Technical Difficulties

Technical difficulties dogWe’re experiencing technical difficulties with our ratings plugin.  This plugin allows you to rate posts and comments.  A few people (just 2 or 3 have contacted me) about getting an error when trying to access B&P.  It works fine for me unless I use an Incognito window, then I get the error. 

The plugin was creating another minor problem for me on the backend of the site. I had the plugin’s main programmer looking at the issue for me and he couldn’t find the problem. He spent a couple of hours working on it for free,  so I applaud him for his efforts.

So, I have deactivated the plugin and I can’t reproduce the error any more. 

I may try to completely uninstall and reinstall the plugin to see if that might help.  The problem with that is that even if it works, we’ll lose all the previous ratings.  Still, that seems like the best course of action for me.  If that fails then I’ll be looking for a new rating plugin.

FYI:  There is a site that will tell you if B&P (or any other site) is down for everyone of just for you. You might want to save this link as it could help you in figuring out if it’s your problem or the website’s problem .

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/bitsandpieces.us

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

 

B&P Turns 14

14 yearsIt was fourteen years ago yesterday that the very first post appeared on Bits & Pieces.  It’s been a wild and crazy ride at times.  I’ve posted some interesting, weird and funny things along the way… many of which you’ve contributed.  Thank you!

I’ve met a lot of interesting people, both online and in person. I’ve met a few weird ones too. I’ve heeded your advice on places to eat and things to see while on road trips.  I’ve shared in life’s blessings and sorrows with many of you.  I’ve shared links with fellow bloggers and we’ve discussed different things both online and in person about running a website.  Thank you! 

Sure it’s had its trials and tribulations but it’s also had its perks and peaks too.  It’s just like life, full of highs and lows and continually moving on.  I don’t know what the future will bring, but I can tell you that it’s still fun to do so I think I’ll continue doing it for a while. Thank you!

Thanks to all of you who visit – whether you stop by every once in a while or whether you’re here several times a day.  Thanks especially to those who take time to comment.  For without you this site would not exist.   Thank you.

 

Donations

Donations accepted2I’ve been having some issues with the website and posting to it.  I spent a few hours troubleshooting it Saturday and Sunday.  During these tests I changed the theme briefly and disabled all the plugins as part of the testing. 

I haven’t really solved the issues I was having, but I did manage to break the Donation plugin that was always on the right sidebar near the top.  While I was at a conference a few months ago I learned about what is said to be a better Donation plugin called Give.  So I thought I would give that one a try since I had to sort of start over in that department.  For the user it’s basically the same.  It gives me a little more control on the back end. 

It works because I received the first generous donation this afternoon.  I have some new B&P drink coasters that I thought I’d send some out to anyone who makes a donation to help support B&P. 

So, if you make a donation please make sure your address is correct with PayPal (or send me a mailing address) and expect a token of our appreciation in the mail in the near future.

 

Technical Difficulties

Website problems

Bits and Pieces was down for a few hours Tuesday evening.  A talk with tech support told me that there was some kind of “scripting error” and the best answer would be to restore a backup of the site.  So I did that and lost some of the posts and most of the comments from Tuesday. 

I was able to resurrect some of those posts but not all of them.  Everything else appears to be back and working normally.  Let me know if you find other problems besides the few missing posts.

Sorry about the inconvenience.

Malwarebytes is blocking B&P

For some reason Malwarebytes is saying B&P is a malicious site. They’ve had issues with false-positive notifications.  I ran some scans and they all say B&P is safe.  I’m not sure what caused the report if anything.

 https://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=bitsandpieces.us

http://scanurl.net/?u=bitsandpieces.us&uesb=Check+This+URL#results

http://global.sitesafety.trendmicro.com/result.php

http://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/bitsandpieces.us

Read more about Malicious Website Blocking and False-Positives here and here.

 

 

New: Quicktags in comments

QuicktgsYou can now easily make your comments (or part of them) bold or italicize them by clicking the buttons located on top left of the comment box.  You can also create a block quote and insert a link using the quicktag buttons.

As always when trying new plugins, this is a test.  Sometimes plugin incompatibilities create problems for the site and must be removed.  We will remove any plugin that creates a  problem.

B&P becomes a teenager

13TH BIRTHDAYSomehow the anniversary of the start of Bits and Pieces slipped by me. It was on March 31, 2002, that the first ever B&P post appeared. 

 Happy Belated 13th Birthday!  

13 years is a very long time for a blog to hang around.  While we don’t get as many visitors as we once did we still have a loyal following and I thank you all for tuning in week after week, month after month and year after year.  

Thank you!  … and here’s to another year!

 

B&P – New and Improved!

A sign reading new and improved on yellow backgroundWe’ve migrated this site and Bits of Wisdom  to a new server as part of a managed hosting package from our hosting provider.  What does this mean ?  The server is set up specifically for WordPress, the software platform running the sites. The site should be faster in loading and there should be less chance for downtime and if there is a problem they will deal with it much faster than when it was on the old server.  

 Update:   We’ve deactivated the Star Ratings plugin temporarily.  It’s presenting some slight problems.  Hopefully we’ll be able to reactivate it soon.

 Update II: The Star Ratings plugin has been reactivated and seems to be working fine.  Everything else seems OK too.  I migrated several sites to this new server and only one (not related to blogging) is giving me trouble.  

B&P Site Problems

Website server downBits & Pieces was down off and on quite a bit on Friday but seemed pretty normal over the next couple of days.  This morning it was experiencing frequent down time and delays in loading.  I contacted the hosting tech support and they said the server was being very erratic and that they’re working on it and think they have the problem solved.  It might take a little time to clear the backlog of requests and get back to normal.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

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