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  • Resolved willyharrymyhero


    Hi All,

    After attempting to move my site from a subdirectory ( where everything was up and running perfectly to the root folder — now I have no Dashboard access and the site is down with a ‘500 Internal Server Error.’

    The problem started because in Settings->General (back when I still had dashboard access) I accidentally changed the “Site URL” not to include /wordpress.

    Originally I tried following instructions here for “Using a pre-existing subdirectory”:

    So far I’ve tried:
    Changing the site URL

    Adding to the wp-config.php file


    Creating a new .htaccess

    Double-checking my wp-login.php setting

    Adding this to the log-in file:

    //FIXME: do comment/remove these hack lines. (once the database is updated)
    update_option('siteurl', '' );
    update_option('home', '' );

    I would really appreciate any help. Ideally, I’d still like to move the site but at this point I’d be happy just to go back to the /test.


    PS. Was I using the right guide in the first place? maybe Moving your site When Your Domain Name and URLs Do Not Change instead?

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