Post Updated 13 June 2018. Go daddy is one of the biggest domain registrars in the US . Inspite of being quite well known and being one of the most popular advertisers on the Superbowl “Americas premier sporting event” they have taken a beating to their online reputation on various websites and forums. It is surprising that they still offer very competitive deals when it comes to website hosting and domain names.
I was surprised when I did a recent search and found the cheapest price for ssl security(https) with godaddy. They are definitely good at price beating their competitors.
You search online and you can get many bad reviews about Godaddy. I got my first godaddy hosting account and domain with great nervousness almost 5+ years ago, in spite of reading all the online bad reviews about Godaddy.com.
I purchased webhosting at that time from them, just because they were offering a $1 a month hosting offer, which to me which sounded really cheap. I just said to myself – what the heck and signed up – it wasnt much less to lose at that price. I id not regret it and currently hold 15 + domains with them.
I have collected and listed some awesome current gdaddy deals just below and they are some here on this websiteas well.
This hosting that I purchased was most certainly a very cheap price at that time. If I remember right, it was $1 a month hosting, and it was definite cheap compared to the other website-hosting deals going around at that time of roughly $5 to $6 a month.
So I just grabbed it and set up a few niche blogs and also an affiliate site to promote products online. If you already have GoDaddy’s hosting service, then you can use that for yourWordPress site
The niche site did well and I also made money from the affiliate website and so my initial investment was already covered ten times in that year.
So was godaddy worth it ?
Well as I was just starting new websites, I was not really tracking stuff like if they were 100% online all the time or then how slow my website was loading, but as my websites was new and did not use much bandwidth and resources everything was good and chugging along fine. They just worked well with my wordpress website.
In fact go daddy at that time already had a 99% uptime guarantee, so I never had to worry.
A little later – I also purchased Hostgator and Dreamhost hosting plans for more projects and so I got to test them out as well. I had issues with my accounts getting hacked and slow servers speed and downtime in initial years with one of them ( not godaddy).
I got emails from them, telling me that my website was hogging their server resources , when I didn’t even have like 100 hits a days , while my godaddy account was fine and no emails from them , so from that point of view surely GDaddy was a winner for me .
I’m still with hostgator and blue host and they are doing fine. As far as the other host goes , they have stopped sending me resources hogging emails, or your account will be limited etc.. So that’s definitely good sign of the hosting industry emerging with their security.
The best thing about godaddy that I like – is that they have local American support that you can pick up the phone and speak too anytime.
I always get to speak to a person pretty soon without staying too long on the line even though i am calling from overseas into US.
The few times that I called support, I was actually attended to by knowledgeable staff who managed to sort out the problem I had.
If you are looking to get a website or blog started and you are on a low spend budget, until you find your bearings – Do try one of go daddy’s cheap deals above – they will surely do the job and at a budget.
These are the basic pointers I know about the GoDaddy Web Hosting:
GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name register and cloud platform dedicated especially to small and independent ventures.
GoDaddy gives unlimited bandwidth (bandwidth is basically how many people can visit your site at once).
GoDaddy offers quality WordPress AutoInstall.
GoDaddy has great security and restrictive policies that help to keep out all the scams and the attacks. They have acquired Sucurri and SiteLock companies in the web security world to protect their customer’s web privacy.
GoDaddy offers you 24X7 phone supports which are not common among hosting companies.
While both Bluehost and GoDaddy come with 1-click WordPress installs – Bluehost comes with the easiest one. GoDaddy provides Premium DNS and beats BlueHost on free ad money
They have just launched an awesome offer which includes 24 of the premium studiopress genesis themes if you purchase the hosting package which is priced from $27 to $47 a month. Check out our post for more details on offer and discounts.
Most people would love to know when and how to start a blog , when they are starting on their new online journey.
Today I am writing this tutorial for you as a total beginner friendly guide to starting a website.
If you want to start a blog quickly, it can be done in just three steps, once you have everything ready to install and set up your wordpress blog. 3 steps blog
It can be done by picking a domain name and installing a blog with 1 click install , then writing your first post and just clicking publish to go live on the internet.
If you want to have a successful website, you will need to rank for certain high volume keywords to get constant traffic from search engines. One way to do this is have good SEO done on your website and constantly review your content.
Bluehost who is well known for its shared hosting products like 1 click install to start websites has now ventured into the search engine optimisation ( SEO) niche. They have launched “Bluehost SEO tools”
Launch of Bluehost SEO
Bluehost SEO Tools help you drive more visitors to your website and improve your search ranking by using their without any technical expertise.
