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I have just followed this guide on manually migrating a WordPress site to localhost.

I have followed all of the steps: downloading files using FTP, exporting database, importing to localhost database, changing URL links to localhost and finally updating wp-config.

I tried this on two of my sites and came across different problems:

  1. Safari cannot connect to the server' error message
  2. The following text displayed on the screen:

"Front to the WordPress application. This file doesn't do anything, but loads wp-blog-header.php which does and tells WordPress to load the theme.

 *
@package WordPress */
/** * Tells WordPress to load the WordPress theme and output it. 
* * @var bool */ 
define('WP_USE_THEMES', true);

/** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */ 
require( dirname( FILE ) . '/wp-blog-header.php' );"

Can anyone advise as to how I can make my website display?

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First of all what I assume is your local server is not parsing the php properly. So just put a simple phpinfo file and see if that show you the expected page. You can take reference from the following link if you don't know how to create a phpinfo page - https://mediatemple.net/community/products/dv/204643880/how-can-i-create-a-phpinfo.php-page

If the above shows you phpinfo information, then I would say check your wp database. In wp_options table, see if your site is still pointing to your domain or http: //localhost. It has to be http ://localhost.

see step 4: http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/wordpress/wordpress-changing-the-site-url-and-home-settings

lastly, if above don't work, replace your .htaccess with a default wp one and see how that goes. good luck.

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Did you rename your site name in wp_option table in database? That's probably the problem. Change the site name to http://localhost or http://localhost/[the directory name for the site].

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