The php.ini file defines some of the operational behavior that can affect your WordPress installation.  For example, you try to upload a file but the upload fails with an error message something like “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini.”  To correct this you have to modify the php.ini file at your WordPress hosting provider.  Normally this is done via the cpanel file manager, but there are other ways to do it. Below are listed some of the common php.ini file settings that often affect the way WordPress works. Max File Upload Size ; Maximum allowed size for…

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Recently one of my clients performed an upgrade to WordPress 3.5.1.  Unfortunately, the upgrade failed for some reason and they were locked out of the Admin panel with an error about undefined function get_taxonomies_for_attachments in menu.php.  Research of the web produced the suggestion to manually reinstall all the WordPress 3.5.1 files.  Doing that manual installation, I then received an error about a Fatal error: Call to a member function register_handler() on a non-object in /home/simplete/public_html/wp-includes/media.php on line 953.  No combination of moving files, reinstalling various versions, or other tricks seemed to work for me. Then I found a post from…

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One of the differences between WordPress Pages and Posts is that Posts can have a category assigned to them, whereas pages cannot.  Frankly, I think that is just dumb… why shouldn’t pages have the ability to have categories assigned.  Well, I’m not the only one that think pages should have categories and there are several plugins that provide the capability.  One that I’ve used for a long time is Map Categories to Pages, and I’ve used it very successfully on several blogs and client sites.  It provides a valuable feature, albeit, deceivingly simple.  Once installed there is a category field…

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Duplication of effort is, well, duplication.  And when it comes to effort, who needs that?  Well that’s what many of us who have both a WordPress blog and a FaceBook Page are faced with…. Whenever we make a post on our blog we have to make a similar entry on our FB Page Wall.  Makes you want to have your blog posts automatically show up on your FB page, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what this post is all about… one of the ways to have WordPress posts atomatically post to your FaceBook page (the wall or a tab app.) Why…

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WordPress Widgets are a great way to improve the visibility of information on your WordPress site, and to improve the functionality for your readers.  This WordPress instructional video provides an introduction to widgets and some of their uses.    

One of the most valuable features of the Web is how information is linked.  That applies to your own information on your WordPress site.  Linking from one post to another is a viable way of helping your visitor find information, and it also can help with your Search rankings.  Here’s a quick video showing you how to link to an existing post.

Fatal Error undefined method in Wordpress 3.4 update

I was updating some client WordPress sites the other day to version 3.4 and ran across an error on one of the sites.  The error message was something along the lines of the following, although I can’t say it would say the same thing for everyone. Fatal error: Call to undefined method dbrc_wpdb::delete() . Arghhh, the pulse tends to start racing when you see these types of errors.  The message came after the update was applied and during the final cleanup.  The message that appeared directly before this error message was a statement about the update almost being complete, but…

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Creating a sign-up form for the MailChimp email service is pretty easy with the MailChimp List plugin, unfortunately there are also several limitations that you either have to live with or find a way to work around (and I haven’t found a workaround yet.)    After installing the MailChimp List Subscribe Form you will have to configure it.  The first thing you will need to have is the MailChimp API key (which you get from your MailChimp > Account > API Keys.)   After entering in a valid API key you will need to select the list that you want to…

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Here’s a situation for you… let’s say that a visitor has a Gravatar profile set up to display a picture whenever they author or comment on a WordPress site.  That generally works quite well and makes your site more personable.  But what if either you, as the site owner, or the visitor, want to have a different picture displayed for a specific site?  What do you do then?  Your could set up a separate email address and register that with Gravatar.com, but often times that is an administrative headache. A nice solution for local avatars There is a nice little…

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