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  1. tomfregly
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm being thrown into a situation where I have the files for what was recently a fully configured WordPress based website. I'm trying to get the site on my Windows 7 PC using Microsoft's Webmatrix with the hope of then going live with an ISP. My understanding is that WebMatrix should have the SQL server, support for php, etc. necessary to run the site. I've placed the website files into a folder on my computer, loaded WebMatrix and attempted to "run" the site unsuccessfully. I examined the wp-config.php file and see that it references a database name that I cannot find. I'm beginning to assume I must create the database and link it but am not sure how to go about it. Even if I get it running in Webmatrix I'm not sure if the "Publish" feature works. I'm interested in Webmatrix because I'm assuming that fixing/managing a WordPress site will be out of my league on a Linux based server. I am highly experience in Windows (MCSE, etc.) and prefer that. Help!

  2. Here's where to start on how to install WordPress - http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    If you say that you've inherited a WordPress site, whoever gave you the files should have given you a database dumb. If you don't have that, then you won't have any content.

    Installing wordPress on an Apache server is super easy. You don't need to do anything, so not sure you want to use webmatrix..

  3. tomfregly
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Why bother to reply. You make the same mistake that I've been seeing in documentation over my 30 year career. You assume too much. That simple. It takes an outsider to write good documentation and that documentation needs to be checked by technical people with no previous knowledge because an expert can read between the lines. The WordPress documentation stinks. I just don't see the point of responding with "super easy" and "You don't need to do anything..". It's a ridiculous response that serves no purpose. You dismiss WebMatrix out of hand and I'd be almost sure you know nothing about it. The attitude you convey by dismissing Webmatrix is - I don't want to learn anything new. Pointing me toward the getting started article doesn't help at all because I'm not getting started, rather I'm trying to get a bunch of files working that I already have. I'm not creating a new site. Creating a new site would be easy. Why don't you regroup, reconsider and help the next person rather than blowing them off. I can't believe you're a moderator of this site.

  4. tomfregly - I would consider politeness, since it looks like you basically told Christine to take a long walk off a short pier.

    Without knowing more than what you told us, she thought it best to assume you may not have read the docs, which include explaining about the Database.

    I examined the wp-config.php file and see that it references a database name that I cannot find.

    From the 5 minute install:

    3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
    4. Open wp-config.php in a text editor and fill in your database details as explained in Editing wp-config.php to generate and use your secret key password.

    So ... how did you generate your wp-config.php?

    There are two ways to do it, one's manual and one is letting the wp installer do it. You have given us no information on how you did it, so we can only guess.

    I'll assume you copied it over.

    Did you copy the Database over? Did you read any documentation on how one copies a WordPress site to a new location?

  5. maoski
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm assuming that fixing/managing a WordPress site will be out of my league on a Linux based server. I am highly experience in Windows (MCSE, etc.) and prefer that. Help!

    If you are highly experienced in Windows you will find it quite refreshing managing a linux based server. :)

  6. tomfregly
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I appreciate the info. I'm not a web consultant and don't want to manage either a Windows or Linux based webserver. I just want to get this thing running then upload it to a professional web hosting company and go live. I now know that I was not provided the SQL database (that's the kind of thing you miss when you're inexperienced) and will be obtaining that and will then have some chance of piecing it together.

  7. This is why it's a good idea to read how to install. Reading that tells you what the pieces are, and THAT will start to shed light on what you're missing :)

  8. tomfregly
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This will be my last post. My suggestion - if you can't be helpful don't post. Please read my original complaint. I have installed WordPress but that doesn't help setup the links, etc. for the files I have. Repeat - I'm not creating a new site. I'm trying to fix a site, offline using Microsoft Web Matrix because that's what makes sense for me. After the site is running and up to date it will be uploaded to a web hosting company. Throughout my 30 year career as a CNE, MCSE, etc. etc. I've helped people and explained things to them. I don't hoard information. I listen and I solve problems and appreciate the same.

  9. I am (we are) being helpful.

    I'm not creating a new site. I'm trying to fix a site, offline using Microsoft Web Matrix because that's what makes sense for me.

    How can you fix something if you don't understand how it works?

    Installing WordPress, FROM THE START, will teach you that. It's not hard, and once you do it, everything makes a lot more sense. You understand the relationships between DB and files, how the pieces fit, and where you took a wrong turn. You forgot to bring over your DB. Had you read the install docs, which mention setting one up, that may have caught your eye. Or not. Everyone learns differently.

    We're not hoarding anything, we're giving you everything :)

  10. JustinBeckwith
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey there - PM on the WebMatrix team here. We would be happy to help get you started. A couple of questions:

    1. Are you trying to recover data from the site (posts, users, etc)
    2. Do you have a running version of the site available at a host somewhere?

      I would suggest creating a WordPress site from scratch using WebMatrix, so it creates a database and all of the files for you. Then, you can copy your template or other custom files into WebMatrix as needed. It really depends on what you want to do, and what you have available. When you're ready to publish, WebMatrix will publish the MySQL database to most Windows based web hosts as well.

      If you need any help at all, feel free to message me @JustinBeckwith on twitter, or post to the WebMatrix forums at:

      http://forums.iis.net/1166.aspx

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