I just updated to WordPress v3.0.3. Gotta love bug fixes. Still trying to find something interesting to blog about.
Well it has been long overdue for me to add a post. I will be adding some new content here soon but for now I just wanted to say that I have updated to WordPress v3.0.1 and I love it. It has lots of new features and makes writing and maintaining a blog so much easier.
I have updated WordPress again to version 2.6.1. This time I used a plugin called Automatic WordPress Upgrade. It worked amazingly well. It first backed up my files then my database, which it let me download. Then it automatically downloaded the latest version of WordPress from the wordpress site, put the site into maintenance mode then de-activated all the plugins. Upgraded the WordPress files, re-activated the plugins and cleaned up after itself. It was a very smooth and painless process.
I took the plunge and upgraded to WordPress v2.5 today. It only took me about 1/2 hour and it went pretty smooth. I used the Automatic WordPress Upgraded plugin. It worked well until it got to the point where it needed to reactivate all the plugins. It asked me to login again and then asked if I was sure I wanted to do this. I said yes but nothing happened and I had to reactive my plugins manually. The backend to v2.5 is totally different so it took me a minute to find my way around. Everything seams to be working.
Now I just have to figure out how to enable the new built in gallery.
I have also decided to try out the “WP Super Cache” plugin instead of my custom WP-Cache plugin. I downloaded the WP-Super-Cache v0.5.4 and made the GoDaddy wordpress fix from site where I found the GoDaddy Fix. So far I have not been getting any 500 Server Errors. Let me know if you have a problem with the site and I will switch it back to my Custom WP-Cache plugin. You can get the WP-Super-Cache Plugin here.
Update: I am currently using v0.9.8 and it works great with no need to edit it. Just install and activate and it works great.
Today I had an interesting afternoon thanks to GoDaddy and WordPress. I have been working with my blog a lot over the past few days and I noticed that I was getting a lot of “Error 500 – Internal server error” messages. I was getting this error about 50% of the time. I went to my Control Panel on the GoDaddy site and turned on Error Logging. The only thing the Error Log was showing was a few lines that said ‘mod_rewrite: maximum number of internal redirects reached. Assuming configuration error. Use ‘RewriteOptions MaxRedirects’ to increase the limit if necessary.’
From this error messages I assumed the problem was being caused by mod_rewrite but after several hours of playing with it and spending 1/2 hour on the phone with GoDaddy Tech Support, I discovered that it was not to culprit.
After doing much searching on the Internet I stumbled upon a forum post talking about the same problem. I discovered that the problem was not with mod_rewrite but was instead with the WP-Cache plugin that I had installed in WordPress. There seams to be some kind of compatibility problem with GoDaddy and WordPress with the WP-Cache plugin enabled. Disabling the plugin got rid of the 500 Internal server error messages.
I did not want to get rid of the WP-Cache plugin because it did speed up my site so I decided to see if anyone had a work around and I found a great blog post that told me how to fix it. The post is at Using WP-Cache on GoDaddy (500 Error).
I found thinkdj’s post over at Blogulate that has a GZIP version of WP-Cache that will work with GZIP enabled so I started with that version and added the GoDaddy fix. I took it a little further and found some optimization for WP-Cache as well. I have it fully working on GoDaddy now with no more 500 Internal Server Error messages. To save you all a lot of work I have created a .zip file containing the fixes and optimization to WP-Cache. Just download wp-cache.zip and unzip it into your wp-content/plugins directory. Your site should be faster and error free. I have only tested it on GoDaddy so I don’t know if it will work on other hosts.
Recommendation: Remove WP-Cache and Install WP-SuperCache. It works much better, you don’t need to edit it, it is updated regularly and does not cause any problems with GoDaddy.
I have always wanted to have my own Blog, but never knew what I would say on it. Today it occurred to me! I have way too much free time on my hand and have a problem keeping myself busy. I also have Adult ADD so that make it even harder to sick to a project. So I thought… since I am always trying to find stuff to do, why not share my exploits and discoveries with everyone. It might give you some ideas or at least give you an insight into my unusual lifestyle.
I was asked recently to help a friend to set up a blog (www.daboy.com), during the process I had to investigate blogging software and determined that WordPress was the best choice so I installed WordPress v2.3.1. I have installed WordPress before but never really played with it because I did not have a project that required it. To my surprise it can do a lot more than I thought it could do. This time around I discovered the WordPress plugins and a whole new world opened up to me. I finished the site for my friend and decided to give it a try for myself and here we are.
I will be talking about all the things I do to try and keep myself busy. Some examples of this would be writing computer programs for friends, designing websites, learning all kinds of new things, listening to Audibooks, watching TV, Movies and there is a lot more. I will go into more detail about that stuff when I am doing it. For the past several days I have been playing with WordPress, trying out plugins, playing with the template, etc. Today I decided to actually write some content. This should keep me interested for a few more days before the ADD kicks in and something else catches my eye. lol. I will keep updating the Blog but you can be sure that the topics will change often.
Last week I started to read a book on Learning C# (Visual C Sharp 2005 – How To Program). I got up to page 144 out of 1556 before the WordPress project came along and distracted me. I hope to get back to it as I have always wanted to learn to program in C, and C# is the new C.