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  • Resolved wolfstad


    Since a few weeks I am having a lot of problems with three different WordPress blogs at the same host. On two of the blogs that have this I have no plug-ins installed, and no modifications. One is version 2.0 and the other is 2.0.2.

    The problems are:

    1. The Dashboard takes a very long to load, and when it does it only displays the titles ‘Dashboard’ and ‘Last Activity’, but no other information.

    2. When I publish a post, or saving an existing post, that has a link, the page will take ages to load (but the post appears on the site instantly) and eventually post.php comes back with a blank page.

    3. Since today when I publish a post the post appears TWICE on the blog!

    I’ve searched this forum and have noticed many people with similar problems, but not a single one was answered. This is the third time I’ve posted my problem and noone answered so far either. This seems to be a serious WordPress bug!

    I have contacted my host, Gatorhost, but they cannot find anything out of the ordinary. However, when they reboot the Apache server the problems are resolved, but only for a couple of hours — then the problems return.

    Can someone PLEASE tell me what is going on here? I have used WordPress for a long time, but all of a sudden all my blogs break down!!


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  • Mark (podz)


    Support Maven

    1. Your host is preventing the RSS part of the dashboard from working. As this page is not essential to the working of the blog it’s your choice whether to ask the host to allow it.

    2. For now, remove the links inside the ‘Update Services’ (Options > Reading I think) and see what happens.

    3. Installed any plugins?

    The fact that the server reboot helps then it stops also suggests some host problems.

    Thank you for your suggestions.

    I have been talking to my host for three weeks now, but they say they didn’t change anything and they cannot figure out what is wrong. I have not installed any new plugins lately. And the Update Services box is already empty.

    Is there anyone who can explain this strange behavior of WordPress? I’ve seen many posts in this forum from people with similar problems, but no resolution at all.

    I have the problem with posting as well. Pages or posts it just goes back to post.php saying the page cannot be found. I could post previously so I can’t have installed wrongly. I need a solution!!!!

    Could my host have disabled pinging and RSS feeds on the shared server that my sites are on? Is there something that I can ask them to check?


    check the security measures your host has enabled. E.g. has he employed suexec, has he changed necessary file permissions, etc.?

    When the host of my reseller account changed to higher security including strict suexec and file permission settings, I had to re-work nearly all of my php-script installations. File permissions had to be changed galore (e.g. 777 wouldn’t work, nor 700 or 600 on others). If it was just one single script part touched by that, things would go truly awry.

    I’d also check any changes to MySQL and PHP versions. Many hosts tell you “nothing has changed” and you later discover that in fact small or security updates to software was done. Currently all major server software is very frequently updated, e.g. I saw 4 PHP updates, 2 MySQL updates and even more frequent Apache/Linux updates over the last 6-12 months. It’s highly likely that when your host says “nothing changed” he only meant the basic config, not the rest.

    Thanks, lhk. It turns out that my host did indeed upgrade PHP to 4.4.1 around the day that my problems started. They’ve suggested to upgrade to 4.4.2 to see if that will solve the problems.

    I’ve seen some posts here from people that said 4.4.1 broke their WordPress.

    That was it. My host upgraded to PHP 4.4.2 and all my problems are resolved. :o)

    I spoke to soon. All the problems are back. :o(

    I had similar problems on my site Dashboard being messed up and not being able to edit my themes online a few weeks ago when installing Gallery2 for wordpress. I had to change many of my file permissions to 777. Gallery2 requires PHP version 4.1.0 or newer or 5.0.4 or newer. Do have Gallery2 on your site by any chance perhaps it’s something to do with PHP4.4.2? Maybe you need PHP5.0.4? This is a just a guess 😉 But it might work.

    I don’t have gallery2 installed. I don’t have any plugins at the moment, actually. I think it must have something to do with my host changing the version of PHP about a month ago, as that is when all the problems started.

    My problems are now finally resolved. My host moved my account to a different server.

    The problems all started when PHP was updated on the old server. So somehow the combination of PHP version and the other software caused all these problems.

    wolfstad, can you please share your php and mysql versions now that it’s working? I think I’m having the same problems.

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