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  • Some time ago I wanted to set up a WordPress weblog. I noticed an advert for Bluehost that said they had a gadget that would install it for me – if only I bought some space on their servers.

    That sounded good, and so I took them up on their offer. In fact, the deal was that WP would be installed using Fantastico. Well, that was ok although someone – either Fantastico or Bluehost, I never knew which – was rather slow in making WP updates available.

    But now it’s all gone horribly wrong. Bluehost has decided to abandon Fantastico, and has issued warnings that using their replacement or installing WP2.5 manually will destroy Fantastico-installed weblogs. Now, my weblogs represent a lot of hard work – to give you an idea, one of which is coming up to 500 posts.

    Bluehost seems to have abandoned its Fantastico users: for a few days the site said there would be detailed instructions on how to migrate to its SimpleScripts or to manual installs, but they haven’t materialised.

    I’ve backed up my wpcontent folder for my main weblog and I’m about to export my SQL file for it. Next, I guess, I should back up the same files for my other weblog. But can anyone tell me please what I should do next, and how I can be sure I’ve got what I need to get my content back on line? And then how do I do that? To be honest, I’m both baffled and a little frightened about this one. And, yes, I know I should have installed manually in the first place, but there was this company advertising on the WP site that was offering to make it so easy…

    If anyone can offer advice please, I would be most grateful!


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  • whooami



    you dont need to reinstall, and you CAN upgrade an install that was done with fantastico. Its done the same way as if it were not.

    Follow the directions,

    and come back when/if you have trouble.

    the backup of the db is the most important step.

    Now I’m in trouble. The whole thing’s completely scrambled and I have no idea what to do next. If anyone can help, please do.

    You can see the whole sorry mess for yourself at – and that’s just the first one!


    Presumably various files are in the wrong places, but I can’t tell which. As far as I can see, I replaced the folders and files just the way the instructions said, including the content folder files. Now when I dial in the web address, I get this:

    Warning: main(/home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-includes/compat.php) [function.main]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 200

    Warning: main(/home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-includes/compat.php) [function.main]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 200

    Fatal error: main() [function.require]: Failed opening required ‘/home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-includes/compat.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php’) in /home/inthebo1/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 200

    I do hope there’s a way out of this mess!


    It’s complaining about missing files. Somehow, someway, something didn’t work out the first time. Try uploading again.

    You were absolutely right LenK. It looks beautiful now!

    One more to do!

    Many thanks,


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