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Using Apache 2.2, Wordpress 4.4, Better WP Security. I have logged in, can browse all pages on front-end, but when I try to access any link that is on wp-admin I get 404 page. I don't have any ideas left for this situation.

I've tried with no luck to:

  • disable plugins, as just BWS, and all plugins
  • delete/reset .htaccess,
  • set all folders and files to 777
  • looked into table itsec_lockout but there's no my IP address
  • searched sql table itsec_log and what I get for my IP in log_data is a:1:{s:12:"query_string";s:0:"";}, what is that?

What is left to try?

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  • and you can access any other page in the front-end ?
    – prosti
    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:53
  • Yes I can, and logged in and logged out. With no difference. Jan 26, 2017 at 10:56
  • and why do you use 4.4, 4.7 is much too expensive or?
    – prosti
    Jan 26, 2017 at 10:58
  • Because it is possible that website will brake due to plugins and theme setup. I haven't work on website development, so don't know what is modified. Jan 26, 2017 at 11:01
  • OK fair enough, have you enabled the error log?
    – prosti
    Jan 26, 2017 at 11:02

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You need to enable the error logging in WordPress from the wp-config.php

define( 'WP_DEBUG_LOG', true );

After that, you will probably get some feedback inside:

wp-content/debug.log

Above that, you can try to get the exact feedback you get from 404 page. Check the console in the inspector, and the response from te webserver.

curl -I http://yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php

Looks like inside your theme you have some redirecting problem. Try to remove the plugins, the theme and to set the 2017-teen new theme to check if this is true.

I hope you will isolate the issue soon.


What I suggest, you create the test environment somewhere and upgrade the website to the latest version of WordPress.


The other things you may investigate: (1) you may have the altered WordPress core somehow, and (2) you may have some .htaccess files other than the WordPress root folder.

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Mistakes are stupid as always. There was some unexpected .htaccess file in wp-admin folder witch says Deny All Everything and for Good. Anyway thank you guys for your help!

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  • I predicted this as a possible cause. Glad you were able to fix this out @Nemanja Đatkov. Not an easy fix.
    – prosti
    Jan 26, 2017 at 14:36

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