Difficulty Accessing Dashboard and Posting
Hi! I’ve had WordPress for about five months now, but unfortunately haven’t posted much due to difficulty as mentioned above.
My computer runs on Windows XP and I use Google Chrome as my primary browser. I have two separate WordPress sites, johncharleswilson.name and johnwilson4mayor.org (no pics, but some of the text may be considered NSFW if you’re in a really uptight environment).
My sites display accurately but take forever to load, if they ever do, and I have always had a hard time accessing my dashboard from my home computer. Either it takes excessively long (as in several minutes), or times out, or stubbornly refuses to open even though I’m 109% (9% for sales tax) sure that I have the right password. I even used a wrong password on purpose to test that theory. I got the password error message slowly, but usually faster than I got in my dashboard with the right password.
At first I thought it was my hosting company’s fault. However, I checked with them and they ran tests. They could access my site instantly from any browser with no problem or delay.
Then I thought it was my ISP’s fault. However, I have switched from municipal wi-fi to using my smartphone as a hotspot to having fiber optic Internet with little change in this issue. I’ve taken my computer to library and coffee shop wi-fi hotspots with no change.
Then I tried using other computers. Voila! Every other computer I use works fine for accessing my sites and dashboards, whether a friend’s computer or a public library computer. The problem appears to be my computer. But why? It’s a pretty ordinary laptop, an eeePC about 3.5 years old. It did have viruses, but I installed Avast anti-virus and that seems to have worked fine at improving the general function of the computer, but did little for my WordPress issues. The only other potential issue I know of with the computer is I went on a file-deleting spree a couple of years ago (before I installed WordPress) and accidentally deleted a file that appears to be involved with computer function. Unfortunately, I have no idea what file that was. I guessed and tried to replace it, but I guessed wrong. Now, every time I turn the computer on, I get a message “New Hardware Found” even though there’s no new hardware and I have no idea what software is causing this. It appears not to be a virus since it wasn’t cleaned out by the Avast.
I’m buying a new computer in about six or seven months, mostly because of the above issues. However, if anyone has any suggestions on what I could try now, especially if it doesn’t cost money, please let me know.
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