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    First off, I’m entirely new to this whole website business. So, bear with me through the inevitable dumb.

    I installed wordpress to a sub-directory (sub-folder?) on my site and realized that I didn’t want that, I wanted it installed on the main domain. Well, I removed it. Now I’m trying to install it on my main domain and it gives me this:

    “The installation can not be completed:

    – You chose to install in the main directory of the domain, but there are conflicting filenames, therefore we can not proceed. Following filenames already exist in the main directory of the domain (path=”/home/horsepo2/public_html/”).You must manually remove these files before proceeding with auto-installation:

    So, what can I do to resolve this?

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  • Should be easy. You probably have a default index.php in your public_html directory. Delete it and it will install.

    The main WordPress file is index.php, which is common to many PHP programs. If the index.php that you already have in the root folder is part of a program that you need, then you won’t be able to install WP in the root folder. Can only have one index.php per folder.

    If you don’t need that other index.php file then get rid of it and install WP in the root folder.

    If you look at his domain it looks like the hosting company’s default page with their ad. Don’t need that.

    I’m really lost here, guys. How do I get to the public_html directory?

    Are you installing manually or using Fantastico? Guess the second if you don’t know the directory.

    You can log into your cPanel and look for Filemanager. Then click on the icon for Public_html. You should see the index.php and click on the file name, then in the upper right you will see a choice for delete.
    Otherwise you need to use an ftp client.

    This probably should be first but If you do not know the public_html directory what directory you were you trying to install in? Root of your domain is the public_html directroy. Above that is not web accessible.

    public_html correlates to the root of your website.

    /home/horsepo2/public_html/ is a folder on your webserver. in terms of a URL, it correlates to

    If you have an FTP program set up, access it that way. If not, within your webhost control panel is a program called File Manager, that gives you access to the files stored in your space on the webserver. There you will see public_html

    If you don’t know how to access your website control panel, from your root folder name you are probably on a cpanel server, so it would be

    log in using the username and password the webhost notified you of when you created your web account.


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