Category Archives: Wordpress

About my experiences with the blogging and CMS platform Wordpress.

WordPress owns me

I am totally obsessed with WordPress right now. We recently launched this website at work, which was built by a vendor instead of in-house, and yo, it’s amazing. They built it in WordPress, and it does stuff I had no idea WordPress could do, and it’s inspired me to LEARN ALL THE WORDPRESS THINGS. I’ve been reading [amazon_link id=”1119995965″ target=”_blank” ]Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)[/amazon_link], and WP tutorials and articles on Smashing Magazine; outlining plans for possible projects; and browsing through plugins for ideas. I fixed a couple of lingering problems on the blog at work yesterday, which was AWESOME.

Problem is, I need more blogs to experiment on. I had some cool ideas for one of my sites, but the stakeholder doesn’t want me making any changes right now because she doesn’t have time to review and approve for awhile, which makes me sad. I’m considering building a bug/ticket tracker for projects at work. There’s no guarantee I could get everyone to actually use it, but it’d be a fun and educational experience, and if I could figure out how to build it as a customizable theme to release to the public, that’d be even better.

Seriously, WordPress excites me like nothing work-related has for a long time. It feels good.

ETA: For some reason this link isn’t working above, so here it is again:
[amazon_link id=”1119995965″ target=”_blank” ]Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)[/amazon_link]

Can’t find your newly created user in your WordPress user list?

Yeah, that just happened to my colleague SS. For future reference, this is where I found the solution:

Users not showing in user list…

In a nutshell, I had to use “wp-admin/user-edit.php?user_id=###”, searching until I found the missing user (in my case, user 155). Then I was able to edit her role, which had not been assigned, thereby adding her to the user list.

Broken stats on old WordPress MU 2.8.2

I’ve been having a big problem with stats with my company’s install of WP MU. First, the stats for all three sites I administer there disconnected from my professional Akismet account and attached themselves to my personal account.

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I can’t even express how horrifying this was, and I still don’t understand how it happened.

Fortunately I got excellent support from the peeps at WordPress.com, and they reattached the sites to the correct Akismet account, but unfortunately they could only attach the stats going forward–the info for the past year is still attached to my personal account. There’s a fix for it, but it’s for updated sites and plugins, and we’re definitely not running the most recent releases for either WordPress or WordPress Stats. Even worse, they’re not slated to be updated any time soon by those that control the servers.

If you know of a WordPress¬†plugin that’s up-to-date and still runs on MU, let me know so I can try to run the fix, because until it’s repaired, stakeholders have to come to me for their past stats, and as much as I live to serve, it’s so much easier when they can access that information on their own.