Following up on this, I have a related setup situation.
My (new) host is Hummingbird Hosting, site is ridenbaugh.com. This is my first time around with a DB of this; have always done plain HTML in the past.
I went through the process of setting up a database in the post above, then through the WordPress setup. Got a message in that process, "we are installing in [the directory location] ... Moving installation files into place...Done. Setting up config file...done. Finishing installation steps...done. Installation finished. To access your WordPress installation go to" - and gives the address. When I got there, it said:
Error establishing a database connection
This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can't contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host's database server is down.
Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
Are you sure that the database server is running?
I believe these things are correct - I downloaded and re-uploaded with what I believe are the correct settings, the wp-config.php file. Made no difference.
My web host indicates the servers are up.
Any suggestions on what to try next?