Setting up WordPress on a GoDaddy hosting account is really not difficult (this blog is an example that it can be done!). Below are my notes on the process. If you glance at these steps, and don’t want to mess around with this, consider using one of the following hosting services which come with WordPress pre-installed (fairly rare): An Hosting, Lunarpages, BlueHost, Yahoo
Steps for installing WordPress on a GoDaddy Hosting Account
1. Get an account. If you haven’t already, purchase a hosting account. I chose the Deluxe plan, which really isn’t very expensive. You’ll be emailed directions after you purchase the account. The email will say it takes 24-48 hrs to activate, but it actually only takes 20 minutes or so.
2. Login to the “my account”. The login is on the GoDaddy homepage. On the my account screen, click “Hosting Account List”. Then click “open” under control panel. You should be at the “Hosting Manager” seen below.
3. Create a MySql Database. WordPress stores its data on MySql.
- Click the MySql icon. Then click “Create New Database”. Name the db “WordPress”.
- Create a db login.
- Submit. Wait a minute. Then refresh. The status should change to “setup”.
- Click the db name.
- Highlight the hostname and copy it (ctrl-c). You’ll need it for the WordPress config file.
4. Download WordPress. Unzip the files.
5. Configure the file wp-config.php. Change the following lines using your information.
6. Upload the WordPress directory to your GoDaddy account. You’ll need an ftp client to upload files to your account (I use Smart Ftp) and you’ll need the ftp address for your site. Your address is ftp.yourdomain.com. Put the files in you top level directory, that way when you go to www.yourdomain.com it will load WordPress.
7. Test WordPress. There are detailed directions for configuring WordPress here.
Around the Web
- Here is another good tutorial.