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Installing SilverStripe

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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Mysql database naming


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14 May 2009 at 6:32pm Community Member, 16 Posts

I am trying to understand if I need to have "SS_" as a prefix in the database name? If so my server is making me use "lasergra" as a prefix and I so I chose "lasergraphfr". While installing on the server ( I can get it to accept only "lasergraphfr" to replace SS_mysite and not SS_lasergraphfr. Also does SS need a dedicated database to make it work? Or can something else be using it?

Thanks, this is all new to me. Designer brain....stretching to the other side.


14 May 2009 at 8:53pm Community Member, 70 Posts

Hi Kate

No, you don't need a prefix for the database name, it should take anything you put in there.
Your problem might be that you should create the database before installing SilverStripe - the installation script might not have rights on your hosting to create a new database.

Go to your hosting control panel, either create a new database name or use check the name of an existing one and enter that into the installation page.

SS doesn't need a dedicated database of it's own. Everything should be ok provided there are no tables in the existing database that SS needs to create. eg: you already have a "Member" table, but silverstripe tries to create a "Member" table when installing.


14 May 2009 at 9:43pm Community Member, 16 Posts

Thank you for the quick response. I had a problem getting my content and theme to show up after the first install and I assumed it was the Mysql database. After uninstalling and reinstalling it seems to be working and even remembering the SS_mysite.sql I imported on the server's phpmyadmin! Still don't know what didn't work the first time, but it all looks good so far.


14 May 2009 at 9:53pm Community Member, 16 Posts

I spoke too soon. SS got installed with success and even imported the SS_mysite.sql DB from my first installation of SS. When I tried to upload my own local files from the "mysite" folder I get the following error screen. (See attached file).

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14 May 2009 at 10:10pm Community Member, 70 Posts

ok, that is because in the mysite folder, there is a _config.php file - this has the database connection details.
When you uploaded the mysite folder, the _config.php file for your local computer had different username, password etc.

Install again and this time when you upload the mysite folder, don't upload _config.php : you are nearly there!