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  • Lost forum after upgrade 5.0.2 to 5.0.4 Patch 1

    I just completed an upgrade on my forum to 5.0.4 Patch 1. The upgrade script ran completed without any errors. However after the upgrade completed, when I click the button to proceed to my CP, I'm receiving a web page error: "The website encountered an error while retrieving It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly". Error code: 500

    I did find that if I go to URL, I can now get into my control panel.

    I hoping someone would guide me as to what area in my forum this problem may be located.

    Thank much!

  • #2
    Please check your php error log to see if an error is being generated. If you don't know where to find the php error log ask your host.


    • #3
      Hi Joe,
      Thank you for your reply!!

      My error log has the below recorded after a request to

      PHP Notice: Undefined config property 'core_path' in /usr/home/cataut/www/htdocs/forums/includes/api/interface/collapsed.php on line 15 in /usr/home/cataut/www/htdocs/forums/includes/vb5/config.php on line 55

      PHP Notice: Undefined config property 'admincpdir' in /usr/home/cataut/www/htdocs/forums/includes/vb5/template.php on line 56 in /usr/home/cataut/www/htdocs/forums/includes/vb5/config.php on line 55

      PHP Fatal error: Class 'vB' not found in /usr/home/cataut/www/htdocs/forums/includes/vb5/template.php on line 129

      Thanks again Joe,


      • #4
        GO to your Admin CP, using the /core/ directory that should still work, - for you that is (Obviously use your domain name)
        Then go to Settings -> Options -> Site Name / URL / Contact Details.

        You should see setting boxes for "Front End URL" and "Front End Login URL", you may have to manually fill them in. Usually this is done automatically during the upgrade process but if something went wrong I guess they weren't in your case.

        In your case both boxes should be set to:
        While you are there double check the core url is:

        Make sure these are exact, no extra slashes.

        Also, while we are at it, in 5.0.4 you should replace the front end /config.php file (the one in the /forums/ directory) with the new version from 5.0.4 instead of the old one from previous 5.x versions. The new 5.0.4 front end config.php file does not need any file edits, but you still need to rename if from config.php.bkp to config.php.


        • #5
          Thanks Joe, I did everything you directed and also replaced the config.php file with the renamed config.php.bkp. I can now get into my forum and admin by way of the usual ways. You have been great, thanks so much!

          However it appears as if my problems may have been due to being hacked. You can see this at

          If it isn't one thing it's another. Any suggestions on how to clean my forum? Do these hacks hit any of the database to your experience?

          Sorry for being your pain in the side...


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