I also bought my domain names from GoDaddy.com and moved them to http://www.weebly.com and have been extremely happy there. Weebly tells you how to move your name to its site, as will the free and great 24/7 service department at GoDaddy (480-505-8877) help you link it to Weebly's IP address or WordPresses IP number. Weebly has a free version to begin your website that is quite good and which I used for two years for free. Then, I wanted to add some features so I purchased the Pro version for around $40.00 a year and love that, both in terms of features and in terms of price. Weebly does have free support service via a 24 hour return email answer to your email and the director of their service center said that they are going to add many more staff in 2013 and have a free telephone number to call. That alone would be a service that would be attractive. If you want to see what I have been able to do on a self-taught basis over a three year period on another domain, check out my new complex that I have built in two weeks at http://www.thefamilyforever.com. (I actually have 5 domains linked seemlessly together).
There is more to building a website then getting your domain name, a hosting service and then designing it. You then have to get the main search engines of Google, Bing, Yahoo, Norton and others to find your site so they will list you in their directories so that those searching for you may find you. Even if your friends and yourself know your site is designed, active and published by your hosting service, neither you nor others will be able to get thereuntil you add meta tags and SRO tags so that the search engines "Spiders" find your site.
Confusing, you are so right. That is one reason why I have put a column up on my WordPress blog that explains all of these necessary steps as I hadn't found this information anywhere else. To read that post, go to http://www.thefamilyforever.wordpress.com I think the column can be better written so you can help me do so by leaving your comments on its clarity, what was helpful and what you wanted more information on.
You will find my regular email and even a telephone number on my website if you want to chat. I have been helped by many and will share what I know. I am just now learning the features of WordPress and found your post by accident.
I have to say that I love WordPress and their services and did not know about them when I went to Weebly. However, I am choosing to blog here and not on Weebly and yet will keep my website on Weebly In today's world of electronic communication, location doesn't really matter as all things can be linked. Dennis to my colleagues and Dr. D. on my sites.