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Posted on 2012-04-13
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I have a site I created using Wordpress version 3.1 and at first everything was working perfect. I got an email from the client about not being able to log into the portal. When you go to log in it immediately takes you back to the log in page (without any errors). If you try to reset your password it tells you to enter a vaild username\email. I know for a fact my username, password, and email are correct. I have even reset the password in the database manually. I have tried every howto out there on this issue without luck, from cookie related fixes to upgrading wordpress manually. It is almost like the login script cannot read the database but the rest of the site is functioning as it should. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.  A clean install is not an option.
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by:jameless
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I have seen this happen before.  He may be using /wp-admin which tries to forward the request to the old location before you migrated the site.  Tell him to use /wp-login.php.  That should solve it for you.
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by:ITNC
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attempting to go to siteurl.org/wp-login does not take you any where, same as siteurl.org\# would
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/wp-login.php ?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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>>  A clean install is not an option.

Why not?  It's possible the site has been hacked and the admin redirection is there to prevent easy fixing.  Run a sucuri.net scan and see if anything comes back out of the ordinary?
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by:ITNC
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Sorry I meant to edit that before you posted, /wp-login.php does take you to the log in screen but it suffers the same issue unfortunately
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by:ITNC
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This may or may not help but if I enter my creds, random text in the user/pass boxes, or leave them blank it doesn't throw any errors, it almost looks like it just refreshes the page.
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by:jameless
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Does the URL make it appear as if it's trying to redirect you?
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by:ITNC
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It doesn't, at least not that I can see, the URL doesn't ever seem to change from /wp-login
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by:Jason C. Levine
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It's possible the site has been hacked and the admin redirection is there to prevent easy fixing.  Run a sucuri.net scan and see if anything comes back out of the ordinary?
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ITNC earned 0 total points
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Turned out part of the problem was on GoDaddy's side regarding the database. After that was fixed I had to empty the database and restore from a backup
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Heh.

GoDaddy strikes again!
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by:ITNC
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The problem wasn't with Wordpress to begin with, it turned out to be a GoDaddy issue.
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