It’s a product geared toward the do-it-yourselfers who are trying to maximize the bang for their buck. The simple dashboard is designed to help you know where you are currently and where you want to be in the future.
The SEO tool dashboard
They have the two SEO plans called
With 2 great plans to choose from, you can see big results whether you’re just getting started, or ready to drive traffic to your existing site.
The start Plan:
For customers just launching
a website and want to be
submitted to search engines.
Track 10 keywords
Monitor 2 competitors
Monthly Progress Report
Basic Personalized SEO Plan
The Grow plan:
For website and business
owners serious about driving
traffic and being found online.
Daily and On Demand
Track 20 keywords
Monitor 4 competitors
Monthly Progress Report
Keyword and Content
Complete, personalized SEO
plan with over 100 tasks
With these tools you can first get a FREE SEO report for you to see how you are performing, and then you’ll get a plan for how to improve your rankings.
This wordpress themes provider is the king of WP themes and there’s no doubt about it. They are one of the best premium wordpress SEO themes that work out of the box with minimum fuss.
I have wanted this theme for many years now and I finally decided to spend the money. I did manage to test a copy of this theme previously and it did wonders, so I decided to take the plunge and buy the whole pro plus lifetime pack, including all the themes in the Genesis studiopress stable.
How does genesis framework work?
There has always been wee bit confusion about the framework and the studiopress wp themes and many people still don’t understand how the framework and theme work.
These themes are made up of two parts a basic core framework theme called the genesis framework theme and the child theme (Business pro , Altitude pro etc whichever theme you purchase) that sits on top of the basic core theme. Both these framework + theme you buy are provided by studiopress on every theme purchase.
What this enables is , that you can make customisations or modifications to your child theme that you purchased and it wont break or effect your website design every time word press is updated.
This also helps you to revert back to the default theme design without any problems that is – if you end up making errors with your design.
You can keep changing designs (studiopress theme/templates), but your basic core theme data in the framework theme will always be saved to your site.
Why do I need to pay for genesis framework?
No! You don’t. If you are purchasing a website theme then you get the framework free with the theme as they both work together. But if you want they have given you the option of buying just the framework as well – you may ask why?
Yes, I will answer that – studiopress is not the only company that develops themes for genesis framework and many other theme developers make themes that you can use on the Genesis framework.
The framework is known as a robust and stable framework and so there are many quality third party developers building themes to use with this framework.
If you see a third party Genesis theme you like and you don’t want to buy a studiopress made theme, you can just buy the framework and use the theme purchased from the third party. I prefer to use studiopress approved themes with the genesis framework because it know it will be vetted before it gets on the themeshop.
Studio press by itself has a lot of wpthemes designed for the framework, (in fact 35 of them) – however, Genesis has allowed third-party developers to build themes as well which has further benefitted their subscribers with more options.
Genesis Framework Features
The Genesis Framework includes the following functionality:
· Accessibility Ready
· multiple page post layout options
Layouts options of the framework & theme
This Genesis framework theme is included in your Pro Plus Purchase. When you purchase a studiopress theme, you also get the genesis framework theme.
Why Genesis & Studiopress is so good?
I don’t need convincing, I have already used Genesis themes for a couple of years and seen my keywords ranking easily and getting more targeted traffic with minimal effort. This is a very important factor for most websites.
In fact, compared to some other sites of mine, the websites with studio press-genesis wp themes started getting traffic faster, and that too out of the box without any help from adding additional SEO plugins.
I have seen one of my affiliate sites targeted traffic double after switching from a themeforest.net templates to the Genesis framework + studiopress sample theme.
The sample theme is just a basic content + sidebar theme that works with the framework. This combination is definitely recommended for affiliate/launch page/landing page websites to promote sales to your pages. Why the sample page works good for these kind of pages- because the design is minimal and fast loading and well structured for Search engine optimisation.
If you want a something a bit more fancy then you can choose any of the studiopress themes from here.
All the genesis templates are made with inbuilt SEO structure and speed of loading in mind and it delivers. Genesis supports schema.org code (needed for rich snippets)
Features that you will find in most studiopress themes
· Html5 markup
· eCommerce support
· Landing page support
· Mobile responsive
· Full width page/post template
· Pricing pages
Why the themes are so pricey?
