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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.

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 OptionsĀ 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

“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

WordPress Set File As Default Link To

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A comic book site I edit uses a lot of images as you would imagine, but frequently contributors forget to set the Link To section of adding images. More often than not this means instead of readers getting a nice enlarged version of the image popping up on their computer it does nothing (Link To None) or goes to a new page showing the image at the same size (Link To Attachment Page). I’ve asked everyone to make sure this feature is set to Media File, but people are people….read more

Adding CBZ format to WordPress

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On a SEO company website I look after we wanted to add a store for digital downloads, and one of the formats offered would be CBZ, a standard format for unencrypted and DRM free digital comic books. Turns out you need to add that file type to WordPress before you can upload them to the media library. Finding an online solution to adding new file types to WordPress was easy, but the MIME type was required. That proved a little more complicated but internet searching led to this great site…read more

Remove “Insert from URL” in WordPress

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I don’t like pulling images from other sites directly for posts: it’s using the bandwidth from someone else’s website. Instead I’ll save the image, upload it and then credit the image back to the source. I look after a multi-author website and sometimes people forget our policies and I have to edit the post to remove that image URL, download it and upload it. To get around this I wanted to remove the option of “Insert from URL” that’s part of WordPress. A quick search of the internet provided exactly…read more

WordPress Issue: Only the homepage loads

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So, I was tinkering with one of the websites I look after and made one change to the .htaccess file. I only make one change at a time to any file so I can reverse it if things go south. After my change only the home page would load: clicking anything just reloaded the home page and showed page not found in the tab (browser) title. OK, back into .htaccess and remove my change. No luck, still only the homepage loads. Hmm. As always, Google to the rescue. It seems…read more

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