WordPress wp-admin CSS has broken and shows 404 on all pages [Fixed]


One day after login the WordPress website I saw the dashboard is unstyled, sitting in the top left corner. all the CSS styles are gone.

When I click any wp-admin link like Post, Pages, Appearance, Plugins, etc I get a 404 error page. So I was unable to change anything from WordPress dashboard. Although I can access all the public pages from the website front end.


I’ve searched on google and tried everything I can. Disabled all plugins, default theme, .htaccess to add site address. Changing Permalink wasn’t possible for me because I get a 404 page when I try to change it.

Finally, I found the problem. There was an unexpected .htaccess file in the wp-admin folder.

This tiny .htaccess file denying all “Deny from all”. Not sure how this .htaccess code generated.

After deleting this .htaccess file from wp-admin folder Dashboard is loading normally like before. It was a big relief 🙂

I have found the solution here.

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