What WordPress Lost for Me, It Found!

My "Quick Draft" simply vanished!

Last week I wrote a Quick Draft of an idea for a blog post on my ebooks blog. But it vanished without a trace when I clicked Save Draft the first time! 🙁

After searching for it high and low, I gave it up as a loss to a program quirk. It wasn’t much and I didn’t figure it would take me long to reconstruct it. Sometime. 🙄

Well, this evening I saw that WordPress 6.8.3 had been released. I checked to see what it was about and learned…

The “Quick Draft” tool on the dashboard screen was broken in the 3.8.2 update. If you tried to use it, your draft would disappear and it wouldn’t save.

Sooo…that’s what my “misfortune” had been about! I was glad to see the problem had been discovered and fixed.

But I was very impressed by this: Read it all

WordPress: Auto Update 3.7.1

In the background. Seemlessly. Automagically.

I checked my email early yesterday morning and saw this snuggled in the Inbox:

auto update email notification | WordPress
A surprising entry in my email inbox!

History happened while I wasn’t looking! For the first time ever, one of my WordPress installations updated without any attention from me.

I clicked that email in my Inbox listing, and sure enough…

WordPress autoupdate message
Panting Hart, leaping from 3.7 to 3.7.1

So without any action on my part, my devotional blog churned through the WordPress Maintenance Release into 3.7.1 — nice!

I logged into Panting Hart and was greeted with this:

more background autoupdate stuff
Blog Splash Screen Notice

It truly was while I slept!

Though I prefer to maintain control over my sites, I welcome these automatic, background updates to WordPress. Thankfully, major updates aren’t included in this. For instance, December’s projected 3.8 upgrade we’ll still have to do manually.

Again, a huge thumbs-up to WordPress. (And you’re blogging using another platform…why? 😆 )

(More and Better) Secure Passwords

Long and simple is better and more effective...even than sentence-based with symbols and numbers

So hackers and attackers have been on the loose against self-hosted WordPress installations.

This post applies to you…even if you do not use WordPress!

I’m here with a message for you…not about WordPress…but about practicing safe passwords.

Four years ago I wrote about Pitching Pitiful Passwords.

This morning I was reminded of a simpler, yet more effective, password tactic: Read it all

WordPress 3.5

Thank you, WordPress, for not releasing a faulty product, no matter what the production schedule!

As I understood, WordPress aimed to release version 3.5 three days ago.

Nothing yet.

Something must have come up since RC3.

And they’re fixing it.


Thank you, WordPress, for not releasing a faulty product, no matter what the production schedule!

WordPress: Invalid Security Token

So I learned from a wanna-be commenter here that efforts to post comments here (am I being redundant by now?) were failing.

Instead of the comment posting, this error message resulted instead: Invalid security token. Bad. Deal.

I did some research in the course of two days. 🙁 Read it all

My First WordPress Shortcode

Up until early this morning, I’ve resisted using shortcodes in my WordPress blogs.

But this morning I built my very own first custom shortcode. Sure, it’s simple and short and probably painfully plain. So?

I plunked it in my active theme’s functions.php file and it works great! I know that by putting it there I’m limiting its application to my current theme. If I change themes, I’ll have to add the code to that theme’s functions.php. Read it all

Above all, love God!