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    Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hiya! I'm Andy, one of the Community Managers at GoDaddy. Nice to meet you.

    This post should help you get up and running with the GoDaddy Community forums. It's divided into a bunch of sub-sections, which you can jump to using the links below:

    What is the GoDaddy Community?

    The GoDaddy Community forums are a place where our customers can come together. It's a place to learn & find help from others, share your knowledge, demonstrate your expertise, and hopefully have some fun in the process.

     

    At launch our Community forums live under the Help section of our site. We want to be clear, though, that the forums and Help section are two different things.

     

    Let me explain:

     

    Our Help section contains support content written by GoDaddy. It's mostly high-level and focused on supporting our products, e.g. managing domains.

     

    The Community forums contains content written by our members. You can certainly ask for help with products, but you can also ask for help with very specific issues, e.g. mapping a subdomain to a specific service. You can also dive into broader topics, e.g. best practices for running an online store, or advice on choosing a domain name.

     

    Who are the Community Founders?

    The Community Founders are earlybird members who volunteered to contribute to the Community's pre-launch phase.

     

    How were they chosen? Back in January we reached out to thousands of GoDaddy customers. Those who RSVP'd (and met some basic criteria, e.g. geography) were invited to become Community Founders.

     

    You can identify Founders by looking for the small green star next to their name:

     founder-icon.png

     

    First Steps: Activating Your Community Profile

    To activate your community profile you’ll need to log in through the community. If you’re already logged in to your account, head to the GoDaddy.com website and log out.

     

    Screenshot of the account menu.

     

    Next, make sure your location and language is set to United States - English.

     

    Screenshot of the location selection menu.

     

    Once that’s done, head to www.godaddy.com/community/. Click Hello in the top-right corner, then select Sign In.

     

    Screenshot of Log In menu

     

    After you’ve signed in, you’ll be prompted to choose a Community username.

     

    Screenshot of Username prompt

     

    The Community username is how you’ll be identified within the community. You won’t be able to change it later, so put some thought into it.

     

    Three things to keep in mind:

     

    1. For security, don’t use your customer number or GoDaddy.com login as your forum username. Remember that it'll be publicly visible.
    2. Don’t include anything in your username that may mislead other members into thinking you’re a GoDaddy employee or representative.
    3. Choose a name that represents you. Could be your real name, your business name, or a pseudonym.

     

    Updating Your Profile & Add a Signature

    In the sidebar, click the Settings link.

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    This’ll take you to the My Settings screen, where you can fill in your personal profile information.

    Screenshot of profile information settings.

    At the moment none of these details are shown publicly except for your Signature.

     

    Screenshot of signature box.

     

    Your Signature is appended to every post you make on the Community forums. You can use basic HTML, including formatting, links, and images. Keep it brief, e.g. a short byline or links to your social media profiles.

     

    Read The Community Guidelines

    After you’ve set up your signature, head over to the Announcements forum. This is where you’ll find important updates from the GoDaddy Community team, along with ongoing introductions from new members.

     

    The Community Guidelines are a set of policies and expectations for community behaviour. Our guidelines will evolve over time as membership grows and new circumstances are encountered.

    Give them a read, and be sure to check back now and again for new updates.

     

    Create Your First Thread: Introduce Yourself

    In the Welcome forum, click Start A Topic.

     

    Start a Topic button

     

    Enter a post title. Maybe a warm greeting or a witty one-liner to break the ice?

     

    Screenshot of Post Title prompt

     

    Next is the post content. You can use the Editor or switch over to the HTML view if you prefer writing markup.

     

    Tell everyone a bit about yourself - who you are, what you’re interested in, and what you’re hoping to get out of the Community.

    Screenshot of Post Body field

     

    Tip: Review what you’ve written. Is your spelling correct? Are you using paragraphs to make your post readable? Details like this all play a role in ensuring you make a good impression on other Community members.

     

    If you’re happy with what you’ve written, click Post.

