Solution to Classic Godaddy Windows Hosting & WordPress Problem
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)
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.
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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