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  • Did you run the upgrade script?

    Did you make backups?

    9 times out of 10… it’s Pilot Error.

    I thought I made a back up and it looks I didn’t.

    I don’t know what the upgrade script is.

    My problem is somewhere in the database.

    I don’t know what “pilot error” means.

    Everything you need to know about Installing and Upgrading WP. Read that before you attempt surgery on your database, which in all probability is fine. It sounds like you made some mistakes when upgrading your software.

    Pilot Error = User Error

    A colloquial way to say that you screwed something up. 😉

    Good luck.

    ps – Next to diamonds, a blog backup is a girl’s best friend!

    That link is not going to help me now that I screwed.

    I tried making sense of it beforehand and obviously, I couldn’t do it.

    This crap doesn’t come easy to me. All this talk about
    MySQL and Shell Access and shit like that might as well be Chinese.


    Well look, you’re not totally screwed… unless you blew out your database, in which case I’ll send flowers.

    What version of WP were you running?

    Is your host Fantastico Enabled?

    Do you understand the basic workings of an FTP client and do you have one?

    Let’s start there.

    I think I need to fill something out in “wp-config.php”

    I was running 2.3.1 and tried to go to 2.3.3.

    I don’t know what Fantastico Enabled means.

    I do understand basic FTP, but I don’t have one right now because I recently switched to a Mac, and that, of course, is also a huge headache.

    I use Lunar Pages hosting and they have C-Panel, which is supposed to be easy, but it really isn’t for someone who doesn’t know these things.

    But I’m researching the problem on google and I’m almost sure it’s something that I need to fill out in wp.config.php

    Good lord stop right now!

    You do not want to be changing your wp-config file unless you know what you’re doing! That specifies the path to your MySQL database, and if it was working fine, you NEVER need to change it again!

    Did you over write your original wp-config file when you attempted this upgrade? Actually, no, you couldn’t have because in the WP download distribution it only includes a file named wp-config-sample.

    You can do an FTP transfer thru CPannel.

    Why don’t you go and download 2.3.3 again and unzip the files to your computer.

    Then thru CPannel, delete the following folders:


    Leave WP-CONTENT alone.

    Leave the other files in your directory tree alone as well.

    Once you’ve deleted those folders, use your FTP client in CPANNEL to move the new WP-ADMIN and WP-INCLUDES folders to your server. Then move each of the individual files WP needs one by one to the server and over write the exiting ones.


    Then, once that’s all done enter this url:

    This should work.

    Does your version of CPannel allow you to make a backup of your database? Before you do anything else, do that first.

    Yes, I did overwrite it. Am I screwed?

    No, but you’re going to have to rebuild it. You’re going to need the database name and password to path wordpress to the MySQL database.

    Let me ask you this, how exactly did you get WordPress on your hosting server the first time?

    I think it’s time to make a backup of your database to preserve what you have and call your hosting company. You can create your wp-config file if you have the database name and password, but I now re-direct you to the link I provided you the first time and will encourage you to follow each step to the letter with respect to Installing WordPress. This will provide you detailed instructions on how to install WP on your server.

    Oh yes — the reason I asked you about Fantastico was because some hosting companies allow you to install/upgrade WP with a single click. Guess you didn’t have that option.

    I shall light a candle and chant now.

    I had WordPress do it for me. The day after they did it for me, they released a goddamn new version, and I wasn’t about to try it, then they released another one, and I’ve been having issues with plugins, so I figured I need to upgrade, and these things just don’t easy for me, and I here I am.


    Sorry about the rant. You’ve been a great help. I had a really good blog going and now this shit happens.

    And guess what? I have a little icon labeled “fantastico” in my C-panel.

    A little smiling face. What the fuck is he smiling for?

    How come nobody mentioned Fantastico before this?

    Why does WordPress have to make their instructions so complicated?

    Thank you for your help. I feel like screaming. I live in a condo with neighbors. It’s 4:15 a.m.

    Well, you can delete all the WP files off your server, and try Fantastico. It “may” create a new database for you, in which case you’ll have to import your old database into the new one. Tho, a call to your hosting company might help there. Most tech support people will help you with importing a database or even do it for you.

    If you’re lucky Fantastico will install WP for you and everything will work fine.

    But again, make a backup of your database before doing anything.

    And in the future…

    RTFM = Read The Fucking Manual!

    Men… sheesh…

    Good luck! 😉

    But what about my content? All my posts?

    Every time I call my hosting company, they’re clueless. And they’re supposed to be one of the better ones. They’re better than Go Daddy, but that’s not saying much.

    All your content lives in your MySQL database.

    You’re probably going to want to backup your WP-Content folder to your computer as well because that contains your theme, plugins, etc. before you hit that Fantastico button.

    Well, if you call your hosting company after you get your WP software installed and at least running, and if your content isn’t there but the site itself works, then simply ask for help with importing a MySQL database. That’s hosting 101 and I’m sure someone with your hosting company would be able to handle that.

    I’ve been messing with this all night and I’ve managed to get all my blog pages up except the home page.

    So I know I didn’t lose it. I just need to figure out how to get my home page to work.

    For example: I can’t access

    But I can access



    I can even access individual posts like

    But my home page?

    Forget about it.

    Got it!

    What the f_____ck!

    What a panic this was.

    I never want to go through this crap again.

    I’m not even sure I succeeded with the upgrade.

    But I don’t care.

    I have my blog

    Just in time for my morning readers.

    I need a beer, but I probably should make some coffee.

    I have an appointment in an hour.

    thelazygeisha, you rock.

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