What do you do when you change my Managed WordPress domain?

With Managed WordPress, we make changing your domain name really simple. When you change your domain name through our gateway, we take care of the following:

  • Updating your site’s links to use the new domain name
  • Updating the siteurl and home variables
  • Modifying our systems to accept requests for both your old and new domain names for 24 hours

It’s important to note that you do not need to change anything on your account after submitting the request through the gateway. You do not need to modify your MySQL database, nor your WordPress installation’s files.

Entering Gateway Through Managed WordPress

If you need to access Gateway for your Managed WordPress account, you can click Go Daddy Settings at the top of your WordPress admin panel.

Restoring Your Managed WordPress Site

Managed WordPress® accounts offer 30 days’ worth of backups for your WordPress installation’s files and its database. You can select to restore either your files, your database, or both. If you’re not sure, check out this info:

Our backups restore your account to the state it was when we restored it, i.e. any changes made after the restore will be permanently erased. For example, if you restore your database, all posts written after the backup was created will be erased.

To Restore Your Managed WordPress Site

  1. Go to gateway.godaddy.com, and log in if prompted.
  2. Under the WordPress hosting site you want to use, click Settings.
  3. Go to the Backups tab.
  4. Select the type of backup and dates you want to restore from, and then click Restore.
  5. Click Restore.

Upgrading Your Managed WordPress Account

Our Managed WordPress accounts have three different tiers, which let you add more sites and more monthly visitors to your account. You can view the details about each plan here.

To Upgrade Your Managed WordPress Account

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Managed WordPress.
  3. Click Upgrades or Options next to the domain name you want to use.
  4. In the Upgrade column, select the new plan you want.
  5. Click one of the Checkout buttons, and complete the upgrade purchase.

After upgrading your account, you can add more sites to your account. For more information, see Adding or Removing Sites with Managed WordPress.

What is Managed WordPress?

Managed WordPress is Go Daddy’s professional WordPress hosting platform. Its feature list is incredible, as is its performance (so good, in fact, some of our developers literally didn’t believe it — but we assure you, it’s real).

Managed WordPress offers a streamlined and optimized WordPress experience; it’s nothing but a hosting account with WordPress installed. For a lot of customers, that’s exactly what they’re looking for. When customers launch into their accounts, we place them directly in the WordPress admin panel, so there’s no complication and nothing superfluous.

Check out some of what it offers:


  • Performance-enhancing caching
  • Automatic updates through WordPress’ built-in functionality
  • A plugin blacklist to make sure you don’t inadvertently install website-damaging plugins
  • Enhanced security through restricting file access (more info)
  • The latest version of WordPress automatically installed in the root directory
  • sFTP and phpMyAdmin access (more info)
  • 30-day storage of automatic backups (more info)

Because of these accounts’ optimized configurations, there are also some limitations to be mindful of.


  • Its hosting back-end does not come with a control panel, so tools like Cron jobs are not available
  • You cannot install a number of blacklisted plugins known to harm your site (more info) — yes, this is the same blacklist we mention in the Feature section

Blacklisted Plugins

We make our Managed WordPress accounts as secure as possible. To help achieve that, we blacklist a number of plugins known to cause security or performance issues.

This list uses the name of the folder the plugin creates when you install it. You can view this directory by connecting to your Managed WordPress account via sFTP (more info).

Disallowed Plugins

This is not an exhaustive list of disallowed plugins. Any plugin that fits into these categories or is otherwise known to cause problems may be added to the list or disabled at any time.

Duplicate Functionality – Backups

These plugins duplicate our existing backup and restore functionality. We have seen these plugins cause problems for customers because they use too many resources creating archive files (tar/gzip/zip) and we have seen some poorly configured plugins create recursive backups and sites exceed their allotted storage amount.

  • backupwordpress
  • backwpup
  • wponlinebackup
  • 6scan-backup
  • the-codetree-backup
  • ezpz-one-click-backup

Recommended Alternatives

We backup your files and database daily for 30 days. You can use our control panel to restore your site to a previous version easily (more info).

To backup your site on demand, you can use SFTP access and a database backup plugin like WP-DB-Backup or WP-DBManager.

Duplicate Functionality – Caching

These plugins duplicate our existing caching functionality. We handle caching before your visitors ever hit WordPress, so these plugins will not work properly.

  • w3-total-cache
  • wp-cache
  • wp-file-cache
  • wp-super-cache
  • wp-fast-cache
  • wp-fastest-cache
  • wp-cachecom

Recommended Alternatives

None! We cache your site for you. If you need help making your site even faster, try these suggestions.

Unnecessary / Nonfunctional

These plugins don’t add any value and may not work correctly on our system. Some of these are competitors’ integration plugins, and some are superfluous but known to slow down site performance.

  • wpengine-common
  • wp-engine-snapshot
  • sgcachepress
  • synthesis
  • wordpress-beta-tester

NOTE: We do not remove the Hello Dolly plugin, but we do not install it by default.

Stats Plugins

These plugins hit the database frequently for stats purposes. They are useful, but they negatively impact your sites’ performance. In some cases, they prevent us from properly caching your site.

  • jr-referrer
  • referrer-wp
  • statpress
  • wp-postviews
  • wp-slimstat

Recommended Alternatives

You can use any service that records and stores your stats off-site. These include Chartbeat (paid), Google Analytics (free), Jetpack (free), MixPanel (free), and Segment.io (free).

Duplicate Functionality – Misc

These plugins duplicate functionality in various parts of our system.

  • 6scan-protection — We take care of security and patching core files.
  • adminer
  • portable-phpmyadmin
  • wordpress-gzip-compression — Output compression is handled automatically.
  • wp-phpmyadmin

Related Posts

These plugins increase database load by using inefficient queries, poor caching, or poor scaling on large sites.

  • wordpress-popular-posts
  • contextual-related-posts
  • fuzzy-seo-booster
  • seo-alrp
  • similar-posts
  • yet-another-featured-posts-plugin
  • yet-another-related-posts-plugin

Recommended Alternatives

You can use any service that handles the relationship logic off-site like nrelate, outbrain, or Jetpack.


These plugins have associated security issues.

General Performance

These plugins don’t perform well, in general, especially on large sites.

  • broken-link-checker — This can cause large amounts of traffic and resource usage. Please try using client software on your computer or an external service.
  • google-sitemap-generator (versions < 4.0) — This can cause performance issues on large sites. Please try Google Sitemap plugin or WordPress SEO instead.
  • google-xml-sitemaps-with-multisite-support — This can cause performance issues on large sites. Please try Google Sitemap plugin or WordPress SEO instead.
  • adsense-click-fraud-monitoring — This can cause performance issues. There are no recommended alternatives at this time.