     

    Post button

     

    Kudos & Recognition

    As you explore the Community forums, you’ll likely come across helpful, inspiring, entertaining, or just plain ol’ awesome posts. You can show your appreciation or support for these posts by clicking the Kudos button at the bottom of the post.

     

    Screenshot of Kudos icon

     

    As members accumulate Kudos their recognition builds within the Community. This recognition appears in a few different ways, depending on specific actions and activities:

     

    Leaderboards show which members have received the most Kudos, either across all forums (visible on the Community index sidebar) or in particular forums (also in the sidebar). The Leaderboards reset each week.

     

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    Ranks are titles granted to members as they gain recognition, e.g. by creating posts, replying to posts, accepting answers as solutions to your initial post and receiving Kudos from other people. Ranks are displayed next to members’ usernames.

     

    Screenshot of member rank

     

    Badges are awarded to members for meeting certain criteria or belonging to certain groups. For example, Community Founders (our early bird members) and GoDaddy Pros (members of the Pro program) have distinct badges.

     

    Screenshot of member badges

     

    Members have asked us if badges will be rewarded for expertise in specific areas. We like that idea and will give more consideration for the future as the Community grows.

     

    Reporting Content

    While we have a team of GoDaddy employees moderating the Community forums, you can help point them in the right direction by flagging inappropriate content.

     

    This can range from minor issues, like threads created in the wrong forum, to major, major issues, like posts that violate our Community Guidelines.

     

    To report a post, click the ellipses (“options”) icon in the top corner of a post. From the menu, select Report Inappropriate Content.

     

    Reporting inappropriate content

     

    You’ll be asked to provide a reason for the report.

    Message for moderator report

    Click Notify Moderator to submit the report.

     

    Notify Moderator button

     

    This sends a notification to the Moderator team.

     

    Tips for Asking Questions

    There’s a bit of an art to finding help in community forums. Here are some tips to get you going. Give them a read before you jump in and post your questions. Smiley Happy (Have a tip that you’d like to add to this list? Send me a private message!)

     

    Start with a search. Your question may already be answered, either in the forums or in the Help documentation. Tip: If you’re getting an error message, include it in your search.

     

    Don’t hijack existing threads. If you can’t find a solution for the problem you’re having, start a new thread with your question. This keeps discussions focused on specific issues.

     

    Post in the appropriate forum. If you’re unsure about which forum is the “right” forum for your post, read the descriptions.

     

    Use meaningful post titles. A good rule of thumb: Include the technology you need help with (be as specific as you can), and the unexpected behaviour you’re experiencing. e.g. “WordPress 4.4 - Can’t edit posts.” Don’t write your title in ALL CAPS, and don’t try to prioritize yourself before others with “Urgent”, etc. in your title.

     

    Label & tag your post. Select the “Question” label so folks know you’re looking for help. For tagging, a good rule of thumb is to use the names of any products (e.g. Website Builder), code languages (e.g. HTML), or tools (e.g. Google Analytics) that are relevant to your question.

     

    Describe your goal. What are you trying to accomplish? There may be other ways to get it done than what you’re currently attempting. “You’re asking about the step, but the path is wrong.”

     

    Provide some context. Clearly describe the issue that you’re having. Tell us what technology you’re using (e.g. Google Chrome on Windows 10, or Mozilla Firefox on Mac). Even better, tell us what steps we can take to reproduce the problem you’re having.

     

    Take your time. Hasty questions get hasty responses. Substantial, interesting, and thought-provoking questions are more interesting for others to answer than passively demanding help.

     

    Be polite. You’re asking other people to voluntarily help you.

     

    Follow up on replies. Help others help you! You’ll likely be asked follow-up clarification questions. Share your progress. Let us know what solutions you’ve already tried. What worked? What didn’t work?

     

    Share your solutions. Don’t just reply with “I fixed the problem”. Let everyone else know how you fixed the problem. (You’re more likely to get kudos for it, too!)

     

    Further reading, if you’re so inclined:

     

    Answering Questions: How can you help?

