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  • I am moving my blog to another hosting provider and am having problems loading the backup database. I am trying to import WP data that was saved as a dump through phpMyAdmin (ver. The MySQL for the dump was (ver. 5.0 or 5.0.45). I am trying to move the database to another server that is using MySQL client (ver. 4.1.21). Here is the beginning of the error message I’ve received from phpMyAdmin:

    ERROR: Unknown Punctuation String @ 6
    STR: />

    <b>Warning</b>: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /web/myadmin/p50/73/export.php:150) in <b>/web/myadmin/p50/73/libraries/ob.lib.php</b> on line <b>61</b>

    Also, the new host shows the domain root as, but the prior host used And, the new host automatically created the database name/user name, which, of course, is not the same as the names I used with the other host. Are these the problems?

    Any help correcting this would be greatly appreciated.


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  • Wow, no response again. I have must ask really tough questions because I never seem to get a response. And I really am a nice guy. : )

    Anyway, here is what I have found out. If I can’t get this fixed, maybe this will help someone else.

    1) I had to correct the domain name in the database backup because my new URL does not use WWW.

    2) I have to find a way to convert my backup from UTF-8 character set to Latin1. I know this seems backwards, but my new hosting provider installs an old version of WP which sets the database to Latin1…and it can’t be changed. I will upgrade to the recent version of WP, but the character set will remain Latin1.

    Anyone know of a conversion generator to changes from UTF-8 to Latin1? I know it exists for the other direction.

    Installed WordPress myself so that the database would use the UTF-8 character set…and I still get the same error message. The tables are created in UTF-8. The global char set is still Latin1, but I don’t know if that matters.

    I really could use some help if anyone has an idea. I am looking at losing 3 full months of data, and I really can’t afford to do that.

    Please help. (God, I sound deperate, but I am.)

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