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  • hey guys,

    I am currently running a website, and being unhappy with the setting I have I wish to move it to a wordpress format style blog. I have a domain name and an host, so I guess I just need to do the WP install. However I want to work on the design of the new website under the WP blog format before putting it online. My fear is that I soon as I do the WP install with my domain name, my actual website will transfer to some sort of WP un-finished looking stuff…

    I suspect this is obviously not happening, otherwise I dont see how people would design there website first ? Any Help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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  • esmi


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    thanks for the quick answer esmi, do you recommand any particular program to run WP locally under Vista ? how hard is it gonna be to put the website online after ?

    will this work on vista ?

    Hi ftstone,

    XAMPP is a great tool and I use it. If you’re OS is Vista be sure to install XAMPP at root. That is, C:\xampp as opposed to C:\Program Files\xampp. More info at –>

    thanks a lot for all the rapid answers,

    I am done with the install process, unfortunately I the WP install does not work :
    I have my XAMPP folder under C:
    I have my WordPress folder under xampplite/htdocs/wordpress

    When I type : http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php in my browser this is the message I am getting:

    Error establishing a database connection
    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?
    If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

    I understand this something I have probably done wrong with the wp-config file, this is what it reads at the minute :

    / ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //
    /** The name of the database for WordPress */
    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’);

    /** MySQL database username */
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘root’);

    /** MySQL database password */
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere’);

    /** MySQL hostname */
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

    /** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */
    define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);

    /** The Database Collate type. Don’t change this if in doubt. */
    define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

    So I expect this has something to do with either my config file or Xampp ? Anyone’s got an idea ?>

    thanks a lot again ! 😀

    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress');

    Are you sure the name of your database is wordpress?

    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere');

    Are you sure you entered the database password correctly?

    The fact you see the error message you do means everything is working, just some missing/incorrect info was entered.

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