[closed] HELP Unable to view or log in to my site (8 posts)

  1. rtt0988
    Posted 3 years ago #


    I was recently working on my WP hosted site and, while changing something in the "functions.php" section, it booted me out and gave me this message:

    Internal Server Error

    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

    Please contact the server administrator, cgiadmin@yourhostingaccount.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    Then, to make matters worse, when I tried to log in and see what the problem was, I got this:

    Server error
    The website encountered an error while retrieving http://MYWEBSITE.com/wp-admin. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.
    Here are some suggestions:
    Reload this webpage later.
    HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error): An unexpected condition was encountered while the server was attempting to fulfill the request.

    I have no idea how to fix this since I can't even log in. If it helps to know, I'm using a custom child theme and that's where I was editing the "functions.php" section.

    If anyone knows anything about how to fix this, please let me know. I need this site up and running again ASAP.

  2. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can you get in via FTP and rename the functions.php of the child theme you were working on (like functions.php.bad) or even download and then delete the child theme off the server. WP will reset to the default theme if you remove the folder of the active theme.

  3. rtt0988
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I honestly don't know anything about FTPs so I had to search it, which led me to a WP page telling me to download FileZilla. Unfortunately, it won't open when I download it because it says it's incomplete.

    Side Note: I saved the code from the "functions.php" section before I started editing anything. Would it be possible for me to change it back to that remotely if I get an FTP to work?

  4. rtt0988
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I also recently installed a few plugins before the error occurred. My research has been telling me that this is how my problems could be caused. However, I downloaded phpMyAdmin and I have no idea how to get around it to deactivate the plugins.

  5. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Here you go - sounds like you may need to deactivate the theme and plugins to get access back.


    If it happened right after editing the functions file, that's more likely the problem.

  6. rtt0988
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I don't understand any of this. I've, so far, downloaded WordPress 3.5, phpMyAdmin 3.5.5, PHP 5.4.11, and My SQL 5.5.29. Each I downloaded based on being told by somewhere on a previous thread or the "requirements" for one of the apps themselves.

    However, all I'm getting are folders full of files or other folders that I don't understand. And I could very easily rename anything that's in them or make the changes needed but they're just not logged in/hooked up/synced with anything so I know it won't make a difference.

    I'm sorry, I know this must be frustrating. I'm just trying to get this site working again and everything I'm reading is just confusing me more.

  7. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, wait a second - where is your site hosted? You do need to have access to your site via FTP or your hosts file management system. Check with them and see what they have or recommend.

    You don't need to download any apps (except maybe Filezilla which is an FTP client for your local computer - but wait on that until you check on the above).

  8. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

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