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Help with installing Joomla on goDaddy.

Has anyone installed Joomla on goDaddy?  So far I downloaded Joomla to my local Windows box and unzipped it to its own folder.  I then ftped the files to my server on goDaddy.  When I try to get into the installation folder to the install.php through my browser, I get a permissions error.

Can someone provide step by step directions on how to do this in goDaddy or direct me to instructions.  goDaddy says they support alot of things but don't give you much help.
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First, you shouldn't need to go into your installation folder, sofar I remember. Going to your root site should start the setup automatically.

What happens when you type in the root url of your "site"?

Then, don't forget to create a database (godaddy panel), and record all details (dbserver, dbname, dbuser, dbpassword).

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This error is because you don't have direct access permission to Joomla "install.php" file. Install.php file  only be accessed by index.php, all you  need to do is use index.php to install Joomla. And one  important thing, Joomla needs write permission in "configuration.php" file, so you need to make sure configuration.php file is writable and Joomla creates sessions as well so need write permission in temp directory as well. If you don't have write permission, you can set file permission from ftp client software. I don't know what client  you using but I personally prefer SSH, its free and easy to use.
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Turns out that Godaddy has a new area called hosting Metropolis that installs Joomla for you after you answer a few simple questions.  The tech in support could have easily told me about this but he apparently had no clue.
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I haven't used godaddy's hosting to install Joomla for a while--so it may have changed --but few things to keep in mind when you use any 'automated' install from my experience with godaddy.

1) make sure that it's an updated version (for security sake)  -and if not, make sure to upgrade.

2) make sure 'database' is in the place you can access and alter easily. (I had one incidence with godaddy's Joomla install.  I couldn't easily access to my database using phpMyAdmin. Auto install installed my joomla's database to different location than my usual location for MySQL I can access from my control panel.)

Although this can easily be the technical support didn't know how to do so---you may want to make sure. If you are going to customize Joomla, it's better to have easy access to MySQL through phpMyadmin in my opinion.


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