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  • Resolved northtexan95


    I’ve taken over two websites on a local Windows 2003 server which uses WordPress. I have no previous experience with WordPress but I’ve been tasked with moving the sites to a new Server 2012 box. After some research it appears the easiest way to do this is with a plugin to copy the data over.

    My issue is I cannot bring up the Dashboard on the old server. I’ve tried various combinations of “localhost” to no avail. Is there somewhere I can look to determine what the original person used for the localhost setting?

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  • Moderator Steve Stern


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    By definition, localhost is

    Hmm … perhaps I didn’t state my question in the best way. I know that but any use of localhost or the ip address just brings up a 404 error. I suppose a better way to word my question would have been how do I bring up the WordPress Dashboard.

    When I did a fresh install of WordPress on the new server, going to the localhost brings up the WordPress Dashboard. That doesn’t happen on the old server so the guy who created the site might have set up WordPress differently from the default. I’m wondering if there’s a way I can determine how to access the WordPress Dashboard when going to the localhost address isn’t working.

    I also now realize my question may not fit in this forum. If you need to move it I’m fine with that.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  northtexan95.
    Moderator Steve Stern


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    Can you find the database used for that site? If so, look in the wp-options table to see what URL he set for it. The URLs should be in the first couple of rows of that table.

    I found the answer here:

    Adding wp-options to the end of the web address gave me the login screen. It’s amazing how something as simple as that can slip by when trying to learn new software on the fly.

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