I didn't do the database dumps or file backups for this migration of CiviCRM on wordpress, so could it be a problem I can solve without going back to the old host?

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What is the problem the site is having?

In later versions there is no config_backend field, and templates_c and config.ids.ini will recreate themselves if the folder permissions are correct.

  • I am trying to transfer a replica of a site from one host to another. The old host sent me the public_html files and the wp and civi databases. I did a fresh install of wp (without wp_content) and a fresh install of ciivi, but it wouldn't link to the database on install. I tried to create a blank database with the same name, which allowed install, but couldn't then import the real database without critical error, 505, etc. Are there tables I must remove for a successful import? My server is running PHP 7.3. All folder permissions are correct and I have all privileges on the databases. Apr 6, 2021 at 5:50
  • Are these the instructions you're following? docs.civicrm.org/sysadmin/en/latest/misc/switch-servers
    – Demerit
    Apr 6, 2021 at 6:25
  • no. it was recommended to do a fresh Civi install, not a direct file transfer. should i start again? will that skip the wp plugin activation process? Apr 6, 2021 at 8:52
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    starting from scratch following the link did the trick. thanks. Apr 6, 2021 at 14:45

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