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  • Hello,

    I know virtually nothing about setting up websites and have been teaching myself. However, I am at a complete loss after hours of trying various tricks.

    I created my site today; I had five pages (Home, Shop, Blog, About, Contact, with those slug names). All were to be post-less pages excepting the Blog page.
    My original problem began when I could not see my blog post on the Blog page – I had made a “Test” post, “Test Post” as the title, “Test test” as the content. I had created a static page for the Home/front page, and the posts page for the Blog page.

    (Meanwhile, I do not know if this helps: I installed the theme “Photolistic” for now, I intend on changing it if I ever recover my site.)

    I tried numerous different things to get the posts to appear. Playing with permalinks, coding, the above static page in Readings, etc. Then I found this article:

    So I thought I’d try that. I changed the WordPress address to and left the Site address as Per step 5, I did not worry about the error message that was supposed to show up, which it did.
    It is step 6 that is throwing me off – not only do I have no clue as to what the “core files” are, but I have no idea how to move them to the “new location” (which I assume is

    Truth be told, I’m not really even all that clear on what an index.php is, which I am sure is relevant to my problem[s].

    And now I’m stuck without being able to log back in and revert everything to before I started this. now looks like some Geocities site à la 1996.

    Help help help! And please explain without a lot of coding jargon, as I really will have no idea what you are talking about…

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  • Unfortunately, fixing this will probably require some ‘coding jargon’. You will need to know how to use either ftp or phpMyAdmin to fix this. If you do not know one of these, please use this Contact Me form and I will try to help.

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