Wordpress nags and badgers its users to update it, when it doesn’t just update itself, and yesterday I caved and did updates.
(Notice anything new? Me neither, but I’m sure it’s improved under the hood.)
Because I was there, nosing around the backend following updating, which sounds dirty but isn’t, sadly, I idly glanced through the current admin settings and espied the one for setting your site’s language format, and lo! there is one for Canadian English. So I picked it and saved.
I had other things I wanted to do last night. Fix supper, read a novel, play with my cat, clean my nails. What I did instead was figure out how to go from Wordpress White Screen of No Input Or Output or Hope Of Salvation to a working site again. Well, the weblog part worked fine, it was just the admin part that was a complete clusterfuck from 0,0 to 6mil,6mil.
I shall cut this long, painful, and honestly dull story short: I remoted into my site's host via terminal and did unix. Herewith are the unix:*
mv [directory or folder name] [new name]
I first tried renaming the plugins directory, in case it was a plugin that didn’t like the new language setting, but as that didn’t work, renamed the newly created
languages directory, to
This did work. All looked fine once more. It wasn’t, but it looked that way. I looked at settings and saw it was now displaying “American English” & toddled off to my life, all innocent and unaware.
This afternoon, I peeped in, remembering the whole reason I had wanted to venture into adminland in the first place before I got sideswiped by updates and settings fooforah, and yes, the white screen was back.
"WTF?" I thought,"Could it possibly have reverted? Can a new thing have arisen? Am I cursed?"
I had failed to explicitly save the setting change back to American English.
So yeah, now I’ve done that. Hopefully will be no more hlepy doings in the backend. And I can get on with scrubbing my Links section.
* for posterity.