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I installed WP 2.9 successfully but when I go to the log in page and log in, it keeps coming back with:

  The website declined to show this webpage
 HTTP 403  
   Most likely causes:
"This website requires you to log in.
 
   What you can try:
     Go back to the previous page.

I know I have entered the correct information.  The above wording is from IE 8, but I have the same issue with all 3 major browsers (IE 8, FF 3.5.5, and Chrome 3.0.195.38).  Any ideas?  It's driving me nuts.  I know I've done everything correctly on my end so I figure it's a config thing on the web server.  
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by:cenocre
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Error 403 is likely to be a permissions problem with one of the WordPress files. It could be that you have no permission to access the file. Or, what I have commonly seen is that WordPress is trying to write to a file and does not have persmision to do so.

Since you just installed WP check out the file the permissions of the wp-config.php file if you have access to it.

It could also be that your server is not set up to look for the default WP page which is index.php. This is common if your are on a Windows server. It is simple to rectify this with your server admin.
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by:LD147
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Sorry I had forgotten about this.  I will try this out tonight.
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by:gwkg
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Try manually downloading 2.9 from wordpress.org and uploading the wp-admin folder via FTP.
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by:LD147
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Tried all of those things, and it still doesn't let me in.  Weird.  I've wated so much time on something that should just work.  Oh well, maybe I will try another host....
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The next thing to try is renaming the plugin folder.
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If you still can't login reupload the 2.9 files again, keeping the plugin folder renamed.
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by:LD147
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Sorry but even that's not working, but I appreciate you trying ;)
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Try renaming the theme folder you are using so Wordpress reverts to using the default theme.  There are known issues with some themes after the upgrade (Headway, for one)

Also delete your browser cookies before retrying, just to be sure.

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But if that doesn't work, then you may want to backup your database and try a fresh install.  If you use Tools > Export to backup your posts then you can use Tools > Import to import your posts and pages.

Something else is going on if you can't login to Wordpress with the default theme and no plugins.
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by:Dzynit
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On the off chance this may be helpful, I happened across someone else's comment on the same type of issue:

"Blog is now fixed, it was on godaddy's side. DNS entry: Ip address didn't get updated in a recent update on godaddy's side. So if anyone has this problem check your dns ip address and make sure they are right! Call your hosting provider for help if needed."

That quote came from: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/231391


The one time that this happened to me, it turned out to be an old issue with the host I was with and the domain url was set to not use www. but the blog was. I had to edit it directly in the database in the wp-options table. Then shortly after my hosting company corrected the error for the domain url.

You may want to try gaining access to your wp-admin by using your domain: http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php and see if you can get past the error. If you can, you might be able to see in your settings if there is anything you can correct.
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by:LD147
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gwkg:  still no good, but see below....

Dzynit:  I added two host entries that were missing ,thanks to the link you provided.  It says it may take up to 72 hours for propogate, so I'll post again when I have some news.  Thanks ;)
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Well, here is what FINALLY resolved this for me.  I had to add the following to the .htaccess file.  It works perfectly now.  :)
# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

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