SITE: comments fixed for real, new server coming

Finally, a real fix for the commenting bug that crops up from time to time. Recently, as well as a year and a half ago, WordPress comments would timeout or give NGINX 504 gateway errors. There were two issues, both related to over zealous security settings: Modsecurity was treating the comment submission, by some versions […]

Killing cformsII contact form SPAM with regex

It used to be a trickle of two or three a day, but lately we’ve been hammered with hundreds of automated SPAM submissions through the cformsII contact form plugin we use with WordPress. The contact form feeds into a Google Groups mailing list that forwards to the whole team. 99% of the SPAM advertised a […]

WordPress reinstall and site updates completed

Woohoo! WordPress comments were taking 10-15 seconds to post, now they’re working instantly again. Thanks for hanging with us. Here’s a run down on what we did today. We don’t know the cause, only that a fresh WordPress install helped. Backed up server Deleted /wp-admin/ and /wp-includes/ folders, replaced with new versions and set proper […]

WordPress reinstall in progress

Today we’re reinstalling WordPress, the blogging software. A server tune up has it running much faster, but comments and some back end stuff like comment moderation are still taking 10-15 seconds or longer. A secondary test site was setup yesterday and works much better, so today we’ll wipe and reinstall WordPress. You’ll notice sitewide slowdowns […]

Update on site update and other updates

The WordPress update is complete. No incidents so far. Identified WPGPlus, the WordPress Google+ integration plugin, as the source of “A valid URL was not provided” errors when we publish. Disabled it because it never worked once in the first place. Hopefully this will solve the Twitter integration problem too, we’ll find out with this […]

Site stuff in progress sorry for the inconvenience

The WordPress to Twitter plugin has been down for more than a week, and the WordPress to Facebook plugin kinda works whenever it wants. Our apologies for the missed Twitter and Facebook PCB giveaways, we’ll try to get them back online this week. We also have some issues posting from behind the scenes that need […]

Testing post integration with Google+ this week

If you’re a Google+ social networking fan, we’ll be experimenting with post syndication on our Google+ page this week. As always, we don’t use social networking features malware widgets on DangerousPrototypes.com to better protect your privacy. We do syndicate posts to Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+ if you’re into that.

Twitter plugin fail and new plugin test

On Monday the usually trusty WordPress Tweeter plugin that pushes posts to Twitter stopped working. It wasn’t obvious until yesterday when there were no replies, and lots of complaints, about free PCB Tuesday. WP Tweeter hasn’t been updated in a long time, so we found something fresher. This post will hopefully be syndicated by the […]

Facebook Wordbooker bug update

On Friday and Saturday posts weren’t pushed to Facebook. Problems cropped up after upgrades to the latest WordPress and Wordbooker plugin a few days ago. A Wordbooker reset helped a little yesterday, but then failed again. We’re back on the previous version of Wordbooker now and will monitor the Facebook page all day. We’re really […]