[resolved] Error establishing a database connection (8 posts)

  1. Twainy
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have two WordPress blogs ...


    Two days ago I was in Domko ... I decided to add 4 categories and go back thru his entire blog and "edit" a majority of the images (entries) to include one of these new categories.

    Shortly after I did this I lost total ability to see anything related to my Web site. I contacted my webhost company and was told it had nothing to do with me but that someone with a similar IP was probably doing something non-intentional which was causing my site to shut down for an hour. It was supposedly a feature built in to the Web host to protect something or someone ... well whatever ... he insisted it wasn't me and that the entire world could still see my web site, that I was the only one who couldn't see it ... :o| ... I am still a little suspicious ...

    Wellllll ... the next day I got up and everything was fine ... I updated the two sites .. logged off and went to work.

    I came home last night to update the two sites and now when I click my log-in link on the web ste I get the error message below without even getting the log-in screen.

    I have not personally touched any of the PHP or HTM files.

    I have had these sites for a while without a problem.

    My Web Hosting company is pretty much clueless. They say to contact WordPress because they do not support that software and WordPress apparantly is telling me to contact my Web Hosting Compnay....

    I don't build or create datasbases for a living ... so I have no idea what the problem can be or how to fix it but I would like to fix it asap ... the Web Host company (which I spent over two hours on the phone with in the past 48 hours) says they will look into it but who knows how long that will take ... I want it fixed today.

    Does anyone have a simple answer for me? Since I didn't do anything that produced an immediate error message I am not sure what it could be ... but also ... since I didn't do anything that produced an immediate error message it makes me think that this must be a known problem ... either with databases, web hosting or WordPress ...

    I really want this fixed and I reallllly dont want it to happen again.

    Please helpppp ...

    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 mysql. 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?
    If you're unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

    ... sorry so long
    Happy Wednesday

  2. Starkmann
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I can see the latter but not the former (you're quite a photographer). If this is a change from your situation earlier in the day, I would consider contacting your host again. Perhaps they have been messing with their DB server and need to stop.
    If that fails, I might reinstall WP for the first site and point it at the same database you have been working with. See if that reestablishes the connection. Do make sure you back up your plugins and themes first though.

    As far as making sure it doesn't happen again. Not possible but you could consider a different host.

  3. Twainy
    Posted 9 years ago #

    grrrr ... I just noticed that when I go to Domko I cant even see the freaking site now ... I automatically get that stupid error message LOL

    umm but I can see Twainy still ... knock wood.

    Still get the error message trying to log in to the Admin section ...

    Yahoo would be happy to seeee meeee go, I'm sure LOL but that might be a biggggger hassel than staying at this point cuz I have quite a few sites hosted there ... thank god only 2 use ... wait ... brb ... it just dawned on me that I also have an old PFP Fanbase that uses the same database software ... :o|

    back ...

    ok ... there's something wrong with the database cuz I get the error ...

    Unable to select database.

    ... when I try to access the admin.php for that other non-WordPress site.

    Well ... I suppose WordPress peoples aren't gonnabe able to help me ... BUT ... it must have been something that I did with WordPress that caused this ... cuz I havent been in that other DB in months ...

    Thanx for trying ... maybe yahoo will fixx it ... *sigh* ... I feel obsessive-compulsive this morning ;o) ... I realllllly neeeed to update these sites today ... LOL ... maybe I'll go take my frustration out on some unsuspecting co-workers ... :o| ... LOL ... j/k!

    Not sure if I'd call myself a photographer ;o) ... I just signed up for Photography classes this fall ... soo ... I can only get better, right? LOL Thank you


    PS - now I cant get into the Twainy site either ... and you guessed it ... I am on the phone (on hold) AGAIN with yahoo ... who remarkabley have just indicated that I may not be alone in these connectivity issues. tic toc ...

  4. Twainy
    Posted 9 years ago #

    PPS - apparantly I am getting good at talking over Mr Tech Support Man on the phone ... cuz I could relate my entire 48 hour ordeal and get an answer in less than 11 minutes ... HOORAY ... cutting my phone time by 65%!!

    Well ... apparantly there are other people, isolated to my region (Illinois), having this connectivity problem ... snce there are other people having this problem THIS Techie has escalated the "ticket" ... stilll he said it could take 24-72 hours for someone to look at the problem & fix it ...

    I am gonnabe bugging them relentlessly until they fix it ... ;o) ... thank you for your support and I will let you know IF they can fix it ;o) ttfn

  5. U2MOFO1
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hey, Im having the same problem with my site u2mofo.com/blog

    It started this morning. I did some digging around here on these forums and its something that has happened before when Yahoo was upgrading or messing around with some things. It usually works itself out.

    Just wanted to let you know your not the only one.. im with Yahoo also..

    Im located in Minneapolis

  6. Twainy
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanx ... its nice to know I'm not alone ... :o)

    24 - 72 hours ...

    ... tic toc ....

    Happpy Wednesday

  7. U2MOFO1
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Mine is back up!

  8. Twainy
    Posted 9 years ago #

    At 3PM yesterday I got this message from Yahoo ... and everything is back to normal ... :o)


    Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Web Hosting.

    I understand that you are not able to establish a database connection.

    I would be glad to assist you for the same.

    I would like to inform you that the situation you described was known
    us and has been resolved now. We apologize for any inconvenience this
    problem may have caused you. You should now be able to access your
    database without any problems and should not have any issue with your

    However, if you continue to experience the problem, or if we can be of
    assistance in another matter, please let us know by replying to this

    If you can then describe in as much detail as possible:

    * The problem you are having.
    * Any steps you take leading up to the issue.
    * How frequently it occurs.
    * The exact text of any error messages you received.

    It will help us to provide a solution more quickly.

    Thank your for your patience.

    Have a nice day!

    Please do not hesitate to reply if you need further assistance.



    Yahoo! Customer Care

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