Copying WordPress to a new server

Hello All,

I am running WordPress Bitnami Stack on Windows.

For testing and dev purposes I am copying my entire WP installation to another server using these instructions from the Bitnami site;
On Windows:
On Windows, you should follow the same process. Stop the servers using the shortcuts and copy the whole installation directory. To restore the system, copy the directory to a different Windows machine in the same location and follow these steps from a command prompt:
$ cd installdir
$ serviceinstall.bat INSTALL
You can access your BitNami Application at the usual URL.

I run this but when I visit the site page I get the error; Error establishing a data connection

Any thoughts?


  • ericslangley
    • The Incredible Code Injector


    Thanks for the reply. For sure, there appears to be some issue with the database connection, though it does not make sense since I am copying 100% of the files to the testing server.

    When I look at wp-config everything is identical to the source server.


  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Are you able to connect to the DB with PHPMyAdmin?

    It might be worth asking the hosting company that manage the server for you.

    The error occurs because of the connection, without getting hands on it would be hard to know for sure. Your host however should know the setup best and should be able to advise.

    Let me know how you get on.

  • PC
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hello Eric,

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