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  • Resolved KayInMaine


    I’ve gotten as far as the installation script. Where do I find that? I’ve copied and pasted the two different urls with my blog name, but each time it comes up ‘Error 404’. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Kay,

    Always give some background information about your setup. Are you installing on a hosted linux account/mac at home etc.

    the install script is located at

    Do you have the required databases and database user set up first?

    I am on Windows Vista, I’m hosted at AN Host, and my domain is through Domains Priced Right. I would love to have the bashboard when it’s all said and done.

    I’ve created a new database at the Host and have uploaded the edited wp-config.php too. I’m not sure if I have to extract anything after uploading this.

    At one time last year I had my blog: connected to through my Host and WordPress, but what happened was, somewhere in the transfer/forwarding I lost all my posts (they came up Error 404).

    I’ve got to go to work. I look forward to your response Musnake! Thanks so much.

    Hey Kay,

    So just to make sure I’ve got it straight.

    1) You currently have
    2) You now want to ‘self host’ with AN Host.

    Before you leave get every kind of export or backup you can, both the db files and the post images etc.

    On your new host, you’ve ftp’d all of the WP files (including the post image files etc) to the domain root directory (main web folder).

    You have already edited the old wp-config to reflect the new host settings…

    Two ways to go from here. Restore you old db file to the new empty db, or, reinstall WP allowing it to create new tables etc and then import your posts from the xml back file you have…

    I vote for restoring the old db backup file…

    Once all of that is done, you have your domain registrar flip the switch on the nameservers… have them change it from etc to the nameserver of AN host, whatever that is (would have been in their welcome letter/support site)

    I have AN Host, but I’d rather have the dashboard to use for my blog. Is this possible? I know it was the last time I tried to do this. 😉

    I’ll go work on the db backups now. Thanks Musnake.

    When I tried to upload the XML file to my host it said it already exists. I didn’t dare overwrite it, though, should I since I’ve added new posts since the last time I did this conversion between host, domain, and WordPress?

    I’ve not forwarded my domain to WordPress. Maybe this is why it’s appearing like nothing is working? The last time I did forward my domain to WordPress/Hosting Co., all my posts came up Error 404. If I forward it now and that happens, what would be my next step?

    If you’ve added content you must create new backups of everything.

    I’ve not forwarded my domain to WordPress.

    I beg to differ! Your domain points to not your new host (which is good at this stage of the move)

    Domain servers in listed order:

    Honestly, I’m not sure what you mean when you say

    I’d rather have the dashboard to use for my blog

    To me, the dashboard is the admin interface users see once they log in to your blog (different roles see different things…)

    If you’re trying to upload to WHITENOISEINSANITY.COM you’re actually uploading to, not your new host with, who is it, AN hosting company?

    If you’re actually uploading to a WP install on your new AN account and it’s complaining, log into WP as an admin and delete all the ‘Hello World’ posts stuff that comes with a brand new install and then load up the new install with the posts in your XML file. I’ve never been able to get that XML import thing to work for me.

    Do not forward the domain until the install and post upload is complete on your new host account.

    Remember, you can’t think of your new account as until the DNS switch is made. Until then, it’s going to be something like or

    Ah ha. You’ve noticed my stupidity. LOL! I guess the dashboard would be the dashboard (or interface as you put it) I would get once all is connected properly. *smacking forehead*

    Anyways, I’m in the process of contacting the Host to have them go into my Cpanel to make sure I’ve uploaded everything correctly before pointing my domain to their server. As I stated above, for some reason last time my past posts came up as an Error 404 and I’m wondering what I did last time for that to happen.

    The XML I created today was considered ‘annoying’ by the Cpanel/Host and wanted me to override what’s already there. I decided to not override. Should I have? I’m obviously not a computer expert (as you can tell!), so I usually don’t risk it when maybe I should be. So the question is: SHOULD I HAVE OVERRIDDEN THE OLD XML FILE TO THE NEW ONE I CREATED TODAY?

    Thanks so much Musnake for taking the time to walk me through this. I really do appreciate it. 😉

    It’s your data, you’re the customer. You didn’t put a gun to anyone’s head and say “open up an IT company”. They don’t get to ignore parts of the cake recipe and expect to be caterers. Annoying indeed…psshh.

    1) On, export another XML file. You can call it whatever you want so you don’t overwrite anything…
    2) I have no idea what offers in the way of sql exports. That would be nice. If you can only get the wordpress export file that’ll be fine.
    3) Make sure you have copies of any images/attachments etc you’ve been using otherwise you will have 404’s (server can’t find what your’re looking for errors)

    hmm. hold on…
    sending you email to the account registered at your domain registrar…

    How comfortable are you with ftp/creating db’s under cpanel etc?

    Thanks so much Musnake for all your help! I really do appreciate it. You’re a WP techie dynamo. 😉

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