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Strange symbols appear on my site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by voica, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. voica

    voica Registered Member

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    Hi
    Does anybody knows why my WordPress site shows only symbols like �={�6�]l��1�":�}�O���˽pG;�۞]� ??
    The page is full of them and no content or anything else appears.
     
  2. GoDesain

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    try to edit wp-config and find this :
    define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
    define('DB_COLLATE', '');​
    put comment in front like :
    //define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
    //define('DB_COLLATE', '');​
    and check it.. hope this will help you..
     
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  4. voica

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    I will try to see what happens
    thanks
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Were you by any chance getting a 503 error before you saw those symbols?

    I was speaking with a prospect late last week when the exact same thing happened to his site.
    [​IMG]

    It would go from a 503 error (maintenance was being done on the server by the host) to those symbols. It took their web host about an hour to fix it.
     
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  6. voica

    voica Registered Member

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    No 503 error but it looks just like that picture. I tried to edit wp-config like somebody above told me but instead of ('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); I have ('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8mb4'); I think that is the problem.
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    That's strange. Let us know if editing the wp-config files works for you.
     
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    I experienced that on a WordPress site yesterday. That is really weird.

    I am glad I only setup HTML sites. Good luck getting a fix man!
     
  9. voica

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    After I edited wp-config the page appeared normal but with � between some words and when I tried to edit the posts to delete them there was no post in my wp dashboard. I changed everything back to default and it looks like its working fine LOL. I hope it stays like that.
     
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