Does Godaddy Protect my Staging site from Search Engine Indexing?

Yes it does! Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting ( only on premium or middle tier and higher not available on entry level plan) not only prevent wordpress installs from being indexed, they do not let you remove the option in the WordPress settings! Learn More about Godaddy Managed WP Hosting.

Do I need to create a new wordpress username in Godaddy on the managed wordpress site or do I put in my existing username, say secondchancetolive, as used on my wordpress.com site?

You can do either.  It does not matter in terms of getting things done. Later when the import of content is run, you will have the option to keep the original author from the wordpress.com site (importing and setting up that original user name) or alternatively attributing all the articles imported to any other user […]

What is not included in the domain mapping of a subdomain site to the domain — from a wordpress.com site to a .org, .com, .net, ect.?

Domain mapping only changes the root domain of the article in question.  It does not search through all of your posts and find any old links that you may have written or edited into those posts that include something like yourolddomain.wordpress.com and then change those links to yournewdomain.com .  That is not what mapping does. […]

How does google find the old links that are no longer connected to the subdomain .wordpress.com once the domain has been mapped?

This is part of what WordPress.com does when they map the domain from the old subdomain to the new domain name.  They create a long list of ‘redirects’ visible to Googlebot, letting Google know of the old link that has changed and its new destination. Learn even more here https://en.support.wordpress.com/map-subdomain/

How can I possibly be able to check if all of these have been transferred accurately from wordpress.com to the new managed wordpress site on Godaddy? I have many posts, pages, long site maps and menus.

There is no magic bullet that solves this question, but there are several concrete things that you can do. First, review and compare your new site with your old site.  Look specifically at the number of Posts, Pages, Comments etc.  Look for discrepancies in the numbers.  If there are 1601 Posts with 48 drafts and […]

What are the SEO benefits of moving from WordPress.com to a self hosted WordPress install on Godaddy?

The SEO benefits of moving from WordPress.com to a self hosted WordPress (.org) installation of the wordpress software on a Managed WordPress hosting plan on Godaddy, is relatively close. Both offer great SEO advantages. The biggest differences come in your ability to customize, typically via plugins, the setup on a site that is not running […]

Where would you update that DNS record to Update your A Record to point it to your IP Address?

In general, if you are migrating a site from WordPress.com to a Managed WordPress hosting plan on Godaddy, you may only need to repoint your DNS (Domain Name Server) settings.  This is a relatively simple process that can be managed wherever your domain name is registered (You may have registered your domain name with WordPress.com […]

What are the benefits or having a domain, instead of a WordPress.com subdomain?

When we say, “domain” vs a WordPress.com “sub domain”, we mean that a site has a unique domain name that is registered (like a lease not like owning a home).  The domain name will often look like: http://       YourUniqueDomainName      .com/.me/.co/.biz/.org    etc. that is different than the free sub domain […]

How can you tell that the domain mapping has completed?

There are a couple different ways including Simply looking at the individual post links in a browsers address bar.  If the hyperlink no longer shows your old subdomain.wordpress.com when you are viewing a blog post, odds are it is done or close, and Better yet, login to the WordPress.com account (WordPress Admin area) and go to […]

What does Domain Mapping actually entail and involve? Wha is included in the actual domain mapping to prepare the wordpress.com site to be completely converted to another domain, say a .org, .com or some other domain?

The service that WordPress.com provides called ‘Domain Mapping’ is essentially just a process to redirect the free subdomain that they provide yourblog.wordpress.com to a new domain that you might have or register (purchase). A redirect is sort of like an official (Google bot accepted) detour sign. It says our location has moved for our home […]

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