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  • Resolved TDHS

    (@tdhs)


    I still can’t upgrade properly from 2.01 to 2.02 and I don’t know what’s wrong, so I’m considering to delete all WP files and just re-install WP, this time 2.02. My apologies upfront for any stupid q’s.

    When I install WP:

    -will WP overwrite the existing WP database (with all my entries) or will it find and use the existing WP tables?
    -can I upload the old wp-content folder?

    Thanx for any input!

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  • Samuel B

    (@samboll)

    WP won’t overwrite your database.
    As for using the old wp-contents folder – it shouldn’t be a problem if you delete the contents of the cache folder.

    BTW, what’s wrong with your site?

    TDHS

    (@tdhs)

    The site works (at least I hope it works for everyone!). Did you see anything wrong with it?

    I have to upgrade to the latest version for the security issues.

    When I started with WP, I installed wordpress in a subfolder called /weblog, and not in the root. I then moved the site to the root. What I did not succeed in though was correctly placing the wordpress files in the root directory. The files are now both in the root and the /weblog and the admin, includes and content folder are still in the /weblog. The site works miracliously, but the installation was not as it should be. Now the upgrade won’t work.

    I did read the instructions for moving to the root, but I don’t really grasp it I guess.

    Anyway: starting over sounds quite interesting now!

    Samuel B

    (@samboll)

    Your site looked good to me.
    If you’ve put everything in your root, you should get rid of the others and go through it again cleanly.

    TDHS

    (@tdhs)

    I’m gonna try to reinstall now. If I fail I’ll upload the backup again. Thanx for your input 🙂

    spencerp

    (@spencerp)

    EDITED* Ok.. good luck. =)

    spencerp

    TDHS

    (@tdhs)

    Good luck I’ll need! :-O

    In the worst case I’ll have to repost a lot of stuff. It’ll cost me an evening, that’s it.

    spencerp

    (@spencerp)

    Good luck I’ll need! :-O

    In the worst case I’ll have to repost a lot of stuff. It’ll cost me an evening, that’s it.

    Yeah sigh, that’s the damndable thing about it all…having to repost stuff again. =( I know how that is, I had to manually repost, 240 some posts from Plog (blogging software) into my WordPress already.. of course…after that was all done, someone came out with an importer script for it.. [rolls eyes..]

    spencerp

    TDHS

    (@tdhs)

    Yup… seems I’ll have to repost. When I upload my back up database the site is there, but the dashboard is gone.

    TDHS

    (@tdhs)

    80% has been reposted. I saved the website, so I could just copy paste the entries. Thanx everyone for the support.

    Lesson 1: WP does indeed not overwrite an existing database.
    Lesson 2: do not upload an existing WP database when the WP you’re replacing was in a subfolder (or in both the root and the subfolder) and the new one is only in the root.

    Those were I think the lessons learned, if I grasp what went wrong.

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