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[resolved] Adding 2nd WordPress install to ftp folder -- getting url to display properly (20 posts)

  1. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi,

    I have one WordPress install up and running now for several months. I have it in a sub-folder and have pointed the domain name to the site and the domain name displays correctly in the browser -- nice and clean.

    Now I'm trying to install WordPress in another sub-folder -- like the first. I'm changing the name in the config file so that it's different from the first install (I only have one database). The second install works -- I can fully navigate it.

    Everything works perfectly, except I can't seem to figure out how to make the domain name display nice and clean in the browser.

    My first WordPress install appears http://domain.com (example)
    My second WordPress install appears http://domain.com/anotherone (example)

    How can I get the domain name (anotherone.com) to display nice and clean in the browser for my second install? I would like it to display http://anotherone.com.

    I have domain forwarding with my host provider, and I have it set to display the second domain in the browser, but it doesn't change it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    --Kevin

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  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

  3. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi esmi,

    I did stumble onto that page and tried it. I'll be honest, I've been trying a lot of things, so I don't remember the outcome.

    I'll delete my second install, including deleting the newly created items in my database. I'll do a new install and try changing the "Home" url line and see if it works.

    To my recollection, it did work, but I couldn't get into the site. I mean, the url displayed properly, but when I clicked on any link in the black admin bar, my browser (Chrome) refreshed but didn't take me anywhere.

    I'll post back in a bit.

    Thank you so much for your help.

  4. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    esmi,

    Okay, I performed a fresh install of WordPress, including first deleting any previous attempt from my database.

    Everything works perfectly, except I can't get the url to display correctly. I changed the site address line in settings, and that didn't change anything.

    As I previously mentioned, I have domain name forwarding, and even have the "Domain Stay" unchecked (so that the long name won't stay).

    If I change the "WordPress Address" line, I think the site will lock up.

    With my first install several months ago, I placed the WordPress files in a sub-folder, but have the index.php in the root and that url displays correctly.

    Is it even possible what I'm trying to do -- have another WordPress install in a sub-folder (index.php and all), then making a domain name point to it, expecting it to display correctly?

  5. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes - that should work.

  6. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well this really has me stumped. If I could get this figured out, I may have the opportunity to set up a couple of WordPress installs (in my ftp folder) for my relatives.

    A rep from my host provider told me a month ago or so that they're knowledgeable in WordPress, but they're not allowed to help with it. They need to know and understand it, he said, so they're able to tell if a customer's problem is WordPress or hosting related.

    Maybe my host provider doesn't have the domain name forwarding activated all the way. The basic does not allow "Domain Stay" and it places an ad for their service at the bottom of the page. I called them yesterday and upgraded the forwarding service, but I'm thinking something isn't right with it yet.

  7. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This sounds like a hosting/domain forwarding issue - not a WordPress one.

  8. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi esmi,

    Well, I just got off the phone again with my host provider. It seems their domain forwarding uses something called frames to hold the domain name, and in the case of having WordPress in sub-folder, it won't work.

    When it's switched on, the site appears and everything is normal looking, but I can't click any of the admin bar links. The Chrome browser tabs refresh and I don't go anywhere.

    Is there a plugin for WordPress that can display a different url when the WordPress site loads? Any other ideas?

  9. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It seems their domain forwarding uses something called frames to hold the domain name

    That's never going to work with any WordPress site - even a root install. Nor is there a plugin you can use for this. Your only real options with this host are to abandon the idea of using a different domain name for this WP site or grab a small hosting package and move the WP install & domain name over to the new package.

  10. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What a bad deal to have this kind of hang-up with a host. I could literally start a dozen WordPress sites if it weren't for their failed domain forwarding.

    Well, thanks for your help anyway. I appreciate you taking the time, esmi.

    --Kevin

  11. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    esmi,

    Would you please take a look at my newly-installed WordPress site?

    http://www.inlandprinter.com

    Since yesterday when we posted, I started using the Addon Domains feature in my cPanel to reroute my inlandprinter.com name. Also, my hosting rep says he pointed the inlandprinter IP to the inlandprinter sub-folder in my public_html folder.