    Contribute! If you know the answer to a question, post a reply. Answering questions -- even if it’s just pointing people in the right direction -- helps others solve problems, earns you kudos, and gets you recognized for your expertise.

     

    Tips for writing stellar answers:

     

    1. Check the Unanswered Topics in the sidebar for new questions.
    2. Write comprehensive answers with detail and clarity.
    3. Proofread your answers. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and formatting.
    4. Share your work! Cross-post your answers to your blog and social media.

    If you’d like to point to a different resource, e.g. an article posted elsewhere on the web, try this instead: summarize the resource, i.e. list the takeaways or important points, and link back to the source. This makes your post more useful for future readers, while also giving credit to the original author.

     

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    Have we missed anything? Is there a point you'd like to see addressed? Reply to this post with your suggestions!


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    Andy - GoDaddy | Pro Content & Community
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    39 REPLIES
    Community Founder
    Community Founder

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    e-commerce hello

    Pro Community Founder Pro Community Founder
    Pro Community Founder

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thanks, DonMulv

    DonMulv
    UTAHCOWBOY
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Consise and to the point! thanks, utahcowboy

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thank you so much for this great info, it made me feel very welcome and will help me be able to participate sooner and correctly.

    plutonial
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Great! Now we can share stuff here and get issues resolved in the community. Thanks!

    Pdub
    Apprentice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Where do I go to find out how to use Godaddy?

    Community Manager
    Community Manager

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hi there @Pdub,

    There's a lot of great info in our Help center on how to use all of the GoDaddy products. You can find great videos and articles here https://www.godaddy.com/help. Come back to Community and let us know if you need anything else. Take care and have a great day!

    Rachel

     

     


    Pdub wrote:

    Where do I go to find out how to use Godaddy?


     

    rzelnick
    Experienced

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thanks for the guidelines

    Regards, R. Zelnick
    vanecat
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Great guidelines and intro.  Gives me hope and a sense of a caring for humans.  The guidelines do impart  a sense of shared role in this whole community forum.  Not just a few instructions left to be half read (because you paid a fortune and now expect someone to spoonfeed you... sadly commercialized Godaddy does that to me... but this community thing and this post esp makes it all feel more people-oriented and people-centered. YEs!

    nikhilm
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Nice article!

    RBucci
    Experienced

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hi, I'm having trouble posting topics:

     

    Access Denied

    You don't have permission to access "http://www.godaddy.com/community/forums/postpage.messageeditorform.form.form.form" on this server.

    Reference #18.169d9fc9.1472778485.2122af4d

     

    Can anyone help?

    irisrivera
    Skilled

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    I'm having the same issue.

    IrisR
    susanmarksphoto
    Experienced

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hello - thank you for the article, it was very helpful.

     

    Like others who posted here, I receive an error when posting or updating my profile:  Access Denied: You don't have permission to access "http://www.godaddy.com/community/user/myprofilepage.personalprofile.personalinfoform.form.form.form" on this server.

    Reference #18.453bd417.1475426006.59e894d5

     

    I contacted Go Daddy technical help and they advised they could not help me and to ask the community in a post.  Thank you.

    Susan @ http://susanmarksphotography.com
    Maria
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    hi

    lebiiedzik
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    I like to learn how to mange/change my web site. Where do I start?

    bigjozef
    susanmarksphoto
    Experienced

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hello lebiiedzik - the below link may help you:

     

    Create a basic website

    Susan @ http://susanmarksphotography.com
    sony_lin
    Apprentice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hi Andy,

    Sorry for disturbing you. I've checked that I can't find start a new thread button.
    I changed the language to US English, logoff and login again, create username and create a signature.

    Can you help me with it?

     

    Update: problem solved, actually it just don't work on mobile...

    Thanks,

    S
    http://goldensun.pt
    Dade
    Skilled

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Excellent help guide. Thank you for making it, I really appreciate it.

    adamwwarner
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hello thereSmiley Happy

    reedtex
    Tinkerer

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thanks.  I support over 300 GoDaddy email uses and related domains.  I hope I might find a few tips and help other community members as well.

