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[Resolved] Problems accessing admin Panel after attempting to Move site

  • Hi there,

    I’m in a bit of a predicament. I’m a WordPress newbie with a background in Design so I was delighted to be able to create websites using wordpress. I loaded up WordPress onto the site and I think my hosting package created a default “WordPress” folder. (www.mysite.com/wordpress) I created the website and everything is working fine when I viewed the site through wordpress but I needed to get it into the root folder.

    Now this is when everything went wrong. I looked for the tutorials on moving your site to the root folder and followed the instructions as closely as I could (http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress) but when I tried to log back into wordpress I got Error 404.

    So I went back to the forums and found that this happens a lot. I looked through the tutorials and found one on changing your URLs manually (http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL) to get back into the admin panel. I tried this and got error message 500.

    I had downloaded the site before I started making changes in case something like this happened and attempted to upload the original site (before all the URL changes were made) but after I uploaded it I’m still getting Error 404.

    I know I have done something simple and stupid but I haven’t a clue where to start.

    Please tell me I haven’t wiped the full site.

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  • esmi

    @esmi

    Forum Moderator

    First. restore everything back to a original sub-directory installation. Then see Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory.

    Thanks for the quick feedback!

    I’ve restored everything but I’m still getting the Error 404: File Not Found message so I can’t access the admin panel.

    Any other suggestions?

    Many Thanks

    I am still none the wiser about this – Is there anyone who can provide help get this site live?

    So if WordPress is installed in the wordpress directory you should be able to login to your site at http://example.org/wordpress/wp-login.php. If when you login you get redirected to http://example.org/wp-admin with a 404 error then you need to follow the instructions on manually changing the site url http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL

    Or you can add the following to wp-config.php

    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);

    Once your back in follow the instructions for Giving WordPress It’s own directory:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install

    If you need immediate help please come to the WordPress IRC channel and we will be able to help you step by step. http://codex.wordpress.org/IRC

    Thanks Chris,

    I’ll try all these now and get back to you in the link above if I run into problems.

    Your help is very much appreciated!

    Hi Chris,

    I managed to change the URL back to the original and access the admin panel again but when I get back into the general panel I can’t change the URL – it is in a dark grey colour and I can’t select it.

    Thanks

    [No bumping. If it’s that urgent, consider hiring someone.]

    The option is greyed out because it is being overridden in your wp-config.php file. Stay on the option page remove the lines you inserted into wp-config.php refresh the page and you will be able to change the options again.

    Thanks Chris

    I’ll give that a go…

    Didn’t work 🙁 I know I’m doing something wrong but I’m not sure what…

    I stayed on the general options page
    Opened the wp-config.php file
    Deleted the 2 lines of code
    Refreshed the general options page
    and got error 404 file not found.

    One of the guys in the wordpress chat suggested removing the htaccess file but I can’t find this.

    Kindly follow the below steps to move the wordpress installed directory to another directory:

    For example if we need to move the wordpress installed directory to public_html i.e., http://domainname.com/wp to http://domainname.com/

    • Login to the cPanel of the user
    • Take a backup of the domain
    • Move the entire files in public_html to a new folder, say “Main Site”
    • Now copy the entire files inside wordpress directory to public_html
    • Take the phpMyAdmin
    • Select the user’s wordpress database->wp-options -> Change the site url and home url to http://domainname.com/ from http://domainname.com/wp
    • Now edit the .htaccess as follows in public_html:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase / (/ represents public_html directory)
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L] (Since index.php is located in public_html)
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress

    • If the images are not loading correctly in site, do the below steps:

     Take the phpMyAdmin -> Export the user’s database
     Create a copy of the downloaded SQL file and open in word, then find and replace the content “domainname/wp” to “domainname/”
     Take the phpMyAdmin and drop all the tables in user’s database and upload the edited SQL file

    Now check the site.

    Many Thanks for all your help with this.

    I managed to get the site back up and live. I went back to the start and using a combination of all the methods and links given to me I managed to rename the URL in the general settings panel.

    I then moved all “live” files in a new directory via FTP. Finally I moved all the files from the subdirectory (www.mysite.com/wordpress) into the main directory (www.mysite.com/wordpress)

    Then I went back into the wp-config.php file and removed the code.
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);

    The site went live but there are just 2 small glitches left
    1. When I click the Home button it brings me back to the original path (www.mysite.com/wordpress) where there are no longer any files. All other links are working fine though.

    2. I’ve uploaded 2 images but they are showing up as broken links.

    Is there a way of making sure all the paths for links, images, video etc.. link back to the main directory from now on? Do I need to start a new thread for this?

    Thanks
    Grace

    Many Thanks for all your help with this. I’m delighted with the help and feedback given.

    I managed to get the site back up and live. 🙂 I went back to the start and using a combination of all the methods and links given to me I managed to rename the URL in the general settings panel.

    I then moved all “live” files in a new directory via FTP. Finally I moved all the files from the subdirectory (www.mysite.com/wordpress) into the main directory (www.mysite.com/wordpress)

    Then I went back into the wp-config.php file and removed the code.
    define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);
    define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com/wordpress’);

    The site went live but there are just 2 small glitches left
    1. When I click the Home button it brings me back to the original path (www.mysite.com/wordpress) where there are no longer any files. All other links are working fine though.

    2. I’ve uploaded 2 images but they are showing up as broken links.

    Is there a way of making sure all the paths for links, images, video etc.. link back to the main directory from now on? Do I need to start a new thread for this?

    Thanks

    I managed to figure this out with a little trial and error. I went to the Menu panel and clicked into the Home tab – I could change the URL here directly.

    Thanks again for all your help!!!!!

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