Installing WordPress MU on GoDaddy - Yes! It Can Be Done!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

As a real estate broker, I have been toying with the idea of using WordPress MU (multiple user) to handle my single property web sites.  One WordPress Installation, One Hosting Fee To Pay,  Many Different Blogs.

So, one of the first questions was .... could I do it on GoDaddy?  If you search the web and the WordPress forums, you'll find a lot of conflicting information.  And some people saying it can't be done, period.

Well, I did it.  And it is not Rocket Science.  :-) 

This is my Holiday Gift to the WordPress World.  ( Here's a downloadable, printable copy in PDF format:  http://www.bob-taylor.la/InstallingWPMUonGoDaddy.pdf )

Forget everything else you have read.  This is how I installed WordPress Mu on GoDaddy:

There are just four key items:

  1. Use the "Deluxe" hosting plan
  2. Purchase a "Dedicated IP Address"
  3. Use PHP5 (not 4)
  4. Add a wildcard record to A (Host)

To implement, login to your GoDaddy Account.

If you have already purchased a domain name and  a hosting plan for your MU site, these are the changes you need to make:

Click Hosting in the left column, under "My Products".

In the "Hosting Account" column, click on the particular domain name that you plan to use for the MU installation.

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In the "Account Details" right column, click "Upgrade/Downgrade Hosting Account".  Upgrade the account to  "Deluxe Hosting - Linux" .   Yes, it costs about $2.00 more per month than Economy Hosting.

Then click "Apply Dedicated IP Address".  Dedicated IP Hosting is an additional 2.99 per month, on top of the per month hosting rate. 

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Choose a time period, and proceed to check out.

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Leave GoDaddy and wait.  It takes a few hours for the  Dedicated IP Address to get setup.  Once it is setup, you will see the information in the right side "Account Details" column.  Make note of the numerical IP address. 

After you purchase the Dedicated IP Address, you might need to go back to the "Account Details" right side column and click "Apply Dedicated IP Address" again.  (If the item in the column already reads "Remove Dedicated IP Address, do NOT click it!)

After the Dedicated IP Address is set, click on "Domain Manager" in the left column under "My Products". 

Click on the particular domain name that you plan to use for the MU installation.

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Click "Total DNS Control and MX Records"

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In the A (Host) section, click the "Add a New Record" button.

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You are going to create a wildcard host record in addition to the @ host record.  Type an asterisk * in the "Host Name" box.  Type (or better yet copy and paste) the numerical dedicated IP address in the "Points to IP Address" box.

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Now  return to the "My Products" column, click "Hosting".  In the "Control Panel" column, click "Manage Account" beside the particular domain name you plan to use for the MU installation.

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Click "Content" , then click the "Addon Languages" icon.

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Make sure you are using PHP5.  Change the setting, if necessary.

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There is one more step to take at GoDaddy, a step which is necessary for either a MU or single user installation:

At the "My Products" column, click "Hosting".  In the "Control Panel" column, click "Manage Account" beside the particular domain name you plan to use for the MU installation.

Click "Databases", then click on the "MySQL" icon.

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Click create database

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Create the database name and password.  Tip:  I use the same name and password as I created for the hosting account.

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After the database is set up, it takes a few minutes, click the pencil icon.

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Select and copy the "Host Name".  Paste it into a simple text file, and keep it handy.  You will need it to complete the WordPress MU installation.

The rest of the process follows the much same steps as installing the single user version of WordPress on GoDaddy:

FTP the WordPress files to your host server. 

Run the  WordPress install function.  If you installed WordPress in the root directory of your server host, simply going to from http://www.mysite.com/ will open the WordPress installation page.

The Host Name you copied earlier; paste it into the "localhost" box when prompted by the WordPress installation function.

 The screens shots in this post are no longer current, as both WordPress and GoDaddy have changed their appearance, but the information is still valid:  http://www.queenofkludge.com/installing-wordpressorg-on-godaddy-yes-it-can-be-done/

Legal Disclaimer:  This works for me.  I cannot guarantee it will work for anyone else.  Use at your own risk!

And since you've managed to read this far, here are a couple of the single property singles hosted on one of my WPMU installations.  I haven't mapped the domain names yet, I haven't really tweaked their appearance.  But, hot damn, they are working! (The theme is Chris Pearson's NeoClassical with some serious hacking)

 http://2109lomavista.bob-taylor.net/  UPDATE:   Moved to http://2109lomavista.bob-taylor.info/

http://6044laprada.bob-taylor.net/  UPDATE:  Moved to http://6044laprada.bob-taylor.info/

http://1823gillettecrescent.bob-taylor.net/   UPDATE:   Moved to http://1823gillette.bob-taylor.info/

And theme is changed to a customized version of "White Cappacino".

 

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Cheryl Johnson // Bob Tayor Properties, Inc.

 




Bob Taylor Properties, is a progressive, independent, full service real estate brokerage located in Northeast Los Angeles. We have a small staff of experienced, veteran real estate agents who love what they do and work tirelessly for their clients.

 

We are experts at selling residential, multi-unit residential and commercial properties. We are highly experienced with residential and commercial leasing. We know the Los Angeles City Rent Stablization Ordinance.

 

We know and appreciate all types of Los Angeles architecture and design from Historic Homes to Ultra Modern Lofts.

 

We would love to help you buy or lease a home anywhere in the Greater Los Angeles area, or to sell or lease the home you already own.

