Learning More: Installing WordPress (67 posts)

  1. kbch
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hello, geniuses. This may be a dopey question, but I just -- I mean *just* -- signed up with a new domain name and a new host, created a db, downloaded WP, edited the config file and uploaded everything.

    My domain hasn't propagated yet. I can view my site by going to the IP address of the server.

    Should I wait until the domain propagates before running the install script? Is the script going to write stuff that needs the domain name?

    Thanks. -- clueless in hollywood

  2. skippy
    Posted 11 years ago #

    It won't really hurt anything to run install.php through the IP address; but you won't be able to do much once it's installed because all the generated links will reference the domain name.

    I'd say wait until the domain name propogates.

  3. kbch
    Posted 11 years ago #


  4. Cookie_503
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I get the "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. " error message.
    Guys from the IRC chanell tried to help me but no rezults:
    -here is the wp-config.php file:
    define('DB_NAME', 'SAVEFULGA_lx_ro'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'SAVEFULGA_lx_ro'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', ''); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', localhost); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value
    -on lx.ro(my host) it says
    mysql database name: NAME_lx_ro
    mysql database login username: NAME_lx_ro
    mysql database login password: the password u choose when u signed in
    mysql database host name: localhost
    Can anyone tell what's wrong?I would really aprrecite anyone's help,thank u!

  5. echo9er
    Posted 11 years ago #

    In reading the 5 Minute installation, I am a little confused about installing on my server. Here is what I want to do:

    Web Site: echo9er.com
    Blog site: echo9er.com/blog

    Now, I would like to have WordPress in its own directory, (/WordPress), but the way I read the instruction, It should be installed in the (/blog) directory.

    The directory tree would look something like this:

    etc. . .

    If I install in a /WordPress Directory, will it work? Or, do I need to install in the /blog directory?

    Thanks in advance. Just starting with WordPress and I'm excited to do so. Any and ALL hep APPRECIATED.


  6. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 11 years ago #

    You can install it in any directory that you would like to. /blog is just an example. More info:


  7. moshu
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Is the "SAVEFULGA" your user name on the website?
    Do you have any admin interface - like cPanel or similar - to interact with your site?

  8. echo9er
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thank you.

  9. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hey, here's the answer to the bluedomino guy: bluedomino doesn't use localhost. Change your config to say mysql.bluedomino.com, and it'll install.

    Then you'll get to where I am, which is where it gives you a username and password, and when you try to login to wordpress with it, it just wipes the username/password screen, and sends me
    to <blogdir>/wp-login.php?redirect_to=%2Fspiveyscorner%2Fwp-admin%2Findex.php
    which, instead of redirecting me to the admin page, just blanks out
    the username & password boxes.

  10. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Also, wp-config.php is a blank page now, after I installed. Any suggestions?

  11. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    When you say "wp-config.php is a blank page now" what do you mean ? Viewed through a browser, that file will always be blank.

    As for the redirect, have you checked that everything uploaded correctly ?
    Are you hosted on a Windows server ?
    If after it redirects you, if you manually edit the url to be
    <blogdir>wp-admin/post.php what happens ?

  12. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #


    thanks for the fast response!

    If you want to take a look, I'll post the password here, and change it after you're done poking around.


  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I removed the pw.

    To answer my question, no I can't get to /post.php

    One thing to try is changing your password. Have you tried that ?
    You can do that by clicking where it says, and there is also a guide here: http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/phpmyadmin/

  14. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Yeah, it's been changed once, and that didn't do it.

    Have you seen this before? Where should I go from here?

  15. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    As a side note, if you enter the password incorrectly, it tell you it's wrong. If you enter it correctly, it accepts it (I assume) and tries to redirect you to the admin page, but it doesn't make it there

  16. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    We have seen this before, but not for a long time :)

    Have you checked that all the files have been uploaded correctly and that none have a filesize of 0 ?

  17. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    no 0's, and I just moved the whole set to the server again, overwrote everything, same junk. Thanks for looking at this for me.

  18. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Are you on a Windows Server ?

  19. jerspi
    Posted 11 years ago #

    bluedomino said it was unix. Their sql is only on unix servers

  20. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    A search turns up this thread: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/33701
    to which there looks like no solution - except moving host.

    Unfortunately, unless bluedomino can help here, I'm not sure what we can do...

  21. DrB
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Ok, I don't care how easy the install is suppose to be, I am 100% lost as of now. all I've done is install the actuall wordpress program (off a macaddict cd) and I have absolutely no idea where to go now. I don't really understand the instructions, am clueless when it comes to programing, don't understand all it's trying to say. would anyone be kind enough to give me some sort of step-by-step help sometime, to help me get it set up, through something like msn messenger? I think that's what I'm going to need. I would be ever so greatfull if someone would be willing to help me out.

  22. Lorelle
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Did you start with the installation instructions at the very start of this topic? They are also here:


    And once you get it installed, then see:

    Introduction to Blogging
    First Steps with WordPress
    WordPress Lessons
    New to WordPress - Where to Start

    And if you are still having trouble, then please post a new note on the forum. With over 420,000 downloads, very few people actually have problems installing the program. Just follow the steps one by one.

