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  • Vahidak


    Hi everyone,

    I have a question about installing wordpress, a friend of mine used have a website built using wordpress, the designer who designed his website did sign up for a hosting contract using his own email and info and then he stopped paying for the the monthly fees of the host and they took the website down and then that contract expired, but before all that to happen he took a backup and gave it to this friend of mine in a zipped file. It is a file containg the usual wordpress folders like Admin, Content and Includes and… Now I want to know if he buys a new host can he install everything using this zipped file? Like a bulk upload / install? Is there a plugin or another technical way to install the old website completely? He doesn’t want to loose his old website design / pages / theme…

    Any suggestion or advice would be greatly appreciated.


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  • Moderator t-p


    a zipped file. It is a file containg the usual wordpress folders like Admin, Content and Includes and…

    Do you also have database backup? It is the database that contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog.

    useful codex guide:



    t-p is right you need your SQL backup to have everything from your old website. No plugin for this, just go in PHP MyAdmin and import your file. After importing just make sure your wp-config file is set to SQL DB, User, and correct password.

    If you DNS is set right (IP to server, etc), and you have uploaded and extracted your .ZIP file, then yes you can use a new host provider.

    If you need help let me know



    Thank you for your help ans support and sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier.

    So I did make a bulk upload and uploaded the old website entirely where I received this error:
    Error establishing a database connection
    and this is the address:
    SO I did a little research and added this line:
    define(‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true);
    to config file and then again I received the same error message on this address as well:
    So using my very little knowledge I did change
    define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);
    from false to true and I received this new error message:

    Warning: mysqli_real_connect(): (HY000/2002): No such file or directory in /homepages/36/d700076739/htdocs/clickandbuilds/GuiaPortuguesRoma221668/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1452
    Error establishing a database connection
    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?
    If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

    Any help, advice or suggestion please?

    Thanks in advance

    Moderator t-p


    – “Error establishing a database connection” means that there is a problem with the connection to your database
    – a problem with the credentials stored in the wp-config.php file not matching what mysql expects.
    – Try reviewing the following codex for some guidance:
    – Also review this tutorial:

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