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.
Nice simple info. Couple of small suggestion because I host most of my clients on GoDaddy, and many of them are beginning to use WordPress.
After downloading the WordPress files, you’ll need to rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php before you upload the edited file.
Also I’ve found that I do need to edit the ‘localhost’ info in the config file using the GoDaddy database info. Go to the GoDaddy database control panel and look for a label that names the database something like this — p91mysql121.secureserver.net.
Thanks for letting me add these items. Hope they may save someone a little time and frustration.
I have documented my struggles with WordPress on Godaddy on my blog. In addition to the steps mentioned in the article and the helpful comments in the comments, there are a few common issues that popped up for me. I have listed the problems and the resolutions on my blog also. Hopefully someone finds this informative.
btw, i am on their economy hosting plan on IIS.