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Can't access old WP on dead URL now on free host, need suggestions. (12 posts)

  1. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey everyone, hope you can help me out with this. I have an old WP instalation hosted on a free server with a free subdomain. At the time when I used the site, I used to have it under a real TLD http://cardsexplained.com. The domain is no longer registered but the problem I have is that the blog now is only accessible through vitdad.freehostia.com which does not allow me to access anything in the back end because all of the links are pointing to cardsexplained.com and I can't seem to go around this even when I do a direct address into the address bar because I can't first login. Anyone ever deal with this? Any help? Thanks

    This is an old old old install, not sure what the version # is but I believe it's from 2009.

  2. Peter Wooster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You can edit your hosts file on your PC (or Mac or Linux) system to make cardsexplained.com go to the ip address of vitdad,freehostia,com. Once you do that, you should be able to get to the admin pages.

    /peter

  3. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Peter I will try that. I thought it might have something to do with the .htaccess file but I hate to mess with them :) Thanks again, I will update on what happens.

  4. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok so I wasn't able to make anything work outside of crashing it and getting a 500 Error. Typical!

    Any chance anyone might have an idea as to how I could go about this?

    Thanks

  5. Peter Wooster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can you get to the database using phpmyadmin or the control panel?
    /peter

  6. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes I believe that I can do.

  7. Peter Wooster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you can get to the database, do an export, this will serve as both backup and the source for recovering the system. Make a copy of the backup and change all occurrences of the old url to the new one. Then restore the database. This might work, if it fails, it's no worse than the current situation and you can now install it on a local test install or at least recover your data.

    If you're skilled at SQL or know someone who is, this can be fixed in place. the most critical urls are in wp_options.

    /peter

  8. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your help. Looks like the free host I had this hosted on has disabled the option to restore the db. I was able to export the sql file and did as you've mentioned above but now I can't seem to find the place to import it.

  9. Peter Wooster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You should set up test hosting on your workstation. Get a copy of WAMP, MAMP, XAMP or some other LAMP clone and build the site at home. when you get that working you can find a better host.

    .peter

  10. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the suggestion. I am only really looking to get the content off the site and it will not likely become operational again. I was hoping to be able to somehow access the backend and get what I need.

    I have another host I use which is much better, it's just this is back from about 2009 or so and it would be great to be able to get the data from it.

    I'm sure there is a way around this considering people often go from a free to a paid host.

    Thanks

  11. Peter Wooster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    With that database dump you should be able to install a new copy of WordPress, set the URLs to match the new site and restore the data. There are many forum topics on migrating WordPress sites, there are even some plugins to help with it.

    /peter

  12. vitalichka
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sounds great! I might start on that soon.
    Man I wish I kept up with db work. hahaha

    I'll update this post with what happens.

    Vitaliy

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