godaddy php5 access

David Jones

I just had to work on a website project where the site was hosted with godaddy, I’ll be honest I haven’t had a good experience with them in the past. I used their domain buying service where they approach a domain holder on your behalf and try to purchase it from them, this turned out to be a huge rip off which I only discovered after I contacted the owner myself. Anyway I tend to avoid them if possible but in this case I had to use them. So after playing around with the configuration and setting up a database I installed wordpress only to find that the hosting was running php4 and not 5 sigh… I couldn’t see a way to switch the hosting to use php5 through the godaddy control panel it would be odd for godaddy not to support it though. So I read online a bit and discovered that both installations of php are on the server you just need to enable parsing of php5 in a .htaccess file. So after adding the following to my html5 boilerplate htaccess file this allowed my wordpress installation to run the setup. Hopefully this will help you if you come across a similar situation with godaddy or another hosting provider.

AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .htm .html .php
AddHandler x-httpd-php5  .htm .html .php


  • avatar-michael-george
    # Michael George

    Thank you for the very helpful post. GoDaddy has the worst hosting in the free world. I think of them the way everyone did about AOL when the internet was getting popular in the mid-90’s.

    If you need lots of help and basic rudimentary functions, GoDaddy is great with customer service. But if you have basic skills, there is no reason to use them.

    And no, I’m not a bot Mr. Jones. Thanks for the good post.

  • avatar-davidejones
    # davidejones

    No problem, glad it helps.

    Yea I know what you mean I really don’t enjoy their services but I’ve heard both good and bad from a lot of people who use them.

    I think the true test of a company is when the shit hits the fan and you find out how willing they are to help you sort the problems you have, I’m talking major problems mind you.

  • avatar-dzinepod
    # DzinePOD
    I agree with you. GoDaddy is not my favorite, either. Often times, they’re slow in serving up pages from the database. It was funny, I was giving a WordPress tutorial to a client of mine, and right at that time there was a problem with the database. I then went to our own site, which is hosted with a different server, to teach her how to do her blog. Not good, GoDaddy.
    I also notice that they aren’t exactly a bargain. You can get what they offer at their Premium, over at BlueHost or HostGator, or even HostMonster for much less.
    Thanks for the article! Nice site, by the way! ;)

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