Plugins can be a witches brew

The Ever Bubbling Witches Brew of WordPress Plugins

Plugins can be a witches brewIf you are a fan of our podcast you will know there are over thirty thousand plugins available for WordPress, but not all of them are created equal. Often times it can simply be a witches brew if the plugin you are looking for is even going to work out and if your looking to save some time and find the good ones and avoid the bad ones look for this new regular post and listen to our show.

As it often happens you time looking for that perfect plugin for whatever need you have and you see between 3 and 33 plugins available for whatever you need and you start testing. Well sometimes the plugins are just not very good and they should be avoided. I have a short list for you of what I feel should be rated as 1 Dragon plugins.


Ada WPMS Sitewide Feed

the Lowdown:

This plugin is is just broken no joy, I could not get it to install and activate corectly

Rating 1 dragon


Custom Post Type RSS feed

The Lowdown

Again not allot of use, no matter how hard I tried I could not get it to display the custom post types and there was only this plugin along with the sell media plugin running on the site. And as sell media uses a custom posts type that is what I was trying to get to display as a single rss feed

Rating 1 Dragon


5 Vote Free Photos 1.0.1

The Lowdown:

Everyone like FREE well from time to time I’ll do my best to find just such a thing. This plugin pulls in groups of images from to display on your sit and add all the approiate code for refrence to them. while it is simply a great way to add images you do have limited control you can only hide social sharing and embed code and limit number of images displayed. You only get to choose from their pre selected categories though but it is a great way to add additional images but you do not select which ones.

Rating 2 Dragons (due to all limitations)

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Needs premium version to be of any use or value it seem I hit an epic fail or maybe I was just not smart enough to get it working. Every widget I tried out ended in blank setting it may work fine if you buy the premium addons but I am always skeptical if the free version does not do at least something then I always pass on it.

Rating: 1 out of 5


Useful Facebook Comments on your WordPress Website

Add useful Facebook comments to your WordPress Website

Lets face it getting people to comment can be a challenge especially with all the many hurdles they face just to place a comment you know what I am talking about such as the ever favorite ReCaptcha which 7 out of 10 time you cannot read and have to reload until you finally get one you can read or those simple question such as what is the colour of the sky? An even then once you place the answer something goes wrong and it does not accept it and then those times when you go through all that get the response wrong and it wipe out that wonderful 2 paragraph though you just tried to post…
There has been an option for some time to allow comments via Facebook but it had many issues the biggest of which was you lose all the SEO value provided by those comments and they stayed on Facebook and you lost out…

Well now you can avoid all that in one simple step by allowing your visitors to leave comments on your WordPress website using their most used social program Facebook wit his great plugin. The problems with using facebook for comments have been overcome in this plugins as it takes those comments down from facebook and places them into your database before displaying them on your site as well as taking all comments on your site and moving them up to Facebook.



Create useful Facebook Comments on your site with:

The plugin you want here is called:
SEO Facebook Comment

This plugin is fantastic in how it handles Facebook comments on both your website and on facebook, it even keeps the nice threaded look for you. Installing it is a breeze and I walk you though that below.
















You can even keep your old commenting system & comments on the site if you like or remove them completely.

Installing this plugin take a few min but if you follow along it will be done in not time:

First: Go to your admin dashboard and under the plugins menu click on add new then search for SEO Facebook Comment


Now you need to install it and then activate it…. The look for a new menu item in the left called SEO facebook and click on it.. Once open you will get this area…

Here they have a convenient link for you to go to and create your Facebook App but in case you miss it here it is again…. Make sure you are logged into the facebook account you want to create this app for… I will not duplicate their instructions as they are pretty comprehensive and simple… But if you like to go off on your own here is the link to facebook developers to create the app..

