Solution of the error when opening wp-admin after the update

I noticed somehow when upgrading WordPress to version 4.7 that after the update wp-admin does not open, instead of the admin window there is an empty window and in the address bar of the browser the following address:

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How to hide the Jetpack menu for users

To hide the Jetpack menu for subscribers and regular users, it’s enough to add the following code to the active theme functions.php file:

function ap_remove_jetpack_page( ) {
if ( class_exists( 'Jetpack' ) && !current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) ) {
remove_menu_page( 'jetpack' );
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'ap_remove_jetpack_page', 999 );

Also for this there are several plugins, but those that came across to me are quite old.

Jetpack error solution “Verification secrets not found”

I noticed some error when activating Jetpack:

The Jetpack server encountered the following client error: Verification secrets not found

The reason was found in restricted access over IP through .htaccess to the file wp-login.php, as it turned out that access to this file can not be blocked if Jetpack is used.

That’s why I found lines restricting access and commented them out by putting the # (before each line) symbol (the lines can be in the .htaccess file located in the root directory with WordPress and in the web server configuration files), for example:

#        <files wp-login.php>
#                order allow,deny
#                allow from
#        </files>

If the lines were in .htaccess, then Jetpack can already be activated, if in the configuration file of the web server, then you still need to restart it to apply the changes.

Also, an error can occur because of conflicting plugins, you can try to turn them off in turn.

Why Contact Form 7 does not work on iOS

Recently, on the WordPress site, I noticed the problem of sending messages via Contact Form 7 from devices with the iOS operating system.
If you used Google reCAPTCHA, when you clicked on the Send button, the page was updated for a very long time and reCAPTCHA reported a wait error, if you disable reCAPTCHA, then the message was sent after 1-2 minutes.

As it turned out, iOS somehow started blocking AJAX, which was used by default when updating the page.

So to solve the problem, I opened the configuration file wp-config.php and just before the line:

define('WP_DEBUG', false);

Added a line:

define ('WPCF7_LOAD_JS', false);

This line prohibits Contact Form 7 from using Javascript.
If you specify this variable at the end of the file, it will not work.

After this, the messages on iOS started to go immediately.

How to remove “Proudly powered by WordPress”

To remove the inscription «Proudly powered by WordPress», which is usually displayed at the bottom of each page, you need to edit the footer.php file of the active theme (for example, if the twentyfifteen theme is active, then /wp-content/themes/twentyfifteen/footer.php).

Namely, clear the content between the following tags:

<div class="site-info">
...clear what's here...
</div><!-- .site-info -->

Also noticed that if you use Jetpack with infinite scrolling, then it adds its footer, to open it you will open the file /wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/infinite-scroll/infinity.php and delete the line:

<?php echo $credits; ?>

The AMP plug-in’s footer is here – /wp-content/plugins/amp/templates/footer.php.

After updating the theme or Jetpack may have to repeat.


How to change a WordPress theme through MySQL

To change the WordPress theme via MySQL, first see what theme is specified at the moment, for this, execute the SQL query via phpMyAdmin or MySQL client:

SELECT * FROM wp_options
WHERE option_name = 'template'
OR option_name = 'stylesheet'
OR option_name = 'current_theme';

Next, see what themes are in the /wp-content/themes/ directory.

For example, to change to the standard Twenty Fifteen theme, let’s execute three SQL queries:

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = 'twentyfifteen' WHERE option_name = 'template';
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = 'twentyfifteen' WHERE option_name = 'stylesheet';
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = 'Twenty Fifteen' WHERE option_name = 'current_theme';

How to disable the WordPress plug-in via MySQL

To disable all WordPress plugins via MySQL, you must:

1) Be sure to make a backup copy of the database.

2) Open the phpMyAdmin or MySQL client from the terminal:

mysql -u USER -p

3) Execute the SQL query (if necessary, specify the correct prefix wp_):

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = '' WHERE option_name = 'active_plugins';

After that, all plug-ins will be disabled and you can activate them again one by one in the admin panel.

You can also temporarily disable the plugin by renaming the directory with its files, the plugins are in the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

Installing and Configuring WordPress in Ubuntu

In more detail, I will describe the steps of installing WordPress manually in Ubuntu / Debian.

Install the necessary components:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install php5-gd libssh2-php apache2 php5 unzip mysql-server mysql-client

Next, you need to create a database, the user and give him full rights to this database, here is an example of how to do this using mysql-client.
Connect to mysql:

mysql -u root -p

Create a database:

CREATE DATABASE database_name;

Create user:

CREATE USER username@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

We will give him full privileges on the created database:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON database_name.* TO username@localhost;

Let’s exit mysql:


Let’s move to the home directory of the current Ubuntu user:

cd ~

We type wget and a link to the archive with the latest version of WordPress so that it can be downloaded, for example:


Unpack the downloaded archive:

tar xzvf latest.tar.gz

Let’s move to the directory where the archive was unpacked:

cd ~/wordpress

Make a copy of the configuration file:

cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php

Open the configuration file in any editor, for example nano (in the editor Ctrl+O and Enter to save the changes, Ctrl+X to exit):

nano wp-config.php

In the configuration file, change the parameters for connecting to the database:

define('DB_NAME', 'database_name');
define('DB_USER', 'username');
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password');
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

Move the WordPress files to the directory where the site files will be stored:

sudo mv ~/wordpress/ /var/www/sitename

Let’s go into it:

cd /var/www/sitename/

Create a directory for user uploads if it does not exist:

mkdir wp-content/uploads

We indicate the group and the owner of the files:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data *

Create a site configuration file using the nano editor:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/sitename.conf

We indicate the contents:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/sitename/
<Directory /var/www/sitename/>
AllowOverride All
Order Deny,Allow
Allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/sitename_error.log
LogLevel warn
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/sitename_access.log combined

Activate the site:

sudo a2ensite sitename

For the changes to take effect, restart the apache2 web server:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

The final step is to install WordPress through the browser, by opening the link and following the instructions:

How to Disable Plugin Updates in WordPress

You can disable the update of a particular or all WordPress plug-ins in several ways, I’ll describe several of them:

1) Disable the update of a particular plug-in by changing its version in the code, for example to 99.9, but do not forget to comment out its real version in case you need to update.

2) To disable updates to all plug-ins, add the following line to the wp-config.php configuration file:

define( 'DISALLOW_FILE_MODS', true );

To completely disable all updates:


3) Also, you can disable all updates by installing a special plug-in, for example Disable All WordPress Updates or Update Control and others.