I was just on my Webpress site and the desktop taskbar informed me it I had two things to update... the two themes Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten. Since I am using the Shiword theme by TwoBeers Crew (3.02) and everything else is up-to-date I felt I could safely update the two themes without doing a backup. Big mistake. During the update I ended up with the white page of doom and the single error line:
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class Custom_Background in /homepages/2/#########/htdocs/##########/gnomestead/wp-admin/custom-background.php on line 16
(I obscured part of the address, hope you don't mind I figured it best for site security...)
I realized after that WordPress actually uses these themes for the dashboard. :-(
I am going to try download the default themes from WordPress and install them right now. After which I will try to install a new installation over my WordPress. Everything was up-to-date as of 1am PDT this morning (12 or 13 hours ago) other than the two themes which were up-to-date last night.
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Downloading and unzipping a new copy of Twenty Eleven into the Themes folder didn't fix things. (I renamed the old version) I am not sure if doing the same with the Twenty Ten will help... So next step... Reinstall WordPress???
BTW I used FTP to disable the Plugins and it made no difference. (Renamed Plugins folder to Plugins.hold and tried to access the wp-admin and no luck. I reset the name back to Plugins)
Now... do I manually remove all the themes except Twenty Eleven to force Twenty Eleven into place — removing the working Shiword theme... in order to try get the dashboard working, OR do I try reinstall WordPress over the old WordPress...???
Would running install.php be of use?
The board is up and running in Shiword at the moment other than the Dashboard not working. :-/ You can find it at: