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After Migrating Word Press Home page redirects to wp-admin/install.php

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2016-02-24 1:09 pm EST

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Hi All,

Manually migrating my WP site to InMotion. I exported the old database via MyPHPadmin, exported files, created new database and username/password, uploaded SQL file to new database, moved files via FTP and updated PHPconfig file to reflect appropriate database and username/password.

After editing PHP config file, when visiting URL I get a redirect to wp-admin/install.php

Any troubleshooting advice appreciated!


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I am suddenly having these same symptoms. I made some changes to my site a couple of weeks ago, but there was no problem. Today, a customer notified me he was having trouble and I found that trying to use the wordpress login redirected to the install.php. As I've been looking at it, it seems like every page of the site is now doing this redirect.

I looked at my database with MyPHPAdmin - and most of the normal WP tables appear to be missing. But nothing I've done would have done this. Googling all this, I see a others had this as a mystery problem too and there is a suggestion to reboot the webserver and the MySQL server.

Is there a way to do this on one of your shared servers? Is there another solution? My site is down, I urgently need help.
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2016-02-24 1:12 pm EST
Hello Gilbert,

Sorry for the problem with your WordPress site re-directing to the Install.php after migrating it. I took a close look at your installation files, including the database. What I found was that your database had a unique prefix. When I added this prefix to the wp-config.php file, it fixed the issue and the site loads up with no problem now. Please check it out. Make sure that you reset your permalinks if you're not using the default setting (save as default, then change back to your original permalink setting to reset permalinks). I hope that helps! If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.

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Great, thanks.
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2016-02-24 1:48 pm EST
Fantastic! That's interesting about the database will be aware of that in the future.

Thanks for the quick assist.
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2016-02-24 2:01 pm EST
Hi Gilbert,

You're very welcome! It's satisfying to find something quick and simple to fix a problem. :)

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
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2016-02-24 2:32 pm EST
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