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  • trying to use one click install on dream host to install woprdpress.
    i get an email that says it could not install because the directory is not empty.
    im a noob.
    the directory i want to use is my domain (the .com)
    on the directory is a forum that shows up as .com/forum
    i dont want to lose the forum info because its already active
    how do i get wordpress installed so that its address on the web is rather than

    hopefully this made sense to somebody.
    thanks in advance

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  • Moderator cubecolour


    Upload the WordPress files using ftp, set up a database & do a manual installation.

    your host may have a placeholder index file you will need to delete 1st

    numeeja offers good advice, though

    I’m having the same problem as @golferscott, and I’m also a true beginner. I’ve browsed that Codex link and simply cannot seem to find instructions that pertain to my problem.

    @samuel B, where should I look for this “placeholder” index? And is this in place of uploading my blog via FTP, or is that a separate step that comes later?

    Please help. I’m lost. Thanks a lot.

    Moderator James Huff


    If you have already installed WordPress, there is probably an index.html or home.html file in the same directory as the WordPress index.php file. Remove the index.html or home.html file, either via FTP or your hosting provider’s file manager, and all should be fine.

    If you have not yet installed WordPress, are you trying to use an automated installer, or are you installing manually?

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