I didn’t like it either initially myself as the pricing held me back, until I purchased a plan and see what it could do for my sites. Its pricey compared to other good themes but I realized if I am getting something that works out of the box and with less effort to rank my sites- Why not.
Genesis studiopress themes
t’s no secret that many top bloggers use this theme and it’s for those very simple basic reasons – It’s easy to rank in search engines with this framework and theme, as all you have to do is just produce great content and promote it.
You will be saving money in the long run on SEO, as I have learned from my own experience. Many top bloggers use YOAST and ALL in SEO plugin to get more granular access for SEO reasons and push it a little bit further, but in reality for me, this has worked just best out of the box with the inbuilt SEO settings.
After buying and installing this theme, all you need to do is write good content that search engines love and stimulate that content and the rest the blog/website onpage seo will do for you.
Who makes these themes ?
Studiopress themselves makes wordpress themes that are listed in their theme shop, but they now also have approved third party theme developers.
Some of them third party developers are listed below:
Large Selection of Genesis-Powered WordPress Themes
Prices for these themes range from $99.95 to $129.95 and this price includes the theme you purchase + framework.
Here is an example of what this pricing includes for the magazine template
Magazine + Genesis
· Includes the Genesis Framework
· Includes the Magazine Pro Theme
· Get Instant Access
· Unlimited Updates, Support & Sites
· Access to Detailed Tutorials
· One-time Purchase Fee
You could try studiopress by purchasing a single theme (anywhere between $99 to $129 with genesis framework) or get the plus package including all the themes. But, there’s something to be said about buying the Pro plus All Theme Lifetime Package because you don’t have to pay again. Ever.
The subject of “who is the top Australian web host” is something that often comes up at various webmaster forums, especially among bloggers and webmasters.
At a recent local social media event, I met up with a few fellow bloggers and we started talking about useful blogger tools, SEO and blog webhosts. ( updated 09 January 2018)
I was surprised to come across some names in the local web hosting and web development field in Australia that I hadn’t heard about before. I asked some of my blogger friends who they had used among the different local web-hosting.
I also asked them about US based webhosts for their blogs, and also who they’d had good customer support and service from, website loading speed etc. to update my personal knowledge of web hosting as well as help me add to this post.
It was definitely a bag of surprises.
As with human nature, people tend to remember bad things, but I am exactly the opposite and I tend to remember the good things. So there were many comments on who were the worst host and peoples experiences with them.
Surprisingly, they were some difference of opinions good and bad on some of the same US based webhosts most things. Most of the popular us webhosting’s names were discussed like Bluehost, WP engine Hostgator and In motion. I got to know of two new aussie hosting providers Bullet proof and Quadra which I didn’t know of before.
I would suggest that you do your own research before choosing a web-host, but hopefully this information and listing below will help you in some way if you are looking to get a local webhost.
These providers have different pricing plans which can cover a wide range of budgets and needs for your hosting.
Given below is their lowest priced plans ( unfortunately some websites below make it hard to find their prices, so I have not listed them below)
I might have missed some that are good as well, but these were the Aussie ones listed above that we discussed and talked about in our chat.
Smarty Host and Crazy domains are not on this list as I have not used their hosting but only bought .au domains from them.
Some of them have a humongous transfer fee ( as i have found out) if you want to move your domains elsewhere, so please make it a point to check that before you buy domains from an Aussie domain provider.
Some of the popular local aussie forums like Whirlpool, DNTrade and Web Hosting Talk can give you a good idea of good local hosts, though most locals tend to bag the US service providers just because they are not Australian. (And that’s fair enough because they are un-Australian).
I have used a few of these local providers and they are good and prices for some of them have also come down in the last few years, but I mainly use US based website- hosting for my blogs, due to the price factor.
I use US web hosts because they do the job and are reliable for blogs with a monthly traffic of fewer than 100,000 hits to your blog. If you get more traffic on your blog, you should be earning well enough to sign up for a premium optimised or dedicated hosting company.
Below I am going to give some of the US based hosting that I prefer for my blogs and niche website, whihc will also work well for some small biz beginner websites. Here is the list.
Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 3 US Hosts
Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.
They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. Before you choose a web host, however, you should carefully consider the company and whether it fits with your own plans.
Bluehost offers $200 in free offers when you sign up. This includes free advertising credits for Google and Facebook. By using these free advertising credits, you can start advertising with the respective websites and get traffic instantly.
