First, I accept complete responsibility for creating this problem for myself. I'm a bit timid about technology, so when it came time to update my self-hosted wordpress website I read the instructions, didn't understand all of it, was concerned about the line that all my data could disappear and took the dog for a walk instead of proceeding. Now my website administrator's URL gets me to a white page with this written multiple times with different line numbers:
"Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/content/l/d/s/ldsword/html/wp-includes/cache.php on line"
rather than a clean website. The website itself is corrupted in the same way but I can read some of it. I can't log on as administrator.
What do you suggest I do now to get to the administrator's site so I can update wordpress? Once I fix this problem, I'll deal with my fear of updating.
thanks very much for any help you can give