Hi there! I think this is still more relating to install than overall troubleshooting, so please forgive me if I am wrong. I am only slightly savvy abotu any of this.
I am helping a friend, who just recently installed (the most current version) WP himself, but ended up having it show up on the URL http://thesite.org/wordpress. I guess when he activated the script to run WP from within his control panel...that is where it went.
I thought, rather than try to go back and undo what he did that I'd follow the instructions in the codex for giving wordpress its own directory--since it was already in its own directory, I think.
The site is at http://www.thesite.org/directoryA/wordpress...through filezilla, but used to be accessed on the front end (before I had this mishap) at http://www.thesite.org/wordpress.
Within the WP General Panel, prior to me touching anything, http://www.thesite.org/wordpress was assigned to both the WordPress Address and Site Address.
At first, I simply changed the Site Address to http://www.thesite.org, moved onto the next steps, but nothing came up on the browser when going to http://www.thesite.org. I got confused about what might be the root directory--and copied the .htacess and index.php files from within the wordpress directory to both the DirectoryA and / (assuming that's the root?) directories. Nothing came up on the browser when going to http://www.thesite.org, still.
I then though that I should change the wordpress address to http://www.thesite.org/directoryA/wordpress. After saving it the screen went blank, and I realized that I might have copied/pasted an extra "/" - http://www.thesite.org//directoryA/wordpress. I cannot remember.
I read on in the codex about changing the information in the index.php, and realized that I had just gotten myself lost. 1) I would not know which index.php to edit (the one in "/" or /directory)...and if I should do it with http://www.thesite.org//directoryA/wordpress. I obviously cannot see if I entered the website address wrong, because I no longer have access to the WP back end.
I still have the .htaccess and index.php in three locations.
Please, help me get the site up again, correct file locations within the directories, and the General Panel info right.
I know it's a lot, but thanks beforehand.