Once you have created the app which take all of about 5 min even if you have not yet registered as a developer then you need to locate the specific user ID for the Facebook page you want to share comments with.. Again they have a convient link to locate your ID but incase you miss it here is is again …  or again if you want to head off on your own head here to get your Facebook user ID

Once all this is completed then you need to set a couple simple steps such as what width you want the comment box to be and the auto approve and if you want to hide the default commenting system or not.. Once that is done simply look at any post on your site to see how it look and you’re all done.

So now you can enjoy having your visitors who use Facebook make simple comments on your site and you still get all the SEO benefits and more..

Don't Panic The Solution is at Hand

WordPress 3.4 upgrade gets Fatal error: Call to undefined method line 370

WordPress 3.4 upgrade gets Fatal error: Call to undefined method dbrc_wpdb::delete() in wp-includes/option.php on line 370Don't Panic The Solution is at Hand

Ok if you see this Don’t Panic  it is not the end of the world just a few minutes of yout time. If you found me first I suggest heading over to where Gavin has written a great article on a fix for this issue.

On further testing at my end there is something he did not add to the article. That if you want your plugin back you will need to reinstall it after everything has been upgraded. You can also do the alternative on other sites after fixing this mess and that is make sure you update your plugins first before upgrading to WordPress 3.4 this will stop problems with updates on them.

Success feels great

Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error

Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in …./wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/category.functions.php on line 361

Time there is never enoughHow I solved this error and it might save you some time.

I converted over an OsCommercer store to WP-Ecommerce using cart to cart a great way to bring over that database especially when huge like this one was. It had over 6k items and more. The conversion tests all went well so I went ahead with full conversion.  That’s when the site broke after full conversion; suddenly I was getting the following error

Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in …./wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/category.functions.php on line 361

And the real fun began after search online in Google etc. found no definitive answer so began the usual process of elimination to find the issue, looking for what was out of place or what I could get to work.

First I did the usual started by turning off all plugins to make sure of no conflicts I had no luck same issue. Then I activated the default theme to rule out any theme issues and yes this was while all plugins off, I still had no luck so issue was not basics

I started looking at individual postings and discovered on some posts I could get a partial list of categories in the widget. I then started experimenting on what I could show in the widget.

What I discovered by limiting which catigories to show was where the issue was that several of the sub cats had no image properly associated not even the no-image  image was there, as strange as this was. How I noticed that is that in place of the image or even the no-image image there was test as the title of the category.  I went through them and deleted the image even though there was none and sure enough by removing the non-existent image I was able to solve the problem.

This error most likely occurred due to mismatch or missing image from old site that where not noticed.

I hope this helps save someone wasted time…

Success I got it Yea!

WordPress Visual Editor Missing Button and White Text Issue

Time to relaxHow I solved the missing editor buttons and white text in or unable to switch between html and visual editor in WordPress

First verify it is an issue with WordPress install and not a caching issue on your machine. Log into your admin area and click on add new post and click the tab for HTML above the edit box.  If nothing happens then there is most likely an issue. Also type some text into the text box if it is white there is an issue and here is where you start.

Make sure you have cleared you cache on your browser before proceeding and clear it regularly while working through this issue.  Always use the F5 key for a refresh to force a fresh download from the site.

Start by placing this line:
define( ‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false );

Right before stop editing line in your wp-config.php file

If this does not work move to next item and that is replacing the WordPress Admin files with freshly downloaded ones from

And when this does not work notice one thing that is happening that you may have missed and that is how the page is not completely loading. Then look at the source code and scroll to the bottom and look for the error and when you find that which is this case was the ecommerce store and then fix it and all will be well in your world.

In this case I found it to be wp-ecommerce had broken for some reason due to WordPress update.Success I got it Yea!

Majik 8 Ball --- How is my site security?

You have a Great WordPress website So why Isn’t up to to Date?

