Newb needs Help with GoDaddy account???

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Recently I was fortunate enough to have someone tranfer me a registered domain name called healthandfitnessmagazine.net It was transfered to my GoDaddy account. Here's the thing and I know I'm going to look like a total a** for saying this, but what do I need to do next. How do I get the actuall website up and going. Can i just design the webpage on godaddy or do I have to upload HTML files to it I'm really lost as to what I should do now?

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  • Profile picture of the author preacherman
    JT,
    Since GoDaddy has hosting service available they should have c-panel included. This is where you would develop and load your web pages to the server. C-Panel has a built in html editor as well as a code editor so you can build your pages right there. You could also use an editor on your computer to build your pages and then load them to the server through C-Panel or using an FTP client.

    Hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
      thank you very much that was helpful. What if don't know any HTML do
      they have templates I can use. What would recommend I do as far as designing the webpage. I have a blogger account that I got started on to get my feet wet in IM. That was easy becuase I didn't need to know how to design a page. What should be my next step?

      Thanks again
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      • Profile picture of the author powerslave
        Originally Posted by jthenry55 View Post

        thank you very much that was helpful. What if don't know any HTML do
        they have templates I can use. What would recommend I do as far as designing the webpage. I have a blogger account that I got started on to get my feet wet in IM. That was easy becuase I didn't need to know how to design a page. What should be my next step?

        Thanks again
        If you use a host that has cpanel and install wordpress then you don't need to know any HTML, although knowing some of the basic tags may help. Wordpress is very easy to use once you get to know your way around the admin area, and there are thousands of templates for it. Probably not much harder than using blogger.
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  • Profile picture of the author powerslave
    Have you bought hosting from godaddy? If you don't have a hosting account then you will need to buy one, although it is largely recommended you do not use the same company you have the domain registered at to host.

    Hostgator and bluehost are popular choices to host the website at. If you are on a limited budget then a free option would be weebly, although there are limitations on what you can do with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sardent
      Originally Posted by powerslave View Post

      Have you bought hosting from godaddy? If you don't have a hosting account then you will need to buy one, although it is largely recommended you do not use the same company you have the domain registered at to host.

      Hostgator and bluehost are popular choices to host the website at. If you are on a limited budget then a free option would be weebly, although there are limitations on what you can do with them.
      I like Weebly.

      It's quick and simple for the beginner.

      You can use you're own domain with either the free or pro account.
      Free account is two domains, pro is ten.
      It uses google apps for email, so you can set up email going directly to your domain name and not something weird.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Godaddy doesn't use cpanel, they have their own "special" way of doing things that is about 100 times more difficult than any other hosting platform.

    But, just because your domain name is at godaddy doesn't mean you have to host with them so if you want to get hosting from a place that has cpanel (like hostgator) I have some videos that can help you get a wordpress blog up and running.

    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      Godaddy doesn't use cpanel, they have their own "special" way of doing things that is about 100 times more difficult than any other hosting platform.

      But, just because your domain name is at godaddy doesn't mean you have to host with them so if you want to get hosting from a place that has cpanel (like hostgator) I have some videos that can help you get a wordpress blog up and running.

      Lee
      I was a little annoyed to find out about that several months ago when I was helping a client with his hosting on Godaddy! Cpanel is tried and tested, and I've seen it on just about every hosting company that I've encountered, but Godaddy just has to do things differently and confuse the heck out of everyone.

      For the OP, if you haven't already signed up for hosting with Godaddy, please don't! Try to shoot for a hosting company that at least has a usable Cpanel.
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      • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
        don't think I explained myself very well so lets try again. Someone here at the WF has transfered the healthandfitnessmagazine.net domain to my GoDaddy account. He gave me a cpanel login for it. so he gave me the link
        healandfitnessmagazine.net/cpanel and gave me the username and pass for it. Now I'm stuck as to what I should do?
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        • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
          What I need to do is get a hold of TPFLegionaire he's the one who transfered the domain to my GoDaddy account, but I can't PM anyone until I have 50 posts and I only have like 23 or something.
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          • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
            this all happened so quickly so i'm sorry for not explaining this well. But yes he tranfered the domain name, but I thhink it was only the domain name I don't think there is actually any content.
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      • Profile picture of the author seoweb2000
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        I was a little annoyed to find out about that several months ago when I was helping a client with his hosting on Godaddy! Cpanel is tried and tested, and I've seen it on just about every hosting company that I've encountered, but Godaddy just has to do things differently and confuse the heck out of everyone.

        For the OP, if you haven't already signed up for hosting with Godaddy, please don't! Try to shoot for a hosting company that at least has a usable Cpanel.

        Not to mention Godaddy support takes an along time. I would recommend Hostgator because you can get someone to help you 24/7.
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I agree with the others - if you don't have the hosting (which is a separate service GoDaddy offers) then you would be better to use somewhere like Hostgator that has a Cpanel and for a non-techie like me a great customer service facility as well

    Best of luck
    Lisa
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  • Profile picture of the author PLRwithAlex
    Hostgator is an excellent host and have loads of videos and tutorials to help get you started. They even show you how to forward your domain to your hosting account.

