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Google problems sorted out

Somehow, the WordPress option to hide this blog from search engines was checked.  I don’t know why I would have checked that, but I can unhappily report that it does work very well to keep you out of Google.  I should be showing up soon, hopefully with decent PageRank because of all of the awesome links I’ve gotten from you guys!  Thanks!

Auto-Upgrading in WordPress 2.5

WordPress 2.5 comes with a cool feature that lets you automatically upgrade plugins from the admin panel via FTP.  This is very handy for most people, but there’s a problem with it.  If you’ve done any customization in the “templates” folder, all of your changes will be lost.  Forever.

Be sure to backup all of your customizations before you upgrade your plugin from the WordPress plugins admin page.  If you’re uploading the new files yourself, or upgrading via SVN, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Gigs Calendar 0.3.3

Version 0.3.3 is another quick bug fix release. Below are the bugs that I’ve fixed.

  • In WordPress 2.2.x, categories were not showing up in the dropdown box in the settings page.
  • Also in WordPress 2.2.x, this version was completely messed up because I used some functions that weren’t included until WP 2.3.  That’s what I get for not testing thoroughly.

Gigs Calendar 0.3.2

The new version of the Gigs Calendar plugin is available for download.  This fixes several of the outstanding bugs in 0.3.x (but not all of them).  The fixes are…

  • Updated the I18n file.  In short, this means that translators can finally translate all of the strings available in version 0.3.x.
  • Squashed a bug that gave you a database error on inserts on some versions of MySQL server for Windows.
  • Using tags on the gigs could really screw things up in the template system.  You may or may not have noticed a problem.  Either way, it’s fixed now.

If you don’t see your pet bug listed on the todo-list for 0.3, feel free to send it in again.  I’m trying to work through all of my emails and get back to everyone.

No time like the present

Dougal Campbell, a developer of WordPress, posts about the importance of upgrading.  Hackers are actively exploiting security problems on versions of WordPress older than 2.3.3 (the latest release was 2.5).

If you’re running an older version of WordPress, you could be putting yourself at risk.  If you aren’t comfortable upgrading your WordPress install, make some geeky friends and get them to do it for you.  If you need professional help upgrading, including testing themes and plugins against the new version, you know where to find me. :D

Feedback problems

If you’ve sent me a feedback email from the plugin in the last 12 hours or so, I haven’t gotten it.  The problem with my email has been fixed, so you may need to resend your feedback.

I should have complained sooner

It figures that my files come back immediately after I posted about my problems.  Well, that makes fixing this site a lot easier.  Once I get a few more things done, I’ll probably work on some more bug fixes.  It might be some time next week before I get a release out as I haven’t returned from London yet and the jet lag will probably knock me out for a few days.

I’m back… kinda…

If you’ve been to my site before, you’ve probably noticed by now that my theme looks different than it did before.  That, quite simply, is because my old host (Dreamhost) has apparently had a major file server crash.  Currently, all of my files are completely inaccessible to me and have been for the last 63+ hours.  Their support has been completely silent on this issue and have given me no way to get back at my files.  To get my site back up, I’ve installed WordPress on my new host and transferred my database over (thankfully, my databases were still accessible).  Once I can get at my theme and plugin files again, I’ll restore the look of my site.  This is what I get for not backing up enough.

All of this happened, of course, while I was still in London.  My files will probably all come back right when I’m about to leave for home so that I won’t have the time or energy to fix things for a few days.

If my files had come back within a day, or they had communicated anything to me, I might have stayed with them.  As it is, I just hope I get my files back soon so that I can bail.

Gigs Calendar – One more update

One more before I go, but this is it, I promise!  Thanks to Rene for helping me find these bugs.  Ticket links weren’t working in the gigs lists at all and some of the fields weren’t working in the gigs lists if you were using PHP4.  Both of these issues should be resolved now.

Gigs Calendar 0.3.1 – Oops.

Somehow, I forgot to add the Tours page to subversion, so it didn’t make it into 0.3, only a link to it.  This has now been rectified as of version 0.3.1.  That’ll teach me to be in such a hurry.