Many, many thanks to Bob Sprankle for guest blogging here the past 3 days! It has been great to rest easy, knowing my blog was in such able hands! It was also a joy to have Bob videoconference into our workshop yesterday (using iChat) briefly, in Goodland, Kansas, to discuss the value of students sharing their voices via blogs and podcasts as well as respond to several participant questions relating to technology integration at the elementary level.

By some bizarre coincidence, the day I left my blog to Bob this week my ISP chose to upgrade the mySQL server hosting my WordPress database from version 4.1 to version 5. This (perhaps along with other things of which I am not aware) has caused my blog website to respond VEERRRRRYYYY slowly at times, and other strange things to happen (like this bizarre multiple-enclosure issue now with my podcast feed.) So, I’m not entirely sure what needs to be done to fix these issues… Thankfully, however, Bob managed to post the past few days despite the problems. Hopefully I’ll figure out how to do what I can to speed things up… I may attempt a fresh reinstall of WordPress over the weekend if I can’t figure out other things to do.

If you’ve experienced a mySQL upgrade for your WordPress from version 4.1 to 5.0 and have some pearls of wisdom to share about making the process better/faster, I’d love to hear your input. For some reason I noticed yesterday that the Flock web browser does not seem to properly link to the static links on my blog, while other browsers do…. And tonight Cheryl Oakes pointed out that my reCAPTUA plug-in does not seem to work with Flock either. Strange. This sounds like a problem with my WordPress template, but I’m not sure what could be causing this. More to troubleshoot….

Technology is great when it works. We can fall behind standing still with the pace of technological change all around us. Thankfully I know I won’t have to figure out solutions to all these problems by myself! 🙂

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4 Responses to Strange WordPress, mySQL and other errors

  1. Jason says:

    Not sure if you’ve got your technical issues solved yet, but I’d try reinstalling/reinstalling your WordPress software. Because of the differences in MySQL 4 and 5, it’s possible that WordPress configures a database in those two versions differently. By switching the database without alerting MySQL to the fact, you’re not taking advantage of any performance and functionality enhancements WordPress might make for the newer MySQL version. It might also cause the types of issues you’re seeing.

    At the very lease, post in the WordPress support forums. Someone might be able to give you some advice there. The link is

  2. says:

    You can also have a look here for more MySQL errors –

  3. Cheryl Oakes says:

    WOW, that was a fast response, your captcha is working in flock tonight.
    over and out.
    cheryl oakes

  4. Wesley Fryer says:

    I’m glad to hear it Cheryl, but I haven’t made a template change… maybe the ReCaptcha folks made a change? Strange! But at least the news is good this time. 🙂

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