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BROKEN WORDPRESS - Theme won't revert to default theme - BLANK SCREEN (4 posts)

  1. divageek
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, I tried to use a theme Blue Danube child theme for the Options theme. Well anyways it gave me a blank screen so I deleted the Blue Danube child theme and then the Options theme from the directory which I used to be able to do with 2.6 and it would just revert my WordPress back to the default WP theme. Well.. that did not work this time and now my blog is completely blank. I remember something like this happened to me before and I found here in the forums instructions on how to edit one of the WordPress .php files to manually reset the theme.
    I can't find those instructions now and I'm locked out of my blog. I have a backup in .sql format but I tried to use it in phpadmin and it said it was too big? I can't get into my admin panel in my blog to do anything so I'm lost and I don't know what to do. I've worked really hard on my website so this is really a tragedy for me. I'd even be willing to export it into another installation or whatever I just need to do something.

    I was able to click the back button and I can see that it says "The active theme is broken. Reverting to the default theme". I tried to click on another theme thumbnail and click activate this theme but that didn't work either. I gave up and went to sleep. I woke up and my son had closed my browser so now i can't even click back and view anything on my wordpress admin screen. I'm screwed.

    Please help someone..I know there is a WordPress master out there somewhere who can help me.

    You can contact me at mygeekheart on gtalk or mygeekheart@gmail.com or just reply to this.

    I'm using the latest version of WordPress.

    My blog is installed on a sub directory Divageekdesigns.com/blog/ I don't know if that even matters.

    Thank you so much,

    Barbara
    Divageekdesigns.com

  2. wwwcjb
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    OK HOLD IT HOLD IT! BEFORE YOU DO THE BELOW! I HAVE NOTICED THAT A PLUGIN CALLED "TRY THEME TO DEVELOP" BY "JORGE DEL CASAR" WAS THE MAIN THING MAKING MY THEME APPEAR BROKEN SO YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK IF THAT PLUGIN IS INSTALLED BEFORE DOING THE BELOW! DEACTIVATE IT AND YOU SHOULD SEE THINGS WORKING AGAIN... SHAME AS IT IS A GREAT PLUGIN AND WORKED FINE, I GUESS IT JUST NEEDS SOME REWRITING WHEN THEMES GET SWAPPED AND CHANGED!

    Hi, I HAVE LOOKED EVERYWHERE FOR A BASIC SOLUTION AND FOUND NOTHING - thankfully I solved it - here is the basic solution!

    - Go to your host site control panel
    - enter the "public html" folder
    - enter the "wp-content" folder
    - delete EVERYTHING in that folder!
    - then go back to your browser and WP dashboard [if you can't get there then you will have to find a way to upload the upgrade themes to your wp-content folder - sorry haven't done that so can't advise]
    - in WP dashboard make sure that you go to TOOLS and UPGRADE
    - then automatically UPGRADE and you will see that the default themes appear
    - this should reset your default theme and allow you to start again

    NOTE: thankfully NONE of the many plugins I had installed were removed so this is a safe solution!

    ENJOY!

  3. adrianboston
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The above offered a work around.

    Deleting wp-content removed all themes, including default. Therefore the need for an upgrade. It might be possible to simply upload any theme, rather than upgrade.

    Note: I would recommend renaming the folder rather than deleting it.

    Some of the images in media files did not load after this work. Perhaps because wp is looking for the latest cache that no longer exists in the new wp-content. Not sure.

    more to follow i guess

  4. adrianboston
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Aha. It seems that some of the images are in the wp-content/upload area

    One reason to rename.

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