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  • I followed the directions here, so I changed the url in the settings before moving the files. Since I hadn’t started using the blog, this move should’ve been relatively easy.

    url went from to

    I copied all the folders over.

    What should be the dashboard and/or the site is an index of all the .php

    This is the first time I’ve moved WordPress, and I’m not a coder, so any and all suggestions, no matter how elementary, are most welcome.

    Thank you….

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    I read through the forums hoping to find a solution, which lead me to view some of the .php files. Apparently I didn’t have ‘permission’ to move them.


    I uploaded the backups and the files seem to actually be there now. However, I’m still unable to reach the dashboard or the actual site. I log in just fine and then stare at the index of the wp-admin folder.

    Any thoughts?

    Upon recommendation in other threads, I put all my plugins on hold (changed plugins folder plugins.hold). I then closed my browser, deleted cookies, etc.

    I was able to access the log-in page, and log-in, but it still takes me to a list of the files in the wp-admin folder rather than the dashboard.

    Upon reviewing other threads, I checked the htaccess.php file for mentions of the old url, as well as the wp-config.php, and changed them all.

    Still nothing.

    I checked and received the same ‘index’ list appearing where my dashboard and site should be.

    I can’t believe I’m the only person to ever have this problem. Please help.

    Out of desperation, I deleted all the wordpress files on both the old and new domain, then uploaded a five day old backup onto the old domain, thinking that it should reset everything the way it was before I tried to move it.

    Not really. is messed up, and doesn’t exist at all.

    What the hell?

    I spent an incredible amount of time customizing the theme (through the theme itself, not via code changes) so I really, REALLY don’t want to have to completely uninstall and do a clean reinstall of WordPress, thereby COMPLETELY STARTING OVER, but without some help from someone, I don’t see how it can be avoided.

    Theme options/customization are in the wp-contents folder and/or the MySQL DB. A proper backup of both would allow a site restoration unless your original core files upload was from a third party (theme dev etc) and they were customized.

    I just updated a blog ten minutes ago to WP3.3 with no issues, kept the wp-contents folder as was (using ftp) removed all other files (they were un-edited WP3.2.1 files), uploaded WP3.3 files except wp-contents folder, put back the web.config (.htaccess if Linux), wp-config.php..etc…all is well…put site in maintenance mode first, of course. Took 40 minutes including full backups.

    I gave up and did a clean install via Fantastico (how I did my prior installs months ago with NO problems). I still cannot access the dashboard or the site. gives me an index list of the folder wp-admin, as does the site

    What on god’s green earth could be causing this problem???

    I just went through my file manager and made sure all the wp files were deleted from the original installation, then did a second install on

    I’m still unable to access the dashboard or site and see nothing but a list of the wp-admin files.

    Fantastico did install v 2.9.2 as opposed to the most recent version. Could this be a factor?

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