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  • So, I have a site already that I run wordpress on. I am setting up a second site, which I decided I could run wordpress on as well.

    They are two separate domains, but run on the same server.

    Here’s what I did:
    I downloaded wordpress.
    I copied the wp-config.php from my existing site.
    I changed the table prefix for the database from “wp_” to “8ball_” and left all the other settings and info for the database the same.
    I uploaded all the wordpress files to my server.

    When I access my site, it takes me to “/wp-admin/install.php” but all I get is an error saying the webpage has a redirect loop.

    Please advise.

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  • May be the primary domain set on the dashboard is giving the issue?

    How would I check that?

    Do you still have your old files on the server? or did you delete all the old files and started uploading the newer ones?

    What old files?
    I’m running TWO websites on this server. (Actually three, but the third isn’t using WordPress.)

    There are no old files for this domain; only the wordpress files I uploaded.

    You said, you have copied wp-config.php from your existing site. If it is a new site you can delete the wp-config.php altogether (for your new site) and simply head to the domain. It will automatically prompt you to create a new wp-config.php and on later steps it will ask for database and prefix etc. That might help you.

    Okay, I tried that, but it didn’t work.
    I was taken to a page that said:

    There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started.

    Need more help? We got it.

    You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.

    I clicked the button that said “create a configuration file” but nothing would happen. I manually copied the link to /wp-admin/setup-config.php and entered that URL but it just sent me back to the “Not found” page I’ve been staring at.

    You will have to create that file manually, Use an FTP program and login to your host and locate the file “wp-config-sample.php” edit the file and rename the file as wp-config.php. You can read more about editing the config file here

    If I just rename the file I only see an error message declaring “Error establishing a database connection”.
    If I change the database name, user, and password to what the database uses, (as well as the table prefix, of course) then I still have the same loop error.

    Is this is multisite WordPress installation? Does this help you ?

    Okay, I just tried adding the code that site mentioned.

    Now when I try to access the site I get a blank screen. Nothing is visible; it’s just a blank white screen. When I look at the source code, it’s just an empty head and an empty body.
    When I try directly accessing the wp-admin page, it is the same.

    My other site is still working flawlessly.

    Could you clear the cache of you browser and try once again? Perhaps try a different browser?


    Just cleared the cache, no change. Tried IE and Firefox, no change.

    Still just a blank page.

    Is this a WordPress multisite installation? if it is not a multisite installation, the above code might not work. You have to undo that.

    I have two wordpress sites. They are both running on the same server. They are both connecting to the same database. They are however using different domains, and I ftp into separate folders. (Obviously.)

    I just created a new database, and erased everything from the site, and downloaded and re-installed WordPress brand new again, and I STILL am getting this redirect loop nonsense!

    Is there a problem with 3.8.2 that nobody caught yet?

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