I remember seeing that Ultra offers various layout options for the header. I just can’t find that configuration setting right now.
Welp, Pulpconnection broke. While I rarely blog anymore with social media and Discord sucking up my attention in old age, it’s still a bummer that a WordPress incompatibility wiped out my customized theme. I had been using Canvas from WooThemes (now WooCommerce), and this theme served me well, providing the flexibility and layout options I wanted.
But Canvas is seemingly no more as WordPress advanced versions and gutted their publishing engine. So I had to leave Canvas behind and am in search for a new blog theme.
Right now, I’m testing out Ultra from Themify after reading several positive reviews (and having a subscription to Themify). Lots of learning ahead…
Changed back to the WordPress Classic Editor to see if this works any better.
Don’t know why but Pulpconnection underwent a bunch of WordPress attacks today alone. Looks like the defenses held but scary nonetheless.
Aw boo, upgrading to the latest WordPress 4.7 Vaughan accidentally broke my ability to login. Instead, I was caught in a loop where WP wanted to update the database but couldn’t. No matter what, the site kept wanting to update the database, but couldn’t, never getting past that point. Googling this problem shows others have encountered the same behavior.
Just a reminder to myself that the Evergreen Post Tweeter plugin conflicted with the WordPress timer service, at least for my blog. As a symptom of this, scheduled posts wouldn’t post on the publish date and time, and there would be a backlog of actions queued up.
I was only aware of this since the UpdraftPlus backup plugin wouldn’t run its automated backups. UpdraftPlus itself would complain about incomplete actions. On a hunch, I disabled Evergreen Post Tweeter since it times the posting of old posts on Twitter. Sure enough, after disabling Evergreen Post Tweeter, WordPress started behaving normally. Scheduled posts published on cue, and I have yet to see incomplete actions reported by UpdraftPlus.
I’m not quite sure what happened but Pulpconnection’s home page was showing a blank white screen for awhile. I don’t know if this was caused by the latest version of WordPress, v4.4, or the license for my theme expired. Or it could even be an incompatibility between the theme and WP 4.4. Whatever the cause may be, I temporarily switched themes to the included Twenty Sixteen. Pulpconnection showed posts once again, just in the Spartan look of the theme.
So now, I’m temporarily installing the Canvas theme and tweaking it. If this unusual behavior is due to an expired theme license, I’m bummed that’s how it works and may have to find a new theme that still behaves even though expired.
Testing the timer service.
Playing around with Pulpconnection’s theme to test out some thing. Just temporary.
Things here at Pulpconnection should be a little snappier since the site is now “spinning” on SSD drives. I got a notice that Pulpconnection has been upgraded to DreamPress 2. Supposedly this move to solid state drives alone can ramp up performance up to 200%. While I don’t think my site loads twice as fast, any speed improvement is fine by me, especially at no additional cost.
What’s this about the release of DreamPress 2? Dreamhost’s managed WordPress environment recently got revved with some cool features. Files are now stored and served up from speedy SSD drives. Automatic daily backups appear to be newly added, and of course, there’s all the other performance enhancing features that got even better.
Nice. Very nice.