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  • I went to login to the admin area of my self hosted WP website today-and I am greeted with this message:
    “Database Update Required
    WordPress has been updated! Before we send you on your way, we have to update your database to the newest version.
    The update process may take a little while, so please be patient.
    Update WordPress Database”

    I suspect I have been hacked-any advice?
    PS-I did update the site a while back to the latest version of WP-

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Generally not a hack. That’s what you see when you’ve upgraded the files but not the DB.

    Make a backup of your database first 🙂

    Hi-thanks for the info-I did click on “update” and it went right through-seemed to be ok-until I tried to login-I can’t get in and it gives me this error:
    “Fatal error: Call to undefined function is_rtl() in /home/xxxxx/public_html/ on line 2102”
    thanks-appreciate your help!
    PS: I am thinking of just deleting the site and all the files and starting over again
    (x for security)

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Start with turning off your plugins. Rename the folder to plugins-old

    Then manually upgrade the files on your server.

    I think this is over my head-I used to be able to find that-now I can’t seem to find it in the file manager. I don’t even see a “themes” folder in there-

    Hi-found the plugin folder-and did as you said-re-named the folder-and-viola! I was immediately taken to the wp admin area! Now I can login normally again-only problem seem to be is that now I can’t seem to install any new plugins-do I have to re-re name the plugin folder now?

    Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Don’t rename it, just create a new empty one and install the plugins fresh.

    Also have you done this step yet?

    Then manually upgrade the files on your server.

    Hi, just got back to this-
    so-I see that I have 4 file folders associated with “Plugins”.
    plugins-old.php-the one I modified

    So-you are advising to creat a new folder? Please explain-
    Also-I do not know how to manually upgrade the files on my server-
    thanks for the assistance!

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