Congratulations on deciding to start a website! That is exciting stuff!
Now that you’ve made the decision, I want to take you step-by-step through the process of hosting.
There are TONS of options and I believe GoDaddy is the best “bang for your buck” these days.
I remember the first website I started in 2011. It was very exciting and frustrating at the same time.
Back then, blogger.com was a big platform for people like me, novice and not educated on coding.
Times have changed a lot and these days, anyone can create, edit, and maintain a custom and beautiful website.
The tough part is done. You’ve decided that you’re ready to write and publish your thoughts on the internet.
Now, the technical stuff that I actually LOVE and frustrates so many is what we will walkthrough.
Now, shameless plug here, I have an 8-week course that I will be launching soon that will teach you what to do from conception all the way to consistently.
Stay tuned for that and be sure to sign up for my free resource library to be in the loop for the launch.
WHAT IS HOSTING
As a former teacher, I prefer to paint a picture for you to understand. So, I will use an analogy.
You can think of things like this…
Your web domain (the web address) as your house
Your Host is the neighborhood
Your Décor comes from the Theme you choose for your website/house
The HOA for your neighborhood can be annoying if you are using a self-hosted server. To read more about that —>> WordPress.com or WordPress.org
A Stand-Alone Host means no HOA.
Okay, now that you have a better understanding of the framework of websites and how they’re run, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of GoDaddy.
Do you remember when Danika Patrick was a new race car driver? For some reason, she sticks in my mind and it wasn’t because she was a race car driver. It was because she was the GoDaddy driver. For years, I was so baffled by what that meant.
It wasn’t until I googled it randomly one day that I learned that it was a website hosting service.
It’s been around for a long time and is constantly growing. In fact, it’s often referred to as the founder father of website development for the individual and business. Founded in 1997 in Scottsdale, AZ by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy was developed to…
give people an easy, affordable way to get their ideas online. Today, we have millions of customers around the world, but our goal is much the same. We’re here to help people easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures – online and off!
With 18.5 million users and growing, this company is legit and knows what they are doing.
WHY did I tell you all of that?
Well, it’s important to go slow before you can go fast.
We need to understand the origins of the products and services we use to create a connection with them and gain the complete experience of joy and pride in our sources.
Understanding that the creators at GoDaddy have weathered many ups and downs in the markets and the company is still going strong demonstrates stability and should be a building block developing your trust.
WHAT DOES GODADDY OFFER
Okay, so GoDaddy offers a ton of options.
Everything from Domains, Websites & marketing, Email, security, all the way to phone numbers.
When I first started looking into a hosting platform, I did what you probably just did. I googled it and I went on Pinterest. I wanted real-life experiences from people who’ve walked before me and worked out all the bumps and detours.
The only problem was, I found tons of people promoting a million different hosting platforms, but no one was breaking down the exact process so I didn’t have to think about the technical steps.
So I created this post and my course to walk you through everything.
HOSTING OPTIONS FOR GODADDY
Here’s the deal. At first glance, the basic seems to be the best deal. But truly, if you plan on sticking out your website, I highly recommend you look at the other options.
I started with the basic plan for 6 months because I wanted the free domain email.
Then I wanted another website to host my learning courses I plan to make in the future. So I bought another basic site.
Then, I realized that I would have to purchase an SSL certificate to process payments for said courses.
SSL is $70/website.
That put my total at $300.
Pay close attention to the length of the contract you are committing to. Obviously, the longer you go, the cheaper, but you pay more upfront.
So, when I called I, I spoke to Mike and he told me about the pro plans. It’s actually hard to find said pro plans. Below the basic plans, you can see a link to check out the pro plans.
I ended up going with the Pro5 and they refunded my original 2 websites and SSL.
The Pro5 comes with everything you need and it’s managed by GoDaddy so you don’t have to worry about getting a chancing plugin, doing updates, or scanning for malware. Additionally, they backup 90 days of revisions and you get 50GB of self-hosted storage.
I ended up paying $320 for that plan and I have everything I wanted and didn’t realize I needed.
See why it’s worth it?
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.