Creating development/test board


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Good evening guys. I'm in the process of upgrading my forum to the newest version with a new customized theme. I'm trying to create a mirror copy of my forum in a testboard/development type environment on a different domain than my original forum which is -- I've run into some issues though.

When going to - I'm presented with my security prompt. After successfully logging in I see:


The only thing I can think that may be causing the issue is that my forum's options still use as the board url. But I cannot log into the AdminCP to change it. So I browse to phpMyAdmin and attempt to change the url there. Instead of actual values - I'm presented with a bunch of values like [BLOB - 21 B] as seen in the screencap below:


And sometimes I login and am redirected to the live domain at ... So - I'm not exactly sure what to do to get my development board online.

Please help! I'll appreciate all assistance and suggestions. Thanks!

Thanks for your reply @Steve F! Much appreciation.
I've tried going to admin.php and it shows the HTTP ERROR 500

My .htaccess file reads as:
# Mod_security can interfere with uploading of content such as attachments. If you
# cannot attach files, remove the "#" from the lines below.
#<IfModule mod_security.c>
# SecFilterEngine Off
# SecFilterScanPOST Off

ErrorDocument 401 default
ErrorDocument 403 default
ErrorDocument 404 default
ErrorDocument 405 default
ErrorDocument 406 default
ErrorDocument 500 default
ErrorDocument 501 default
ErrorDocument 503 default

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On

# If you are having problems with the rewrite rules, remove the "#" from the
# line that begins "RewriteBase" below. You will also have to change the path
# of the rewrite to reflect the path to your XenForo installation.
#RewriteBase /xenforo

# This line may be needed to enable WebDAV editing with PHP as a CGI.
#RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -l [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^.*$ - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^(data/|js/|styles/|install/|favicon\.ico|crossdomain\.xml|robots\.txt) - [NC,L]
RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [NC,L]
AuthType Basic
AuthName "JPiC Forum 2016 Development Board"
AuthUserFile "/home/***/.htpasswds/public_html/***/passwd"
require valid-user

My config.php file reads as:

$config['db']['host'] = 'localhost';
$config['db']['port'] = '3306';
$config['db']['username'] = '***';
$config['db']['password'] = '***';
$config['db']['dbname'] = '***';

$config['superAdmins'] = '1';

$config['enableMail'] = false;

$config['cookie'] = array(
'prefix' => 'test_',
'path' => '/',
'domain' => ''
Note: the asterisks are simply placeholders. I've verified that the info is correct... For instance - The username/password/dbname has been double-checked and is correct. Not at all sure why the error :( Kinda frustrating.

I had the issue using a sub-domain. My main forum .htaccess file still has rewrites in it from our vBulletin rewrites... So I thought purchasing a new domain and using it as the development board would fix the problem. But apparently not :(

Any other suggestions?
Thanks again ;)

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