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[resolved] Selecting /postname/ permalinks caused all my content to disappear. (12 posts)

  1. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I have a big problem....

    I run a multi-site and everything was working just fine until I selected to use pretty permalinks. All of a sudden all my content - posts, forums everything was removed from the site and replaced with Yootheme Solar default content. I know all plugins and forums are still there but when I access the site from the backend and want to make and changes the site that was once called FREEDOM has now been renamed to Solar Theme.

    What happened?

    I have deactivated all my plugins and that doesn't seem to be the problem. It seems as though everything is being redirected to the default template and I don't know how to get it back.

    I've spent so much time building this site and now in mere seconds it has disappeared. Can you please help me???

    http://freedomcgc.com

    EDIT: I also notice that all my users are still registered and all imagery from posts and widgets are still on the server.

    Below is what my site did look like...

    http://www.freedomcgc.com/wp-content/uploads/screenshots/freedom_website_screenshot.jpg

  2. To be clear: You turned on Pretty Permalinks and the theme changed?

    So what happened when you turned them off?

    Have you asked the theme dev for helkp?

  3. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    To be clear: You turned on Pretty Permalinks and the theme changed?

    So what happened when you turned them off?

    Have you asked the theme dev for helkp?

    It was the strangest thing. I just simply selected the Post Name permalink setting and then everything redirected to the default template content. Even on the backend. All my posts and articles are not accessible from the backend as they have been replaced with the demo content posts and pages. Even the site name changed from Freedomcgc.com to the template's default name.

    I tried to select the default setting for permalinks to get back everything and that did not work. It's as if it's locked into the demo content of the template I am using. There has to be a way to get it all back but nothing has worked so far.

    I did reach out to the developer of the theme on this but have yet to get a response. This is a horrible turn of events as I have a small but very active user base, not to mention the amount of hours I have poured into this site only to have everything change in one click.

  4. Okay... So I would switch themes, see if that gets you back in.

    You can do this in the database, just edit the wp_options table and change 'theme' and 'stylesheet' to a different theme (say, twentytwelve)

  5. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    No, Iptenu. All that did was implement the theme but the demo content is still and the original content has not been restored.

    I don't understand why it is just redirecting to the demo content. I'm really stressing out here.

  6. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I think I also need to clarify that I can access the backend, however, even the backend is replaced with all demo content and all plugins and widgets have reverted back to default settings.

    Before, when everything was just fine I have options as to which website I wanted to edit in the top header bar of the admin section which used to say Freedom. Now, it was replaced with Solar Theme. There is no way to edit the Freedom site as now the only option is to edit the Solar theme.

  7. No, Iptenu. All that did was implement the theme but the demo content is still and the original content has not been restored.

    You mean that even with the DEFAULT theme you get the demo content from this other theme?

    You had to have done something else then, possibly by accident. Check the DB tables and see if your old content is there.

  8. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    You mean that even with the DEFAULT theme you get the demo content from this other theme?

    You had to have done something else then, possibly by accident. Check the DB tables and see if your old content is there.

    Yes, the default content from the Solar theme I am using is showing up. I'm not exactly sure how to check to see if my old content is there in my database. If it's the wp options directory going through myphpadmin then I only see "Just another wordpress site" and the Solar theme template as the title.

    I wasn't doing anything that was messing around with my database when this happened so it makes it a mystery as to how it got this far. It seemed like it only had an effect on forums, posts and pages. Everything else such as the styles and design of the site remains the same.

  9. The fact that you don't know to look in the wp_posts table to see what your post content is, tells me you actually do not yet know what 'messing around with my database' means in WP.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Database_Description#Table_Overview

    Did your site ALWAYS have the tag line 'Just another WordPress Site'? It's starting to sound like you've had a DB rollback/failure somehow.

  10. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    ipstenu,

    I do know enough not to do anything that may have an impact on my database tables without backing them up. Thank you for the link. It helped me translate what you were talking about. We were indeed discussing the same thing, which is what I was trying to verify in my last post. It took me a moment to realize what you meant as I didn't know specifically if we were discussing the same thing and I wish not to waste your time.

    I don't usually get into the server and database side of creating WordPress sites. I am more on the design and styling side of WordPress, however, I am learning.

    I decided to just restore the site from a backup from the date of October 10th, 2013. My site has returned and I have lost a few things but I should be okay now.

    DB rollback/failure sounds pretty spot on because my DB tables were replaced with the theme's demo content. I don't know how it happened and I suppose it will remain a mystery.

    The lessoned learned here is always backup your site before making any changes on the backend.

    Thanks for attempting to help me, Ipstenu.

  11. I do know enough not to do anything that may have an impact on my database tables without backing them up.

    Every single thing you do on WordPress, every setting you change, impacts your database tables. Everything. That's where WP stores EVERYTHING except for core/theme/plugin files, and your uploaded images. So ANYTHING you did may have broken the site.

    Log in to the DB. Look with your eyes at the contents of wp_posts

    If you see your old post content in there, good, it's safe. if NOT? You need a backup. Somehow you overwrite it.

    Of note, WP stores multiple wp_x_posts tables, one for each site on your network.

    I don't usually get into the server and database side of creating WordPress sites.

    Welcome to Multisite. You'll need to get into this.

  12. brinkingyellows
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    @Ipstenu

    I did look and old post content was not there so I had to restore the site from backup. I definitely learned something from all this and I thank you for your help.

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