Couldn’t Access Dashboard After Updating to WordPress 3.9 on WPEngine

WordPress 3.9 Fix

After updating to WordPress 3.9 I couldn’t access the WordPress Dashboard. Specifically, I couldn’t get past the following screen to access the dashboard:

No update required | Your wordPress database is already up-to-date!

The solution for me was to perform the following 3 steps. Note that every site, mix of plugins and hosting environment is unique, so your mileage might vary.

Step 0. Back that sh*t up

Backup your site before upgrading plugins, themes, and WP releases. This goes without saying, but there, I said it anyway. Back that shit up.

Step 1. Disable all plugins

Since I couldn’t access the Dashboard to disable the plugins, this was done via phpMyAdmin (WP_Options table > Row 35). I saved a copy of the active plugins in a text editor so I could just paste them back in in step 3.

Step 2. Clear server cache

For WPEngine hosted sites, this is a button click. If you’re using a caching plugin, follow your plugin’s process.

Step 3. Reactivate all plugins.

I pasted the active plugins from Step 1 into row 35 of the WP_Options table. DONE!

Here’s the site that spawned this post.

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