I am trying to convert some data from custom post types into custom tables in my Wordpress database. I have written a PHP program to do this. It requires that Wordpress be loaded so I can use some of Wordpress's database access methods ($wpdb). I have placed the conversion file in my site's root directory where index.php resides, but when I try and run it


I get a 404 page not found error. How can I configure Wordpress or my server (I'm using Desktop Server locally for development) to run this program?

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    Sorry. The file is not in wp-contents but rather the site's root directory. Jul 26, 2017 at 19:20
  • Have you looked at WP CLI? PHP files shouldn't have slashes on the end like that, its trying to load a folder named convert.php, but that's not how URLs work
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:47
  • @RussellEubanks please edit your question/title with that information.
    – MrWhite
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:52
  • @TomJNowell On most Apache servers, this would actually be a perfectly valid request. The trailing slash (on an existing PHP file) is simply seen as additional pathname information (PATH_INFO) and convert.php would be loaded just fine (providing it exists). However, if AcceptPathInfo Off is set in the server config (or .htaccess file) then this will indeed trigger a 404 - but this is not the default behaviour for PHP handlers. But maybe this is what's happening here? (/convert.html/ on the other hand would trigger a 404 by default because the core handler rejects path info.)
    – MrWhite
    Jul 26, 2017 at 21:20

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Installing a plugin had modified my .htaccess file. When I restored to the saved original, I was able to run PHP scripts just fine. Thanks to Denver Wordpress Meetup group for suggestions.

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