy for my website hosting. However, when I worked as a WordPress website tech assistant, I dealt with a lot of web hosting companies and so I know of others that I’ve had good experiences with, even though I have used Godaddy.

The only company I don’t recommend is Bluehost, and you can read about why I don’t here, and why I highly recommend you unfollow anyone who is telling you to use Bluehost, but doesn’t use it themselves.

Aside from Godaddy, here are some good hosts I’ve had good experiences with:

How do you verify your website on Pinterest?

If you’re looking to verify your new website on Pinterest, and you don’t know where to put the meta code inside your website, you can do what I did which is to use the Yoast SEO plugin (with the free version works fine, it’s what I use you can see it here)

You can see Yoast’s video on how to confirm your site with their plugin in the video below.