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GoDaddy "Economy Plan" and WP (49 posts)

  1. mikae1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    As many others I've been tempted to try the hosting mentioned at Digg. I've read about some problems and GoDaddy and mod_rewrite, but according to the last posts in this thread it seems like it's solved (?).

    An old thread at another forums suggests that you can't mod_rewrite any files with a .php extension (that you can rewrite TO a .php file but not FROM).

    To sum things up. I'd like to know if any people have tried the GoDaddy with WordPress recently and have had it working without major probs.

    Thanks in advance...

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have installed WP a couple of times recently for people and it has worked well in that they've not got back to me or posted here.
    But.........
    when I uploaded (but not yet activated) Bad-behaviour it threw a pile of errors at me, so that was discarded. I have no idea what godaddy are doing to cause that.

  3. mikae1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I didn't really understand at what stage did it gave you errors? During installation? Thanks for the feeback.

  4. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Installation was event-free.
    I then uploaded plugins, went to the plugins screen and many errors appeared. Deleting the plugin solved the problem.

  5. mikae1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hmm, OK. Well, at around $3 per month for 5GB of diskspace and 250 GB transfer perhaps I should at least give it a try.

  6. mikae1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just wanted to say that everything works great. I'm having no problems at all, yet.

  7. computerdude33
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Works for me. I don't use mod_rewrite anyhow, so it isn't an issue for me.

  8. bluzin1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have been trying for days!!!
    added info to my wp_config.php file and it says that the database can not connect.
    Should I punch the computer or my husband???
    VERY mad

  9. computerdude33
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The server is different depending on your site. Mine is mysql69.

  10. mikae1
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Works for me. I don't use mod_rewrite anyhow, so it isn't an issue for me.

    I have no problems with permalinks. Do you? They work perfect.

  11. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The only problems I've had with GoDaddy (economy Linux hosting) is with mod_rewrite. They prevent rewrites of PHP files including any forbids (403) you might want to give spammers. I have not bothered with friendly URLs so have no info about that. Here are a few recent comments from GoDaddy support.

    "...SBOX rules are taking priority over the rewrite rules. This is preventing your DENY IP from functioning properly. Basically rewrite rules will not work on PHP files becuase our SBOX rules are preventing this."

    "I apologize for the inconvenience however the SBOX will stop the mod_rewrite, and I have sent this information to the developement team."

    "There are no current plans to change this policy. As a large hosting provider concerned with security, reliability, and ease of support for our hosting packages, we have chosen to disable this function..."

    I have been reminding them about this situation from time to time, as recently as yesterday. Their latest reply was "Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. As we highly value your ideas, I will forward your information to our developers for consideration." Which they've said before, of course!

    The trouble is, I don't think they do intend to consider changing the policy. I've yet to have an adequate explanation (indeed, any explanation) from them as to *exactly* why they prevent PHP rewrites. Nor have I found an explanation anywhere as to why SBOX is being used (SBOX is a CGI wrapper script) like this.

    If anybody here has some technical suggestions as to how GoDaddy might be convinced to lift the ban on PHP rewrites, I'd be pleased to hear them. Anybody have experience of SBOX? Is GoDaddy using it incorrectly? AFAIK, only GoDaddy hosting is using SBOX to prevent PHP rewrites in this way.

  12. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    There is a new version of SBOX now along with a documented solution to the .htaccess problem I mentioned before. However, GoDaddy has no plans to make any configuration changes to its economy Linux hosting. PHP rewrites in .htaccess will not work until they do!

  13. holocron
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    On GoDaddy:
    - I've hosted a couple of sites there, at various times, with WP & the basic plan with no major issues. A basic site will be fine. I think I had some issues with permalinks and uploading images, but otherwise good to go. And as noted above, these problems may have been addressed.
    - Supposedly, with new, transfered, or renewal domains, you can get a FREE 50MB of webspace. This is, however, an AD SUPPORTED space. I don't have any more details.

    Another Option:
    - I've had fairly good success hosting with http://www.hostingforabuck.com/.
    - $12 for a year with 100MB space and unlimited bandwidth. Check it out.
    - Ran into a couple of issues with subdomains and mail being blacklisted by some ISPs, but they generally respond to your issues...though not always quickly.

  14. computerdude33
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK, here is what I got back from them:

    Dear (name removed),

    Thank you for contacting customer support.

    Our hosting does support mod_rewrite functionality. Please note that customer support does not provide tutorial or troubleshooting information regarding third party applications. Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.

