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  • I am a new WP user. I’d been told that it was good to “take my blog to the next level” if I wanted to be serious and get WP. I bought hosting, domain and all that stuff. My site is broken and WP won’t install.

    It says there is no config file but there is. I edited in wordpad myself and uploaded it via ftp. I took the host info right from the control panel of my host, so I have no idea what WP wants from me. I hate having my site broken. I would hate to have to point it back over to blogger and scrap the whole Wp thing after getting a host package just to do this!

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  • Hi Heatherdw,

    Sorry for your frustration, the initial setup of any web application be a tricky sometimes, stick with it though and it’ll be worth it in the end.

    I realise this piece of advice may be a little late but the right choice of hosting can make a big difference, many hosts offer a ‘1-Click install’ of WordPress which bypasses all the technical configuration. Be sure to check if your host offers this.
    WordPress has a page about hosting here:

    Check that the filename of the config file is correct, the filename should be config.php but Wordpad has probably called it config.php.txt and Windows is hiding the ‘.txt’ from you.
    You may be able to see the whole filename in your ftp client or often your web host will have a filemanager.

    Also Wordpad is not a good choice of text editor so use Notepad++ ( which is free and much better suited to the job.


    Welcome to WordPress community, I’m sorry this is discouraging you.

    I would not use WordPad. It mangles the file.

    If you are willing to try to something new, try this free editor:

    I don’t know how you are uploading your files but this client is an easy choice:

    That’s a good place to start. Sounds to me like WordPress is not the problem. You are just new to this self-managed server. You might choose a host that specializes in WordPress hosting and support.

    Working at the server level may cause you other problems so, if you can, you might keep your blog running at the blogger site so you can enjoy the process.

    A second domain name for testing and development is a great investment. Use the link editor for all internal links because as long as you don’t refer to the domain name in your internal links, you can swap out one domain for the other easily. Your host can help you password-protect the entire domain so you can work privately. Once you get the site up and running, you’ll never want to go back.

    Rob’s post says it all.

    **agrees with reportica and robgeorgeuk**

    SimpleScripts to install, then NotePad++ and FileZilla.

    Take your time selecting plugins, and keep things as simple as possible. Look to see how recently they have been updated, and take a look at their support forums to see what kind of trouble people might have had and what kinds of solutions (if any) they have found.

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    @heatherdw: Who is your web host? Do they have a one-click WordPress installer like many hosts do, i.e. Bluehost, GoDaddy, etc?

    WordPress › PHP / MySQL Recommended Web Hosting

    Stick with it heatherdw, I’m sure that you can sort it out.

    1&1 is the host. I downloaded notepad ++ and used it to open the config,check and resave it and it was correct. i even reuploaded it for good measure to overwrite the old file. still erroring on me

    Error establishing a database connection
    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at This could mean your host’s database server is down.

    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?
    If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

    I have a feeling that the issue is something small and silly. Not sure what it would be though. i’m getting the info right from my control panel for 1&1

    Hi Heatherdw,

    Ok, it sounds like the wp-config.php is there and being read by WordPress ok but it is having trouble connecting to the database.

    Have you created an empty database from your 1and1 control panel? If not you’ll need to create one.
    If the empty database does exist then check (and double check) the 4 database settings in wp-config.php as even an extra space or period can cause problems.


    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator


    Full FAQ with screenshots from 1&1 on how to install WP
    and how to create a database

    i created the database and I checked the 1&1 faq. I even deleted wp and reuploaded, but of course now it’s even more messed up because now it gives me this


    Okay, got it back to the “old error” but still.. I have the old error so I’m no closer to fixing it and I’ve checked the info a zillion times!

    Try to follow the 1&1 guide that songdogtech recommended : as this guide eliminates the need for you to create and edit the wp-config file.

    At step 9 in the article (where you enter database info), you will need to follow the 2nd example (figure 8).


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