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Static front page issues, won't change to new page (7 posts)

  1. cat
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I am helping a friend with his web site. I have worked on a number of WP sites but I'm confused as to what is happening. He wants a static front page which it is already set up to be. Yet, after designing a new page to BE the new home front page, and tried to change it from what it was previously pointing go, it won't 'release' the one it's set to. It's registering the new page under the Reading settings but still looks like the old page it was directed to. Someone else was working on the site previously so maybe there is some code this person used to make this permanent? Or something? It's a site that is directed to a /page of his main site until it's done being redesigned (hope that makes sense).

    ?? What to do? Thanks.

  2. Abhishek Ghosh
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Yet, after designing a new page to BE the new home front page, and tried to change it from what it was previously pointing go, it won't 'release' the one it's set to.

    Is the Page is created within WordPress or a separate PHP or HTML Webpage? If there is any home.php (active) or index.html webpage, Reading settings will not work. It is better if you can provide the URL.

  3. cat
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Thanks for your response. I just saw this. The site was not originally created in WordPress ... I was not involved then and I'm sure how it evolved but that may be the issue.

    So this is the URL:

    http://permanent-revolution.org/symposium/

    Thanks so much.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Have you tried:

    - deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    - switching to the default theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    - resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    Why is the site using an old copy of WordPress? Were you aware that the site is currently running a very real risk of being hacked? You need to upgrade WordPress asap.

  5. cat
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi Esmi,

    Okay, no, I have not tried that. Thanks for the tips. I will do so and see how that works.

    Re: old version WordPress, I did not realize how old a version of WordPress he was using. I just got involved and obviously he switched awhile ago but I gather hasn't been consistent in updating the site. I will upgrade. I will check to make sure he has the site backed up (I know he has plugins) but is there more of a risk of something getting messed up when upgrading from that old a version to the new one?

    Thanks much.

    Cat

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    There's always some risk of issues with a poor theme and/or plugins. Switch back to the default theme and deactivate all plugins before upgrading just in case. And do remember to backup the database before upgrading.

  7. cat
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Thank you!

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