Website Crash? Database Problem?
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:35 PM
I have been working on my "new" site for months now trying to switch from html and tables to wordpress and divs and css.
Today I was putting the finishing touches on the page that has the thumbnails for the wind chimes and I created a custom sidebar using "custom sidebars 1.0"
I named the sidebar and inserted the text for the hyper links. Then I went to the page I had just created and chose the new sidebar from the drop down window.
Then everything went crazy. My page looked unrecognizable and there were parts from different pages all pasted all over the place.
I went in and disabled the sidebar. No luck.
I then realized wordpress had somehow reverted to the default twenty ten theme.
I switched it back to the child them and the header and basic layout appeared but the menus were completely fudgged up and some were in the section of unused menus.
What a nightmare.
I do have a backup program and the static files are all there but the database looks like mumbo jumbo.
Can anyone recognize any of this or give me any idea of how I could import it? I know how to use the MySql admin but these files are nothing like what is in the wp database.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:52 PM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:14 AM
The files do not look like anything I could use and their site is not much help.
I am on the phone with my host right now. They are attempting to help but this really has me thinking that if my site can be trashed by a funky pluging then maybe I should go back to hard code or find a better way to do the custom side bars.
God knows I could have built 100 sites in the time I have spent.
My host has a backup from Saturday and they will restore it for $15.00 and send me a copy.
At any rate I will not be using that backup utility but instead I will manually back it up.
Thanks for looking.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:35 PM
I almost never work on a live site. I set up a server like XAMPP on my desktop computer and do any coding or design work there A database import gets me whatever content already exists, not because I need a complete copy, but because it's nice to have examples of how the type of content the site has will look in whatever theme I am making. Changing the root in WordPress settings makes the realcomain.com become monday.com or whatever, so that I can easily click on wordpress-generated links and move around to see what design changes look like on different views. If I know I am going to be making a lot of changes that particular week, I'll set up several copies of the same site, with the root named for the day of the week - localhost/monday, localhost/tuesday. localhost/wednesday, etc. That gets me a backup of whatever the design looked like on Monday, for instance, if I totally screw up on Wednesday and either don't want to bother figuring out what I did, or can't do it easily, which gives me the option to decide to start over with a copy of whatever is in the Monday or Tuesday version.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:58 PM
Since I restored the database everything seems groovy but I intend to do some more testing before I spend anymore time.
( I wish this only took a chunk of the day. More like a chunk of the weeks )
I only need about 4 or 5 sidebars so I may try and figure out how to make it happen with out the plugin.
The main reason why I am working live is I do not have any idea of how to do it locally and my computers are iffy.
One thing for sure I will be doing backups manually instead of the backup plugin.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:38 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:31 PM
Whatever you are trying to accomplish, there will be several ways to go about it.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:43 PM
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