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[resolved] No Super Admin panel on new install. (6 posts)

  1. krystofo
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello.

    A. Short version...

    One more of those people who can't see the Super Admin, after following the network instructions. Is there perhaps a step-by-step checklist for this problem?

    1. I do not see the Super Admin panel with the car keys.
    2. However, my one glimmer of hope is, when I click on Admin: Tools: Network it says: "Warning: An existing WordPress network was detected."

    B. Long version...

    This is my first WordPress. After several days, just beginning to understand the directions in some of the threads.

    I recently downloaded the latest wordpress, installed successfully. Problem is enabling "network." As explained above, simply can't see the car keys, but "existing network" is detected.

    After surfing the "Super Admin not showing" threads here, here are my notes.

    1. My problem seems more often for old installs, not new ones...?
    2. I am using DirectAdmin on a VPS.
    3. New install. No blogposts, no users except admin. I deleted the MySQL database and re-did the "network" instructions for .htaccess and config files. Did not help.
    4. Yes I put the changes above "happy blogging." Also tried putting much higher per some messages here. Yes I kept both "multisite" references. All with No result.
    5. In PHPmyadmin my permissions are: a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}
      (Anybody please tell me is this what it should like like for "Super Admin"? Spent a half-hour googling, couldn't find a clear reference.)
    6. I tried with both browsers and also cleared the cache with both. Yes I also logged-out.
    7. I could not find a .htacess file. According to my surfing, a .htaccess file is just a text file named .htaccess. I finally found a reference that said, make one. All mine has is what the multisite instructions said to put. Uploaded to the Home page level. Then the "blogs.dir" is an empty folder with that name inside wp-content.
    8. I use HTMLkit for file edits.
    9. I have not yet re-downloaded WordPress and tried a fresh config file to make sure there are no extra blank spaces.
    10. I have not finished surfing but currently, my only remaining idea is to generate a fresh websites and completely re-do, naming every user for site, database, and WP "admin" and password 123456 etc. I.e., keep everything utterly simple and see what happens...? If it still doesn't work, give out the passwords...?
    11. It's now 4:30 am. Again.
    12. My actual site with the problem is http://Verhampshire.com
    13. Thank you anyone for any comments.
  2. In PHPmyadmin my permissions are: a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}
    (Anybody please tell me is this what it should like like for "Super Admin"? Spent a half-hour googling, couldn't find a clear reference.)

    looking in the wrong table. ;)

    Go look in the site_meta table for the admin_user_id field. Does it say 1? Then your ID is indeed a super admin.

    Which means it's a browser issue.

    Did you indeed login again and clear your browser cache? That is one step that is a must that I didn't see on your list.

    Or try logging in with another browser.

  3. krystofo
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you Andrea. Here goes...

    DirectAdmin (User Level) -> PHPmyadmin -> [log-in] -> Databases -> [warning: enabling statistics might cause heavy traffic] Click on WP DB name -> wp_sitemeta -> admin_user_id: meta_value 1 / meta_id 3 / site_id 1... I think this means yes, the admin ID number is 1...

    Did you indeed login again and clear your browser cache? That is one step that is a must that I didn't see on your list. Or try logging in with another browser.

    Already did this and it is on my list. See item B-6 above. Just now, I also logged-in with a fresh computer. Result still negatory.

    Saaaayyy... is it possible that my whole problem is, I am using a nonstandard table prefix? Per Hardening WordPress: Security through Obscurity...

    Well Geronimo... wp-config.php -> restore $table_prefix = 'wp_'; -> Remove 7 lines added for networking, and restore above "happy blogging": define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true); -> save -> FTP wp-config to site -> DirectAdmin (User Level) -> MySQL Management -> select-delete WP database -> Create new database with same name-user-password per wp-config file -> clear cache on both browsers -> verhampshire.com/wp-admin/install.php -> Tools: Network -> Install -> Following instructions, except placing 7 lines for wp-config just below DB_Collate. The .htaccess contains only the text generated by Tools:Network, nothing else. -> FTP wp-config and .htaccess to Root (Home) level of site (/public_html/) -> re-log-in -> YES! I see the keys. (But the problem was NOT the table prefix. See below.)

    Notes for myself and other newbies...

    1. The problem was NOT the table prefix. During the above process, I happened to notice that my FTP client was set by default DO NOT OVERWRITE... And weirdly was not even giving me an overwrite request... So I once again deleted the database, returned to the unorthadox prefix, otherwise repeated all the above steps... and it works!
    2. :embarrassed: :embarrassed: I.e., evidently (I think) the problem was that my edited wp-config file was simply not being uploaded. :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
    3. Andrea wrote "site_meta" but in my table the name is "wp_sitemeta".
    4. I know nothing about PHP. Meta_id just seems to number the lines of the table from 1 to 18. Site_id is 1 for every line. So it seems the relevant column is "meta_value."
    5. Incidentally, the other two "obscurity" measures listed in "Hardening WordPress" seem more trouble than worth. Especially, deleting the initial admin may complicate this networking setup! After setup, I intend instead to demote initial admin to "subscriber." Can temporarily be promoted to admin for third party work. Also seems a good idea, as some suggest, to create an extra admin with a secret name, who is not demoted but kept for emergency use.

    And the moral of the story is, if you cannot see the car keys... Item #532 on the Invisible Super Admin troubleshooting checklist...

    After uploading a changed wp-config.PHP file, and it doesn't work, download it and make sure it has the changes. Duh.

    Thank you again, Andrea. Bedtime for Bonzo. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

  4. Yay! All that work for just making sure the file actually changed. :D

    It has happened to me to, so you're in good company.

  5. krystofo
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Aha... I was hoping you'd say something like that... :whimper:
    Anyway not a waste of time. Learned about PHPadmin and even got to talk myself to the famous Andrea. ;)
    Reminds me about my trip to Paris. Learned a lot about the city, and most cities I've visited, by getting lost. The result is much better than a guided tour, provided you survive.
    [Resolved.]

  6. and even got to talk myself to the famous Andrea. ;)

    *snort* lol....

    Getting lost in Paris? Sounds awesome. :)

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