WordPress Plugin problems
What a nightmare that was, a WordPress Plugin problem causing me all that hassle!
If I didn’t meditate I’d be bald by now!
As you know this site was down for a (little!) while and I had some real hassles trying to work it out… as you can now see I got there.
So aside from pulling my hair out…
I manged to mostly work it out myself, yet I gotta say thanks to my mate Paul for a few pointers that set me on the right track. Yeah he who writes great stuff I always read.
On the plus side, more lesson’s learnt. Always a plus side somewhere!
Today I am grateful the site is back up. 😉
So, what happened? If you are a WordPress user, it may be a useful thing to bookmark in case. If you are not a WordPress user, this next little bit may confuse a little.
First… always back up everything.
Still love WordPress and it’s the plugin’s that make WordPress so adaptable, but I think something needs to be done about the state of the WordPress plugins…
If they are not kept up to date as they should be, there needs to be something that warns us users of the plugins within the WordPress dashboard. Before problems happen. A simple alert!
Most of us don’t wanna be pissing about worrying over plugins all the time, we just wanna get blogging! Simple.
WordPress needs to push creators of plugins to keep them up to date better, somehow, I think alerts work.
I mean we already have little alerts when we need to update something, a plugin, a theme, etc, why not add an alert showing when a plugin is no longer supported, outdated, badly coded, incompatible or worse, completely broke!
T’is a shame to lose a plugin you like though. I liked the SFC by Otto. It was a Facebook like button under each post that also pulled in a small thumbnail of your own friends profile pictures to show.
Neat. But conflicted with other things. Sadly. It’s not been written about since 2011.
Anyone know of something similar do say so. 😉
Have added a new one but it’s just a Facebook like button, do try that at the bottom of this post. 😉
The WordPress plugin fix
Fixing plugins when you have no access to the WordPress dashboard is a bit of a headache at first to be honest. How do you deal with them if you can’t even get to them?
Yeah, I wondered that too for a while… then learnt I could get to them…
Via host and cPanel if you use that. 🙂
So, the solution for me was this, after a little thought and
googling Ducking I found some validation to my thoughts… bit the bullet, so to speak!
Logged into cPanel… (yikes, here we go) 🙂
I went to the public.html folder, then to wp-contents, then the wp-plugins folder. I simply renamed that plugin folder … “wp-plugin-temp” then checked WordPress dashboard was back in another browser window, yep… it was, as was the site itself, so I knew it was definitely a plugin at that point.
To find out, I then created a new folder called wp-plugin … yes, a new folder the same as the original “wp-plugin” folder, then moved the plug in’s ONE by ONE from the “temp” folder to the new plugin folder… each time I added one, (the most critical first, wordfence) I refreshed the “plug in” page inside the WordPress dashboard… added plugin popped up, I activated it.
Checked site. No issue, did the next one (anti spam comment one was next) and so on. Adding them by importance.
Until I added them all, no conflict happened but I did get a warning of one potential conflict via wordfence. Luckily it was a plugin I didn’t really need but I did like, so I deleted it.
So, wordfence saved me hassle of scratching my head again wondering why the the conflict hadn’t happened again.
So, I do recommend wordfence, even the free version is great. You’ll get alerts.
No more conflicts I hope. If you have issues where you can’t see your own site OR the WordPress log in page/dashboard do try the above or ask your host to.
It’s back now, so that’s the main thing. 🙂