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How to install a wordpress blog on your Godaddy server

December 11th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

How to install a wordpress blog on your Godaddy server

Question – I just took hosting from Godaddy. I also took a domain name. I want to know how to install a wordpress on this domain. A step by step method will be greatly appreciated.

Answer – Thanks for asking this question at starredreviews. This question is also in the mind of many new fledgling bloggers so it is being put up at a blog. Here is the step by step method which will let you install the wordpress and get you going.

Step 1 : Godaddy user interface after logging in is very poor. They attempt to arm-twist you to purchase anything at any stage. So take your time as you navigate their website. The first thing you would like to do it to get an ftp user. To do this, Go to your products -> Hosting -> Launch-> Settings -> Manage ftp users. Add a new ftp user here. Ther should be one Primary ftp user. You can use that ftp. Be prepared to spend some time on finding the right buttons becuse of the clumsy godaddy user interface.

Step 2 : If yo uare using mozilla firefox, install fireftp. You can use any other ftp program as well. Use the credentials of the ftp generated in step 1.

Step 3 : The wordpress needs a MySQL. So you will be required to generate a MySQL database from godaddy. In the godaddy hosting go to database-> MySQL-> Create Database. Provide all the required information. Note down the username and password. It will take sometime for the database to set up. Once the database is setup ( Typical 10 minutes), note down the host – ( hint : it is not localhost as in many other hosts.). You will also need the username and password when you install wordpress.

Step 4 : Download latest version of the wordpress from http://wordpress.org/download/ . At the time of writing, the latest version in 3.0.3.

Step 5 : Unzip the downloaded file. Using the ftp, download all files at the server.

Step 6 : Open the wp-config-sample.php file and save it as wp-config.php. Modify the information with the MySQL information.

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);

/** MySQL database username */

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);

/** MySQL database password */

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);

/** MySQL hostname */

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

Now send this wp-config.php file to the host.

Step 7 : Now follow the instructions as in http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install

You are all set.

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