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Error establishing a database connection

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2023 9:30 pm
by lovecoop
I mistakenly changed the WordPress Address(URL) as well as the Site Address(URL) while tinkering with a potential domain name change. I was able to log into phpMyAdmin after changing the Database password. I reverted the broken domain back to the original domain name in wp_options > siteurl and home. As soon as I changed it back I am met with "Error establishing a database connection". When I try to go to " I am met with

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Error establishing a database connection
This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at This could mean your host’s database server is down.

Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
Are you sure that the database server is running?
If you’re unsure what these terms mean you should probably contact your host. If you still need help you can always visit the WordPress Support Forums.

Is there a place to check or update the database password via phpMyAdmin?

edit: spelling

Re: Error establishing a database connection

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:05 pm
by joemuller
For your case, you have a full database with phpMyAdmin access, so you can change the password(s) through Member Tools. You will want to click through from Databases -> Manage database (your database name) -> Change Password, check the boxes for the users you want to change, then click Continue. After that, new passwords will be set up and displayed for you to use. (Note that once you click away from the results page, there is no way to view those passwords again.)

It looks like your Wordpress blog is using the lovecoop_wp-all database, so that's the username and password you'll need to update in the wp-config.php file for your site to match.

On a side note, it looks like there is an issue with your domain registration, as I cannot get a response when I attempt to load the site. Since your website's domain is set up for DNS with Sonic, you'll want to make sure that the Name Servers set up with whoever you use for registration are set to the following:

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Please feel free to sent me a message through the forum if you'd like some additional help and I'll see what I can do to assist!

-- Joe M

Re: Error establishing a database connection

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:40 pm
by lovecoop
Thank's for the reply, Joe.

I was able to change the password and access phpMyAdmin. I was able to change the site URL and home URL back to the correct address.

Inside phpMyAdmin's directory I have to main folders. One named information_schema and another named lovecoop_wp. To change the site and home URL I went to lovecoop_wp > wp_option and was presented with a table. Table 1 is siteurl and table 2 is home.

I cannot find wp_config.php anywhere.

I corrected the domain registration so there should be a response now.

Thank you.