My friends site got some malware or something, so he decided to stop using wordpress and have me build his website from scratch. I have never used wordpress in my life, but I FTP'd into the root directory on the server, created a new folder called "old_wordpress_site", and moved every single file to that folder. I made a file in the root directory called index.html and I went to the URL, but it still seems to be affected by wordpress. I go to www.example.com and it says:
The requested URL /newink/ was not found on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
There doesn't seem to be an .htaccess file (which is strange because I thought an .htaccess file was the only way it could redirect automatically, but anyway...), but I went to this question here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18406156/redirect-all-to-index-php-htaccess, copied and pasted the answer, and added an .htaccess file to the root directory. It didn't work. Now I'm seeing:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator and inform them of the time the error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
How can I simply get rid of this wordpress junk and add an index.php file like I usually do?