Hello. As of a few days ago, the permalinks on my blog are not working (http://www.blork.org/blorkblog/).
The front page of the blog loads, but that’s all. Permalinks all result in “Page Not Found” errors. The archive seems to be hosed as well (or at least not accessible). Note that when I log in, all of my posts seem to be there.
Background: I’ve been having a lot of weird server problems with my provider over the past few months. E.g., pages not loading for minutes at a time. Things disappearing and reappearing, etc. A couple of weeks ago they told me they had migrated the site to a different server after I complained (again) about blank pages.
Now they’re saying I logged in on Dec. 7 and removed the folder called “2009” and that’s why the permalinks are not resolving. Well, I did not log in on Dec. 7, and even if I did, I would not have removed any folders. They want to charge me $50 to restore the files.
Aside from the fact that I was probably hacked (I’ll deal with that separately), I need to understand the following items, and I’m hoping someone here can help:
(1) What’s up with the flat files? I thought WordPress was database driven, so why does removing a folder of flat files called “2009” hose my site?
(2) Is it realistic to assume that if the provider restores that “2009” folder, that everything will come back?
(3) Is there a way to re-create the contents of that folder by doing some kind of “rebuild” within WordPress? (I.e., by republishing all, or something like that?)
My blog is going to be nine years old in a couple of weeks. I’d like for it to be healthy! Many thanks for any help!