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  • Resolved deBachin


    I started off on the wrong foot. First a single site WP installation in a subdirectory called “wordpress” years ago.

    Then Multisite a few months ago.

    Then I moved the whole installation to public-html root.

    Then I deleted 2 sub-domains and could not re-use them. (by mistake)

    From bad to worse but ..

    To fix the problem, I deleted everything from public-html and reinstalled. Clean root and no sub-directories.

    But I could not re-use the deleted sub-domains. My sub-domain numbers in mysql now start with 10, 11, 12 and so on.

      Where would any record have been kept, if not in mysql. I deleted all mysql data bases and reinstalled with a different name.

      Where is mysql 1 and 2 stored.

      Why cant I re-use a sub-domain name after a clear re-install.

      Is is practical (and will it work)to ask my SP to delete the whole apache installation and let me start again on the right multisite basis, or is there another file I can delete of reconfigure?

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    It sounds like you didn’t delete the database.

    Thank you Ipstenu, I think I must just delete the lot and start again, now a little wiser before I have too many sub-domains and admin to worry about.

    Since I will clean out the public-html director altogether, I think I should be able to delete the mysql files and all their records.

    Hi Ipstenu,

    This is what seemed to be my problem. Correct me if I am wrong anywhere.

    Removing WordPress (originally installed with Fanstistico) to do a clean reinstall in root directory public-html. (after backing up)

    1. I deleted all the subdomains.

    2. I deleted all the folders in public_html

    3. In root directory .cpanel/datastore I found the file named “installed_in_root.php”. I deleted the line “$installed_in_root[“domainname”] = 1 ;”

    4. I delete the file <domainname|> in .fantasticodata

    I deleted the Mysql data base relating to the WP.

    Then I reinstalled WordPress.

    My main problem was numbers 3 and 4. I am using Fantastico.

    I must share this as well. After reloading my primary site, the permalinks didn’t work. [running multisite 4.3.2]

    Courtesy of advice from another WP member, I reset the permalinks to “default” and all my links were restored like magic.

    I hope this has been a help to my fellow struggling programmingly challenged forum friends. It’s hard for us to admit how little we know.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    We don’t recommend using Fantastico for Multisite. Just a pain.

    Make sure you updated your .htaccess.

    Thanks Ipstenu.

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