Getting The Most Out Of WordPress And Fixing A Crashed Blog

WordPress Repair

I would have to say that a few years ago there was no way you could have said I would be commenting on this subject, let alone trying to show tips about it. I was fairly new to wordpress and was not that comfortable using it. I had tried a lot of web publishing software and like others, was not sure of the wordpress platform and what learning curve it would take to master it. I jumped in and with a lot of reading, trial and error, I was able to make a go of it and convert all of my websites to wordpress.

I now will not even think of doing a new website without wordpress and all the power it holds. You can use a plethora of plugins, but they must work and play well with the other plugins that are installed. That is one of the only major problems, is when you decide to update your base wordpress install, will all the plugins remain working?

Worst case scenario with plugins gone wrong

There have been horror stories of whole blogs going down just because of one plugin that threw a fatal error on an updated wordpress base install. The plugin author was not ready obviously, and the web publisher paid the price. They have had to try and fix it themselves, but that is hard to do if you are new. I will go over how this is done so you can fix any problems with your plugins folder and get your blog up and running again.

First you will need your ftp program. You should already have this if you are doing web publishing. Filezilla is good as is core ftp. I will walk you through the basic steps to disable your plugins folder for now, we will fix it later. What we will be doing is renaming your plugin folder, and then deleting the offending plugin if you know which one is causing the problem.

If you are not able to see your website or login to wp-admin dashboard, there is a solution, rename the plugins folder to plugins_old. As shown here you will need to navigate via ftp client to your wp-plugins folder, it resides inside of wp-content.

ftp client showing plugins folder

The next step would be to right click the folder and select rename. Rename the folder plugins_old and click outside the box, this will set the name. The next shot will show what we have done.

rename plugins folder

Your blog should now show to the world and you should be able to get inside the wp-admin dashboard.You may now right click inside of the area and select create new directory. Name it plugins. This will allow you to upload some basic plugins and start over for the time being, we will repair the old folder and get this back up and running in a minute here.

You can go to your ftp and re-upload a new set of plugins to the new folder, just name the new one as plugins. This will allow wordpress to see it and use what is inside. This is a step most of us don’t want to have to use, but it will get your crashed blog back up and running. You may now investigate the bad plugin, find it, delete it and then you may go through the process again renaming the newer plugins folders as older or whatever. At least you will be able to function. All that is next after repairs is to also rename the original folder back to plugins. This will keep all your ads or offers and seo settings intact.

What if I Know The Plugin That Caused The Problem?

There are times when you know from an error message in the wp-admin dashboard which plugin caused a fatal error or just generally does not work with the newer versions of wordpress. It is a sad day when the whole blog comes crashing down and your income and visitors with it. There is a way to just remove the one offending plugin, you delete it from the plugins section in your dashboard.

There are also times when trying to delete the plugin causes major issues. or refuses to be deleted. I will try and show you how to get rid of the problem.

You will need your ftp client again. We will be going back into the same directory, the plugins folder and open the plugins folder itself.

plugins visible inside plugins folder


The next thing we do is to right click on the offending plugin and select delete and confirm the deletion…


deleting a plugin


This should do it. You should be able to go back to your blog and confirm that all is working now. It;s a tough road sometimes to keep this all updated and working together. If you run into issues like this then having this method ready will work and help you keep your traffic flowing. If you lose traffic momentum, it may take awhile to have it come flowing back. You always need a plan for when disaster strikes.


Building A Strong Business Foundation

Basics For A Strong Business Foundation

In the construction world, developers know that if they do not build a strong business foundation from the start, that there will be issues down the road. Brick and block masons know that without a strong foundation, the building that rests on it will also be in trouble. The same can be said for building your own websites online. If you choose a poor foundation, then your sites will not last. We have seen this come to pass in the most recent round of Google algorithms or Panda for short. Panda is actually a series of updates that seem to hit weekly. The first major update in February of this year was just the first major shot fired in the war against what Google termed as farmer sites or just plain scraping sites.

There has been a lot of anguish over this internet search change, many have reported that their sites lost 80-95% of their traffic seemingly overnight. We have seen many of the larger internet giants get hit badly, and lose much of their search traffic. When in previous years, they had enjoyed the fire hose of traffic levels.

building a strong business foundation

Internet marketers had once depended on article marketing, this also changed overnight. Much of Ezine Articles traffic was gone, and with it went the traffic for the articles that were published on the sites belonging to thousands of website owners. Many people had spent literally years building this profile of targeted articles to bring fresh visitors to their sites and gain link popularity. This all changed overnight. The strong business foundation that they thought they were building was wiped away in a tsunami of search result changes by now infamous Panda updates.

Incorrect Search Results?

In more recent search attempts, I have tried to find the most common items that I have used in past years on my websites, plugins and other tools of the trade. When I typed in the same keywords that I have used for years, I found to my shock and dismay that all of those were nowhere to be found. I even went 10 pages back, and the pages I found to be displayed were not anything close to what I was looking for. Did these changes really make search that much more targeted? I think not.

Many webmasters have come to the conclusion that the only way to keep the Panda from destroying their livelihoods was to make their sites stronger. I agree to a point, but in doing so they changed the way they were indexed, and not always in a good way. The items we searched for and found so easily in the past is now gone. Website owners have been drawn to believe that only posts of great magnitude would be given a higher score with the search engines, namely Google. Now the internet searcher has to weed through absolutely huge posts just to find what is relevant to their search. and this in itself is causing a large amount of frustration to them.

Of course, building a strong business foundation is the best long term goal. Having a good template if you use wordpress for example. Using good plugin sets, writing good useful posts that help the reader. These are all things that many of us have already been doing for years. Why has so much changed and not always to the greater good? I see in many places total frustration from webmasters who have taken years to build their blogs, only to have them dumped in the internet sewer after Panda update. This has caused a lot of folks to wonder, “What’s the Point?”. And these folks thought they had built a strong business foundation for their online websites.

Social Proof?

Adding social proof seems to be one of the marking points from the recent changes. I think it’s a little late myself for Google Plus and other challenges to the social giant that is Facebook. It may just be another way for Google to score how well a website is doing, but they of course never reveal the true meaning behind their scoring procedures. Lot’s of people have jumped on the Google Plus bandwagon, I even gave it a try myself. I have posted on their site just a few times, and internet marketers can work their wonders on this new platform. I’ve even seen some of Google’s top name spokesman on there hawking wares of various types like cell phone devices and whatnot. What we were not expecting right? I do hope that in the general, they allow all who use the new platform to build a social following and be able to promote products and not get looked down upon. After all, they do it themselves, no need to be a hypocrite right?

The strong business foundation many had thought they had achieved, all came crashing down in a few short months.