GoDaddy is a very widely used hosting service. WordPress is enormously powerful yet simple to use Blogging software (WordPress has really evolved into a far more capable Web Content Management System rather than purely Blogging platform). WordPress may be hosted at WordPress.com or downloaded and installed on your hosting account from WordPress.org (this article is purely concerned with self-hosted WordPress i.e. from WordPress.org). Many people use GoDaddy to host WordPress yet encounter problems when using the GoDaddy recommended method of installing WordPress (the GoDaddy recommendation requires GoDaddy to install WordPress for you however it is quicker and less error prone to install per the steps below).
Install WordPress at GoDaddy
Fortunately, WordPress is so simple to install that there really is no need to use the GoDaddy recommended install method. Here is how to install WordPress on your GoDaddy account (note: the install below is a customised version of the WordPress ‘famous 5-minute install‘):
- Create a database for WordPress on your GoDaddy hosting account (instructions may be found at GoDaddy help)
- Download and unzip the WordPress package to your local computer, if you haven’t already.
- On the unzipped WordPress package, rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
- Open wp-config.php in your favorite text editor and fill in your database details which you completed in step 1 (or follow the instructions near the end of the GoDaddy article titled ‘Setting up a MySQL or SQL Server Database for Your Hosting Account’ where it says ‘Once the database is created, you can click the Pencil icon next to the database to find more information’ if you don’t recall the details required about your MySQL database).
- Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your GoDaddy hosted account (I use FileZilla to transfer files to and from GoDaddy however GoDaddy does provide an FTP client with your hosting account).
- Run the WordPress installation script by accessing wp-admin/install.php in your favorite web browser.
- If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
- If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
WordPress should now be up and running on your self-hosted GoDaddy domain. Installing WordPress with your GoDaddy hosting account is as simple as 1, 2, 3.