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Help diagnosing error message after transferring Wordpress hosting from GoDaddy

Category: Databases

2012-01-30 10:50 am EST

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I need some help with transferring my Wordpress blog from GoDaddy to InMotion (hosting only). I’ve searched the forums regarding my problem and have gone through all the suggestions.

When I go to my temp URL, I get this error message: "Error establishing a database connection".

My temp URL is:

I've copied all my wordpress files from GoDaddy to public_html and have also imported my SQL DB into a new DB that I created. I know my new DB is fine since I can query it and get all my posts/comments etc.

I've also updated wp-config like this:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'bharar5_wrdp1');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'bharar5_wrdp1');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'secretpassword');

/** 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', '');

I've double-checked my db_name/db_user/password and it is correct.

Note that my domain is still with GoDaddy; I’m simply transferring my hosting to InMotion.

If the DB/server is down, how can I check that?

Can you help? I'm not sure what's wrong...

Thanks in advance!

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Tim S
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2012-01-30 1:46 pm EST
Hi bharari,

Thanks for posting your question. I'm more than happy to assist you today. I have fixed the issue for you. I removed your user and attached a new user with the same password and it corrected the issue. This resolved the issue, since it was likely the wrong password in the wp-config file.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.


Tim S

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