Problem: Your blog just went crazy and you’re not sure why your blog is looking weird. Just yesterday it was fine and now it looks like a virtual hurricane has tossed it up. Colors are wrong, links are everywhere, and pictures unorganized.
“I’ve been hacked!” is your first reaction.
More than likely though it’s not. Unless you can consider yourself a hacker, you’re okay.
I ran into this problem just this week and I will show how I fixed it.
Note: If you’re a pro at WordPress, you probably already know what’s going on. But for the beginners, this is a big deal.
My Blog Went From This:
To this in a matter of seconds:
I went crazy.
This is a nightmare if you don’t know what is going on. So I searched Google and tried to find an article about this. My search phrases were: “My Blog Is Looking Crazy”- “What Happened To My Blog?” – “I’ve been hacked!”– “My WordPress Site is Messed Up Now.”
I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
I didn’t know what to type, so I went through my WordPress platform as I raced through my mind, What did I do different that could have thrown this off? I began asking myself that famous question mama use to ask me too: “So what was the last thing you remember doing?” (Or more famous: “So where was the last place you put it?”)
That’s when I started going through my plugins and came across this:
I came across this plugin, Contact Bank. I had downloaded it not too long ago. I liked the way it worked but it was in the batch of plugins I knew I could live without. I deactivated it and boom, Problem was solved. This plugin was throwing off my website somehow.
So what did I learn?: Make sure to watch the reaction of your site when downloading a new plugin. Download them one at a time and see what happens. Just because it has 20k downloads and a 4 star rating, it doesn’t mean it’s good for YOUR site.
Know your platform. Know every plugin and what they do. If you can’t point to every plugin and tell me what it does, you don’t need it. The less plugins means the faster it can load on your readers screen also. So have a slim-trim blogging machine.
Plugins are great for blogging, don’t get me wrong, I love discovering new plugins. But you can overload the boat, and they can mess you up if you’re not careful.