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  • Following the first steps of the documentation, I can’t view my own WP “site.” I’ve installed WP onto my existing website. “View Site” is NOT a link on my administration page even though the documentation refers to “View Site”. There is a link to “Visit site” (upper left, next to the namne of my website) but that simply takes me to the index.htm of my own site. As a matter of fact, I don’t even have an “Administrator Panel” by that name. The page I’m allows me to do all the configuration -and I have done some of that. It carries the label “Dashboard” on the upper left, below my website name. Perhaps I’m looking at older documentation. So, the questions are:

    1. How do I, in fact, “view” my WP site as a visitor would see it?
    2. How do I set up a link to the WP blog so that people on my website can click to go to it?

    Any help is appreciated.

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  • 1 – set up a normal – not admin user- to see how site looks to normal folks

    2 – just put a link anywhere? Maybe you need to explain this better

    here is how the dashboard (admin section) should look

    Samboll -THANK YOU. I now think I have a sort of handle on what’s going on.

    First of all, it appears that my Dashboard page is, indeed, the “administrator panel” referred to in the documentation, judging from what you showed me.

    Second, the WP install (done by my hosting service, LunarPages) was to the ROOT of my web site. But I already have had the website for some period of time, so when I click “Visit Site” from the dashboard, what I see is the homepage of my website -NOT the WP “home page.” If my website were nothing BUT WP, then maybe I would see the effect of all the configuration I had done from the dashboard.

    What I want is to set up WP as a section within my website, which visitors may get to either by clicking a link, such as “Leave a Comment.” That’s what I meant by outting a link somewhere (on a page or pages of the web site). Otherwise, someone who wanted to view/post in WP could simply type an address in their browswer. I presume the link should be the same as any other, I just need to know the target page for it.

    Sooooo … what I have NOW done is to configure general settings for a different blog address. Specifically to a folder off the root called “EbayCustomerCenter.” But this simply gave me a 404 error when I clicked “Visit Site.”

    Getting in even DEEPER, I changed the index php file to “point to” the new folder for the blog homepage. Here is how it looks now:

    * Front to the WordPress application. This file doesn’t do anything, but loads
    * wp-blog-header.php which does and tells WordPress to load the theme.
    * @package WordPress
    * Tells WordPress to load the WordPress theme and output it.
    * @var bool
    define(‘WP_USE_THEMES’, true);
    /** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */

    You can see where I inserted the reference to the EbayCustomerCenter. But now what I get when I click “Visit Site” is a simple file structure which looks like this:

    Index of /EbayCustomerCenter
    Name Last modified Size Description
    Parent Directory 31-Jan-2009 06:06 –

    Apache/1.3.41 Server at Port 80

    I suppose that’s progress, but obviously not what I wanted to see. So, WP now knows where it is supposed to go -its just not doing anything there.

    You won’t hurt my feelings if you tell me to uninstall at start all over again, but I hope there is a quick fix I can do to get this puppy working. Thanks very much for your prompt reply and I do hope to hear from you soon.


    I’m not clear – do you want to keep your existing site and have wordpress in a folder like /blog? Or are you wanting to have wp do it all in root?

    I’m interpreting you want a /blog like structure and leave your main site in root.

    the Ebay thing is throwing me. Do you want someone to click on a link from main site and it go to ebay folder? which would be a wordpress environment?

    I’m dense so try give a bit better explanation.

    All I’m doing is setting up a blog for my ebay customers to leave messages for me and each other. That would be on one section of my website. Other sections have other stuff. So, WP is just an added feature of my website. Evidently, however, WP assumes the website is there pretty much just for WP.

    Now I’m in real trouble because I changed the setting for the location of the WP files to a place where they were not installed when I first set up WP -thinking this would move all the WP files to that directory (the EbayCustomerCenter) folder I had created. Well, now I can’t get back to the administrator panel because of the redirect I evidently created. And I can’t find the file that has the redirect info in it.

    ok – cool
    change settings back

    now move wordpress correctly to ebay folder

    now you can link to it from wherever

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