WordPress and Strato: Upload and WYSIWYG Editor Problems

How to install and configure WordPress when you are stuck with one of the worst hosters in the world, like some friends of mine were:

  • Make sure you have the appropriate hosting package, at least one that features the so-called ‚Weblog Pro‘ option.
  • In the Strato Customer Center you can install WordPress (which is the software behind the fancy ‚Pro‘ name) with a few clicks. There is only one thing to keep in mind: You cannot install it in a subdomain.
  • After you are done you can access a brand new WordPress installation with only a few minor shortcomings. Of course, I am being sarcastic here, the few minor shortcomings are 1) no possibility to upload files or images via the admin/edit-interface (FTP only) and 2) no working WYSIWG editor either.
  • To fix number one, create a file named php.ini (filename in lowercase, please) with these lines of code within:
    memory_limit = „16“
    safe_mode = off
  • Upload this file via FTP to your main WordPress-directory (to make sure that the PHP-settings are applied to all directories on your webspace you should also upload it to your wp-admin, wp-content, wp-includes and your upload-folders) and number one should no longer be a problem.
  • I don’t know why the WYSIWYG-editor works fine now, but here is what solved it in my case:
    • Install the FCK-Editor plugin and activate it
    • Edit any post with it
    • Deactivate it…
    • … and now the default WYSIWYG editor should work fine.

This is obviously not a very good way to spend some of your precious hours. And i haven’t even mentioned the circumstances of working with more than one domain in the same Strato account yet. I am just so glad to have marksimon.de hosted on a reliable hosting provider that made the setting up of this site a breeze.

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