September 30, 2003

Moveable Type on goDaddy.com

Here's how I got Movable Type to work on goDaddy.com.

Download the full version, with libraries of the Movable Type software. Be sure to download it in .zip so you can unzip it to a directory on your PC. goDaddy doesn't allow ssh or telnet, only FTP. You have to do all your file extractions, editing, etc on another machine and then copy the files to your site. Once you have the Movable Type software downloaded and extracted to a directory you can move on to setting up your site on goDaddy.com.

Connect to your site on goDaddy.com using the ftp software of your choice. You will see a cgi directory. You need to create two new directories to be used by Moveable type. Create one directory called mtdb and another directory called mt-static. Create a directory in the cgi directory called mt.

Using FTP copy all the files and directories, except the images, docs, and styles.css, of the Movable Type system that you extracted to your cgi/mt directory. Copy the images, docs, and styles.css to your mt-static directory that you created. Your directories should look like this:

cgi
->mt

mtdb

mt-static
->images
->docs
->styles.css

You will need to edit your mt.cfg file and upload it to your cgi/mt directory. For godaddy.com you need to have these lines to get your site working.

CGIPath http://www.yourdomainname.com/cgi/mt/
DataSource /html/mtdb/
StaticWebPath /mt-static/

Once you get you Movable Type system up and running here are the settings that you will need to enter in your weblog config settings:

local site path: /html
site URL: http://www.yourdomainname.com/
local archive path: /html/archives
archive URL: http://www.yourdomainname.com/archives/

As you can see I store my archives in a directory called archives. You will need to create a directory called archives using your ftp client. You can name your archive directory what ever you want. I just chose to use the same name.

If you want to run more than one blog on your site you can put them in directories under your main site. Just make sure you have the directories setup and enter the information in to the weblog config section.

This may not be the only way to get Movable Type to work on goDaddy.com. It is however the only way I was able to get it to work. If you know of a way to get Movable Type working with Msql on goDaddy.com leave a comment or send me an email. Good luck with getting your site working on goDaddy.com.

Posted by Joe at September 30, 2003 9:57 AM
Comments

please supply the software for
transferring my pictures to ebay
tks

Posted by: JuneSkimin at March 24, 2004 11:41 AM

Hey, I was wondering if you ever figured out how to connect to your mysql database? I just started tinkering with it and can't figure it out.

Posted by: kaleb at January 28, 2005 1:26 PM

FYI to anyone who stumbles across this page by googling "godaddy movable type" as I did - this post is almost two years old and I didn't find that it was applicable to my installation of movable type on a godaddy server. Try searching the movabletype.org support pages for "godaddy" instead.

Posted by: emo at February 5, 2005 3:08 PM

Thanks, emo.... I did exactly what you said. I'll head to the movable type site instead.

Posted by: Manic Kaie at March 20, 2005 12:53 PM
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