Sorry for the occasional outages over the past week. Most were during Chinese work hours, so hopefully not really noticed if you’re in the US or EU. The whole site has been moved into GIT repositories and redeployed as virtual directories as outlined on the blog last week. It is much cleaner, better organized, and […]
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 […]
Comments have been hosed for the last few days, and posting became impossible. This happened about a year and a half ago according to the site changlog. Everything seems to be working now, please hit us up if you notice any problems. It’s not clear what caused it. Like last time, a complete reinstall of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Please excuse this test post, the WP to Twitter plugin that pushes blog posts to Twitter seems to be down. Please enjoy this homemade flux in lieu of an actual post.
We finished responding to every email received during the Maker Faire, and wrote everyone who gave us a business card. If you were expecting a mail and didn’t get one, please followup again, it may have been lost in the shuffle. In site news, something happened to the RSS feed that caused it show a […]
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.
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 […]
Over the last few days we’ve been experimenting with a new site theme. You may see it click on and off a few times before it’s completely ready. We’ve been using a slightly modified Tarski theme since the beginning. The new look isn’t a drastic departure, but it does have some new stuff: A couple […]
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 […]
There is an intermittent issue with the comments. Some users are seeing other user details in the comment box. We tried a full reinstall, disabling plugins, flushing the cache, etc, but the issue persists. We posted a support query in the WordPress forum, and have been hanging out in the IRC channel. No solutions so […]
There will be some site upgrades during the wee hours* tomorrow, between 10am and 2pm GMT. There may be outages and strange behavior on the blog and wiki. The forum will be unaffected.
Over the next 24 hours we’re migrating to cloud hosting at Laughing Squid. WordPress has been a fantastic (and free!) host, but we need to move. We really want the forum to be at dangerousprototypes.com, and we can’t do that with the current setup. The blog domain name is mapped in a way that only […]