First and foremost I LOVE WordPress. I think it is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to creating websites that are easy and not too technical to put a website up. It is user friendly and very flexible. There are thousands of themes to choose from for FREE. I do lean toward some inexpensive paid themes these days, but I keep finding some beautiful FREE ones as well.
I am very grateful to a client that created a few videos for me to get me started. I love learning new software and I will take a little bit of knowledge and run with it. So began my journey with WordPress.
I have not posted on this blog because I could not “see” my dashboard. The site looked fine, but when I logged into it, my dashboard was not visible, none of the back-end was visible, all I could see a blank page. Keep in mind it has been like that for over a month. Not only did this occur with this website, it also occurred to my primary site as well (virtuallydistinguished).
I have been blessed to attract new clients and I am attracting people that want new websites..my solution…Wordpress. I have been so busy setting theirs up that I did not have time for mine. A few other sites that I maintained, were working just fine. Even though I was having the problems…I still believed in the product. I knew it was me and something I did to cause the problem. I don’t have an IT department to call to fix those things, I needed to figure it out.
Of course, I take more chances with my sites and try different things and if it works, I will try it on a clients sites. I will attend various webinars to learn and see if I can pick up tips that will not only benefit my sites, but my clients sites as wel. WELLL smart me decides to uninstall and reinstall WordPress on my main site and see how that goes before I tried it on this one.
That meant it would erase everything I had currently on the site and I would build it from scratch again. No problem, copy the pages since I could still see the websites when I searched for them. I had my pictures and it would be smooth.
It has taken me at least two weeks to get it re-done. Brilliant me, did not copy ALL of the pages and of course the most important one, my home page was one of them. In between, I have to service my clients and take care of them first. Bottom line.. the site was back up and almost back to normal by 1:00 am Sunday morning (two weeks later) – Halloween, how appropriate! I played tricks and no treat on myself!
I searched for previous versions in the search engines by looking at the cache….well the maintenance mode screen has been up for two weeks…duh Michelle, they only had that version! What to do, what to do? I find an older version on my computer, my creative juices are flowing and I finish it up! Woohoo!
Ok now I am rockin’ and rollin’ feeling confident all is well, let’s do this and get some things rolling again. My bright behind starts activating some plug-ins..I need to now re-do this, re-do that, oh and now let’s try this.
What happens…my dashboard disappears again! As I wait for a plugin to activate, wait for it…., wait for it………..WHAT..blank screen again! BUT this time, I have an idea as to why!
It was a plug-in..I am pretty sure, it’s probably a combination of something I have added – again always trying something new..is conflicting with a previous plug-in. So I log into the control panel, look at the files and delete a few plug-ins…YAY.
I can see the back-end dashboard again! Whew!
Now remember, my blog site (this one) I still can’t see the back-end/dashboard. So NOW I have the theory…I delete the same plug-in and I am able to now write this blog post! YEAHHHH! I love it when I figure things out!
Moral of the story…for those of you that are new to WordPress and maybe even some veterans, be careful. Always check the site after you have activated a plug-in.
- First, make sure you know how to log into your hosting account and can see the files on your site!
- Read about the plug-in before you add them and activate them. This was not the first time that a plug-in caused an error for me, this particular plug-in is one that I have had all along and has worked well.
I am going to research and see which ones are newer and possibly get rid of them because the one that caused the problem is one of my favorites and it did work fine in the past.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions of what it may have been or another suggestion for plug-ins, please comment, I am open and would love the feedback. There are times I probably need to slow down and thoroughly read more…so a “valuable” lesson was learned.