Guard your site now!It is very important that you keep your WordPress website up to date as recent events have shown again.  See these articles:

Search WordPress Plugins The Best WordPress Plugin Directory Search Engine
Major security vulnerability discovered in popular WordPress plugin
30,000 WordPress Blogs Infected to Distribute Rogue Antivirus Software
WARNING: 200,000 US-based WordPress web pages compromised by hijack injection attack

An argument I have had with many people over the years I have been involved in the computer industry has revolved around security. It usually goes like this:

  • Friend: You should get a Mac they are so much more secure from viruses than a PC.
  • Me: and why is that is their code better?
  • Friend: well I am not sure but they are not attacked.
  • Me: Yup you’re correct there but have you ever wondered about that? Think for a moment how much smaller the market is for Macs vs. PCs.
  • Friend: that does not make much difference
  • Me: really

An I am sure you can guess the rest, in a nut shell it is simple if you are a large enough target you will be attacked it does not matter what really. This has so become true of WordPress the largest CMS platform for building a website on the internet. It has become so large that it is estimated that 25% of the web now runs on WordPress. That is allot of web sites.

So of course the hackers, spammers and scammers have targeted this very large area. In particular it is much like Windows with multiple versions and many that are unsecure this makes for very easy targets and let’s face it the hackers are simply a lazy bunch.

Am I safe and secureBut you do not need to become a statistic and fall prey to the hackers and scammers, all you really need to do is keep your WordPress Website up to date. It is a pretty painless process you can do yourself or you can hire someone like me to handle it for you.

To complete the update simply log into your WordPress admin area and simply click the yellow bar telling you that you need to do updates and let it walk you through the process and 98% of the time it will be very smooth and have no issues. If you do have any issues please feel free to contact me at 250-885-2888 or via my contact page to get some help putting you back online.

You can also go to my WordPress Emergency Support Page for an ever growing list of tips that may help out.

John Overall

WordPress Specialist


Love to code

Social Media Icons – Do it yourself

Love to codeAre you looking for a way to add the social media icons without a plugin? Well here is a solution for you.
This code come from the following website and was brought to us by one of our longtime listeners. Who was kind enough to make it in English for us since the original web site is in German.

The URL:


/* Social Media Icons*/

.weiterempfehlen{border-bottom:1px solid #111;border-top:1px solid #111;height: 36px;margin-bottom:19px;}

.weiterempfehlen p{font-weight:bold;margin-bottom:4px !important;}

.weiterempfehlen ul{list-style:none; line-height:24px;margin:5px 0 15px 0;padding-left:0;}

.weiterempfehlen li{display:inline;}

.weiterempfehlen a{float:left;width:24px;height:24px;margin-right:25px;background:url(‘’) no-repeat;border-bottom:none !important;}

.weiterempfehlen span {display: none;}

.tw-einzeln a{background-position:left -26px;}

.fb-einzeln a{background-position:left -52px;}

.gp-einzeln a{background-position:left -78px;}

.del-einzeln a{background-position:left -104px;}

.weiterempfehlen a:hover{position:relative;top:-1px;}


<div class=”weiterempfehlen”>


<li><a href=”;url=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>;title=<?php echo rawurlencode(get_the_title()); ?>;provider=<?php echo rawurlencode(get_bloginfo(‘name’)); ?>” target=”blank”  title=”Bei XING empfehlen”><span>XING</span></a></li>

<li class=”tw-einzeln”><a href=”<?php echo rawurlencode(strip_tags(get_the_title())) ?>%20<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>” target=”blank” title=”Bei Twitter empfehlen”><span>Twitter</span></a></li>

<li class=”fb-einzeln”><a href=”<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&t=<?php echo rawurlencode(strip_tags(get_the_title())) ?>” target=”blank” title=”Bei Facebook empfehlen”><span>Facebook</span></a></li>

<li class=”gp-einzeln”><a href=”<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&title=<?php echo rawurlencode(strip_tags(get_the_title())) ?>” target=”blank” title=”Bei Google+ empfehlen”><span>Google+</span></a></li>

<li class=”del-einzeln”><a href=”<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&title=<?php echo rawurlencode(strip_tags(get_the_title())) ?>” target=”blank” title=”Bei Delicious empfehlen”><span>Delicious</span></a></li>


<div class=”clearer”></div>


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