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  • dawsonbarber


    Just upgraded to 3.5 from 3.4.2 and ran into a problem where all of the text inside of the post/page editor was blank and nothing was clickable.

    On the front end, the content was all still present and visible.

    Searched the forum and found a page that seemed to describe the problem (related to the Bulletproof Security plugin, which I had installed on the site but had deactivated at some point in the past):

    Someone suggested reactivating the BPS plugin and then activating the “Default Mode WP Default htaccess File” would do the trick.

    I tried it, but no luck.

    Towards the bottom of the page, someone else (username: Samuel Wood) described a solution that seemed to do the trick for others.

    Basically, the solution was to delete a line from the wp-admin .htaccess file. Specifically, this line: RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(\[|\]|\(|\)|<|>).* [NC,OR]

    I’m guessing it was created by the BPS plugin.

    As a precaution, I made a copy of the contents of the .htaccess file, deleted the offending line, uploaded the modified .htaccess file and when I reloaded the dashboard, I found that I lost backend access to the site. I got the following error: Problem loading page. The page isn’t redirecting properly.

    The front end still displays as it should, but I’ve got no backend access.

    And so much for my precaution, as I have tried to replace the code in the .htaccess file with the code that I made a copy of (the original code, with the offending line in it) but still have the problem.

    So what I really want to do is find a way to, essentially, revert the installation to the state it was in just before I reactivated BPS and modified the .htaccess in the wp-admin folder.

    As far as I know, .htaccess file in wp-admin was created by BPS – I’ve searched the WordPress core files in the WordPress folder on my desktop and do not see one there.

    So can I simply delete the .htaccess file in the wp-admin folder without it having any (further) adverse effects on this installation?

    Sorry for all the detail, but I just want to make sure I cover everything off so that I don’t stuff things up any further.



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  • Just came across this Thread posted in no man’s land. 😉 The most current version of BPS no longer contains that code so you would just need to upgrade BPS and the upgrade will automatically replace that old code.

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