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    Backround information: I purchased a domain name and web hosting from

    I have installed Word Press and have been able to access the login and blog there. However, I fear that there is no connection between my WordPress and my domain name ( For instance, I can only access my blog via “htt://localhost/wordpress” and not via “”. Here are the exact steps that I took during installation (following some detailed instructions offered on a certain site):

    1. Downloaded WordPress
    2. Downloaded xampp (to C:\ProgramFiles\xampp)
    3. Created a database
    4. Edited wp-config-sample and saved it as wp-config
    5. Then uploaded the wordpress folder (to C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\wordpress)
    6. Launched install in wp-admin
    7. Completed installation

    And here I am, with no connection between my “httP:\\localhost\wordpress” and “”. Was I supposed to upload the WordPress files to Or perhaps all of the Xampp files?


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  • You need to ftp all the files to the server that is hosting your domain and create the database on those servers as well. Then edit the config.php to reflect the database you created and run the install file.

    Right now I think you’ve installed WordPress on your computer, not on your domain. But then again, I’m not an expert at all…this is just how I’ve done it the few times I’ve installed WordPress, and I don’t know what xampp does…

    Moderator James Huff


    XAMPP is a server environment. You would only need it if you wanted to turn your home PC into a server and host your blog (and all of from your PC. If you don’t want to do that, then what you need to do is upload WordPress to your GoDaddy hosting account via FTP and install it there. Follow these instructions:

    Alright. I basically started over. Here is what I did:

    1. Downloaded WordPress
    2. Went to the control pannel for my hosting at Godaddy
    3. Created the database/username (on Godaddy the database and the username are the same thing)
    4. Resaved the file, renamed it wp-config
    5. Uploaded via ftp all of the WP files to
    6. Then clicked on the Admin-install file, and instead of receiving normal installation, this is the error message I get:

    wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.”); require_once(‘../wp-config.php’); require_once(‘./upgrade-functions.php’); $guessurl = str_replace(‘/wp-admin/install.php?step=2’, ”, ‘http://’ . $_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’] . dirname($_SERVER[‘PHP_SELF’]) ); if (isset($_GET[‘step’])) $step = $_GET[‘step’]; else $step = 0; header( ‘Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8’ ); ?>


    I have seen this message posted on these forums before, but never a stable, non-varying answer given. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated.


    If you see all that “stuff” – PHP is not running.

    And this is one of those questions for which there isn’t a “stable non-varying answer”….

    Is there a way that I can:

    1. Test to see if php is running?
    2. Cause php to run?


    1. Yes.
    2. No.

    Long version:
    1a. You can ask your host whether PHP is included in your hosting package. And on their website in the description of your hosting package it should be stated clearly.
    1b. Finding_Server_Info

    2. Only your host can install it on the server.

    Thanks for the suggestion, moshu. Here is what I found:

    Php should be included in my hosting package. I got the “economy plan” from Godaddy, which can be viewed here:

    I attempted to test the php with the testphp.php file, but all I got was a “the page cannot be found” message.


    – OK, now the only question is: are you on a Linux or Windows package. If Win => no PHP 🙁
    – Where did you upload the testphp.php file? and are you sure this is the filename?

    My hosting package (economy plan) can be viewed here:

    Under “Standard Language Support (included free)”, it says this:

    Windows: ASP
    Linux: PHP

    There was a “select Windows or Linux” option when I purchased the hosting. I did not see this, so I suppose I automatically selected the “Windows” package. I suppose I need to switch to Linux, now? Or do I need to upgrade to the “Deluxe Plan” where Windows offers php?

    I uploaded the file to I am sure this is the filename.

    Ignorant question: does the win/linux have anything to do with my computer operating system? Can I purchase a linux package and use it on a windows computer?

    My ignorance is more and more showing. My expertise is more in the category of journalism when it comes to blogging, not the technical side of it. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much for helping (a stupid person like) me.


    Nope, not at all stupid – you’re just trying to find yourself within a new system…. we all go through it.

    Personal opinion: you’d be better off to ask to switch to linux hosting. If you want to dig through the dreck regarding this, just do a google search and prepare to wade through 25 million pages….

    Your web server hasn’t any relationship to your personal machine. You can have windows at home (or FreeBSD or unix, or macOSX, or….) – doesn’t matter. What your host runs only impacts your machine through your ftp client interface, and sometimes not even then.

    Well, I thank you all VERY MUCH for your support. I just got off of the phone with Godaddy, and they switched my plan to Linux, and the effect should take place in about 24 hours. I hope this is it, but I’ll be back if I need more help, or to just thank you all once again when it finally works.


    Best to you, please feel free to post back if you have other problems – probably start a new thread though!

    Good Luck to you. GoDaddy has nice packages and way cheaper than mine 😛 But I pay mine through phone bill. Well good luck :!

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