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[resolved] Tags, Categories, Links lost in 2.8.4 (36 posts)

  1. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am not sure what happened. I upgraded to 2.8.4 about 2 weeks ago. About two days ago I lost all my tags, categories, links and some sidebar functionality. I did not save a backup as my host service does that and if there is an issue I can usually restore the site. When the problem happened I contacted my service but as can sometimes be the case the guy there did not restore the site to a week or go or know how to deal with the problem. So now am I stuck with no tags or categories or ability to display links in my sidebar?

    I can see my tags on my tag page in the admin area and my links as well, but all categories are gone. On my edit page I can see no categories. The field is blank. If I try to add a new category nothing happens. Same with tags. I can enter a tag but it never appears. My link widget just not work at all.

    I will not get any help form the tech guy there. Maybe the guy I deal with usually will be back from vacation soon and something can be sorted out, but why can't I at least add new tags and categories? Why can't I display my blogroll?

    I have nothing to restore it seems. I will now do my own database backup when I upgrade (should have already I guess).

    Anyone know why this is? the topic appears to unresolved in the forum posts.

    Bill

  2. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I found some partial answer at this forum:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/282145?replies=15

    But I am simply not sure what it all means and I will contact the guy who gave the reply. Seems to be saying we have to go into mysql and backup our mysql database and then then delete it and then install afresh one? But that sounds pretty difficult and problematic. Can anyone explain in more detail how this is done if that proves to be what has to be done?

    Bill

  3. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Is some relatively easy fix for this issue:

    My tags and categories still seem to exist somewhere. I cannot add new categories or if I add with with the same name of an existing category it says category already exists. Seems there needs to be something to connect my tags, links and categories from my site to my database.

    They have not really vanished into thing air.

    I cannot find a solution yet. Have looked all day. I do not have backup of my database before the problem. This was not saved by my hosting service as it should have been but that is water under the bridge.

    Any doable solutions???

    Bill

  4. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    one of three problems solved. I got my links back by not using the WP default link widget but downloaded the free-reading blogroll that require entry of a Google API key. That works.

    From what I read I am not alone in this issue with tags and categories. Please, any help. This is not just for me.

    Bill

  5. kookjegek
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Got the same issues. Can't see my tags & categories anymore in the admin panel of WordPress.

    A quick look at the database tells me that the relationships still exist. The admin panel also conforms it because it actually shows paging buttons of the existing categories (without showing the actual categories themselves)

    You can also access the categories via the edit form:
    wp-admin/categories.php?action=edit&cat_ID= and edit them.

    Dennis

  6. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yea, it is really over my head. I can still edit tags from my admin area, but I cannot even see my categories, though I know they exist because if I try to create a new category with the same name I cannot. Tags are somewhere as well because I can open a tag cloud widget and they appear.

    Also a widget I used for quotes does not receive the quotes any longer. I know I have some glitched in my database since 2.8 that I need my host provider to fix but I do not see the connection to all of this. I wonder if 2.8.5 will fix this stuff? On my posts all I have is uncategorized for categories. On my admin page all my posts show no tags, no categories, but like you said they are there somewhere, along with tags. The link fix above does not really solve the real issue, that my blogroll vanished as well. I am using some sort of RSS blogroll.

    Thanks for the comment and lets hope this has some resolution someday.

    Bill

  7. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I do not know what happened but the problem, after almost a week or so, fixed itself. All tags and categories and missing widgets returned on their own. IS this the solution here? Wait? Anyway, happy to them all back.

  8. kookjegek
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I got the exact same thing, all my categories are showing again.

  9. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My are gone again :( actually the widget appears adn i cans ee them on my edit page, but they do not appear under posts and if I click on a category from the sidebar widget I get a 'not found' message.

    Certainly hope 2.8.5 fixes this.

  10. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    And now the next day are back again. Okay, so maybe they will simply come and go. I have no idea what the problem might be but for now, as far as widgets and plugins, I am not going to touch anything and see what happens.

  11. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Beginning to suspect the problem for me may ave been a plugin/widget called Random Quotes, or something, that was Ajax based. Will report back in about a week if problem returns or not.

  12. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sigh, gone again later the same night. I give up (since not one here is able or willing to help anyway) and if I have categories and tags I do and I if I don't I don't. Not going to get assistance here... again.

  13. kookjegek
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My categories are still showing. Certainly strange behaviour. I'm curious, which widgets & plugins are you using Bill?

  14. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I can make a list later maybe, thanks. I have deactivated all plugins and there was no change. Or no immediate change anyway, but seems if the problem is a plugin the matter would clear up finally soon after deactivation. just not sure what widget would do something like this this and may soon remove all widgets and build the sidebar back up later to see if that helps though I have little hope. Not even hopeful about the next upgrade.