    Learn more about our Shared, Virtual-Dedicated, and Dedicated hosting: Click here

    Sincerely,

    Robert B.
    GoDaddy.com
    Customer Service Representative

  15. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The developer of SBOX has since told me that he doesn't know what risks GoDaddy are concerned about. They could easily enable PHP rewrites using his advice so that "deny from IP" works in .htaccess. Computerdude33 - they do support mod_rewrite (try rewriting one html file to another in .htaccess - it works) but not rewrites on PHP files. And that's the problem for WordPress users. GoDaddy is apparently the largest single commercial user of SBOX so you'd have thought that they might have listened to its developer.

  16. tcort
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you are still having problems with permalinks, then check out my brief tutorial on getting Search Engine Friendly URLs on GoDaddy.

  17. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    godaddy is ok, i have my blog on there with the economy plan. i guess it all just depends on what you plan on doing with that space.

    it does suck that i can't use the bad behavior plugin.

    plus, their customer service is terrible and is ran by complete idiots.

    but it is cheap and if you just doing something basic with it, have at it, otherwise, pay a lil more for a dedicated server or go with someone else...

  18. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Godaddy definitely need to review their policy regarding SBOX and PHP rewrites if they want to be more WordPress friendly.

  19. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm having another go at GoDaddy over their not very well thought out SBOX policy...simple reconfiguration is needed. Who else here uses GoDaddy to host their blog? Any problems?

  20. Hops
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    3 blogs, no problems yet... first two in april 2005, 3rd in July 2005.

    Only quirky thing was getting used to their hosting set up procedures --turning on SQL, etc.,( signing up for an account does not turn on all functions you need.) Then you have to know where to look for where your database is hosted.

  21. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hops- They do seem to bury stuff away don't they..backing up (exporting) the MySQL database is also tedious. Did you get permalinks to work?

  22. Hops
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have never had problems with permalinks and GoDaddy.

    They changed to a new dashboard about 6 mos ago that ties in pretty well to manaual SQL DB backup -- you just need to know how to do it (which is covered in the 2.0++ wp update directions).

    I've used teh WP 2.0++ backup plugin, and backup is now a cakewalk.

    I think a more than a few problems come from folks (myself included) not being pros with looking under the hood on this stuff. We want to drive the car, but to have a nice site with WP, we have to learn how to tinker under the hood -- which will always be imperfect for the blogger who is not really a programmer.

  23. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Some interesting news from GoDaddy. They now have a new option on the Linux Configuration hosting control panel under "Add on Languages". This alters the server configuration (Linux economy hosting). They say that CGI and PHP no longer run under SBOX but under suexec and suphp respectively. The new option is called "Upgrade to Hosting Configuration 2.0". Godaddy claim that .htaccess should now see PHP files for blocking purposes based on IP address. There is one warning - the new hosting configuration disables "exec cmd" which is used for executing programs from server-side include-enabled pages. I'm not sure there are any instances of this in standard WordPress but perhaps there are some plug-ins that depend on it? Anybody out there care to enlighten me?

  24. bohoblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm still having serious problems with intalling WP on GoDaddy. I can't open any of my PHP files. Caan someone please help me?

  25. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    my blog is hosted on GoDaddy with the economy plan and I haven't really had any problems... hmmmm....

    @ bohoblog... what exactly is happening? are you getting an error message? tell us what you have done so far.

  26. fix4rso
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    My upgrade from v2.0.1 to v2.0.2 went just fine! Thanks for making this soooo easy!

    Take care everyone, and HAPPY BLOGGING! :)

  27. bohoblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Kahil-

    I unzipped WP on my computer and changed the configuration. I changed localhost to the one given to me on my database.

    Ok, heres where I think I screwed up: I uploaded them all using the ftp client on my control panel. Do I have to use an installed ftp client to use WP? I've heard that I have to CHMOD the files, but I don't even know how to connect using WS_FTP (so any help there would be great.)

    Anyway, when I open up the wp-admin/install.php file, I get an "error: this page was either deleted or not created" message.

    Is it the FTP client or is it something I'm missing?

  28. UncleChe
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It is as easy as snot to use Godaddy and WP. Just change the wp-config.php file and upload the entire site. I am hosting 4 sites over there, all using a WP Blog. No problems and for $3.95 a month, you can't beat it.

  29. mikep
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    bohoblog - go get yourself WS_FTP or similar. Then try FTPing some text files up for practice. You will need your hosting ID and password. Learn the program! I have just upgraded my blog to 2.0.2 on GoDaddy and it didn't take long.

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