My experiences this evening with my blog must have something to do with Murphy’s Law of blogging and podcasting… I wanted to “quickly” (a relative term when it comes to podcasting) publish one of the recorded sessions from COSN earlier this week before going to bed, but some quirky and unexpected problems have led to a protracted– and as-of-yet unresolved series of troubleshooting exercises. Perhaps you can lend me some aid.
I currently maintain four different WordPress blogs. Tonight for some strange reason, all of them started displaying the following “Parse error…on line 723.” I did not make any configuration changes to the blogs to invite this error:
This error was displayed on the main homepage for this blog, and still is displayed on my other 3 which I haven’t started to fix yet. I was running WordPress Version 2.3.2, and had not yet updated to Version 2.3.3.
Since the error identifies the PodPress plug-in as being related to the problem, on this site (my main blog) I deleted the PodPress directory and was able to pull up my main blog homepage as well as my administrative dashboard. For some reason, however, a series of dots now appear at the top of my blog, both on the main homepage (public) site and on my dashboard:
These dots appear even when I switch the blog theme, so this does not appear to be theme related:
After I make some changes to the blog, like enabling or disabling a plug-in, the only thing shown in the browser are the dots at the top: No other content is shown:
Making this situation even more strange, I can only get my blog dashboard to load properly in the Safari web browser. The dashboard won’t load in either FireFox or Flock, which I often use when editing a new podcast post. (I usually write posts like this one in MarsEdit, but write podcast posts directly in the WordPress dashboard.) Very strange.
I went ahead and posted a new podcast episode, but the Pod-Press plugin does not appear to be working correctly on this or any of my previous podcast entries. This is quite problematic, since I have been using PodPress for my direct podcast links for several months now, basically since episode 175. I published episode 237 this evening. If I can avoid it, I’d really prefer NOT to abandon PodPress, since that would mean going back and changing all those links both in the posts and in my podcast channel XML feed, which I am now maintaining separately via FeedForAll.
Adding to the interest, or confusion, depending on your perspective, it appears in looking at my PodPress statistics that some people ARE being able to download the podcast from the PodPress link, or play it directly in the browser.
Completely disabling PodPress, or ALL my plug-ins, does not make a difference in terms of making the strange “dots” at the top of each page go away. I did go ahead and upgrade to WordPress Version 2.3.3 this evening, but that did not resolve the situation either.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions about what my problems could be? I know Miguel Guhlin will probably suggest abandoning WordPress and using Thingamablog— but I definitely want to stick with WordPress. Running into troubles like this at times DOES make the option of using a hosted solution like Blogger or Edublogs look attractive… Still, I enjoy the flexibility and options running my own WordPress installation usually gives me. Running into strange troubleshooting situations like this will certainly NOT make the short list for reasons to use WordPress, however. 🙁
After upgrading WordPress to version 2.3.3, MarsEdit now appears to not be able to post directly. [sigh] Time to give up on troubleshooting this for now.
If you have ideas or suggestions, I’m all ears.
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- Sharing PD Day Expectations: Paper Slide Video Style - 2012
- Serving or Delivering does not equal Teaching or Learning - 2012
- Narrated iPhone Photos Edited & Published on iPad - 2011
- What is a hackintosh? - 2010
- Playing with a Sugar emulation (XO Laptop operating system) - 2009
- Podcast237: Unleashing the Transformational Power of One-to-One Computing in K-12 (COSN Panel) - 2008
- Let's fight for recess - 2006
- One Laptop per Child website - 2006
- Inviting skypecast input - 2006
- International skypecast #2 - 2006