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  • All,

    I went through the setup and now trying to post pages.

    Edited the wp-config.php and the config-default.php files, but when I try adding pages in Admin get this error.

    Looking at the site, via external link show default home page without theme/css and was getting this error prior to edit of the 2 files, but I had to add

    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘mypass’);

    I need some help to get this up ASAP. A tech friend says this is a problem with the Linux “root” admin setup, but not sure about that.



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  • Moderator t-p


    Error connecting to your database is common, but it isn’t necessarily a problem with wordpress itself.

    – double check your wp-config.php file settings for the database name, database username and database password. This is where most errors occur.
    -Then check that you don’t need to change the database host from “localhost” to something else. You can get that info from your hosting provider.
    -Check you have actually created a database with the same database name as is in your wp-config.php file.
    -Last, but not least, if all that information is correct your database probably has a problem with it, and you may need to contact your hosting provider.
    There are also many threads on this topic on these forums:

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