Error Updating WordPress to Version 3.5

WordPress just released their most recent version of their CMS – version 3.5.

A lot of people are experiencing problems with updating and when they do update they’re unable to access the back-end of their website. Instead what they see when they visit is a blank page with an error message at the top saying….

Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_home_path() in [insert your site path here]/public_html/wp-admin/includes/misc.php on line 128

Most of the reasons that would cause this to happen are conflicts between the new wordpress version and plugins which you had installed on your site. To get your site up and running again you’ll just need to stop the plugin files from being loaded.

Log into your ftp account and go to the root file for your website then click on the folder wp-content then change the name of the “plugins” folder to anything else, ex. “plugins-old” as seen on the picture on the right. This will stop the plugins from being loaded.

Clear your browser cache and try going back you .

It should load normally now. This means that one of the plugins was the problem so what you’ll want to do is go back into ftp and change the plugins folder back to it’s original name “plugins”. Then change the file names of all of the individual plugin folders within it.

One-by-one change the plugins’ folders back to their original names and try loading your wordpress back-end each time you change a folder name. When it stops working, the plugin whose folder you just change the name of is the culprit.

One plugin which I know isn’t compatible with the update is Bulletproof Security.

Change all of the other folders back to normal aside from that one which you’ll want to remove and wait for the plugin developer to release an update which is compatible with the new wordpress version.

Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

On a side note I just want to say thanks to the people at WordPress who offer an incredible product free of charge. They take a lot of flak at times and they don’t deserve it. It’s still the platform for a website in my opinion and if I were them I would charge ;)