  23. Cookie_503
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks for trying to help me, but I installed e107 finnaly.I believe the problem was uploading:I uploaded wp from home (dial-up)...e107 was uploaded for an internet cafe.

  24. Maikeru
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Just wanted to add that I also use BlueDomino and was having the same problem with logins - correct user and password sent me back to the login page, incorrect user/password sent me back with an error. Anyway, that was a little under a week ago and I'd given up on it but today I tried logging in and it worked! It's left me wondering if someone sorted through this with BlueDomino(?) Information would be welcome!

  25. rodtempleton
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Trying to install WordPress. Database is created, username and password are configured properly in wp-config.php. PHP is 4.1, and mySQL is 3.23.54 on a Red Hat Linux machine. This is the error message I get:

    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 http://www.rodtempleton.net. This could mean your host's database server is down.

    I can login to phpMyAdmin, so I know the username and password are correct. I've tried these settings for DB_HOST: localhost, http://www.rodtempleton.net and the IP address of the machine it's sitting on. Any suggestions would be very greatly appreciated.

  26. vitruvius
    Posted 10 years ago #

    My problem:

    I've checked and double checked everything with the MySQL setup. The database name, wordpress username, and wordpress password all work. I've successfully connected using said username and password from the command line and manipulated the noted database. Still, running install.php gives me the database error.

    OS: FreeBSD 4.11
    MySQL 4.0.10
    PHP 5 (I forget exactly which version)

    Any ideas?

  27. Norway
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have searched and read everything I can find in the codex, but I can't see anywhere that tells me which folders I need to change permissions for.

    I am running WordPress on a Windows 2003 server.

    Can anybody help?

  28. rifie
    Posted 10 years ago #

    i don't know what happen, when i changes the wp-config-sample to wp-config and save it.. And i try to open readme file to have a link to install.php but the error occurs :

    "Already Installed

    You appear to have already installed WordPress. To reinstall please clear your old database tables first"

    I was installed old version WP and drop the database a month ago. But when i want to install new WP on localhost, i can't do it coz that message..

    Can you give me some answer what i should do...?

    thank you..

  29. petersig
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Dell Latitude C610, Pentium III M 1.0 Gb, 384 Mb mem, 20 Gb HDD, running Windows 2000 Professional.

    I've just installed my WordPress blog on the Blue Domino server. I had problems at every step, and contacted Blue Domino each time. There is an odd problem that causes the crashes, so read on.

    First, upload (I use ftp) the WordPress php script, that you downloaded from this site, from your pc to your Blue Domino domain. If you want the blog to be a subdirectory, set up that directory, and then upload to the subdirectory.

    Next, call Blue Domino. They have to enable cgi on your account, which they do on a schedule of 8:00 AM EST and 6:30 PM EST.

    Next, on your pc, open the wp-config-sample.php file using Notepad and study it. Enter your database name--no restrictions on what it can be, but you should probably stick to just one word. Database User is your username and not your domain name. Password is the one that matches your username, not the one for your domain name. Finally, Host Name is *not* "localhost," it's "mysql.bluedomino.com" all lower case.

    Check for, and remove if there, any white space before the <?php that begins the file, ?> that ends the file. Save as wp-config.php on your PC. Upload (using ftp or the File Manager) your modified wp-config.php file to the same place on your site as the rest of WordPress.

    Then, for information on your SQL database (The WordPress script sets up a database using "MySQL," and needs to state the parameters for the blog database (=the content managment system, =the database of accumulated dated posts), you login in to the "Control Panel" at Blue Domino and take the link to "Manage MySQL" and get all the information there. Check the "show" link; all your information about your database should be there.

    Now enter your domain plus your blog directory ( or just your domain ). You will get (at the very least) a WordPress error message; at the most, an instruction on logging in as admin, with a random password. Copy the password, memorize it, do everything to keep it, because nothing at this point says you can recover it if you don't know it. Then go on, which takes you to the login screen. Complete the login.

    Blue Domino is apparently more sensitive than other hosts to the presence of blank space before the php script, or after it. Notepad on my system was not very well disciplined in avoiding adding those white spaces, so if you get a blank space after login, recheck your wp-config.php file.

    Once I did that, and refreshed my browser, the blog came up!!

  30. bandward
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Am trying to install WordPress...but having problem connecting to the database.

    I created a MySQL database....and filled out the appropriate username, database name info in wp-config.php and ran the install.php file. It will not connect to the database.

    I went into PhpMyadmin....created a small test table, and then created a simple query using asp/vbscript to see if it could access the table with the same parameters that I was putting in the wp-config.php file. I was successful with asp but not with WordPress!

    Here's my connection string for ASP

    db.Open "Driver={MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver}; Server=; Database=bdwinternet;Uid=bandward;Pwd=hard2forget;);"

    Here's my config info in wp-config.php

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'bdwinternet');
    define('DB_USER', 'bandward');
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'hard2forget');
    define('DB_HOST', '');

    What am I doing wrong? I'm baffled...

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