    Now the url displays correctly, except for when I go to the admin page. Then it shows my main account in the address: theeagleextra.com/inlandprinter.

    Here's the strange thing: while in admin, when I click Visit Site, I get logged out and the admin bar disappears and I have to log back in.

    If you would please take a look I would appreciate it.

    [Moderated]

    This is a new, clean install with no plugins or anything tweaked.

    I'm so close to making this correct url thing happen, but it's just giving me this log out issue.

    If you think I should abandon this idea altogether after taking a look, I will. I stumbled on a message board early this morning where someone was talking about Addon Domains, so I thought I would give it a try.

    Thank you.

    --Kevin

  12. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Change your admin password NOW! Never, ever, post login details on a public forum! You have just given the rest of the world access to your admin area.

  13. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well, if I was all set up and many, many hours into this site I would never have posted the password. I have 5 minutes invested in this site, and if someone other than you wanted to go in, it's really no problem.

    I have changed the password as you've asked.

  14. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have changed the password as you've asked.

    Thank you. Please, please do not give us another scare like that.

    You're hitting problems on that site because it was not originally installed on the inlandprinter.com domain name but in the sub-folder of another domain, yes? So what you are now trying to do is a quick fix/fudge to point the new domain to this site. That approach will always have drawbacks - just as you've seen.

    Ideally, the site needs to be moved to it's own own server and the site urls changed as per Changing_The_Site_URL. If that's not an option, then you're just going to have to live with the fact that the site is really at theeagleextra.com/inlandprinter and use that url to login to the Admin area.

  15. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    esmi,

    I apologize for posting my login info.

    My host provider charges $480 per year for ftp with cron job ability. I probably don't always need cron, but it's nice to have it in the case of a weather widget that I have that we built for displaying the weather temps.

    I installed inlandprinter in a sub-folder of theeagleextra.com because I'm trying to save myself some money.

    Without cron, I think ftp with my host provider is around $280 per year.

    I'd go with a WordPress install with WordPress.org, but I want to use it as a blog and write about politics. That's probably something WordPress wouldn't care to host.

  16. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My host provider charges $480 per year for ftp with cron job ability.

    What?!! Do they offer any kind of file uploader via your account?

    I'd go with a WordPress install with WordPress.org

    Assuming you mean a free blog with wordpress.com, providing you do not post anything that could be construed as a racial slur or an incitement to violence, you will probably be fine. You could check out the full terms of service first, if you want.

  17. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I meant WordPress.com for the free WordPress site.

    My host provider has pretty much a standard phpMyAdmin and MySQL and such. I use Filezilla to upload all my files. For my $480 with cron, I get only one database. That's why I thought it would really be fantastic if I could create WordPress sites inside of sub-folders. Now I'm beginning to see that it won't really work that way -- from a domain standpoint.

    When I wanted to upload my 150,000 line dictionary, it took about four hours, and I had to use a free app that I found on the Internet. I think I could have done it with MyAdmin, but they offer minimum customer support with the ftp and no one was talking.

    About having a blog that may have a racial slur or an incitement to violence, no, that's not me. I just don't agree with changing the U.S. Constitution to fit today's society and culture. To me, the constitution is the law to live by. For many, it's just a guideline to be tweaked when enough people begin to beller.

  18. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    For my $480 with cron, I get only one database.

    That ain't cheap! For about $150, I get 25 databases, access to cron, full FTP (with sub-account management), plenty of bandwidth, tons of space and blistering email support. That said, it's not the single database that's the issue for you. It's the fact that you're trying to host more than 1 domain on a single hosting account. That invariably means that you end up with some sort of domain forwarding with all of its drawbacks.

    I'd suggest that you have a look at hosting a blog with wordpress.com. For a little extra cash, you can even use your domain name. It's stress-free, rock solid and would sidestep all of the problems you have at the moment.

  19. Kevin M. Schafer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I think I'll look into this as you've said.

    Thanks, esmi. I really appreciate your help, really.

  20. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    No problem. I hope you find a solution that works for you as quickly as possible. If not, then let us know and we'll see if we can come up with some other ideas.

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