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  • Hello,

    For 2 days now I have been unable to access my wordpress blog (, I always get this same, plain message.
    When I try to go to the wp-admin side of the blog I get the same message, so I can’t do much.
    Is this a wordpress server problem or how can I fix this?
    Please be as simple as possible as I’m not an experienced user.

    Thanks in advance for your precious help.

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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 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:

    Hi I can’t access to wp-config.php it gives me the same error message.
    And this may sound stupid but how do I know what my hosting provider is? I thought it was wordpress?

    Moderator t-p


    Are you self hosting?
    Are paying some other hosting company to host your blog?
    Is your blog on

    I wasn’t the one who set up the blog but I believe it is hosted on
    I asked around for the info but the person who made the blog isn’t reachable anymore.

    Hi, my blog is back, maybe it was just an issue with the server? Thanks for your help anyway.

    I am also facing problem…
    see my post at –

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    @way2faisal, Sorry that’s not how these forums work. You need to wait patiently for people to help. If you want to contribute towards other people’s topics please do, but don’t post just to say you’re experiencing the same problem.


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