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[SOLVED] Help! I Broke my WP INstallation!

Old Mar 11, 2009, 10:03 AM
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Shepherd Jim
301 posts · Feb 2009
Bristol, midcoast Maine USA
I was getting ready to take our WP site "live":

I was in Dashboard - Settings - General and was just getting ready to make the necessary changes, I inadvertently changed the WordPress Address (URL)

from http://www.hatchtown.com/wp/

to http://www.hatchtown.com

I then saved the change, AND THEN realized I'd meant to change the Blog Address NOT the WordPress address

I quickly re-set the AP addess back to include the /wp/ subdirectory, but it was too late. I can't get in, view the WP site, or anything.

Via my FTP program I can see that all the WP files, subdirectories, etc, are still there. How do I set this right?

Help! My wife's gonna kill me!
Old Mar 11, 2009, 11:50 AM
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3,768 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
Try adding /wp-admin/ to both versions.

If you cannot login into any of them, try changing, with PHPMyAdmin, the value of the option "siteurl" (line1) or of the option "home" (~line 39-40) in the "wp_options" table in the Wordpress database, so that both values are identical again.
Old Mar 11, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Shepherd Jim
301 posts · Feb 2009
Bristol, midcoast Maine USA
I've been in PHPMyAdmin and changed both option "siteurl" (line1) and option "home" (line 39) to BOTH read http://hatchtown.com/wp/ AND I've also tried http://hatchtown.com/ AND http://hatchtown.com/wp/blog ...the /blog had sort of appeared out of no where at some point.

BUT no matter what I try, I get either the short "Error establishing a database connection" or longer:

"Error establishing a database connection

This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can't contact the database server at p50mysql127.secureserver.net. This could mean your host's database server is down.

* Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
* Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
* Are you sure that the database server is running?"

I'm not sure what to do now. I do have an automatic backup from yesterday created by the plugin WP-DBManager. Do I have to re-install WP and then restore using the backup? I'm think ing that not being able to "boot" WordPress is a step worse than having the ability to run WordPress but not "see" my "Atahualpa site". This is my first "crash" so I don't know what to expect.

Note: a set of instructions I had from the WP Codex said that after I made the changes in the database that you'd suggested that I should:

"18. Delete the folder wp-content/cache (this is a new folder added with WordPress 2.0)."

I did do that.

Last edited by Shepherd Jim; Mar 11, 2009 at 03:06 PM. Reason: update info
Old Mar 11, 2009, 03:18 PM
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3,768 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
How does this part of wp-config.php, located at the Wordpress root directory, look like

PHP Code:
// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */

/** MySQL database username */

/** MySQL database password */

/** MySQL hostname */

Edit your username and password before posting your code
Old Mar 11, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Shepherd Jim
301 posts · Feb 2009
Bristol, midcoast Maine USA
Yep Flynn, your instincts were right. I had re-set the database password so it did not agree with what was showing in wp-config.php at

"/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'MyPassword');"

Everything else, username, hostname and such were all okay. I put the new password in and uploaded the corrected wp-config.pho back into the wp root directory.

But, now if I go to log in I get a weird login screen -- sort of like the usual WP without the CSS. And if I do try to log in I get a "Page Not Found" error screen.

And the site is looking strange -- you can see it at http://hatchtown.com/wp/ -- if you click on some of the links to static pages you go up to the old index.html file in the top level www.hatchtown.com directory.
Old Mar 11, 2009, 04:41 PM
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Shepherd Jim
301 posts · Feb 2009
Bristol, midcoast Maine USA
Eureka! It's all back! Once I was using the right database password AND had re-set the directory on lines 1 and 39 in the database AND waited a few minutes for that change to percolate through GoDaddy's system everything is back to the way it was.

I need a drink!

Thank you Flynn! Couldn't have done it without you!



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