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Solution to Classic Godaddy Windows Hosting & WordPress Problem (1 post)

  1. whoami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If you have purchased a Windows Hosting package from Godaddy and followed WordPress installation instructions you would mostly end up with the following error message:

    "Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for Word"

    The solution is pretty simple (though it took several hours to find it)

    FIRST STEP:

    Make sure that you specify the exact MySql Host Name in your wp-config.php file.

    Here is the line from my wp-config.php:

    define('DB_HOST', 'mysql35.secureserver.net'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    To find your MySQL host name, go to Godaddy's My Account->Select My Hosting Account->Open the appropriate Control Panel->Select Databases->MySQL in the Control Panel and then select the database.

    SECOND STEP:

    Comment the following lines in wp-settings.php


    //if ( !extension_loaded('mysql') )
    // die( 'Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for WordPress.' );

    We are commenting these lines because although mysql extension is loaded, the function somehow fails on GoDaddy servers. I have not gone in to details.

    Thanks to the forum members who did the real work. I have only summarized the solution spread across several posts.

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