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  • Resolved Sirocki


    I am unable to access the admin areas of several sites on my multisite network, in addition to the network admin area. I am, however, able to access only one site (which is very strange). After logging into any of the admin areas, I am immediately taken to an Error 404 page, reading:

    Error 404: This page was not found, page is missing or removed

    This has been doing this for probably the past month or so. It happened out of nowhere; everything was fine before. I currently am running WordPress 3.5.1. I need help with this urgently. Any help is desperately needed.

    – Marlon

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    What does the 404 look like?

    Does it look like your main site or your child site or your server?

    Hi. It looks like the main site, which in my case is: — Regarding the child sites when the 404 occurs it looks like their respective sites. If you go to my main site, you can see it. Sometimes the site begins to load as normal, and then it quickly jumps to “” or sometimes “” and then loads the 404 page.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    *blink* Huh. Turn off all your plugins for starters.

    I am unable to do that, as I cannot access the network admin area (nor individual site admin areas). I would have to completely remove them from the host server, something of which I do not want to do unless you feel that is definitely the issue…

    FYI – I found that if I had a bad plugin that does not allow me to access the admin area, I rename the plugin directory.


    If you rename your plugins directory and still cannot access the admin area, then something else is causing the problem. If renaming allows you to access the admin area, then you can do a few things: 1) move plugin back a few or one at a time 2) remove the last plugin(s) that you added

    Awesome idea and advice. After trying that however (renaming the plugin directory), I’m still not able to access the admin area.

    Then your problem is most likely not due to a plugin.

    I just took a look at your main site and I get redirected to which results in a 404 error. IMO, there is a problem with your content or theme. I noticed if I removed this line from your main page, that the site loaded fine:

    [ Moderator note: please wrap code or log lines in backticks or use the code button. ]

    <script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>

    Thanks, I appreciate you taking a look at it. So to solve that, should I try renaming the theme (Flare) folder directory since I can’t access the admin settings to disable it, or what do I do?

    Fixing/debugging this problem is beyond my knowledge. It seems to be an issue with your theme, or at minimum a particular component (prettyPhoto).

    Renaming your theme folder would probably make WP admin console not available. I would recommend renaming the problem component for example rename:

    In that case it should only break your photos.

    Ok. I did a test to see if it was the theme by renaming the theme (Flare) directory; the problem still occured.. so it may be the content. I have to somehow figure out how to remove that line of code without being able to access the admin area.

    Changing the theme directory name fixed the problem with

    IMO, you have a different problem that prevents you from accessing For example, I tried accessing and it was not found. I think your httpd configuration or .htaccess has problems.

    Wow that was weird. You’re right: is working now, and I didn’t even realize that until you told me. I had actually renamed it and then changed it back to it’s original name and now that works. Yet you’re also right, I’m still unable to access the admin area. Is there a way to fix/reset/troubleshoot the .htaccess to solve this? I’m not that knowledgeable regarding that.

    You should post your .htaccess here. Are you running multisite sub-domain or sub-directory. Also make sure all your plugins are disabled; for example by renaming your plugin directory. I am not convinced it is a htaccess problem, but that is a good place to start.

    Also I do not know why you do not have I have that in my WP installation directory: <wp_base>/readme.html Can you verify that file exists or did you clean out files?

    I’m running a sub-domain multisite. I thank you again for helping me out with this. I checked for the readme.html and I do indeed have that, located in <wp_base>/readme.html — Here is my current .htaccess file:

    [Please use a pastebin for that much code per ]

    Well I see what your problem is. You have a plugin, Better WP Security (, that you installed and configured; but you probably do not understand what it changed.

    I do not use that plugin. You have configured it to obscure/hide a number of things. Can you log into your WP admin console now? If not, I would recommend backing out Better WP Security changes. For instance, I would backup your current .htaccess file and create a new .htacess that has the default WP multisite settings. You can always reinstall and reconfigure Better WP Security plugin again later.

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