First of all, why are you using GoDaddy? I mean, seriously. Cancel that plan. Quit. Go somewhere else. Anywhere. Second of all, if your client is using GoDaddy, educate him, talk him into canceling that plan. Only if your client is stubborn, like mine, then read the rest of the article.

Basically, you do all the standard tasks you need to do to bring a fresh WP installation online, and after configuring wp-config.php file, you find yourself staring at blank page. If you plan contacting GoDaddy support – good luck with that.

Rather go through this list:

  • delete all the empty spaces and lines after the last meaningful line in your wp-config.php file
  • disable FastCGIread about how to do it here
  • if you’re getting the “Strict Standards: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /…/…/public_html/wp-settings.php” error, you’re probably trying to install an older WP version; if you don’t really depend on it, get the latest version

And remember, leaving localhost in your wp-config.php file won’t cut it with GoDaddy, you need to change it to a value that’s specific to your account.

If you’re not able to make it work even after all these steps, quit GoDaddy.