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  • Suddenly Akismet [and one other plugin] has gone from my Dashboard.

    The files are on the server. In the right place. But Akismet does not appear in the Dashboard.

    I have been running several WordPress sites for several years and never seen this happen before. The first three of my plugins, alphabetically speaking are:


    None of these appear in the Dashboard. I have logged out, back in, different computers. Same situation.

    I titled this post with Akismet because right now I am getting bombarded by comment spam, so that is the most pressing problem, but it may be a wider problem.

    Any thoughts much appreciated.


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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Have you tried:

    – 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.

    – re-uploading the wp-admin and wp-includes folders from a fresh download of WordPress?

    – increasing the available memory?

    esmi — thanks for the suggestions. Will be trying them as time permits and will report back if I come up with a diagnosis, in case anyone else has this problem.


    Well, nothing is working so far. I have done a complete manual upgrade (including wp-admin and wp-includes) to 3.0 but certain plugins are still not appearing.

    Come to think of it, the “missing” plugins are ones that I have tried to auto-update.

    When I try to update a plugin I am asked from my ftp credentials, which I provide. But the response is an error.

    And then when I try to delete a plugin, I am also asked from my ftp creds and get an error, like this:

    “Plugin could not be deleted due to an error: Could not fully remove the plugin(s) cforms/cforms.php.”

    In fact, none of the files for the ‘removed’ plugin appear to have been deleted. So I have numerous plugins that are still on my server but not in my Dashboard.

    Uploading a fresh version of the plugin does not fix this.

    Any ideas much appreciated…Stephen

    Just to clarify…I have successfully upgraded to WordPress 3.0 and Thesis Theme 1.7 (on Switching themes and ‘resetting’ plugins has not solved the problem. My blog is “up” but I am missing some functionality from the ‘lost’ plugings, notably Akismet for spam protection (I canNOT believe the stupid stuff these WordPress spammers try–they seriously need to get a life).

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