Wordpress Dashboard not working properly. Whenever I try to open any feature (posts, plugins page) it results in nginx 404 page?

Posted March 29, 2017 2.9k views


I have a 5$ droplet running wordpress on LEMP. I have logged into this website almost after 2 years (it has quite a lot of content on it)… I need to move it to a different droplet now with more automation (easy engine) and wanted a WXR file (wordpress export) for importing stuff to the new website. However on loggin in I found out that major buttons (like export, plugins, comments etc) result in an nginx 404 page (they simply wont open).

Now I can not actually take a back up of the database and wp-content folder because all of that is now filled with old and clogging stuff that I want to get rid of. I will do a fresh install and just need the wxr file. Any workaround to this?

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  • Are you seeing these 404s only in the WordPress export interface or throughout the admin interface? Are you seeing any issues with the public site?

    I would also recommend checking your error log for any indication of an issue (make sure to check php-fpm as well as nginx directories in /var/log

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The best thing to do would be to check the error log using tail.

tail -50 /var/log/nginx/error.log

If you can paste the output in a code block, we can take a look and see what may be going on.

That being said, if you’ve only logged in to the site once in nearly 2 years, there’s a lot that could or potentially may have happened as a result of not keeping WordPress and associated plugins up to date as required. There’s been quite a few security patches/releases in that time and if they have not been applied, the risk for being hacked in definitely high and may potentially be a source of issues.

We can take a look at the error logs to see what’s going on, though if the site hasn’t been updated or used much in those 2 years, you may be doing quite a bit of cleaning and securing in the process to make sure the data that you export is fit to be imported elsewhere.