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  • Jonners


    I completed installation of the current version of WordPress. The site is there. However, when I ran wp-admin/install.php, it came back with an error message saying that it could not establish a connection with the database. I therefore do not have the login or randomly generated password needed to do anything with the site.
    Going by my site control panel, the database has in fact been created and populated (though of course I don’t know if this happened correctly or not).
    Running install.php again it suggests that I should reinstall the database first. Can I just delete it and run install.php again, or must I go back further in the process than this?
    Secondly, I note from the detailed help on installation this:
    “Also, a common error is that some people forget to make the database user a member of the database.”
    I can’t see anything whatever on my db control panel that seems to relate to this. I don’t even know what I should be looking for. Any help?

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  • “completed installation” – it’s not complete until you do see a login link and password. If it can’t talk to the db, it cannot populate the tables
    There is a link to How to Install in the Codex wiki, but I can’t get there right now..



    I’ve gone back, deleted the database, and created a new one. I checked my wp-config.php, but I couldn’t see anything wrong with it so left it as it is. In other words, I retraced my steps precisely.
    And…I’m in.
    Confusing, but I’m glad it’s done.

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