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Install help. Can't seem to get it going.

  • i’ve read through the forums to no avail. here’s the scenario…i have wordpress installed and hosted. right now the database is set up as i created a new directory called “forums” and installed bbpress in that folder. then i go to (which is crazy) to proceed with the install. i enter the dabase name, database user name and password which i’m taking directly from the wp-config file and i get “There was a problem connecting to the database you specified. Please check the settings, then try again.” I’m assuming either the directory set up is wrong or i’m entering the wrong database info. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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  • chrishajer


    There’s no need to have all those folders. Just put bbPress into a folder called whatever you want (forums?) and call it a day.

    If you took the database connection details from your wp-config.php, be sure you don’t copy the CONSTANT names as well, just the variable part (the part about your database.) The constants are named differently in bb-config.php and wp-config.php.

    If you copied over just the variable portion, then you did something wrong because it will connect in both places (WordPress and bbPress) if you have the connection details correct. It’s telling you right here that it’s not.

    still no luck. i created the “forums” folder and i go to for the installer. all i’m entering is the direct info for database name and user name. for instance, database name is mydatabase12345678 (this is the name my host set up) and my user name is the same as the datbase name. i then enter the password and i get the same error. a note, my site is url is i don’t know if having it located at the wordpress folder makes a difference or not. regardless, i don’t know what move to make next.

    do you think you could give us the link to your website? that might make it easier to see if there’s some problem with how you have the directories set up. is the url to my site.

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