Blog at http://www.lousblog.com worked fine for three weeks, and then, inexplicably, without any error, the php and html and comments and all user log-ons are wiped out and every thing reinitialized to the unconfigured wordpress Hello World template page.
Is this a my sql error or a wordpress 2.2 error? What could be resetting the blog? Where should I look to make corrections?
Any help much appreciated
It sounds like a database error on your end. See if your MySQL databases still exist, and if they are missing talk to your host about backups.
Almost sounds like someone restored the database base to a point right after you did the installation.
What’s the date on the Hello World post? That normally is the date that post was created and would represent the date the blog was installed.
If the date on that post is 3 weeks ago and you deleted that particular post, then the database was likely restored. If the date is today, then that means the install.php was probably run today meaning you installed WordPress into a new database or even into the original database but with a different $table_prefix in wp-config.php.
Thank you for the responses. I agree that it sounds more like a my sql error. I just wanted to eliminate the possibility that WP had a default setting that might reset all php for some reason – perhaps related to archiving.
The date on the Hello world post is 3.5 weeks after the initial blog was installed – basically today’s date. I had not logged on in over a week prior to the reinitialization (and for a few days after) and I am the only admin for that account.
therefore I assume that there is a default setting that reinitalized the my sql database so I am looking there for the problem. Any suggestions as to where I should look would be much appreciated.
PHP version 4.4.1
mysql Ver 12.22 Distrib 4.0.16
thanks for the help
No default setting would have initialized the blog–someone would have had to execute the wp-admin/install.php file–that would have caused that “Hello World” post create.
Look in your database (or databases) do you have more that one set of tables? Typically there are 10 tables in a normal installation.
Yow many databases do you have?
How many tables in the databases?
Does the beginning of the table names agree with the $table_prefix in your wp-config.php file?
Now that is more than strange! After reading all of your suggestions I’m as far as I was before. Maybe there is WP Ghost out there … but it happened again.
“If the date on that post is 3 weeks ago and you deleted that particular post, then the database was likely restored. If the date is today, then that means the install.php was probably run today meaning you installed WordPress into a new database or even into the original database but with a different $table_prefix in wp-config.php.”
Now, in my case the date of the ‘hello world’ post was December 30th.. I first installed and updated WordPress on December 27th and the crash happened on January 8th. ???
How it happened to my blog:
Last night i wrote the last article on my blog, this morning it was gone…. not only my article from yesterday was gone but – EVERYTHING! – The only thing reminding on my blog was the template settings of the sidebar. All posts where gone, all pages where gone, all categories went the same way… wherever that might be. Instead i have the default post and comment and my blog screems “Hello World”. McHow2 Blog
Oh, and the plugins where all still there and activated. That makes it even stranger as they would not be activated after a re-install.
(Clarification – I’m restoring all posts at the moment manually, so there will be something there by the time you read this)
How is that possible? What did i miss? Anybody else here having such a strange experience? I’m frustrated to the bone! The Mysql database shows only those two posts. Server side info is that someone must have broken in and deleted all posts…. rubbish. I did not re-install anywhere anything, just went to bed, got up and all was gone. I’m afraid after setting it all up again that I wake up tomorrow and have the same problem again.
I would love to get to the bottom of this. Any help and suggestions are higly appriciated.
Appendix – To make the confusion complete. I have Affiliate Pro installed in my plug-ins, even the number of clicks on each link is still stored in the databse.
Tables – There are 15 by now –
Thanks for looking into it.
i’m another wordpress phantom erase victim!
i’d agree with earlier posters that nothing was done strange on my end.
all i did was set up a blog, write 8 or 10 pages, put links in. Not backup (!). no tables or anything crazy. then step out for a minute – come back – “Hello world!”
either this is a wordpress 5.2.1 problem OR – i have another clue. This seems to happen with some themes and not others. i have a feeling that there are less “stable” themes than others?
it’s a shocker though. what should we do: never use that (lovely) theme again? or is there a way to isolate the problem and fix it?
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