    Emme
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    can't post a thread, I get 

    Access Denied

    You don't have permission to access "http:// www.godaddy.com/community/forums/postpage.messageeditor form.form.form.form" on this server.

    Reference #18.1fbc5ebe.1482387960.27b49a81

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    I had a question about webmail. I would like to know which thread to start. 

    dpeach1
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    How do I delete my community profile?

    Blue88
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Feels like a plunge in the deep end for me after years of not having had a proper web presence and starting again. Feel like a newbie in a very fast changing environment but so far been very happy with the help from the GoDaddy team!

     

    Hello from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Hello, My name is Alejandro. I run a Social Media Marketing Agency named Lost Imagination Studios. It is a pleasure to be part of the community.

     

    Create a great day everyone, looking forward to connecting with you all!

     

    - Alejandro

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hay
    ANA123
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hi, I am new Godaddy customer
    So I need help please!
    I need to close my hosting and canceling my domain registration

    How can we do?

    Thevu
    Apprentice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hello,
    I found no way to open the ticket in godaddy site.
    Already send email but feedback time so long (more than expect 72hrs).
    Already call support center but not effective. They just asked me waiting, or send inquiry for me (by mail, but you know mail suck due to long waiting time).
    I know this is the forum for everyone helping other and my issue is just personal issue.
    But I wonder anyone in charge here can help me to speed up the respond from GoDaddy.
    I am so tired waiting so long.
    Thanks,
    Vu
    Tranthevu
    Chinakiwi
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hi , New here, all this talk about customer support, I am in China and unable to use the telephone numbers , OK... will email them,,,no email...OK... will use the Chat Line, so far 3 days and I can not get anyone on the chat line ,, I have a simple question about my account and I can not find anyone to help with it,  Can someone please contact me , Thanks

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Hello!

    This is my first time here and i just want to say that I’m very happy to be here and to share my opinion.

    Thanks!

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    sharetokar
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    I am availing service since 2013, whenver I called for support get response promptly.

    Community Manager
    Community Manager

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around


    Chinakiwi wrote:

    Hi , New here, all this talk about customer support, I am in China and unable to use the telephone numbers , OK... will email them,,,no email...OK... will use the Chat Line, so far 3 days and I can not get anyone on the chat line ,, I have a simple question about my account and I can not find anyone to help with it,  Can someone please contact me , Thanks


    Hey Chinakiwi,

     

    What's your question?  I'll try to help or find the right team members to provide an answer.

     

    Eric

    If I answered your question, please mark it as the solution or give it a "Kudo"
    Community Manager
    Community Manager

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around


    ANA123 wrote:
    Hi, I am new Godaddy customer
    So I need help please!
    I need to close my hosting and canceling my domain registration

    How can we do?


    Hey ANA,

     

    I'd recommend posting your question in the hosting or domains forum area along with any details (but not account info) so we can help.

     

    Best,

     

    Eric

    If I answered your question, please mark it as the solution or give it a "Kudo"
    DocGraves
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thanks very much for all the tips and info.  I am administrator of a small forum, and even so it is a lot of work to do properly.  The GoDaddy Community Forum is very sharp and professional, as one would rightly expect.  Glad to be here.

    The Art of Sound: https://provision.blogspot.com/
    ruralart
    Accomplished

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Your screenshots do not match what I actually see on the user end, which is a bit confusing.  Is it possible to update them to show what the site actually looks like for users now?  I understand this is still the Beta stage, but that sort of disconnect is going to be confusing and off-putting when you launch.  Otherwise the information in the Welcome was very helpful, thanks!

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thank you for this informative post!

    Gail Harrison
    rep
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Thanks Andy for your helpful contribution to the community!

    Rick E Patterson
    4drhulbert
    Novice

    Re: Start Here: Finding Your Way Around

    Let me know when you find out!

    joshmartinynti1
    Not applicable

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