Hostgator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas
Uptime – Very Good – 99.99%
Houston-based HostGator is one of the largest web hosts on the planet with over 9 million (!) domain names hosted. They boast partnerships with tiny tech titans Cisco and Linux. HostGator has been around since 2002, originally founded by Brent Oxley before being acquired a decade later by Endurance International Group (EIG)
GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy is best known as a domain registrar – and, to be certain, it is one of the largest in the world – but they also offer a wide range of other web services, including hosting.
Godaddy hosts 7 of my sites through its Linux hosting offering and works perfectly all of the time. They have ridiculously cheap and reliable service. GoDaddy’s hosting is scalable to your needs and boasts a 99.9% uptime.
They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. GoDaddy hosting comes in three sizes: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.
The Economy plan is probably all most freelance individual webmasters will ever need. Although disk space is limited to 10 GB, that is actually more than most websites will ever use. The Deluxe package allows for 150 GB disk space – a marked improvement over the Economy plan – 500 e-mail accounts and 25, 1 GB MySQL databases
The regular pricing for Godaddy shared hosting(economy) is $10.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $5.49 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!
The major benefit to hosting through GoDaddy is that you only have to deal with one company – for your domains, hosting and other related website services like selling domains , domain auctions and SEO.
Support is a very important factor when choosing a website-hosting company, because when trouble strikes you need good service, otherwise it can be very frustrating and you could end up losing traffic and money to your blog if things are not fixed quickly.
Before you make your choice , do check up on – If 24/7 support is available, you can call up and speak to a person if needed.
Check also if upgrade to optimised hosting is available, price for extra bandwidth or storage space, if they provide free or paid backups, do they sell SSL certificates.
To what extent do you need to put efforts in selecting your domain name? Is domain name vital to the growth of your site? The answer is yes to all of these.
On the other hand, many present day experts argue that if you have a quality website and business, people would automatically visit your site. On the contrary, another group of online experts is of the opinion that domain name is the key element of your website. It can either make you prosperous or can break you.
Hence, you emphasise a domain name that would fit your business as well as easy to promote. However, you should also comprehend the importance of a domain name in your online business.
The importance of domain name
The domain name for your website is important because it casts an indelible first impression on the visitors. Quite interestingly, the URL of your site is the first thing that your visitors would see. Also, a good domain name can go a long way in making a positive impression.
Tips to select the right domain name for your website
Here is the list of tips that would help you to pick the right domain name for your site.
Keep the name of the domain name short
It is interesting to note that if the name of your domain is longer, then there are high probabilities that the customers would type it wrong. So, you should concentrate on selecting a domain name that is simple.
Proper usage of keywords
You should be aware of the fact that keywords can make a huge difference in the online world. It can help your website improve its rankings. You should use keywords that best describe your business or the services that you offer. For instance, if you are a car repairing business, you should register as carrepairingservices.com.
Select a domain name that is easy to type
Your customers would look forward to a domain name that is easy to type. If you choose a domain name that is involved in nature, they will avoid the site. Refrain from selecting domain names that comprise words with multiple spellings.
Refrain from using hyphens and numbers
It is important to note that numerical characters and special characters are most often misunderstood by people who can be your prospective customers. However, if you think that you need these in your domain, you should always register the various variations.
Include words that epitomize the kind of business you are involved
As per many online experts, by adding words of this type, you would attract a larger number of customers. It also improves your website’s visibility in the online world.
Select the name of your domain by focusing on your area
If your business is local, then you should try to include the name of the city or the state in your domain name. It would make it easy for the local customers to remember and find your services. For instance, Denvercarrepairingservices.com can be a good domain name.
Invest time in research
While selecting the domain name for your organization, you have to make sure that it is not trademarked or copyrighted. Also, you should not use a domain name that is registered with the other company. It could land you in huge legal trouble. Hence, it is always better to invest a little time on the selecting of a domain name.
Catchiness of the domain
Select a catchy domain so that the visitors would remember it for a long time. Be unique and creative in your approach.
Usage of appropriate domain name extension
Extensions can have varied meanings in the world of online business. Hence, you should select a domain name that is best suited for your business. The .com domain name is an all-time favorite among many individuals.