    Definitely recommend HostGator.

    Congrats on the great domain name!

    Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    So, to further simplify this. Get a host,like HostGator.
    • Once you sign up you'll get a cpanel login.
    • Add your domain to cpanal (you'll find the right icon, i think its call "addon domains.")
    • On the left menu, near the bottom, you'll see the DNS settings. Copy those.
    • Log in to GoDaddy and click the Domain Manager.
    • Find your domain in the list and click it.
    • Find (i think) Manage DNS, click the last radio button and then enter in the Host Gator DNS numbers you copied earlier (there should be two strings of them), and click save.

    That should do it, your site should go "live" in a few minutes. Then you'll need an FTP program to send files to the host, or use HostGators built in FTP system. This should be mostly right unless I goofed this up. This was from memory but its' more or less accurate.

    Hope it helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin Rose
    I also would recommend using HostGator as your webhost, they have inexpensive plans and extremely quick and helpful technical support, I wouldn't use godaddy's hosting if someone paid me too But their domain support is excellent! Once you have your hosting setup through hostgator (when you sign up, sign up with your existing domain name) they will send you the nameservers names in an email, just go into your godaddy account, click on your domain name and change your nameservers to the ones that hostgator sends to you. They should look something like this NS1.nameserver.com, NS2.nameserver.com. After you change those, then just wait up to 24 hours for the nameservers to propogate to your hosting account, once you see your domain with a blank cgi page, then you can login to your cpanel and upload your html files, upload your files into the /public html folder for them to be viewable on the internet. If you need help doing any of this just pm me, I'd be more than happy to help
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    don't think I explained myself very well so lets try again. Someone here at the WF has transfered the healthandfitnessmagazine.net domain to my GoDaddy account. He gave me a cpanel login for it. so he gave me the link
    healandfitnessmagazine.net/cpanel and gave me the username and pass for it. Now I'm stuck as to what I should do?
    Hmmm.... so are you saying that he transferred the domain to you and you need to get the files up on your hosting? BTW - it appears to be empty when I go to healthandfitnessmagazine.net so I'm not sure what you are asking, I guess.

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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    There's a difference between transferring the domain and transferring the entire site. Did you buy an entire website or just the domain name?
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    • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
      I didn't buy anything he just did it to help a fellow IMer to get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    OK, well that was nice of him.

    I think all our advice above still stands though.

    It looks like you already have hosting because when I go to your site I see files. So now you just need to ftp your website files up there. Do you have website files?

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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Do you know if he just gifted you the domain, or also the actual site content and files (assuming there was something there to begin with)?
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    • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
      when i type in the address healthandfitnessmagazine.net I get a a page that says:

      Index of/

      cgi-bin/

      what does this mean?

      and how would I have hosting. Is this because of my GoDaddy account that TPFLegionaire had me sign up for so he could transfere the account.
      I didn't pay for any hosting I know that. And Would there be web files in the cpanel login that was given to me.

      I feel like i'm just confusing everyone including myself. sorry
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    That means that you have hosting ... or it could be the domain is still pointing to TPFLegionaire's hosting. Not sure which. With any luck we will ask you so many questions that you will soon be able to PM him (or her)
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    • Profile picture of the author jthenry55
      ok so I do have hosting through GoDaddy than. Because don't you get free hosting for 1 domain when you first register or something. and How would I know if he tranfered web files with the domain. would they be in
      healthandfitnessmagazine.net/cpanel
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  • Profile picture of the author topfree
    I have all my domain names from godaddy but i have a hostgator account were some of my websites sit, it's like $10 per month but I also have like 10 websites at a free hosting company called 000webhost.com they have MySQL for databases and all that good stuff plus they have pretty good visitor tracking information. For hostgator and 000webhost you have to make your own website and then upload it. A good free hosting company that has a webpage editor is weebly.com. You design your own website on weebly with an easy to use editor that works something like microsoft word, with options for bold text, adding pictures, links creating a banner and changing background colors. When you're done you push publish and then it's online, simple as that.

    You can go to one of my sites Make Websites Yourself for information on the basics of creating websites, getting hosting and domain names.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    How would I know if he tranfered web files with the domain. would they be in
    healthandfitnessmagazine.net/cpanel
    no, the cpanel is just the way to manage the site and as you can see by going to the domain there are no files there so I'm not sure what the person did with the files.

    I think though that the domain might still be pointing to the previous owners hosting unless you changed the DNS servers for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TPFLegionaire
    Well,

    I go away for a week and I come back to this Kerfuffle

    here is what's happening

    I gave a domain name
    I gave one year hosting (I have a hostgator reseller account)

    I explained that (obviously very badly! ) in my pm and emails to Henry.

    So you have a domain name, which was successfully transferred from my godaddy account to yours and I gave you hosting for a year (on hostgator), this is why you have a Cpanel, so you can manage your account.

    Now , Henry, please get on with the program!
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  • Profile picture of the author TPFLegionaire
    OK all...

    He has a hosting account...

    Hostgator...I gave it to him...free for a year....

    Jamie...Get that , you done that wordpress install yet?
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