 

Call us today at 323-257-1080.



 

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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

I am sort of lost why you would need to do this. You can get a 4.99/month hosting at bluehost.com with a free domain name. Using their simple scripts you can have a WP blog up and running in 5 minutes flat. If you wanted to go to the multi user version I think you could ftp it just like you said at the end of your directions there. I would think it would be much cheaper and then you already have the dedicated ip and hosting. I wonder if its a violation of TOS to install that on Godaddy servers or anywhere else?

Dec 25, 2008 02:03 PM #3
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Shane:  The multi-user platform seems to me like an ideal application if you have a number on properties on the market, and want to build a separate blogsite for each property.  Also if you manage an office, and want to give each agent a separate blog, especially if they are new to blogging. 

Yes, you FTP  MU and install just the same way as single user, you just need to toggle on some changes in your host account, which is what this post was about  :-)

In the process of learning about this, I Googled around, and read some info on installing MU on bluehost also.  http://bitsnbytes.hashout.org/2008/03/01/how-i-use-subdomains-with-wordpress-mu-on-bluehost/

Dec 25, 2008 09:16 PM #4
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Laura Cerrano
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Cheryl, You always amaze me.  I am still on the old Wordpress and haven't done anything with it in SO long...and was just talking about it last night.  Wonderful information for you to provide and I will get back to it!

Dec 26, 2008 11:04 AM #5
Anonymous
Neeraj

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for excellent information.

I managed to run worpress Mu with subdomains.

But I have another problem links are not working on blog.

I thinks it url rewriting problem.

I have joomla site on root directory and installed wordpess MU in subdirectory blog.

This is url for test blog  http://infinitetesting.indiainfohelp.com/blog/

Please help me.

 

Jan 21, 2009 12:10 AM #6
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Cheryl Johnson
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Neeraj,  Yes I see the 500 error when clicking on testingfordestiny.  Testingison seems to work.

Did you try resetting the file permissions?  And have you enabled wildcards on your host?  Other than those two thoughts, I'm afraid you need someone smarter than me.  :-)

Jan 21, 2009 12:19 AM #7
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Hannah Williams
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This looks very confusing .................... i think the simplified version of WORD PRESS for a activerainnovice like me my be more practical ..but thank you anyway.....great post!!

Feb 19, 2009 11:36 AM #8
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Hannah,  Yes, if you simply want a blog, WordPress.com is the place to go.  If on the other hand, you want to ~be~ WordPress.com, if you want to be the "mothership" lettting friends, family and associates build their own individual blogs off your site,  then you build a Mu site. :-)

Feb 19, 2009 11:44 AM #9
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James Lynch

Hi Bob,

Great Post.... Have you known anyone that has been successful at using sub.domains.com with WPMU on GoDaddy??

 

I sure would like to know.....

Thank you.

 

James

 

Mar 24, 2009 11:57 AM #10
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

James .... Like this  http://6044laprada.bob-taylor.net/ ?  :-) 

I'd have to re-run an installation somewhere to refresh my memory, but aren't sub-domains the default option when you first install MU?

That particular site is just sitting there for theme testing ... once I got the hang of the Domain Mapping plugin, http://activerain.com/blogsview/949846/Installing-Donnchas-Domain-Mapping-Plugin-for-MUm  my Mu sites go live with a unique URL...

Mar 24, 2009 02:02 PM #11
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Jennifer Dazet
KELLER WILLIAMS BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge Real Estate

Wow, great post!

May 15, 2009 04:37 PM #12
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Kiralık Sunucu

Thank you this post. Good work job.

 

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May 17, 2009 02:08 PM #13
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
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Cheryl - you have got to be one of the smartest people I know... well kind of.... anyway - I will be reading lots... taking my first venture at WordPress - on my own... my webmaster set up my first one... which is on the back side of my website...

May 22, 2009 05:46 PM #14
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nice blog and very usefull information, keep going, thanks

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May 25, 2009 06:27 AM #15
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Tristan Emond
Mindful Living Realty - Rapid City, SD
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Ah the beauty of AR.  I had a question that I just brought up today to get more action to my blog, and the answer is here.  Awesome...

Sep 09, 2009 03:51 PM #16
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Jennifer Dazet
KELLER WILLIAMS BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge, LA
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BTW great guide!  I used this and it works like a champ!

Sep 27, 2009 09:22 PM #17
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

You're welcome!

Sep 28, 2009 12:08 AM #18
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Gina Burgio
Coldwell Banker Home & Family Realty - Hamilton, ON
Hamilton-Niagara-Halton-Peel Real Estate

i actually love godaddy for my wordpress websites. i find they are the most reliable and easiest to manage.

Feb 11, 2010 05:38 AM #19
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Tim Derylak
Keller Williams Realty - Fort Mill, SC

Isn't Wordpress great!  I just recently started hosting my wordpress website with GoDaddy.  I also host multiple website with a single hosting account.  Once you discover the process, it's a piece of cake!

Jul 30, 2010 03:31 PM #20
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Tim, you are sooo right.  With Multiple User, we have sepaprate individual websites/blogs for each staff member, for each property we market, and for each neighborhood we service.

 

P.S. I notice a some point in the past, my screenshots have disappeared.  Given the popularity of this old post, it is probably time to update them anyway.

Jul 31, 2010 11:32 PM #21
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my wordpress sites already on godaddy.
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