Posts Tagged ‘wordpress’

SITE: comments fixed for real, new server coming

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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...

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WordPress reinstall and server update complete

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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...

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Killing cformsII contact form SPAM with regex

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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%...

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WordPress reinstall and site updates completed

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

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...

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WordPress reinstall in progress

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

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...

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Update on site update and other updates

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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,...

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Site stuff in progress sorry for the inconvenience

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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...

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WP to Twitter plugin seems to be down

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

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.

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Email cleared and RSS feed fixed

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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...

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Testing post integration with Google+ this week

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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 to better protect your privacy. We do syndicate posts to Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+ if you're into that.

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Twitter plugin fail and new plugin test

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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...

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Dangerous Prototypes: New look

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

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...

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Facebook Wordbooker bug update

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

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...

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Comments issues

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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...

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Site upgrades September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

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. (more…)

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Moving day giveaway

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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, and we can't do that with the current setup. The blog domain name is mapped...

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