I have changed the admin password and email so that I can have full control mistakenly thinking this would produce access to the dashboard, plugins and other tools. But no, nothing there.
So I decided to see if an upgrade of WordPress would restore the standard buttons I had expected to see.
I got a message to say that it couldn't upgrade because the server is running PHP Version 4.4.4-8+etch6
Now I'm confused. I thought the server had PHP5 - so I decided to install it on my pc (using Xampp) but I just got a message to say that wp was already installed.
Is this a problem with the theme (not being able to install new plugins etc) or would it be a corrupt installation?