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I might have broken the whole install…

  • I was asked to troubleshoot a buddypress problem for a friend, and not knowing anything about buddypress, I just went right in to the admin for the buddypress install and started messing about.

    I believe the wordpress version is 2.9. I don’t know the buddypress version because I no longer have access to it…

    So here’s what I did:

    I went to “settings”

    there are two boxes with URLs, I think they said address and blog address, both of them said ( is the root website) I erased the /community part of the first address, then hit save, then I got php error about cannot modify headers etc.

    What happened:

    Now, when I go to the buddypress install, everything is still there but it’s all unstyled, raw html.

    When I tried to go to, it no longer accepts my password.

    Please help! Have I permanently lost access to the buddypress install?

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  • Jeff Sayre


    Based on your description of where you were and what you did, I assume that your friend’s install is running WordPress and not WPMU (the multiuser version of WP). All is not lost.

    You need to gain access to the backend of the MySQL database that is being used by WP. The easiest way to do this is via phpMyAdmin. Your friend’s hosting provider should have a version of phpMyAdmin. Your friend, or whomever created the MySQL instance for the WP install will have the username and password for the MySQL database–which is different than the one used for WP Admin access. If they don’t have it, you can find it in the wp-config.php file of the WP install.

    Once you have access to the MySQL DB, you navigate to the wp_options table (the first two letters of the table name might be different). In that table, search for two entries: “siteurl” and “home”.

    They should both be reset (this is what you did) to You need to edit those two separate fields adding back the “/community ” reference. Of course, do not include the quotes.

    Once that is done, try accessing the Admin dashboard again. It should now work.

    Hmm I see what you mean, and I was able to accesss the MySQL database for the root wordpress install, but not for the buddypress part (I think), so if I were to add the /community to the urls, wouldn’t I be affecting the root install, and not hte buddypress part? Thanks so much for your help!

    Jeff Sayre


    The siteurl and home (url) are required by BuddyPress to properly determine where it needs to look to find its various support files. So, that is why you could still access BP but the layout looked funky. BP could not resolve the path to the theme’s CSS files.

    If you changed the url back to the original, proper path, it all should work now without any issues. Is that the case?

    I assume that you were trying to provide your friend some assistance to a different issue. If you have a new issue, unrelated to this particular topic, please start a new thread and mark this one resolved.

    By the way, for future reference, the topic you posted here is a WordPress issue and not a BuddyPress issue. That’s fine that you posted here, but if you have additional problems related to this particular issue, I’d suggest posting in the WordPress forums instead as most people here ignore issues that are not BuddyPress specific. I just happened to be looking at the right time!

    Of course, if you have BuddyPress-specific issues, then post them in these forums.

    Wait nevermind I figured it out! Thank you so much for your help, you saved my ass!

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