WordPress / 1and1.com Hosting – Install DIY

The following DIY explains how to install WordPress onto a 1and1.com shared hosting server. After installing WordPress on a 1and1.com server you may find that your plug-ins cause your website to crash. The reason your site may crash is because you must enable PHP5 for most of the plug-ins to function correctly.

Simply following the WordPress installation instructions on 1and1.com will not give you all the details you need to prevent the crash and to properly enable PHP5. You will still need to follow another generic DIY for installing WordPress on a server. I suggest the following DIY…

Installing WordPress

If you are installing WordPress on a 1and1.com server, you will need the following instructions to supplement the above WordPress installation.

1.) Create your MySQL database in the control panel of your 1and1.com account and insert the database information to the wp-config file. (This is the file you renamed.)

2.) After you have added your MySQL database info, upload only the WordPress files. Do not try to upload any plug-ins for WordPress at this time. Doing so may cause your site to crash. (This is probably the most important detail people often miss.)

3.) Once installed, change your permalinks setting to another option…any other option aside from the default setting will do. This will create your .htaccess file that you will need to modify.

Note: Without changing your permalinks setting you will not have an .htaccess file.

4.) Using your FTP software you will then be able to access your .htaccess file from the server side. Open it using any editor and add the following to the top of your .htaccess file, before # BEGIN WordPress …and save it.

#enable php5

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php


Your modified .htaccess file should look something like this…

#enable php5

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php


# BEGIN WordPress

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

RewriteEngine On

RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d

RewriteRule . /index.php [L]



# END WordPress


5.) Once you have modified the .htaccess file and completed the WordPress installation you can install your WordPress plug-ins one by one. This should let you know if a specific plug-in is giving you a problem.

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