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Protecting Root Admin (25 posts)

  1. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi guys,

    I have an active WP forum with multiple admins that also work on the site. It looks as if from the users section that the other admins have the ability to delete my account - I am the owner of the site and would like to know if there is a way to protect the original admin/root admin from the possibility of being removed?

    Thanks

  2. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hey guys - can anyone help with this?

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The root admin account cannot be deleted - although the details can be changed by another admin. Why not demote the other users to Editor status?

  4. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for your reply. When my other admin logs in and goes to users - he has the option to delete, so I assumed clicking this would allow him to do so?

    I trust my admins and he needs access at admin level, but there have been occasions on my previous sites where relationships have gone sour. This is why I am wanting to ensure I (author=1) cannot be deleted?

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can't be deleted but the email address & password associated with the your profile could be changed. However, you could always use PhpMyadmin method to reset it again.

  6. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    thanks esmi. just to understand - does that mean my email could be changed, then the account be deleted??

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    No - the admin account cannot be deleted.

  8. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I do have nightly database backups which only I have access to - which is my current failsafe, but was wanting to setup more control.
    I have a capabilities plugin too but there's an issue with any plugin I use stopping media uploads from working. :S

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Any plugin? Even Hello Dolly or Akismet?

  10. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Most - I think Akismet is OK. But every plugin that sounds good to use (lightboxes, capabilities manager, featured articles, SEO - all prevent uploads from working within the media section. Gives a HTTP error.As soon as they're deactived, uploads work again. Very odd.

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Quite a few plugins are no longer being actively developed and a few others haven't caught up with WP 3 yet. What version of PHP are you running?

  12. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's a shame there isn't more moderation over plugins i.e. only those that are tested for WP3 are available to use etc; bit like the itunes app store! :)

    Server is running PHP 5.2.9

  13. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's a shame there isn't more moderation over plugins

    This may be something that is implemented longer term but it's a big job. A new review system was added to the (much smaller) Theme Directory a few months back and I don't think it's at the point where the question of older themes can be tackled yet.

    Your PHP version is fine, so I think all that's left is trying to cherry pick the better plugins that are documented to work with WP3 (or 2.9 at the very least).

  14. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks Esmi,

    I've certainly tried to find a stable plugin but most appear to conflict in some way. The "Capabilities Manager" for instance is excellent as it gives much more control over user roles. WP is a bit limited in what roles you can assign, unless there's a way to add more and setup their access?

  15. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hhmm esmi - going OT a bit, but I have just installed a fressh WP into a test database, and tried all these plugins and they work perfectly without affecting the uploads for media at all.

    Is it possible that something could have become corrupt, causing it to fail when plugins activated?

  16. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Same set of plugins & same theme? Same server or could it be a difference in the server setup.

  17. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    same plugins, some slight differences in template files though. however, we had these issues before any modifications were made to template files. All held on the same server.

  18. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The only real way to test whether the theme is the cause of the problem is to try switching to the Twenty Ten theme temporarily. If that cures the issues, then you know it's definitely theme-related.

  19. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OK Esmi,

    We've taken the theme that is currently used on our LIVE WP site, downloaded it then installed that theme into the WP Test site (running on the same server) and this works fine with plugins enabled - all uploads work uninterrupted.

    Seems really weird? I rmeember reading on the internet somewhere that some files can become corrupt (not sure which) meaning a reinstall is required. I'm not sure how easy that is to do though when the sit's full of blog information.

    Do you think that would work/solve the issue? I can't replicate the upload http error on my test site blog.

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Try re-uploading all files & folders - except the wp-content folder - from a fresh download of WordPress. Since your site's content is in your database, that will not be affected.

  21. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    May give that a go Esmi. The thing we're worried about is breaking all the links to the articles on our site. For instance, if we had to do a full reinstall - would the original links (help on 3rd party sites) to our articles then become broken?

    So, there's no risk of it braking if we re-upload all the files EXCEPT the wp-content folder? Last thing we want is to stop the site from working or those links to our articles becoming lost. :)

  22. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    or instance, if we had to do a full reinstall - would the original links (help on 3rd party sites) to our articles then become broken?

    A full re-install would mean using a fresh database (or emptying your current database) - which would mean that all of your current content would disappear.

    Re-uploading the WP files, on the other hand, won't adversely affect any of your content or your permalinks.

  23. ukparknews
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    esmi - we have a full SQL backup of the db content, but I imagine even restoring using that after a full reinstall would mean those links are broken?

    I tried the upload as you mentioned, and that didn't work. But after about 3 hours of testing, it looks as though the issue causing the upload problems is down to conflicting plugins. Some plugins work by themselves, but when used along with certain other plugins, the upload errors occur.

    It was a matter of trail and error really, to find the plugins that worked and those that caused a conflict. Or at least that's what I think! :)

  24. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Some plugins work by themselves, but when used along with certain other plugins, the upload errors occur.

    That does occur sometimes. And yes, it's down to trial and error. Sometimes contacting the individual plugin developers helps. If the plugins are still being actively maintained, the developers may be interested in reducing these kinds of conflicts.

  25. deecemobile
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Im pretty sure the root admin can be deleted b/c I did it to see if it worked and it did. I use the capabilities manager and to try and control this but it has some shortfalls. But another admin account even with less privileges can delete the main admin account. Ive done it. Im in the same situation as the thread starter...

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