How to Fix a Broken WordPress Install

While WordPress is easily the most simple to use and complete blogging
platform and content management system out there on the market, it does
have a few major flaws.  One of them in particular can be extremely
frustrating to deal with and that's when the software breaks down. 
WordPress is software so just like any other software program, yours can
stop working and create all types of problems for your marketing

When WordPress "breaks," the culprit can be any number of things: faulty
plugins, corrupted files, problems in the database, etc.  The good news
is that most of the time, your data will remain unharmed, it's just that
your blogs and/or site won't be visible to the public (meaning no sales,
which is equally bad!).  The even better news is that it's super easy to
fix a broken WordPress install.  Here's how.

                       Back Up Your Blog

The first thing that you want to do is to back up your entire blog and
site.  You can back it up on an external hard drive, use the wp-backup
plugin or even just copy/paste all of the content into documents or
notebook.  This is to protect you in case you make a mistake while
fixing WordPress.  The last thing you want is for all of your data 
to be lost forever

Be sure to back up the following:

- The /wp-content/ folder

- The database from your blog

- Disable Your Plugins

After you back up your data, the next step is to start checking to see
where the problem is coming from.  Just about everyone who uses
WordPress uses plugins as well, mainly because they add some killer
features and make the site more functional.  But they also can create a
ton of errors causing nothing but blank, slow or error pages to both you
and your visitors.

Here's what you do:

- Go to your admin page and navigate to the plugins screen.  Select all
of the plugins and then click to disable them.  (Note: If you can't get
to your plugins page, FTP into your blog and then rename the plugins
folder so that the next time you start it up, all plugins will be
deactivated. Simply rename the folder back to plugins to bring them back
and then enable them one at a time to find the problem plugin)

- After you've disabled all plugins, make sure the problem you are
having is gone.  If so, it was a plugin creating the problem (if the
error persists, go ahead an enable all the plugins and go to the next

- If the plugin is the problem, enable each plugin one by one until you
find the problem plugin

- Check One: See if the problem plugin has an update.  If not, you will
need to remove it and try to find a similar plugin that doesn't cause
the problem

- Check Two: The Config File

If you are seeing an error message stating that you "Cannot Connect To
Database," chances are your blog isn't loading up at all.  Here's what
you do:

- FTP into your blog and then find the wp-config.php file

- Make sure that the database name, password and user name are all

- If they are not, change them.  If they are correct, get in contact
with your web host and ask if any changes have been made to the database
or if any issues have been reported

Check Three: Reinstall Your WordPress

If you are still having issues, it's time to reinstall WordPress files
to wipe out any corrupted files.  You can do this with every file you
have and not cause damage to the blogs content except the /wp-content/
file.  Do not reinstall the /wp-content/ directory!

- Log into WordPress and go to Tools.  Hit "Upgrade" and then select the
option for reinstalling

- This uses the updater that is built into WordPress to reinstall all of
the core files but won't damage any of your plugins or themes

- If your WordPress updater isn't working, you will need to upload all
the files by FTPing into your blog.  Delete old files and then upload
the new ones. Remember not to touch the /wp-content/ file!

If your problem still persists, head over to the WordPress support

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