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Find previous versions of WordPress plugins

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I ran the WordPress Updates as normal but found one plugin had taken some of the free features and moved them to the premium version. I needed one feature and started looking for the previous version. Turns out the WordPress repository keeps them all available. On the plugin page look on the right side under the initial stats and click Advanced View. Now scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a new section called Previous Versions with a drop down menu listing all the plugin’s versions available for download.

iPhone photos, EXIF, sideways photos and WordPress

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I like to include a good amount of photos in my book reviews and have always followed the same procedure. I take the photos with my iPhone and edit them in Gimp for use in on various WordPress sites. This worked well, until two weeks ago. I had just completed my review for Will Eisner’s A Contract with God Curator’s Collection and published it. It looked good on the site, which I viewed on my Windows 10 PC with Chrome, but when I checked the social media posts on Facebook…read more

Hard drive filling with CAB files

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A business I work with uses FileMaker for their point of sale (POS) system and lately has had all their PC’s hard drives fill with CAB files in the Windows Temp directory along with log files in the Windows Logs CBS folder. Apparently this behavior is caused by the Microsoft Windows Modules Installer (TrustedInstaller.exe), trying to create a CAB file of old logs and failing to do so over and over again. This appears in Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, and is easily corrected. Follow the steps below: CAB…read more

Open all WordPress external links in a new tab or window

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WordPress recently added the feature of highlighting text and pasting a URL onto it to create a link. It’s fast and easy, but you have to go into Link Options of that link and click Open link in a new tab. Visit this site to see the example. What a pain when you’re working on a chart or index that has hundreds of links. If you keep running into error messages then check out how to fix it at https://www.errorsolutions.tech/. Here’s an easy way; add this code to your functions.php file,…read more

Fan at 100% all the time for small form factor PC

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I’ve had a Jetway JBC600C99352W-BW small form factor PC for quite a few years, and it continues to perform. A little long in the tooth with an Intel Atom D525 processor and Nvidia ION2 graphics, it gets the job done and is quite small. I’ve used it as an all purpose general usage PC, a Plex client for playback on my television, and a router (with additional USB NIC). Last year the cooling fan started running at 100% all the time. Normally the fan comes on rarely, but all the time…read more

Automating Ninite, As Much As Possible

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Ninite is a wonderful tool for downloading free software onto your Windows PC; it also works on Linux but we’re just looking at the Windows version. Go to the website, check off the programs you want and run the supplied installer. That’s it, no prompts or anything, just free software installed. Ninite always has the latest version available, so you can run that same installer file again and again to get the latest versions. There is a Pro version available that will automatically get the newest versions for you, but…read more

“An automated WordPress update has failed to complete”

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I was updating JetPack to the latest version when it just hung. I left it an hour and it just said “unpacking” so I refreshed the page and received the following error at the top of every page in the WordPress dashboard: “An automated WordPress update has failed to complete”. I attempted to run the update repeatedly but it just kept failing, so I manually downloaded the new JetPack and used FTP to upload it. Unfortunately the error remained. Looking around the internet revealed something I should have known: delete…read more

Manually Adding Social Network Icons To WordPress

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I was using the Social Media Widget plugin to add social network icons to my websites but it had a major security hole that allowed malicious scripting. I dropped it but couldn’t find a replacement I liked. From that point I decided to manually add the icons and links myself, in a widget and in the top right of my site. Adding social media icons to a widget is the easiest; I used this as a guide. First locate free to use social media icon images; I like Icon Finder…read more

WordPress Changing Blockquote

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I like to use the blockquote feature in WordPress for quoting vendor/publisher information, but by default it’s just plain ugly with a grey background. I did some searching online and found a good example providing information, which needs to be edited in style.css or if you have Jetpack added to Edit CSS. blockquote { width: 90%; color: #3B3131; background: #f1f1e4; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 1px solid #111; } It’s pretty straightforward but I’ll step through it. Width is a percentage of the column it appears in. Colour and background…read more

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