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  • I fixed this by deleting the plugin after checking the “Uninstall WP Mail SMTP” option in the Settings | Misc page and then reinstalling it.

    • This reply was modified 6 days, 20 hours ago by ccot.
    • This reply was modified 6 days, 20 hours ago by ccot.


    It’s not worth the time I’ve spent. I went ahead and put the list headings above the UL tags, like W3C wants and modified the CSS accordingly.



    What do they know? p tags directly inside of ul tags work in Firefox. Do the Mozilla people know something that the W3C people don’t?

    The W3C people sound like a bunch of control freaks to me. We don’t need no stink’n control freaks!

    Seriously, though, I don’t see a good reason for such a limitation.

    I am not seeing the Edit button anymore for the original post. So I don’t know how to edit the site URL. This page can now be seen here.

    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by ccot.
    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by ccot.


    Steve, of course I use angle brackets in the actual page! I put square brackets here to prevent the topic from displaying improperly!

    Ok, everything works now … I changed the user back to ‘root’ and now the installation worked. I guess my first attempt at creating the wp-config.php file failed. I was using windows notepad which displays php files as one giant block of text. No fun! Now I am using Visual Studio 2013 to edit the php files and it not only can properly display them but saves them with the correct eol characters.

    Thanks for the help!

    Ok, I discovered the problem. I was using the user name ‘root’ instead of ‘admin’ (I am a very experienced windows programmer and have years of experience with SQL Server, but am a total novice when it comes to WordPress and MySQL. In the MySQL admin screen, the user is called ‘root’ and not admin, so please forgive my boo-boo.

    But now I am getting this error:
    Can’t select database

    We were able to connect to the database server (which means your username and password is okay) but not able to select the wordpress database.

    Are you sure it exists?
    Does the user admin have permission to use the wordpress database?
    On some systems the name of your database is prefixed with your username, so it would be like username_wordpress. Could that be the problem?

    I have created the wordpress database, and it has no prefix. It is called ‘wordpress’

    In addition, I notice that there are other defines in wp-config-sample.php, like:

    define(‘AUTH_KEY’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘SECURE_AUTH_KEY’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘LOGGED_IN_KEY’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘NONCE_KEY’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘AUTH_SALT’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘SECURE_AUTH_SALT’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘LOGGED_IN_SALT’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    define(‘NONCE_SALT’, ‘put your unique phrase here’);

    As the instructions didn’t say anything about these, I didn’t alter them.

    It seems very likely that the values ‘put your unique phrase here’ need to be changed to some ‘my unique phrase value’ but, again, as the instructions didn’t say anything about these, they remain defined as ‘put your unique phrase here’

    Are the instructions incomplete, or what?
    Thanks for all your help.

    A “wild guess” you say. I merely tried to follow the instructions on the “Test Driving WordPress” page. Let’s take a look at instruction 11:

    11. Unzip your WordPress download into the htdocs directory – c:\xampp\htdocs\<yourwebsite>.

    Which is it? The c:\xampp\htdocs folder or c:\xampp\htdocs\<mywebsite>

    Let’s take a look at instruction 13:

    13. From the <yourwebsite> folder, open wp-config-sample.php in a text editor.
    The connection details you need are as follows:
    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘root’); // Your MySQL username
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ”); // …and password
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this
    Save as wp-config.php.

    All I did was follow instruction 13 by editing the four defines DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST that are in wp-config-sample.php and then saving it as wp-config.php.

    Was something missed here?

    Thanks again for your help!

    No. There are two admin.php files and I was looking at the wrong one. Still, though, this doesn’t explain the error.

    Thanks, however, for your reply.

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