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  • Just tried to upload some more images and Filezilla said there was a server problem. When I logged into wp_admin, I can see the menus on the lefthand side, but in the main screen area nothing shows up! When I click on Posts or Pages, nothing shows up, but when I click on a Plugin like FLA Gallery, it shows up in the main screen.

    HELP!! Thanks!!

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  • This symptom indicates there’s a PHP error causing this issue because the page loads so-far then an action/filter results in an error and kills the rest of the load process.

    Turn WP_DEBUG to true in your wp-config.php, or visit your error logs in your server / cpanel / host panel to find the culprit (almost certainly a plugin or theme).

    Thank you davidsword, however, I can’t see the wp-config file to be able to edit it either through something like Filezilla as there is allegedly “Critical Error: cannot connect to server” so I will look at the Cpanel error logs to see what has occurred….. just have to remember the login details now!!!

    Any other ideas once I have seen the log?

    Managed to get into the config file and change false to true, saved and open up to /wp-admin and the following was at the top

    Notice: Use of undefined constant includes – assumed ‘includes’ in /home/odysseyp/public_html/wp-content/themes/target/functions.php on line 322

    Notice: Undefined index: flagVersion in /home/odysseyp/public_html/wp-content/plugins/flash-album-gallery/flag.php on line 107

    Notice: Undefined index: hl_twitter_cron in /home/odysseyp/public_html/wp-content/plugins/hl-twitter/functions.php on line 96

    Notice: add_option was called with an argument that is deprecated since version 2.3 with no alternative available. in /home/odysseyp/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3553

    Any ideas what this means? Bearing in mind I still cannot see anything in the main window that isn’t a plugin, and that includes the plugin option so I can’t disable anything at the moment through the dashboard.

    That means your theme

    target has an error in functions.php on line 322

    as well, your plugins

    flash-album-gallery have an error in flag.php on line 107
    hl-twitter has an error in functions.php on line 96

    Were you updating your plugins and themes regularly? If not, I would recommend download the latest versions of the Target theme and mentioned plugins and manually updating them via FTP. If you were:

    I would

    • go into FTP, visit the /wp-content/themes/target/ theme and fix the line thats causing the problem OR contact the theme author with the problem (be sure to mention which version of the Theme you have
    • via FTP again navigation to /wp-content/plugins/ and rename the entire folder /wp-content/plugins.deactivated/ to turn off all plugins. Doing this will allow you to log in again as all PHP errors will be resolved.
    • I would then investigate the problematic plugin – each their support forums for similar errors, see if there’s fixes or if they’re just crappy plugins.
    • You can then rename the folder back to /plugins/ and activate important / non-destructive plugins one-by-one
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