Solution: Upgrade the version of PHP
Procedure: [https://gateway.godaddy.com] > Hosting “Manage” > Windows IIS > “Modify” > Pick the latest PHP version available > Your WordPress website will go down / 505 server-side error > The Windows IIS will reconcile and correct things for you > Boom! You will be back to life > yourdomain.com/wp-admin > Plugins > Install “WordFence”
Cannot see your images & PDFs in the WordPress Image Gallery? Errors when writing to “wp-content” directory? Most instructions will tell you to change permissions via some FTP client like FileZilla. You will not succeed!!! You will need to access the GoDaddy custom dash so as to control either folders at the File/FTP Management level or at the Windows IIS level.
Permissions at the File/FTP Management Level [Using the GoDaddy Control Panel]
– You essentially want your website to be structured like “/wordpress”
– If you want your website structured like “/htdocs/wordpress”, see below
Procedure: [https://gateway.godaddy.com] > Hosting “Manage” > File/FTP management > [Each of your sub-directories, as in “/some-sub-directory/…”, one at a time] > Right click on each folder > Uncheck “Inherit” > Check “Web writable” and/or “Web visible”
You are not allowed to control the top most “/” webroot or “real root” folder itself because GoDaddy is the highest power! However, we are provided this option at the file/folder/FTP management level. Simply put, you will have “Inherit” checked by default because those permissions are pushed down from the top most “/” directory. Soon after purchasing your Windows IIS package, you will essentially inherit whatever security permissions GoDaddy’s engineers have prescribed upon their Windows IIS installations.
Permissions at the Windows IIS Level [Using the GoDaddy Control Panel]
– You essentially have your website structured like “/htdocs/wordpress”
– Again, you cannot control the top most “/” webroot
Procedure: Access the Control Panel > IIS Management > Find your [sub]root folder, as in “/htdocs” [notice we do not have a sub below, which means you may choose to create one] > Edit
Top root “/” >> You cannot control within the provided IIS panel, only GoDaddy can
>> Go to File/FTP Management as shown above
>> You essentially want your website structure like “/wordpress/”
Sub root “/subroot” >> You can control within the IIS panel provided
>> You can over-ride the inherited permissions within IIS
>> You may not need to go to File/FTP management as show above
>> You want your website structure like “/htdocs/wordpress”
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