26 Sep

Lost Admin access after WordPress Upgrade, getting 404 page

You recently upgraded your wordpress and you are unable to access you admin area! Every time you to access anything related to admin it will add some words to the URL and take you to a 404 (Not Found error message ) page. This is one of the wordpress upgrade problems that you may encounter.

Exactly this is what happened to me, my access to wordpress admin area was lost after wordpress update. I was not able to figure out what the problem is as there were no logs on the server that could help me. I tried to find a log in every folder through FTP but there was no trace.

The solution was easy once I stepped back and started thinking how to solve the issue. I was able to identify that during the wordpress upgrade it seemed to me that it didn’t complete properly. This forced me to think that I may need to cleanup my installation as this is a clear case of a problematic update.

Here is what I did in order to fix my Access to wordpress admin area that I lost after wordpress update :

  1. Accessed the server through a FTP. My preferred tool is FileZilla FTP Client.

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  1. Open the “wp-config.php” in an editor
  2. Enable Debugging Mode in order to see the errors: define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);
  3. Save the “wp-config.php”
  4. Close the browser and open the site again. This time it will start showing the errors.
  5. Based on the errors published please delete the respective plugins from “/wp-content/plugins”. I deleted the Super Cache plugin only.
  6. Downloadthe latest release of WordPress.
  7. Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
  8. Took a backup of “wp-admin” folder on my server
  9. Replaced my server “wp-admin” folder with the folder form the latest release of wordpress.

NOTE: Never replace or update “/wp-content” folder in this way.

  1. I tried to access the admin section again and I was prompted by wordpress for database upgrade required.

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  1. I took a backup of my existing database
  2. I pressed the option on the admin page to update the database
  3. I was all set with complete access back to my wordpress admin.
  4. Open the “wp-config.php” in an editor once again
  5. Disable Debugging Mode in order to disable printing of errors to the UI: define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false);
  6. Save the “wp-config.php”

Happy Publishing!

Note: If you have seen any other article on other site that addresses this issue please add a link here as I am writing this article to help others who have the same situation.

25 Sep

Alternatives to FeedBurner – Ready for Feedburner Shutdown?

Google has announced on their Developers Blog that the Feedburner APIs will be shut down on 10/20/2012. This means that the API will be discontinued but the product will still be there. For an end user the effect is zero but for the publisher this means you will not have a count of subscribers and you will also have no metrics data around these feeds after 10/20. This article is for anyone looking for

19 Sep

Quotes on Legacy – from JohnMaxwell.com

LEGACY

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.”
                 ~ Woodrow Wilson
“[What matters most] is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”
                 ~ Branch Rickey
“The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”
                ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
               ~ Shannon L. Alder

08 Jun

It ain’t different

When I live back in India I always had a assumption that everything is done efficiently in USA. For everyone in my country USA is a picture where all companies, government departments, business run efficiently.

But since I landed and started living here I found out that most of the Government Departments make me feel at home all the time. It takes almost the same amount of time to get things done here too. I have paid for specialized registration plated from my DMV (California DMV) since September of last year and until today I have no clue. They made me pay upfront but there is no trail, no email or any message to share the status or letting me know when I will really get it. Adding more salt to the wounds I called the DMV call center and it took 20 plus minutes for some one to pick the call and talk to me. Thankfully this person is working on it and getting it done (it seems).

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