No back-up... Too bad!
Let's see if we can fix things regardless. [no promisses though]
NOTE Start by making a back-up to your PC!
- FTP: Make a backup of the files of your site, using FTP 'Filezilla' [free] or your own FTP-program.
(see: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_FileZilla )
- Make a backup of the CONTENT of the site
- dashboard > tools > export > all content > download exportfile
- If required: confirm installation of export tool and run the export
You now have a fallback position, should things go wrong!
NOTE!!! Make these backups every time BEFORE you make changes!
Repairing problems becomes much easier!!
For future reference:
Restoring a backup goes 'the other way around:
Make sure you have the most recent OK version of a backup.
- Restoring files: FTP one / more / all files from the backup to the site, overwriting the files on the site.
- check the results! If all problems are solved... Done!
- hhas some content vanished...? Or do you need to go a 'step back'?
- Dashboard > Tools > Import > wordpress > choose the exportfile from your computer, and 'upload file and import
NOTE!! The database = CONTENT - goes BACK to the previous state. Changes made since the backup was made, you will have to re-enter. So regular backups - daily / weekly - are advised!!
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Make sure you've done all above!!
Now the precautions are done, let's see if we can fix things.
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You mentioned some of these problems started following an update.
So let's check out if we can find the culprit.
A. Deactivate all plugins
Plugins and updates don't always go together very well.
- Dashboard > Plugins
- Temporarily deactivate all plugins. This will affect the look and feel, for now. Don't worry.
- check the result; If your problem disappeared, we are on the right track
- One by one re-activate the plugins; Check the result after each change!!!; Should the problem re-appear, we know which plugin causes the problem
- keep the 'offending' plugin deactivated and keep on testing the rest of the plugins. There may be more than one problem.
All this should NOT stop you from enjoying and using WP!
If 'all the technical stuff' you feel is 'way over your head', and you would rather focus on the content, your readers etc. GREAT!
Get someone who LOVES the 'nuts and bolts' to help you set things up.
It might cost you a few bucks, but will allow you to do what YOU are best at...