Technology Insights

Update WordPress Amazon Product in a Post Plugin 2.X to Amazon Product in a Post Plugin 3.X

If you use the Amazon Product In A Post Plugin on WordPress you might have either not upgraded yet or decided to not upgrade because the shortcode syntax has changed. You can get around not upgrading by updating the WordPress post content immediately after you upgrade the Amazon Product In A Post Plugin. Below I describe the version that I upgraded and the MySQL syntax used to update the shortcode syntax to display Amazon products in WP posts.

Technology Insights

Disable Trackbacks In Existing WordPress Blog, Stop WordPress Trackback SPAM

Trackbacks, also known as pingbacks, in WordPress are a great idea however they typically generate a lot of SPAM for little benefit. A trackback is generated within a post on your site by another bloggger linking to your WordPress article. Personally I disable the display of trackbacks in most WordPress sites however I still let the sites backend process trackbacks as it normally would. This means the person generating the trackback assumes that it functions properly and the WordPress site owner still receives notification via email of the trackback or pingback. Recently though my stance is changing to completely disable trackbacks on all posts and to go back and disable it in article that were previously published and disable trackbacks in those as well because the SPAM has been getting more intense over the past 6 months. Use the instructions below to disable trackbacks on your WordPress site.

Technology Errors

WordPress Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Admin Page Blank, Call to undefined function yarpp_reinforce()

While upgrading the WordPress plugins today for a WordPress site I manage today I ran into an issue with the YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin). This WP plugin provides links to like articles on each of the posts of the site. You can cross reference various variables such as titles, content, tags, and categories. After upgrading the YARPP plugin this afternoon I noticed issues during testing when the YARPP configuration page would not display via the WordPress admin. Below is information on the error that was located in the PHP error logs, what was initially attempted to resolve the issue, and what did resolve the issue with the YARPP settings page.

Technology Errors

iPhone WordPress App Error: XML-RPC Services Are Disabled On This Blog

I recently downloaded and installed the WordPress iPhone application for an easier way to manage blogs from my iPhone. The application provides a really nice interface to manage WordPress blog comments, posts, and pages. The first blog I configured without issue however the second blog would not let me connect providing an error stating XML-RPC services were disabled on the WordPress blog. This is a really easy error to resolve and the details are posted in the error message that appears on your iPhone. Below are instructions and images related to correcting the error message displayed.