Question by Derek: How do I set up GoDaddy with WordPress?
I am on a Mac and already created my WordPress site locally with MAMP. Am I able to simply upload the folder to GoDaddy after I register for a domain and hosting? How would I go about doing this.
Answer by Greg
I use the same setup, although I use GoDaddy for domain registration only.
I would setup a fresh install of WordPress at the host of your choice. That would mean uploading a fresh set of WordPress files and installing WordPress on your live site.
GoDaddy has their own script for installing WordPress. You could use that as well.
If you have significant content on your local site, you can export it in WordPress to a file and then import that file into your online site. See the Tools menu in WordPress for this.
You probably know that most of the settings in WordPress, including plug-in and theme settings, are in the database.
I have made the mistake of exporting and importing the WordPress database. One problem you’ll have with that is your URL’s will be incorrect on your live site, since they reference localhost instead of your live domain. That’s why I recommend you start with a fresh site.
I haven’t looked, but there may be a plug-in that will allow you to backup an entire site, including the database, so you can copy the site to another location.
GoDaddy is a great domain registrar, but they are not a good long term choice for a web host (in my opinion). I have seen far to many cases of people having issues with GoDaddy hosting. There is some logic to keeping your domain registration and hosting separate as well.
A good “shared hosting” service would be a better choice, if you can afford it. I recommend and use Hostgator http://www.hostgator.com. Their cheapest plan is around $ 8/month.
I hope this helps answer your question.
Best of luck on all of your future projects.
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