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  • Here is my problem which is kind of long, so please bear with me:

    Last weekend I decided to load my test site ( to the main directory so that I could tweak it for final release (

    Something went horribly wrong, which was, of course, my fault. However, I was able to restore everything by moving stuff around. The next time I tried (Sunday), I thought I was following the directions in the Codex, but everything went worse.

    Fortunately, I completely backed up my entire directory, including db’s. Now I have several issues.

    I tried erasing everything on the directory (took FOREVER), and because I couldn’t find how to restore the original files and folders other than ONE AT A TIME through cpanel, I dragged the files via ftp and waited FOREVER for them to copy. I know there has to be a better way, but I’m working on about 10 hours of sleep for the week (day job), and can’t figure it out.

    After moving everything over, I got a 500 error. I contacted my host who fixed it so that I ended with a 403 error. The interesting part is that if i type in the address of any of my pages, files, whatever, I get the “Maintenance” screen from the plugin I activated last week.

    Here are my questions:

    If I decide to do a complete new install of WordPress, will that wipe out everything? If so, is there a way that I can easily bring my old databases back in so that I don’t lose the information there? Or is there a way that I can restore everything that won’t take 24 hours to do?

    I’m ***this close*** to being totally frantic, as I *must* have this site up and going by the end of the weekend. Thanks for any help!

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  • If you have a SQL dump, wipe the database if there is one there, and try importing it with phpMyAdmin and change your wp-config.php accordingly.
    Good luck.

    I’m just reading about doing a SQL dump, but, frankly, considering the luck I’ve had this week, I’m a little nervous. But I *do* have the backup. I’ll give it a try.

    If you have uploaded all of the WP files to the new folder, you can try one of these tricks to reset the site URL in the database.

    Changing The Site URL

    Usually your Cpanel has a File Manager that will let you delete entire folders instead of doing them one at a time. Also, you can upload files with a free FTP client like Filezilla.

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