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Help Changing Servers while keeping same Domain name but no Database (13 posts)

  1. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey guys,

    I have just begun hosting with Hostgator and used the Fantastico One Click installer to download WordPress. However I can't access the admin area. All I get is this:
    Not Found

    The requested URL /wp-admin/ was not found on this server.
    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
    Apache Server at thedyingsunacademy.com Port 80

    I have a domain name I registered previously with Godaddy because I had someone building the website for me (not in WordPress). The website still exists on the server of the person who was creating my website. I am now unable to contact this person to get any information and my passwords don't work to login to Cpanel for the old site.

    In Godaddy the Name servers DO NOT point to any domains. (at least it says there are no domain names attached.)

    I don't care about any of the data etc from the old website as I will be starting fresh in WordPress. I definately want to keep the same URL and Domain Name.

    Can someone please advise me on what I need to do to create a WordPress website with my current Domain Name when I don't have access to the old server?

    Thanks so much :)

    Sarah

  2. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    OK...so I have recovered the Domain names and they are now in my Godaddy account.

    Do I need to change the Nameservers to access the admin section of WordPress? I really would like to keep the old site up while I work on the new one but can't if I can't access the admin page?

    Can anyone help me please?

  3. Krishna K
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, change the DNS settings.

  4. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I really would like to keep the old site up while I work on the new one but can't if I can't access the admin page?

    If you still want to keep the old site then you will need to install wordpress in folder and work on it till you ready.

  5. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Do you mean a folder in my Cpanel? So not the root directory?

    Sorry this is all new to me.

  6. Macster42
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It is always a good idea to have sub-folder(s) for each of your web-site domains. It is just good practice. This way when you change one file for one website it doesn't change it for the others (i.e. your index.html or default.asm). This is called organzation of your web-site and it should be started at the beginning when you are designing a web-site. It is a lot easier to do it then, than after you have created the web-site.

    2) Once you have a sup-folder made for that web-site, you need to go into Cpanel and make sure your domain destination is pointing to that particular sub-folder. And that is all there is to it.

    Hope this helps.

    Mac

  7. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How to you create the subfolder? When downloading WordPress? And how do you point the domain destination to that sub folder please.

    Thanks for your help :)

  8. Macster42
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How to you create the subfolder? When downloading WordPress? And how do you point the domain destination to that sub folder please

    These are questions you are going to have to ask GODADDY, because I am only familiar with 1and1. What I do know is you will need to create the folders before you upload the files for WordPress. And there are apps out there that make this really easy (i.e. FileZilla for uploading, downloading, folder optimization). If all of this is really new to you, I am really sorry. Perhaps I can help you remotely. Then I can show you how to do some of the basic things to maintaining a web-site and its organization.

    Hope this helps,

    Mac

  9. Krishna K
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Stormyz3ro,
    Your hosting is with Hostgator is it not? Or Godaddy?

  10. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    HI MAc...I really appreciate your help. I think I am slowly working my way through. I am using Hostgator to host (and Godaddy for registration) I also have filezilla which i have just linked to the hostgator server.

    So at this point I am about to install WordPress via one click installation in Hostgator (they use Quickinstall and Fantastico Deluxo) I was about to put it in a sub directory (so http://www.mydomain.com/wordpress ??) or something like that.

    I am reading through this bit to point URL to subdirectory - http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

    It says this:

    In your root folder (not the subdirectory folder), download and open your .htaccess file.
    Add the following to your .htaccess file:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?YourDomain.com$
    RewriteRule ^(/)?$ blog [L]

    In the above code, change the "YourDomain.com" value to your root domain.
    In the above code, change the "blog" value to the subdirectory.
    Save and upload the .htacess file back to your root directory.

    Do I access the .htaccess file through Filezilla? Or File manager in Cpanel? Or something entirely differnt. I don't want to go changing things and stuffing it all up...

    Sarah

  11. Macster42
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This looks to me a like a simple text file which when downloaded can be opened with notepad then make your changes then up load the file to the same location.

    Mac

  12. Stormyz3ro
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I downloaded WordPress into the subdirectory.

    I can access the admin area fine and if I put in the URL with the subdirectory folder (wordpress) it shows up ok.

    I had installed WordPress on the root directory prior to this. However it would not let me access the admin area. It just says file not found. ((When I go into Fantastico it only shows the root directory installation and not the sub directory. Not sure if this is a problem or not?))

    Although I will be working in the sub directory I wasn't sure if I should delete the installation at the root directory.

    I have not been able to work out the redirection as yet (see above).

  13. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I had installed WordPress on the root directory prior to this. However it would not let me access the admin area. It just says file not found. ((When I go into Fantastico it only shows the root directory installation and not the sub directory. Not sure if this is a problem or not?))

    Although I will be working in the sub directory I wasn't sure if I should delete the installation at the root directory.

    If you want to use wordpress from directory then you do not need another install in root.

    You need to delete the root install and follow the instructions
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install

    Notice: that copy index.php and make change in line 17 and add your directory in code and reset your permalinks if used.

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