Missing Front Page in WordPress Dashboard

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kirbyworks / 11 Points
2013-01-03 8:49 pm EST
So I changed a DNS to a new site I built on a temp. URL and moved it to the URL occupied by the old website but now the new WordPress website shows the front page on all 4 themes I have but does not show up in the list of pages in any of the themes nor is it in the list of possible pages to have as the "front page" in Reading Settings > Front Page displays: a static page (select below) Front Page: -select-

If it shows up in my browser it must exist and I can find the page.php file but since this is php it doesn't display that file. It displays whatever is sent from the server.

Any ideas on how to reverse this Houdini act?

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3,713 Points
2013-01-03 11:57 pm EST
Hello kirbyworks, and thanks for your question.

The issue that you're describing seems very odd indeed. From what I gather, you're saying that if you visit your WordPress site now, you see a static page and not your most recent posts. But when you are in the WordPress dashboard in Settings > Reading, the Front page: drop down currently does not have a page selected?

Do you currently have anything set in the Posts page: drop down either?

When you simply navigate in the WordPress dashboard to Pages, do any of the pages setup in there, currently reflect what you are seeing on the website front end itself?

If you currently don't have either set, WordPress should default back to Your latest posts. But it sounds like you are able to see your expected "front page" when you view the front end of the website, so this doesn't quite make sense.

Many custom themes will have a special section outside of the main WordPress front page settings, on how they manage what content is shown. I'd assume that if you're navigating to your pages and you see the same content there that you're seeing on the front end, chances are that your theme is setting the front page overriding what is set in the general WordPress reading settings.

You could try switching back to the default WordPress theme, and see if you're still having this behavior as well.

The only other thing I can think of, is if for some reason because of your recent DNS updates, you're pulling up the WordPress dashboard from a different physical server than the front end is being pulled up which could also explain the discrepancy.

Please elaborate a bit on this issue such as which themes you're trying to use, and we'll try our best to lend a hand.

- Jacob

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