    I assume you just did nothing and they returned? And stayed even after adding new posts? What a whacky and frustrating problem.

    Thanks for the update on your situation
    Bill

  15. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Update: In a new twist the category widget has vanished. I do not mean from my home page but from the widget page. I removed it from the active widget list and then it simply vanished. I just deactivated all plugins and all widgets, my sidebar is blank (hassle to build this back later) and still the same problem.

    I have not done anything to any WordPress files before this happened such as .htaccess or any php files. In fact I really do not mess with any of that. I can only thing that the problem is with the version itself. Not sure and no feedback from WP on this. It is a non-issue it seems to the people to run the place.

  16. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    p.s. my site address is:

    http://uraniumcafe-the.com

  17. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    NOTE: My hosting service did something and (for now) the problems is fixed other than for the absence of the category widget on my widget page. I can get another widget I assume. I am not sure what the problem was but asked if it explainable and will post any explanation I get back from them here.

  18. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    All things seem to working and the message I got form my host was:

    It was a local issue with one of the mysql tables. We have repaired it and it should work OK now. We don't expect this to happen again.

    I could not have fixed it myself and if you have this issue and can do it yourself or have a host service or support staff person who can help this seems to be the issue.

    Bill

  19. fox365
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hello billdancourtney and everybody! I,m trying to find a solution to this 1 year now! I'm sure this is a wordpress bug.

    I did everything: Different WP versions 2.6 - 2.8.4, other templates, remove all plugins and try, with or without content to description raw in wp_term_taxonomy table, with all permalinks ways.. i did every possible solution found in wp forums or wp moderators says..

    I know one: the problem fixed for the moment after mysql server restart but comes back in a few minutes or hours. I see some difference in time when i'm testing - change some values in mysql server like > performance > cache size , cache type or changes to innodb parameters, but i don't know yet where is the problem.

    looks like a wp bug who stuck the database in mysql server, like cashing or buffer issue or some strange character stuck db..

    Bill, your host said you "It was a local issue with one of the mysql tables.." Please ask your host tech team what exactly they change to mysql settings or in your database 'cause if really they gave solution, this is the ONLY solution believe me!!

    And sure this is not your or my problem.. months ago i search for this and see thousands WP users have the same problem with no solution.

    Manos

  20. billdancourtney
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Fox365

    I sent a request to my hosting service and asked them what they did basically and if they get back I will copy/paste their reply here okay. Hope it will help.

    Bill

  21. rehan321
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Bill... I am facing the same issue. Categories are not showing and tags are not working.

    can you please let us know the response you received from your hosting company?

  22. kookjegek
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I got the same issue again too. Also gonna send some questions to my hosting provider.

  23. kookjegek
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    10 hours later they are showing again. Very strange behavior :)

  24. shabbiest
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So annoying, I added links and they don't show up. Ver 2.8.4 Should I call the hosting company? I would think this is a WP problem.

  25. jamesserver
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have been having this issue for quite some time now. All my installs are 2.8.4. It happens in wordpress MU as well. I can see all the categories and tags in the database, but they do not show up on the admin page and I cannot use them in my posts.

  26. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

  27. nick_nielsen
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have been busy blaming my webhost (his servers are SLOW) but this seems to be an issue throughout the community.

    If I change any taxonomy-tags, categories etc.
    the database crashes completely and I have to do a complete database restore.

    Specifically : I change or add a tag or category and go to save it, the next page I see is an invitation to use "the famous 5 minute installation" ! Something has blown in the dbase and WP doesn't know where it is anymore... Only solution complete backup (drop tables import etc) to get things back again.

    Before anyone tells me it is my fault/theme etc. My theme is "style hacked" Kubrick

  28. karenelated
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Why does this thread read as resolved? I cannot see the resolution. I'm nervous to upgrade to 2.8.5, but know nothing about how to set up category pages etc, not even sure if my blog is being backed up, so if all that functionality gets lost...!!!

    I'd rather know beforehand how to resolve it - I see no advice here that resolves the issue, nor in the "connet the dots" link whatever that means.

  29. shreddieb
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I was having the same problem with the Categories widget on the admin not showing any items in the "All Categories". Problem appeared to start when upgrading to 2.8.4. I tried all the solution options from the forums but nothing seemed to work. So I crossed my fingers and updated to the 2.8.5 version and things are working! Hopefully that will fix for everyone else.

  30. opensourcehunter
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If got the same problem here, cant ad or change the category's and tags if i want to change or ad a page. I am using 2.8.5 and i have change a lot but it's not working.

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