On Friday I had just about finished developing my revised Joomla site using MAMP and only needed to update my users. I was told (elsewhere) that I should export my user table from my live site (with 60+ new users), rename my MAMP abcde_users table to old_abcde_users and then import the abcde_users. This appeared to work as i then had a full, current list of users. ** I had done an Akeeba Backup just prior to this process **
There was one notification next to each name in the user list in the site backend (MAMP) but further research said it was because of error reporting and not to worry. The site seemed to be functioning well.
I closed out of my (MAMP) backend and tried to log in again but had no success. (notice was: wrong username or password)... but I had not changed anything! Further search using phpmyadmin confirms all settings are as they were.
At least at that point I was getting a log in. The next time I tried to get to my site, either front end or back end I received the message;
"Error displaying the error page: Application Instantiation Error: Could not connect to MySQL."
I've spent the weekend trying to figure this one out... to no avail. Oddly my old live site is also showing this message and I have neither a live nor localhost site. I have a Siteground account with the intent of moving my new site there and closing my GoDaddy account.
Please: what are my best options for moving forward, given what I have explained above, and probably more importantly that I have a current Akeeba Backup in hand? Should I try and reinstall here locally? or, should I upload my Akeeba backup file and Kickstart to Siteground and go from there? Is there an easy fix for my connection to MySQL error problem, and what would have caused that in the first place? If there is an error log I can send please let me know where I can find it and I'll send it through.