Moving a WordPress Website to GoDaddy

Let me preface this to say that I’ve never been a fan of GoDaddy. That is to say, since I’m a webmaster since 1994, I like working with professional hosting and domain registrars. I find GoDaddy fine for personal websites, though in doing for a business, I do not find them the best choice.

I recently started a new website for a past client using WordPress as I do for all my clients. In checking on the domain the client already registered with GoDaddy, the client discovered they liked the price of their hosting compared to what I charge. Now let me follow that by saying that for what I do for clients in my hosting ($20/month billed annually) I’m the least expensive in the industry. I’ve been handling the hosting for my clients since 1997. I originally used the hosting they had, though dealing with multiple hosting companies I found working through many hosting company’s different interfaces to be a big pain. I decided since I can make money and at the same time using the same interface everyday, this make it easier to provide the best service, it would be a win-win for both my clients and myself. And it has been. Though with this client being very price conscious, they decided my price was not  what was preferred. I gave them about a dozen of competitors, showing those prices being MUCH more than mine. The client still chose to go with GoDaddy. 

So this was my first migration from my server to GoDaddy and felt sharing this info, coming from a veteran since 1994 of he Internet industry, at least since 2007, doing so on WordPress, some would find value in this.

Let me also point out that GoDaddy, in my professional opinion, have an inferior infrastructure. At least with their software.  Hardware too probably, though I’m mostly familiar with their software. The server software tools are bastardized. For example they have a cPanel. Though like all software they use they buy a license, then change it to work on their server. Their cPanel is NOT compatible with the standard cPanel. When you run WordPress on their server, there are some plugins they do not allow. Now this part about banning some plugins is not necessarily a bad thing, as there are some plugins that aren’t really good. Though there are some that are fine for most other hosting servers. Because of their bastardized system, they mess up the system. Something I found out that I had no idea about is that this ‘Managed WordPress’ hosting they have does not use even THEIR cPanel. I generally, in my hosting, use the cpanel file manager to upload files. For instance that’s how I upload the WordPress install from WordPress.org. Can’t really do that here. One has to use SFTP and they recommend using FileZilla. That’s ok, though I stopped using FTP years ago, so another step which slowed down my progress.

Now keep in mind, GoDaddy changes things all the time. A year or so ago they had WordPress managed hosting. Then they stopped. Then they started again, though charging a base price, then $10-ish dollars, maybe more per installed plugin. Now they’re running a special, which sounds very good, though has kinks. In actually ALL their services have kinks in my professional opinion.

So the next thing I neeeded to do, as I do for all my client’s sites is connect their Google account with their WordPress website. The way Google prefers to do with a GoDaddy hosted site is to have you enter the user name, or account number and password to connecting with their hosting account. Well Google didn’t see the valid access (Had used it a number of times in setting it up) as valid. That could have been because it was less than a day of the account being active. So used the HTML file upload method.  Not the worse, though why didn’t it see the GoDaddy login as valid. 

From there, went in and removed a couple plugins that GoDaddy doesn’t like. Not something I liked doing, though to make sure the site runs properly….

Again, the problem for me was having to spend so much more time, jumping through hoops, just to get it setup. I am anticipating more as I proceed, as I need to set it up with software the client wants implemented, forms and a few other plugins that I’m not sure what yet what other things I’m used to that the GoDaddy server doesn’t like.

That’s about it. Would love feedback and any questions on this. Hope you foetund this helpful.

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