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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How To Install Wordpress on Godaddy [ A tutorial for beginners working with Wordpress ]

It may seem like a difficult task to install Wordpress to Godaddy, but it is fairly simple. If you have a different hosting provider, you can still follow these steps because most hosting providers include services like installing Wordpress with a click of the button and the rest is up to you.


  1. Go to wordpress.org/download. In the left hand side of the page, click "Download Wordpress".
  2. Create a file in My Documents and name it "Wordpress" so you can easily locate your files that you downloaded.
  3. You are going to need a Godaddy Account for the next steps. Just go to Godaddy.com and there are some inexpensive hosting and domains.
  4. Once you purchase an account, you are going to need to activate your hosting account. To do this, go to Godaddy.com and login. Find "Manage Hosting" account (should be on your right side navigation bar) and click it.
  5. Click on the hosting account you registered with and then click on "Edit". This will prompt you to a new page, to set up your hosting account. For the username and password, be sure to save it somewhere for future use. They usually say that it will take from 24-48 hours but it actually only takes 4 hours or so to activate your hosting so you can use it.
  6. Create a MySQL Database. This is where Wordpress will save it's data. Once your account is active go to login to Godaddy. (You probally have to wait 4 hours or so for this step.)
  7. Click your Hosting account which will be under "Products". Go ahead and open your Hosting account Control Panel.
  8. This will open a new page. Click on the "Database" icon.
  9. After this, go to "Create Mysql Database". Now you can create your database.
  10. Choose the version you would like to use. If you don't know the current version, just leave it at the default version.
  11. When creating the database, be sure to save your unique username and pw you created. You will need it later.
  12. After your database is finally set up, go back and check on your new database. Under the action column, there will be a pencil icon, just click on that. This shows your information in case you forget anything.
  13. Go and open the file wp-config-sample.php
    . Edit these fields below
    define(’DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdbnamehere‘); // The name of the database
    define(’DB_USER’, ‘usernamehere‘); // Your MySQL username
    define(’DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere‘); // …and password
    define(’DB_HOST’, ‘localhost‘); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value.
  14. Save your file as wp-config.php but don't add the -sample in.
  15. Now it is time to upload all your files to Godaddy hosting. There are two ways you can do this. Go to Godaddy and click on Content. Under the Content, there should be an FTP Editor tab, click on that.
  16. Select all the files in the Wordpress folder and go ahead in transferring them into the root directory of your server.
  17. The Final Step: Go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php and then login with the login details you saved. You are now ready to edit your Wordpress website.

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