Install.php not working second time around (3 posts)

  1. reece-alife
    Posted 6 years ago #


    I downloaded WordPress 2.9.2
    Then I created a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
    Then I renamed the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php and made the changes needed with database details and secret key stuff, saved.
    Then i used filezilla to upload the wordpress folder to my /www folder on the server.
    I went through the install but it had weird lines of code at the top of each page, then completed install. Then I couldn't get into wordpress.


    I read a few things that said it had to be in the root directory (/) so I moved the wordpress folder in (/www) up to (/). Then i couldn't access the page still.

    So I deleted the folder, deleted the database. Created a new database (same name) and uploaded the entire wordpress directory again (this time directly into the root (/)). But now I get a 404 when I try to go to http://a-life.me/wordpress or http://a-life.me/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php.

    Help please :(

    (I'm using cPanel btw).

  2. Samuel B

    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm guessing you were right the 1st time
    a lot of hosts use www and public_html for the root
    getting the install to run tells me that

    not sure about the weird lines of code, but try it again in the www folder

    edit - just noticed you said cpanel
    you should have a public_html folder - that will be your root

  3. DianeV
    Posted 6 years ago #

    WordPress does *not* have to be in the root directory, but there may be some confusion here.

    - If you upload the wordpress folder (directory) to your root directory (whether root is called "www" or "public_html" or whatever on your server), then WP would not be in the root ... it would be in the wordpress folder under the root directory:

    - If you want WordPress to be in root, then after you extract WP from the .zip or .tar file, upload everything that's in the wordpress folder to the root ... but not the directory/folder itself. Then you'd access it as site.com.

    That said, I'm not sure what's causing the installation problem. There should *not* be weird lines of code at the top of each page during installation. I'm wondering if this has to do with how you uploaded the files.

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