What should have been a relatively easy process to set up a simple blog site has become a confusing and mind-numbing exercise in futility. I tried installing wordpress in a sub-directory , according to: [link moderated]
and that did work However, I believe I have discovered the root of my problem. I suspect that critical files associated with the root directory have been deleted.
I always throw myself into a project whole-heartedly. This zeal
enables me to do some things that amaze me, but also does not prevent me from making stupid mistakes leading to spectacular failure---I do it too often, blithely and with great enthusiasm.
When my first installation didn't work, I came here and learned that sometimes plug-ins are the problem. Delete the troublesome plug-ins, it was suggested, and the installation should proceed smoothly. I did that. When that didn't work, I began to impulsively experiment, partly out of frustration and perhaps, fatigue. I am not a computer virtuoso nor am I technically sophisticated and brilliant as so many viewers here, are. I should not experiment. Never. Not ever.
I deleted the original installation of wordpress that was associated with the root directory and now, when I have attempted to manage my site I've learned this:
1. I cannot manage my site. The Webpage URL shows nothing that I can manage. Only a few files.
2. using Core ftp lite to transfer files I see that many files that should be there on my page are not there. In, fact, under public_html there is only one file: htaccess.
3. I cannot place the files I need to transfer to my site because I am missing the file to put them in (wpcontent.)
4. Whatever is missing, is because of something I did.
I do not know if this can be fixed, but I need to get back the full number of essential wordpress files . This is the challenge. Is anyone viewing able to offer a solution to this dilemna? ( please don't tell me to take up butterfly collecting or find some other nice hobby.) I've got to press on. This was long-winded--sorry, but I wanted to be a little more specific. I would appreciate any helpful suggestions.