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The Difference Between “Fixing” and “Patching”

January 7th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Have you changed your blog url or home in Settings/General and it no longer works?

Are you moving your blog to a new server/web-address?

If you answer “Yes” to either of those questions, then you need to know the difference between patching your blog to get it working and fixing your blog so that it continues to work.

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  1. February 6th, 2009 at 05:55 | #1


  2. February 6th, 2009 at 10:12 | #2

    My thoughts exactly πŸ˜‰

  3. March 4th, 2009 at 00:19 | #3

    Hey there,

    Great video! I just watched and attempted it for myself, as this is the problem I’m having. However, even after changing my database entries for ‘home’ and ‘siteurl’




    …Still no luck! I can’t view the blog, the proper address of which should be http://nataliaciolko.com/blog.

    Let me know if you have any ideas about this!


  4. March 4th, 2009 at 07:44 | #4

    Natalia: Check then database connection entries in your wp-config.php file. That error almost always means one of them are wrong. Check db nane, db user, db password, and db connect.

  5. March 4th, 2009 at 11:37 | #5

    Check your wp-config.php file. It seems you have an error in your database connection information. Check:

    db name
    db user
    db password
    db connect

    The problem is in one (or more) of those settings.

  6. March 5th, 2009 at 15:06 | #6

    YAY! Thanks for your help. Have a great day.

  7. claudio
    April 2nd, 2009 at 09:21 | #7

    well, this video saved my life today!
    thank you!

  8. April 2nd, 2009 at 12:43 | #8

    @claudio: You’re welcome.

  9. April 30th, 2009 at 17:38 | #9

    Thank You Very much for your videos. all i know about wp is because of your video tutorials. Take a look of my site in spanish .
    and again thank you very much.

  10. Simon
    May 21st, 2009 at 16:51 | #10


    The video is not avilable on this page.

    Thank you.

  11. Chaitanyo
    August 1st, 2009 at 09:48 | #11

    Thank you. That’s exactly what I needed.

  12. August 17th, 2009 at 18:19 | #12

    Today, I messed up my entire site because of this error and I panicked. I followed this video and made no progress, but it wasn’t the video’s fault, obviously. I used the contact form to contact Mr. Free WordPress Tutorials himself, and he provided me with a wonderful consulting session and fixed me up right. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend hiring him if this detailed blog doesn’t satisfy your questions.

    Very genuinely,

    The Tango Notebook

  13. August 17th, 2009 at 18:27 | #13

    @Pete: Thanks Pete…glad we got your site back up and running.

  14. tom
    November 9th, 2009 at 14:37 | #14

    just wanted to say a big “thank you”!!!
    your video was really straight forward and allowed me to temporaily ‘patch’ the problem.

    next job is to fix it.

    thanks again!

  15. tom
    November 11th, 2009 at 18:07 | #15

    Hi figaro, a quick question…

    please can you point me in the right direction to a video that will instruct me on how to move my blog from its existing blog address (eg http://www.tom.co.uk/tom_website) to my domain (eg http://www.tom.co.uk)


  16. November 11th, 2009 at 18:20 | #16

    @tom: See the “move” tag here on this site.

  17. tom
    November 12th, 2009 at 11:56 | #17



  18. Dan
    November 20th, 2009 at 22:01 | #18

    Thank you! I really appreciate your help for taking the time to explain the difference between patching and fixing. This worked out smoothly and I got my blog back up in a 1/2 hour.

  19. .tif
    January 26th, 2010 at 23:28 | #19

    I used the Quick Fix method from the WP Codex, but it sounds like I should still try and use phpMyAdmin. Honestly, I downloaded it and don’t even understand how to install it on the site I’m working onβ€”the instructions are way above my head. There’s only so much code I can understand, and I didn’t know how to set up a config file for phpMyAdmin. Does this mean I have not really fixed my website? Will I have the wp-admin not found error again?

  20. January 27th, 2010 at 07:22 | #20

    @.tif: It just depends on how many absolute urls you have in the db to things on your own site…for example, if you entered a url in a post to another post/page on your own site, then the quick fix will not change those.

  21. March 9th, 2010 at 08:33 | #21


    i accidentally removed wordpress url in the general settings of my site then i couldn’t access my site right after that. i followed your video 1) edited config file 2) edit the wp_options in the db and it worked. but they the time i removed the addeed code in the config file, the siteurl and home in wp_options reverted back to it’s old value.

    the old value when i couldn’t access my site was http://ww.raimongonzales.com

    i could access my site, but all css, themes, etc were not working. so i’m not sure if i’ll just leave the added code in the config file just to keep my site working.

    hoping for a reply soon.



  22. Sagive
    April 22nd, 2010 at 01:01 | #22

    wow man, you realy saved me i was truly lost πŸ™‚
    a great video 10x :)))

  23. Aleksandar
    March 25th, 2011 at 08:51 | #23

    superb, that’s what i’m looking for, thanks

  24. May 26th, 2011 at 01:55 | #24

    Thank you so much!! Anyway I have a little problem, I can see my blog only without the www.

    My first intelligent solution was change the address at General Settings (BIG FAIL…) well, this is solved now thank you to this post, anyway somebody knows how to solve my problem, I’m at Godaddy and I have a CNAME that says www. @ (Normally this works for say that the www. goes to the principal address that is without www. because in theory the www. is a subdomain) Then I suppose that the problem is at WordPress…

    Any help will be appreciated!!

  25. Blizzie
    February 23rd, 2012 at 07:32 | #25

    Thank you so much!!! This is exactly what I need πŸ™‚

  26. harry
    June 23rd, 2012 at 21:18 | #26

    Brilliant, thank you so much, more than 3 years since you posted this, still has come in handy and saved the day… Thanks a lot.

  27. July 7th, 2012 at 01:45 | #27

    Well, this video help me fix my bug. Thanks!

  28. October 4th, 2012 at 02:39 | #28

    Great video!!
    It was exactly what I needed

  29. Shan
    October 17th, 2012 at 19:41 | #29


    Thanks for this tutorial, I think my problem is a little different, I took a look at what you have suggested however my site is returning 127 local address everytime I enter the correct URL… All references are pointing to the domain name… it was working all fine till I added Google Analytics.. But it didnt seem to update, when I added it, so I refreshed the page next thing I know the URL was saying I have never came across this before… If you have an idea I would like to hear about it

    thanks in advanced

  30. April 7th, 2015 at 11:36 | #30

    I accidentally changed the URL for our site. However I did not create this site and don’t have access to all these behind the scenes files that you are mentioning, what are my options?!

  31. r4ndieL
    April 11th, 2015 at 06:52 | #31

    and this is fuc*ing awesome, and i’am so dumb to doesn’t knw anything about this thing. great job.. thanks!.

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