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  • My website shows up fine when keying in the url. But when I try to access my admin ( I get a 503 error. I have been e-mailing with dreamhost all day and it is still not fixed. First they said my server was re-booted and it is fine now. Then they said my plugins are outdated and need to be fixed. Now, they say to rename my theme folder. I have no idea what that means.

    Isn’t a 503 error on their end? They say everything is working fine on their end.

    I am using thesis 1.8.5

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  • I have the same problem – I’m with They keep insisting I’m to blame or it’s to do with plugins, even though i’m sure it’s a problem there end.

    I did find a plugin you can use as a work around (if you ever mange to login) –
    it changes the login url (so it can be rather wp-login.php which seemed to work for one of my effected site).

    It still doesn’t solve the problem of actually logging in in the first instance.

    Rest assured, it looks like it’s almost certainly a hosting issue and nothing to do with you or your site.

    Forensica Digital


    Its maybe a htaccess problem. Just in case consult your host support.



    503 errors are permissions errors. They tend to only show up when there is either a hosting configuration problem (e.g. if your web host is pointing your web address at the wrong folder on your hosting account) OR when the permissions on the files and folders are wrong.

    For most web hosts, file/folder permissions for normal files/folders (e.g. probably not for sensitive files like .htaccess and wp-config.php) are:

    files: 644
    folders: 755

    If you notice that the wp-admin folder has different permissions than that or that the index.php file in that folder has different permissions than that, that is probably a factor.

    Otherwise, you would want to talk with Dreamhost tech support.

    503 errors are not permission errors, that is absolutely incorrect.

    503 Service Unavailable
    The server is currently unavailable (because it is overloaded or down for maintenance). Generally, this is a temporary state.

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