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  • Mac OS 10.3.5 Server has PHP v4 and MySQL v.3.23.36
    A couple of months back I tried WP with some initial success… then problems developed that couldn’t be solved even with help from Support. I deleted everything on my server.
    This morning after Matt’s note I decided to try again… the installation gave the “already installed” message (so not everything must have been deleted): I went to the login file, was able to successfully login…. and on
    found everything still there… trial entries, links, etc.
    BUT View Site doesn’t work… or, rather, it directs to
    and gives a FILE NOT FOUND message (as that file must have been deleted).
    I’d really like to use WP. Can anyone help?

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  • When you want to “re-install”, you also need to delete the database (make it empty) in addition to deleting files from your account.

    Thanks, wpshaman, but it looks like this is going down the same road as before: you’re dealing with my ignorance. What database? Where? Make it empty how? With what? Probably these questions are too basic to be answered. You seem to imply that though everything is still “there”, I have no way of accessing it except to delete it?

    Your wp-config.php file should have the name and password for your database. Contact your host to find out how you can access it.

    RH… thanks. In the interim I’ve down and uploaded phpMyAdmin and managed by trial and error to open it…. I see a number of WP references in the single database “raworth”…. but am doing brain surgery with boxing gloves and no education: so I hesitate to do more than look.

    One thing you can do is to change, inside wp-config.php, the prefix from preset “wp-” to, say, “xp-“. That might allow you to re-install wordpress using the same database. (Never tried myself though.) if anyone can guide me further, I’d be grateful. I’ve made a copy of my WP directory from the server, so I assume all so far won’t be lost… but I’d like to know what to do next…

    Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    – try using phpmyadmin to alter the ‘site_url’ and ‘home’ values which are in the table ‘wp_options’ (click the little button to the right of that table name to browse a table – 4th image here
    – if you want to backup your database:
    -if you want to empty tables:

    Thanks to you all: I’ll try the suggestions overnight…. but what occurs to me is that, whatever I do, will it produce an index.php file miraculously in my directory….?
    I’m quite happy to start again from zero if that’s the easiest…
    Until tomorrow. Goodnight.

    I feel grateful and slightly more self-confident… following podz’ image link (and deleting the parenthesis) I first managed to change my password… and then altered the blogfileurl by inserting
    I seemed to have the blog, such as it is, opening successfully from that…but view file still didn’t work. I changed the blogfileurl, by guesswork, to
    and everything seems to work… at least I’m not going to touch it again until the morning.
    I detail this for anyone with the same problem in the future.
    Thanks again.

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