Register your domain names quickly
It is fascinating to note that domain names sell quickly because there are hundreds of users at any given time buying or building a new website. Hence, register quickly to make sure that you can actually get a proper domain name that is available. Act fast to grab your favorite domain name, 2017 has seen may new domain names like .blog .clud .tech and many more
If you are looking forward to improving your site’s ranking, a domain name is important. It affects the Search Engine Optimization Process (SEO) considerably. Lastly, a good and unique name also changes the brand that you are promoting.
Are you looking for a good wordpress theme for your new blog. What if you could design your own website just as if you were working in a easy to use program like Microsoft Word ,adding pictures, choosing font, adding headers,c hanging colors of font and background and more. Well the new divi builder theme by elegant wordpress themes is just as easy as that.
Free wordpress themes vs paid themes
Many People opt for free themes and regret later due to many reasons but If you got no budget then obviously – free is an option, but again – if you can afford even a little bit of money, then go for a paid theme, it pays back.
Free comes with its own limitations – Here are some reason to go for a reasonably priced good theme.
Authors of free themes are late in updating their themes with new updates required
They often break with wordpress updates due to poor coding in the theme.
The Free theme designer gets involved in something else and forgets to provide support to his free theme
I have been a elegant WP themes member for 8+ years now because their prices for wordpress themes are so ridiculously low. I mean common just do a search online for wordpress themes, who would give 85+ premium website themes just for $89.
Price Does matter with WP themes
In fact go search on theme forest, one of the biggest website design template providers and you can see that buying just one good wp design template costs you like $35 dollars. You will find cheaper ones on theme forest, but they are not premium in the sense, due to poor support and code etc. The good ones there cost $40 and over per theme.
Okay, coming back to the topic -why I am writing this post today is because of the launch of the new word press divi theme by elegant. This new divi theme with the visual builder that they have just released is a theme design that can literally take the shape of 100 different designs all from one template.
The Divi theme price ($89 for Yearly membership – Includes 87 themes and plugins)
As I told you that you get 85+ themes for a yearly membership price of $89 and for lifetime access if you can afford it at $249 its worth it. It’s so easy to design your blog with the new wysiwyg website builder that you could think you are designing a website in word. Hold on what’s wysiwyg (look above)
As elegant theme themselves say –
Our pricing is simple. Purchase a single membership for one low price and get access to our entire collection of themes and plugins. You can use those themes and plugins on as many websites as you like (client sites too).
You could pay just the one year membership fee for this one new theme IMHO and get triple the value over the years for just the purchased theme , the other themes and plugins come as a bonus. In fact this theme will put many plugins that offer creating custom wordpress pages and websites our of business.
Nick Roach is the person who runs things at elegant themes and he has always looked out for his customers , by keeping prices low even when he could easily bump it up for what they provide.
He has gone all out on this one supporting his designers to give the best value to the customers with this new divi design. Its pretty much an all in one wordpress design with customisation possible from top to end.
So what is a good wordpress theme ?
Well the obivious is first, that it looks nice and presents well, here are some additional things to look out for in a wordpress theme.
Responsive – the theme should be responsive and load properly on desktops as well as smartphones, tablets
Light on code – the theme should be coded well and light in size – so that it doesn’t slow down your website.
Compatible – many poorly coded themes get affected/distorted by installed WP plugins or updates to wordpress
Flexibility – there should be flexibility to change colors of design, fonts, add extra code, SEO options inbuilt into template.
Professional – the theme design should suit the niche and look professional.
I’m glad to say the themes and plugins from elegant meet all of these standards or requirements.
With the new divi template, there are hundreds of customisations possible due to its flexibility in its design. But just lets have a look at some that stand out according to me.
The new Elegant & divi wordpress theme features:
Access To All Themes
Access To All Plugins(This plan includes full access to all of our plugins, as well as all new plugins that are created during your membership.)
Unlimited Website Usage
One Time Fee
Specific to DIVI
Real Time Design
When you make a change to your page or design, everything is updated instantly right before your eyes. Design and edit instantly!
Jump-start your design process by using one of the 20+ pre-made layouts that ship with the builder. Boon for the time conscious person or plain lazy peeps.
Mix and match
Divi comes with 46 different content elements. Mix, match and build just about anything you can imagine.
Here is a promo video from divi, explaining features in short summary
If I was not a customer of elegant themes today and knew what i knew about their themes, I definitely would sign up merely for their new divi theme and consider the rest of them as a bonus.
If you are looking for a new wordpress why procrastinate, you got nothing to lose here- but just gain 85+ awesome word press design templates for your website or future websites. Browse their amazing themes here. And good luck to your new venture
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