304: Troubleshooting Joomla 3.1 Database Connection Errors
You found this page most likely because you run Joomla 3.0 and you're getting an error on your website that is database related (joomla 2.5 database errors can be found here). We want to help you resolve this issue. Let us first tell you how the database connection is supposed to work, and then we'll try to help show you which issue is causing your problem.
How Database Connections Work in Joomla 3.0
It doesn't matter if you're running Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 3.0, the following principles apply:
|1. Your Hosting Account||2. Joomla's configuration.php file|
On your server, you must have:
Your Joomla configuration.php file must match your server settings. For example:
If your hosting account is not setup properly with a database, or, if your Joomla configuration file is not setup with those same credentials that are setup on your host, you're going to get error messages. In this Joomla 3.0 tutorial, we are going to purposely break Joomla 3.0 and show you the error messages that result.
Error: Error displaying the error page: Application Instantiation Error
- The database username in our configuration.php file does not match that of what is configured on our hosting account
- The database password in our configuration.php file does not match what of what is configured on our hosting account
- The database hostname in our configuration.php file could not be connected to
In your Joomla configuration.php file, ensure that your database username, password, and hostname match what is set / provided by your host. They will be defined in the following variables in your configuration.php file:
// database username goes here
public $user = 'database-username';
// database password goes here
public $password = 'database-password';
// database server name
public $host = 'localhost';
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