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    I initially signed up for the free WordPress blog, then migrated over to an existing web host company I have, when I realized the limitiations of the free version.

    I installed v2.3 and when I tried to log-in I got the common “Error, WordPress requires Cookies….” that many others have battled with. I made a change to my login.php but still get the error.

    Now, I initally installed WordPress in a sub-domain and read sometimes that causes problems. Since I can’t log-in, I deleted all 2.3 files and tried to re-install in my domain root directory. Error came back “WordPress already installed.” So not sure if there are system files somewhere that I’m not deleting.

    Can somebody help this newbie get me installed????? It’s been several days of frustration.


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  • 1. That’s a false statement that WP doesn’t work in a subdomain. It does. Many times there are problems if the subdomain in fact is redirected to another subfolder… (though not the kind of error messages you get)
    2. Deleting the files does NOT delete WP: all the content (posts, Pages, comments AND settings!) are in the database. So, if your config file in the “new” location is still pointing to the existing database, of course it will report that it is installed.

    Moshu, maybe I missed something but I didn’t see you offer a solution. I looked at my wp-config file but I don’t see any database location being mentioned.

    Is the “database” on my hosting server or on WordPress servers?

    Should I just delete my account, delete all files and start all over?

    Please help direct me to a fix.

    Before offering help it is good to make sure we talk the same langugae…
    Like in the case of the database, which you say yo don’t have. Without a database you can NOT have WP installed. And the name of the database, its location (server/host) and the DB user and DB password is in your wp-config.php file – regardless what you are saying.

    We didn’t get yet to the cookie issue because it is still not clear whether you have a running WP now or not. If yes, where?

    Moshu, here is the config.php contents with my P/W x’d out. There are no posts, etc.. since I’ve not been able to log in, given the Cookies Required Error.

    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘db220274142’); // The name of the database
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘dbo220274142’); // Your MySQL username
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘xxxxxxx’); // …and password
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value
    define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);
    define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

    I see… and as I stated: if the same config file (or same content in it) has been used during your initial installation – it points to the already existing installation, that’s why it say: It is already installed…
    Don’t forget, not only the posts, commenst, Pages are stored in the database but ALL your WP settings, too!

    A link to your site at this moment would be beneficial.

    OK, since in the database you still have the old (subfolder) address – let’s make first the blog to appear normally.
    here is the fix.

    Then we will try to make the next step.

    ok moshu, thanks for that link. I believe I have made the correct change.

    Yet we still have this odd “redirect/cookie” issue.

    Did a quick search and seemingly with WP 2.3 changing the installation’s location it comes up on certain hosts… although I couldn’t figure out a pattern 🙁

    Dod you have access to the database via phpMyadmin? If yes, this is what I’d do (sorry, at this moment I don’t have a better solution)
    Go into the database with phpMyadmin and select all the tables and then at the bottom: “With selected > Drop” (or something like that). That would delete all the tables but leaves the database.
    Then run again the install.php file.

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