My WordPress admin area looks like the image linked below. I have tried reinstalling WordPress using the option in the Updates panel. But I cannot get it to revert. Has anybody had a similar problem and knows the solution?

My guess is that it's CSS but shouldn't have to reinstall WP sorted that out?

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  • Have you tried disabling all your plugins? Changing themes?
    – mor7ifer
    Feb 1, 2012 at 23:40

3 Answers 3


In your screenshot I can see at least 3 menu items that were added by a plugin.

Standard practice when WP breaks after an update is to:

  1. Disable all plugins (You can rename the /wp-content/plugins directory to turn them all off at once).
  2. Revert to the default (TwentyEleven) theme

Then you can re-enable your plugins one at a time to figure out which one it is that's breaking things.

  • I just did all the above but it didn't work. Oddly enough however the Appearance tab looked as expected.
    – Joshua
    Feb 2, 2012 at 0:13
  • Randomly tried to do that again and it worked oddly enough.
    – Joshua
    Feb 7, 2012 at 2:15

just update .htaccess file

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

I had to reupload an older version of the entire public HTML and just connected it to the database. That was what worked for me.

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