What happened?

wordpress

#1

I restored my Wordpress site so I think I’m back to normal. But I don’t understand how this problem could have happened.

Symptoms:

  1. Missing home page (which caused me to vanish from my first-page Google ranking).
  2. Missing popular page on ghostwriting.
  3. No access to the login module.

Curiously, all other pages functioned.

I think the site is good now. But what is the likely cause for such an event and will it happen again. This is not a new install or the result of an upgrade. The DH backup worked like, er, a dream.


#2

Curious…I have a website that had the same exact thing happen after upgrading to WP 3.8

Home page (named Home) just vanished…I have not had time to troubleshoot yet, since it is a sort of test site.


#3

sierracircle, If you do find out, please post your results here. I’m just hoping Google will reinstate my rank. I’ve been on vacation and haven’t checked my site for a couple of weeks, but I think it happened in the last five days because that’s the backup date I restored from. Curiouser and curiouser.


#4

Okay…I went and checked it out.

It looks like a plugin called Post Type Switcher was switching my pages to posts during save, or auto-save.

So when I made a few changes to my home-page and saved, it converted it to a post, and therefore was no longer the front-page.

Disabled the plugin to prevent it from happening again. Went into my database and found my home page and changed the post_type field to page and my home-page was back.

This plugin must not work well with the recent WP 3.8 update.


#5

I don’t have that plugin, but thanks for sharing. My home page “seems” to be showing up so I’ll keep an eye on it.


#6

When you were debugging, did you try disabling all the plugins by going in via FTP and renaming the folder to plugins-off ? That’s a fast way to see if a plugin is being an idiot.