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I messed up - plugin ruined everything, now I have to reinstall WP (20 posts)

  1. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Hello!

    I made a big mess!

    Everything started with the plugin Under Construction, which has been turned on for months because my blog (rclv.it) has been on maintenance. I was finally ready to put my site visible again, so I turned off the Under Construction plugin.. and nothing happened. I still got the "Work in progress" page I made a while ago. I read here that this plugin doesn't work very well with the upgrade to the latest version of WP, so I just deleted the plugin. Still only the "Work in progress" page was visible. Again, I read here that the problem might be caused by a conflict of the .htaccess file with the current theme. I deleted the theme and came back to Twenty Thirteen. Nothing changed, only "Work in progress" page was visible. So I went to my host and deleted WP, thinking that maybe it was just better if I reinstalled it again. I had to manually delete some more WP-files that were there, like the .htaccess and some php pages. I thought that then I could start fresh.

    Nope. Even now, that I don't even have WP installed on my site, and of course the Under Construction plugin is long gone, I don't see a white blank page, I continue to see that "Work in progress" page.

    Before I do any more damage I thought to come here and ask for help. How can I just erase what I did - especially that freaking page - and start over?

    Thank you!
    Vittoria

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Try looking in your root .htaccess file.

  3. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    It appears to be empty. The file is there, when I open it it just says "empty".

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    What are you using to view it?

  5. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    The default file manager of my host, it's just called "File manager" :(

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Can you download the file and view it using a plain text editor?

  7. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Sure!
    I tried right now, with my text editor (which is Kate, I'm using Ubuntu) it still looks empty. Dimension is 0 bytes and when I open it's a blank page.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Are there any .html files in your root folder? That holding page looks like a non-WordPress page.

  9. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    The only one is something called Licenza, which apparently is a translation of the GNU General Public License in Italian, and that's it.

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Well something is serving that snippet of HTML. In reality, it's just:

    <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-834" title="Non sanno di fresco e mangioloso queste foglioline verdi di sfondo??" src="http://www.rclv.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Work-in-Progress-02bis.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="288" /></p>
    <blockquote>
    <p style="text-align: center;">Domani torniamo online ;)</p>
    <p style="text-align: center;">RclV</p>
    <p style="text-align: center;">Ps. Voi non ci crederete, ma c'รจ un messaggino nascosto se poggiate il maus sulla foto qui sopra XD</p>
    </blockquote>

    So not even a properly formed page.

    Assuming you have a database backup, have you had a look through the wp_options table for anything relating to the above code or this plugin?

  11. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I recognize that piece of html, it's the one of the Under Construction plugin. In order to make this plugin appear the way you want to, you have to write just a basic piece of html, like you normally would when you write a new article in the WP editor, which is then deleted (usually) when you turn down the plugin. But I don't know where that piece of html is stored, since it should be gone when I deleted the plugin.

    And, ehm.. I don't have a database backup, please don't hate me :(

  12. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I don't know if this is helpful, but I managed to find out what the .htaccess file looked like before it was deleted, and it was like that:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress
  13. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    That's just a standard WP .htaccess file if you're using custom permalinks. I'd suggest re-instating it although I'm not sure whether it will solve your problem.

    The code in question is probably stored in the database's wp_options table but first try resetting the plugins folder by phpMyAdmin.

  14. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I went to do it, but following the instruction of the page you linked me, I got stuck up in the first step, since there is no table wp_options.

  15. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    There will be such a table in your database. What are you using to browse the database?

  16. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    phpMyAdmin.. I guess?
    I'm very bad at this!
    I went to cPanel and through there I got to phpMyAdmin. There I found a drop-down menu titles "tables", and when I click on it, the only voice in the menu is "no tables".

  17. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Are you sure you were looking at the correct database in Phpmyadmin?

  18. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I think so, I clicked around pretty much on every button I could find to see if I could find that table.. :(

  19. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Try asking your hosts for assistance.

  20. laragazzaconlavaligia
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Alright, I will! Thank you!

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