Error establishing a database connection (3 posts)

  1. khildreth
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Two of my WP sites just started with this error.
    I haven't made any recent changes.
    Any ideas?

    I'm curious about the new auto updates. Have there been any recently and could that be an issue?
    Will those be listed on wordpress.org?


  2. Pioneer Web Design
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Contact your web host. Often this is a host issue (when a site dev. has not modified the site) or, another scenario is a compromised site. Scan site at Sucuri.

  3. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    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 if the database server is online / if they have any other problem at their end, or they made any changes to your account, or if there are any limitations/restrictions, if the hosting package is set to Windows and not Linux, etc.
    - There are also many threads on this topic on these forums: http://wordpress.org/search/Error+establishing+a+database+connection?forums=1

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