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  • Hi,

    I was following the instructions from here

    when I got to step 5 I was immediately presented with the following error..

    Internal Server Error
    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
    Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    I now can’t access the blog or the admin panel no matter what URL I try.

    Worpress address is:
    Blog address is:

    I have already changed and moved the index.php file.

    Anythoughts would be appreciated.

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  • Moderator kmessinger


    You should be able to login to your site thru what ever your host assigns you for site admin like vdeck or whatever.

    Then you can see all the files.

    I can see the files (through ftp or through my host GoDaddy), but I don’t understand what it broken or what to change/fix.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Find the file index.php. It should be in the root of the directory where you were moving your blog or it may be in the root of the directory where your blog was.

    You should be able to go to that address with your browser.

    Okay, my WordPress aplication was originally installed at and running fine for months. I decided I wanted to leave the application where it was but change it so that the was the root directory for the blog. So…

    All I did was follow the instructions in the link that I started this post with.

    when I clicked on update I immediately received the Server Error I referenced.

    The index file at the root level reads:

    /* Short and sweet */
    define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);

    Should I delete the index file in the campliving/wordpress directory that reads:

    /* Short and sweet */
    define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);

    I can’t get to either one.

    Moderator kmessinger


    If you can see the files and yet you (me also) cannot get to them with the address in the browser maybe it is indeed a 500 error and you should contact your host.

    Can you still ftp? If so, just follow the rest of the instructions. If not, (as I suspect) even more of a reason to call the host.

    Thanks for all the help. I have put in a support ticket with GoDaddy. I can still ftp.

    Do you have any idea what file gets updated when you change the address of the Blog URL in the admin folder.

    Maybe I can manually edit that?

    After re-reading this thread I’ve added an important sentence to that #5 in the Codex guide:

    (Do not worry about the error message and do not try to see your blog at this point!)

    And no files are ‘updated’: all your settings are stored in the datasbase.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Thanks moshu!

    “I can still ftp.” Great, “just follow the rest of the instructions.”


    Thanks. However,

    As you can see, I did finish the instructions

    The index file reads

    /* Short and sweet */
    define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);

    However, I can’t access any URL at all. Any thoughts?

    Did you copy the htaccess file, too, as indicated in the guide?
    (of course, if you have one)

    Yes, but I’ve since deleted. I can put it back in, but it is not updating. what should it look like from a code standpoint?

    As a side note. I do not have an htaccess file in the root directory of any of my other blogs.

    Moderator kmessinger


    Looks like you got it!

    Thank you both for your help. I wish I could tell you I know why, but the site is back up.

    Kmessinger, i’m thinking you might have been right from the beginning that it really was a hosting issue. I put in a ticket (haven’t heard back yet), but outside of that I haven’t done anything else.

    So, for whatever reason, I can now get to my blog at

    Once again I appreciate the input from both of you.


    Hi I think something very similar or even exactly the same just happened to me as it did for 993C4S:

    After previously having my blog located at MYSITE.COM/BLOG, and wanting to keep all of the original blog files and postings in the Blog folder, and just access them from my folder), my blog is now completely inaccessible.

    I first tried following the ‘Giving WordPress its own directory’ page instructions and changing the specs on the Options page to:
    WordPress address (URL): MYSITE.COM/BLOG and
    Blog address (URL): MYSITE.COM) and also editing the index.php file (in the root folder) to require('./wp-blog-header.php'); – [taking out the require('./BLOG/wp-blog-header.php'); Lastly, I copied and pasted the code that the Admin page told me to insert into the .htaccess file, and ftped them to the served. At first the blog WAS loading into the ROOT url address, but I still saw a lot of posts as ‘…./blog/post-name….’ yet they all seem to have their URL name automatically change to ‘…….ROOT/post-name…’, so after that, I went back into the Wp-Admin page, selected my site’s ROOT URL for both

    WordPress address (URL): MYSITE.COM and
    Blog address (URL): MYSITE.COM), and then that’s when the “barbecuing of my blog” began to occur.

    Please help – would be SO much appreciated, as neither I nor anyone else can access my site’s blog at the moment or publish for it – 🙁

    Thank you so much in advance…..

    UPDATE: I was since able to retrieve my Admin-Dash (which fortunately game me access to all of my blog’s posts), but now, everytime I try to load a post (with the ‘*BLOG/’ removed – so before it was, no the URL on the home page lists as – i.e. everything with the ‘BLOG’ is auto-removed), but I just get a 404 – File not Found everytime I click on the link.

    Now I am wondering that EVEN if I have to start all over again, what will happen if I want to use my site’s root for posts – very perplexing and disturbing. I do of course have confidence that the posts are there, since they are in the database, but I would really like to resolve this issue. Thanks everyone.

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