Extremely Odd Behavior - Showing Old Website

Posted September 11, 2014 2.4k views

I recently switched to a VPS setup with Digital Ocean, and have finally wrapped my head around everything. My site is up, my server blocks are configured, and everything is running faster than ever. I recently moved WordPress to it’s own directory, and had to make some nginx configuration changes, rather than .htaccess (as I’m used to). Around the same time, I tried to install W3 Total Cache, but it couldn’t write to the directory and threw and error, so I disabled it.

Ever since then, Page Speed Insights and Pingdom are both seeing a version of my website from weeks ago, before my home page was completed. It’s entirely text, while I now have an image / add / widget on the home page. Page Speed Insights loads instantly, and the display on the page is that of the old design. It’s worth noting that the old design is pre-VPS, the vps has never seen that layout.

Compare the actual site, to what Google sees, and you can see it’s the weeks old design. Any idea what’s going on?

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The issue was caused by my half-installed W3 Total Cache issue. I manually removed the plugin and all associated files, and all is well now.

I’m still not sure why W3 won’t work with my current setup, so perhaps I’ll try a fresh install (it was transfered over, probably not a good idea). If that doesn’t work, I’ll start a new topic.

  • It happens some time due to directory permission and .htaccess write access issue.. Look into that..

    Initially my W3TC also threw up bunch of error but gave manual solution for each with recommended action.. I performed those and it seems it started working..