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WordPress Publish Button Missing: 1&1, Akismet and SQL

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Last month I [intlink id=”2831″ type=”post”]wrote about an error[/intlink] on this site that caused me to start fresh: the Publish button was missing from WordPress and you couldn’t post anything. Here’s a screenshot of the error. At the time I couldn’t locate a fix for the problem, but last week the same thing happened to my wife’s site so that caused me to have a closer look. Since both sites were hosted at 1&1 that narrowed things down. I have an old hosting package with them that limits SQL database size…read more

WordPress Publishing Error

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For all my local readers out there, thanks for holding on. Early August I experienced an issue with this site and WordPress: the publish button disappeared from every menu. Where Publish should be there appeared Submit for Review, and the Preview button was also gone from the top right. Since this site is a one person experience I checked my users and saw that I was the only login and was, in fact, an administrator for WordPress. OK, so I made another user and promoted them to administrator but the…read more

Compromised By TimThumb

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After updating the theme of the compromised site, removing TimThumb completely and [intlink id=”2372″ type=”post”]following clean up procedures[/intlink] the site I look after still had issues.  I hadn’t noticed but other users were getting warnings in Chrome and being redirected to various affiliate sites.  The worst was that the site seemed to have been removed from Google so the hits dropped rapidly. I spotted the redirect going to counter-wordpress.com and then did some internet searching, which brought me to a great thread about cleaning it up.  Using Sucuri SiteCheck I…read more

TimThumb Vulnerability

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As I read through my tech news a few weeks ago I took note of a TimThumb vulnerability that allowed bad people to do bad things to your website.  Recommended solution was to replace TimThumb.php with the latest version available online.  A lot of WordPress themes use TimThumb to auto resize images for front pages and the like.  Shortly thereafter I received an email from Elegant Themes advising to update all their themes to the latest version which now did not employ TimThumb, then make sure TimThumb.php and it’s cache…read more

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WordPress Pending Post Notifier

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After implementing individual user accounts on WordPress contributors now submitted their posts for review and an editor reviews and posts it.  Unfortunately there isn’t an automated notification built into WordPress to let editors know there’s a post waiting.  Luckily there’s a plugin for that: Pending Post Notifier. It’s very straightforward: enter the email addresses separated by a comma in the Notification Receiver box.

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WordPress Options Page

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The WordPress site I was working on had an issue with images: if the option to link to file, File URL, wasn’t clicked when adding the image it would default incorrectly to the post and clicking on an image would result in a 404 error.  This was annoying since multiple contributors were adding posts and images and while you can tell people how to do things there are some who never follow directions. Multiple internet searches led me to a WordPress options page that doesn’t show up on the menu…read more

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WordPress User Role Capabilities

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I’ve been working on a WordPress powered website recently, implementing a lot of features.  The first item was to stop everyone using the admin login and create unique logins for everyone with properly assigned roles.  Here’s how WordPress breaks down roles: Super Admin – Someone with access to the blog network administration features controlling the entire network (See Create a Network). Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts,…read more

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Moving WordPress

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I’ve been running two WordPress sites for several years on 1 & 1 web hosting.  Last year I made a major restructuring of eBabble and in doing so created a new SQL 5 database to keep it separate.  Early this year on eBabble Art I received an error when trying to upgrade WordPress past 2.8.2: that was the last version that would work on a SQL 4 database.  It wasn’t a big deal so I left it at version 2.8.2 and kept going. With WordPress 3.0 released I decided to finally move eBabble Art to a…read more

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Backupify with 1&1

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Backupify is a new online service that backs up your online services and is free to sign up until January 31st 2010.  They provide backup services built on Amazon’s Web Services and supports a range of services including WordPress, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google Docs and many more.  Since you can never have too many backups and free is the magic price I signed up. I was mostly interested in backing up WordPress since I have this site and art.ebabble.net.  It seemed simple enough: add a plug-in and validate the…read more

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