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Building a website with GoDaddy, WordPress, and the Divi theme is a straightforward process that involves several key steps. Here’s a basic guide from buying the domain to going live, including some free resources at the end: (of course there tricks and skills that are used to further design a site, that is where getting an expert helps). But if you want to try yourself…. Note: We will be using GoDaddy for this example, for both domain and hosting.  You don’t have to get both at the same place, (for example: you could get your domain at NameCheap and point it to hosting at HostGator). Note 2: You will be creating user names and pw, make sure to keep a record of everything.

1. Purchase a Domain:

  • Visit the GoDaddy website and search for your desired domain name.
  • Choose a domain extension (e.g., .com, .net) and check for availability.
  • Add the domain to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  • Complete the registration process by providing the necessary details and payment information. (You will create an account that your hosting package will go into as well)

2. Set Up Hosting:

  • GoDaddy offers hosting plans that you can purchase along with your domain. Choose a plan that suits your needs (DO NOT GET THE BUILDER). Recommendations for a single basic site: 1) Managed WordPress Basic or 2) Web Hosting Economy
  • Complete the hosting setup process, including selecting a hosting type (e.g., Linux – preferred or Windows) and configuring any additional features.

3. Install WordPress:

  • Log in to your GoDaddy account.
  • In the “My Products” section, find your hosting plan and click on “Manage.”
  • Locate the “WordPress” option and click on “Install Now.”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the WordPress installation.

4. Access WordPress Dashboard:

  • Once WordPress is installed, you can access the WordPress dashboard by visiting yourdomain.com/wp-admin and logging in with the credentials you set during the installation.

5. Choose and Install Divi Theme:

  • Go to Elegant Themes and buy the Divi theme, keep the license info handy.
  • In the WordPress dashboard, go to “Appearance” and then “Themes.”
  • Click on “Add New” and search for the Divi theme.
  • Install and activate the Divi theme with license. (Tip: create and use a Divi child theme)

6. Customize Your Website with Divi Builder:

  • I would turn Classic Builder on.
  • Create new pages or edit existing ones using the Divi Builder.
  • Utilize the drag-and-drop functionality to add sections, rows, and modules, customizing the layout and design of your pages.

7. Add Content:

  • Start adding content to your pages, including text, images, and other media.
  • Use Divi’s modules to enhance the functionality of your pages, such as contact forms, image galleries, and more.

8. Configure Settings:

  • Set up essential settings in WordPress, including permalinks, site title, and tagline.
  • Configure any additional settings within the Divi theme to match your preferences.

9. Install Essential Plugins:

  • Enhance your website’s functionality by installing essential plugins. Consider plugins for SEO, security, and performance optimization.
  • Explore the WordPress Plugin Directory for free plugins that can add specific features to your site.

10. Preview and Go Live:

  • Use the Divi Builder’s preview feature to see how your website will look.
  • Once satisfied, click on “Publish” to make your site live.

Free Resources:

  • WordPress.org: The official WordPress website provides extensive documentation and guides.
  • Divi Documentation: Explore the Divi documentation for in-depth information on using the Divi theme and builder.
  • WordPress Plugin Directory: Find free plugins to enhance your site’s functionality.
  • Pixabay is a popular online platform that provides a vast collection of high-quality, royalty-free images, illustrations, vector graphics, and videos. Users can access and download these resources for free, making Pixabay a valuable resource for individuals, businesses, and creatives seeking visual content for various purposes.
  • Pexels is an online platform that provides a vast collection of high-quality, royalty-free stock photos and videos. It operates with a similar concept to Pixabay, offering free access to a diverse range of visual content for personal and commercial use.
  • Pixlr is a cloud-based photo editing tool that provides users with a platform to create, edit, and enhance images. It offers a range of features and tools that cater to both beginners and more advanced users. Pixlr is known for its user-friendly interface and accessibility, allowing users to edit images directly in their web browsers without the need for software installation.
  • Canva is an online graphic design platform that allows users to create a wide range of visual content, including social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and more. It is designed to be user-friendly, making graphic design accessible to individuals with varying levels of design experience.
  • Elegant Themes You Tube Channel – You tube has a lot of other Divi tutorials as well.

By following these steps and utilizing the mentioned free resources, you can successfully build a website with GoDaddy, WordPress, and the Divi theme, from purchasing the domain to launching your site.