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  • Resolved MichaelH


    The following are notes regarding Host installations.

    Server/Database host is similar to where 169 could be any number.

    When creating a database, you may have to wait anywhere from several minutes to an hour for the database to be created.

    Your database name has to be unique for the database server godaddy assigns. If some else is using “wordpress” on that server you will need to use a different name. The database name and database user get the same value.

    The ftp client offered does allow you to upload files from within your godaddy account so that’s useful and uploads seem quick.

    Account types:
    Any Linux PHP account seems to work with WordPress.

    Economy Windows accounts might work but usually requires a change to wp-settings.php as described in Support Topic 14126. Even then, Themes and Plugin may not present properly in the admin panel.

    Deluxe Windows accounts need CGI-b (godaddy refers to it as CGI-b). Deluxe Windows ASP accounts usually have problems.

    Other problems seen:
    Once a plan is changed, like changing from Windows to Linux (hint hint), the change usually takes effect in less than 24 hours. Though a change from Deluxe Windows ASP to Deluxe Window CGI-b took almost two days.

    An Economy Linux account didn’t ‘execute’ PHP properly and needed a call to support–and that call needed special escalation to a higher tech support person to get it straight (don’t know what they did to solve that problem).

    A MySQL database that was setup didn’t really get setup even though it said so. A database that still said it was being setup was actually setup. Both situations got resolved by a call to support.

    A change in plan type MAY require a need to recreate MySQL databases. If you’ve got an existing database with “critical” data, back it up before instituting the plan change, just in case.

    This is NOT an endorsement of, just information to help others!

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  • Thanks MichaelH for sharing this, might come in handy for me, next time I do an install..well, if there’s a next time.. LmAO!! =P 😉


    Don’t worry… It doesn’t sound like an endorsement! 🙂


    Accessing phpMyAdmin on a Godaddy hosted account
    1. Login to your GoDaddy account
    2. Hover your mouse over Hosting & Servers, then click on My Hosting Account–that causes your existing hosting accounts to display.
    3. Under the Control Panel column next to your domain, click on Open which opens the Hosting Manager Control Panel.
    4. On the menu on the left, click on Databases and then MySQL–a list of your databases will display.
    5. On the line that shows your database, under the Manager column, click on Open Manager–this will launch the login to phpMyAdmin.
    6. Enter your database user name and password.
    7. You then should see your database(s).

    Yuppers.. I’ve done atleast 5 to 10 Godaddy installs already hehe.. whee! =P

    Don’t worry… It doesn’t sound like an endorsement! 🙂

    Hahaha.. Yeah..thank God! [Wipes sweat from forehead].. =P


    How to upgrade your existing hosting plan with godaddy.
    1. Login to your account at
    2. Hover over Hosting & Servers, click on My Hosting Account
    3. Click on your domain name under the Hosting Account column
    4. On the right, click on Upgrade/Downgrade Hosting Plan
    5. Select the new plan. A plan with PHP is preferable, but a Deluxe Windows with CGI-b will also work.

    One more alternate way is to use the ready install from Value Applications – it has a WordPress install in it. I dunno whether customization is possible in this method – have to confirm, but I generally prefer MichaelH’s suggested way.

    MichaelH – I want to have pretty premalinks for my site (linux economy) – but cannot identify .htaccess on my site and the support FAQ confuses me with another config httpd.config file – which again I couldn’t locate. (Disclosure – I know nothing about apache configs) – but here I read I need to have re-write mod enabled – any detailed help or reference on it – please.


    Is that we have to create those files (.htaccess and httpd.config) – but I do not find any proper resource on what exactly to fill into these files. Any help – All I need is pretty permalinks which require mod_rewrite – any suggestions or references.


    mod_rewrite = is a server setting. If you don’t own (administer) the server, you can’t do anything. Same goes for httpd.config.

    As for the .htaccess file – create an emtpy file and name it like that. Upload. Change permissions to let WP to write to it.

    And next time if you want help with permalinks – start your own topic about it: this is about installing!

    Apologies for hijacking this thread – as it was godaddy specific and that I couldn’t locate the .htaccess and httpd.config I posted in here as I found MichalH helpful with his tut. (Actually I started this thread to recommend an alternate way of installing WP on godaddy and added this issue as a side note as it might help other godaddy users too)

    Apologies again. And got it working – Thanks moshu.

    Interestingly, saw this Database Host name used recently at godaddy.

    I have been following the install instructions below for my godaddy account.

    When I get to step #6 on the install…all I get is some language that looks like chinese on the screen.


    GoDaddy installation is now completely automated. If you go into your hosting account control panel, you will find a link to “Hosting Metropolis”. This will take you to an automatic WordPress install function. It sets up the database for you and installs the full system version 2.1


    I want to give WordPress its Own Directory While Leaving my Blog in the Root Directory (my URL). However, It seems between Go Daddy and filezilla WordPress uploads using the extension “/wordpress” as if it was the root directory????? At least that is how it appears to me.

    I have attempted to follow the “Codec…” direction of of WordPress

    and did the following:

    3. In the box for WordPress address (URL): change the address to the new location of your main WordPress core files. Example:
    4. In the box for Blog address (URL): change the address to the root directory’s URL. Example:
    5. Click Update Options.

    But, when I get to 6:

    6. Move your WordPress core files to the new location (WordPress address). There appears to be no where to move the “WordPress core files”. These files seem to already be in the “root directory” uploaded from Godaddy to Filezilla.

    If someone knows what I am talking about (I am confusing myself at this point) and can help direct me to how I can, over the web, access the blog page using the URL wihtout the “/wordpress” extension, I would be grateful.

    No just leave the files in your wordpress folder, and your 3 and 4 above look good.

    All that’s left is to put this as your index.php in your web-root folder:

    /* Short and sweet */
    define('WP_USE_THEMES', true);

    Where is my web-root folder? I was thinking this was the folder with “..” after it? But I must be wrong because when I hit “view site” I get the following:

    Warning: main(./wp-blog-header.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/l/w/a/lwatson/html/index.php on line 4

    Warning: main(./wp-blog-header.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/l/w/a/lwatson/html/index.php on line 4

    Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required ‘./wp-blog-header.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/local/lib/php’) in /home/content/l/w/a/lwatson/html/index.php on line 4

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