Installing on a university web account (5 posts)

  1. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hello. I'm new to wordpress, and to web development, but I have decided to put a blog on my student web account. University of Washington has PHP but they make you set up mySQL on your own with detailed instructions (http://www.washington.edu/computing/web/publishing/mysql-install.html)
    Followed the instructions, got mySQL up and running on my web space and phpMyAdmin to manage it. Then I made a new database called "blog" using phpMyAdmin.
    However, I have yet to get wordpress to install. I use these settings (but have changed them around to test it)
    define('DB_NAME', 'blog'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'root'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', '****'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value
    but every time I go /wp-admin/install.php I get :
    "Error establishing a database connection! This probably means that the connection information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect. Double check it and try again."
    What am I missing? Should I try making a new mySQL user account rather then using root?

  2. lanth
    Posted 11 years ago #

    At a guess, you might need to change the db_host value. Looks like maybe y0ur host should be 'ovid.u.washington.edu' or 'vergil.u.washington.edu'. Worth a shot anyways.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I have tried those host names, and have also tried making a new mysql account called "wordpress" with a different password from root with full permisions, and put it on wp-config.php, but still nothing. Would browser cache possibly be causing problems? If install doesn't work the first time, should I erase the cashe before trying again?

  4. James Huff
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Many universities (mine include) have installed some sort of thing that blocks you from doing anything dynamic on their servers unless it's specially activated for you individually. By "dynamic" I mean PHP and CGI.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Problem resolved! I found a wordpress user on the uw student web sever who was most helpful.
    In the db_host value, you have to specify the port along with the server name.
    'DB_HOST', 'vergil.u.washington.edu:12345'

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