Technology Insights

WP 3.1.1 Patch Instructions And Download, Will Upgrade WordPress Version 3.1 To WordPress 3.1.1

Upgrading WordPress is typically fairly easy but you have to either upload every single file from the download or you have to weed what has been modified and what has not. Typically a list of modified files is provided by WordPress which makes it easy to follow along and upgrade your WP version however it is a pain to upload every single file in the release. The below article has two main objectives which first is to provide you an easy to read summary of enhancements, resolved bugs, and new features and second will be to provide you a zip file with only the modified files in the WordPress upgrade. We will do our best to provide such an article for all future WP releases within a couple days of the public release.

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Amazon Machine Tags WordPress Plugin Not Working, Easy Switch To Amazon Product In A Post Plugin

I have been using the Amazon Machine Tags WordPress plugin on numerous sites for a long time and have been happy with the results up until the last couple of months. I believe that Amazon has made some changes to their API over the last year or so and it has caused a lot of issues with the Amazon Machine Tags plugin. I even wrote this article in mid February discussing a work around that would allow the Amazon Machine Tags plugin to continue working until the developer was able to make some changes. Since that time I have been monitoring my posts to see if the Amazon products are always displaying and unfortunately even with the fix mentioned in the February article items were still not displaying at all times. Below I noted an alternative that provides solid functionality.

Technology Errors

WordPress Mandigo Theme Options: You Do Not Have Suffecient Permissions To Access This Page

I upgraded to WordPress 3.0 awhile back on the site where the below issue was noticed and in fact am running WordPress 3.1 on the site now. Today when attempting to block a new page from showing in the navigation bar via the Mandigo theme Theme Options screen I received an error complaining about permissions. I had to check to see if I had modified anything recently that could have effected these permissions but was unable to come up with anything. Turns out in the changelog that I keep the item that made the most sense was the upgrades from WordPress 2.X to WordPress 3.X. Below I describe the error in more detail followed by how to resolve the issue.

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WordPress Lightbox 2 Plugin Pop Up Falling Behind WordPress Theme Content

Typically I will use the WordPress Lightbox 2 plugin to provide a format for images within posts on a WordPress site. Basically this plugin provides an ajax window that images open in and you can scroll between the images with mini arrows to the left and the right side or you can close the image with a close button that appears at the bottom right of the image display. You can also change any of this appearance easily through the various CSS files included with four different default themes with Lightbox 2. While working on a WordPress site earlier tonight I ran into an issue where the lightbox 2 image pop up was falling behind the body content. The fix ended up being easy but it needed to be pointed out for others to fix quickly.

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.