Have your blog traffic stats taken a tumble after upgrading WordPress? Mine did, after upgrading to WordPress 3.2.1. The fix may be easier than you think. Re-save your settings – that’s all, folks! Easy peasy.
If the only thing that’s different is a WordPress upgrade, this should help. If there have also been plugin updates, try uninstalling plugins. Especially, check the settings on SEO plugins that try to cut down on the number of duplicate pages created via archives. For instance, if you disable date-related archives and then add an “Archives” widget to your sidebar, the links will show in the widget, but they may not behave normally.
- If links to pages you know exist are there showing up as “not found,” your permalinks may be broken.
- Go to Settings > Permalinks and click on “save.”
- Is your 404 page not working, when everything was fine before an upgrade?
- Go to Settings > General and click on “save.” This can re-set your htaccess file.
- Now that WordPress has re-learned your permalink structure, remind your XML and HTML sitemaps to do the same.
- Go to whatever sitemap generator(s) you are using and click on “save settings.”
- Are you getting an error about not having php5, though your host has had it working just fine?
- Add instructions to the end of your htaccess file:
# END WordPress
Options All -Indexes
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php
This same sort of re-saving can help to clean up little snaggles after a server move.