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  • You can edit your hosts file on your PC (or Mac or Linux) system to make go to the ip address of vitdad,freehostia,com. Once you do that, you should be able to get to the admin pages.


    Thanks Peter I will try that. I thought it might have something to do with the .htaccess file but I hate to mess with them 🙂 Thanks again, I will update on what happens.

    Ok so I wasn’t able to make anything work outside of crashing it and getting a 500 Error. Typical!

    Any chance anyone might have an idea as to how I could go about this?


    Can you get to the database using phpmyadmin or the control panel?

    Yes I believe that I can do.

    If you can get to the database, do an export, this will serve as both backup and the source for recovering the system. Make a copy of the backup and change all occurrences of the old url to the new one. Then restore the database. This might work, if it fails, it’s no worse than the current situation and you can now install it on a local test install or at least recover your data.

    If you’re skilled at SQL or know someone who is, this can be fixed in place. the most critical urls are in wp_options.


    Thanks for your help. Looks like the free host I had this hosted on has disabled the option to restore the db. I was able to export the sql file and did as you’ve mentioned above but now I can’t seem to find the place to import it.

    You should set up test hosting on your workstation. Get a copy of WAMP, MAMP, XAMP or some other LAMP clone and build the site at home. when you get that working you can find a better host.


    Thanks for the suggestion. I am only really looking to get the content off the site and it will not likely become operational again. I was hoping to be able to somehow access the backend and get what I need.

    I have another host I use which is much better, it’s just this is back from about 2009 or so and it would be great to be able to get the data from it.

    I’m sure there is a way around this considering people often go from a free to a paid host.


    With that database dump you should be able to install a new copy of WordPress, set the URLs to match the new site and restore the data. There are many forum topics on migrating WordPress sites, there are even some plugins to help with it.


    Sounds great! I might start on that soon.
    Man I wish I kept up with db work. hahaha

    I’ll update this post with what happens.


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