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Error establishing a database connection

  • khildreth


    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?


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  • 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.

    Moderator t-p


    Volunteer Moderator

    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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