Damn you, WordPress!

How to fix “Cannot read property ‘map’ of undefined (structured-data-blocks)”

So, once again, I find myself wasting time trying to fix WordPress. While a powerful platform, it’s a neverending source of grief when trying to maintain a site with a non-trivial number of plugins. Working with a static website creator would be much more fun, and there’s a good chance the site would stay up far more, but it would take a lot of effort to set up Hugo or Gatsby – but we’ll see. We’ll see. Anyway, this time I had 2 issues with…Continue reading How to fix “Cannot read property ‘map’ of undefined (structured-data-blocks)”

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How to copy-paste a table from Excel to WordPress without using plug-ins?

So, I tried to paste a table from Excel into WordPress, and I failed. Annoying – but not a big problem. I can just paste it into an existing table and it’ll “sort itself out”, right? Well, no. Exporting the Excel sheet as a html page and copy-pasting the table from there didn’t work either. Actually, copy-pasting a table just didn’t work at all. So… WordPress is unable to understand HTML tables. Is that really it? Well, no, again, it’s not. It just refuses to…Continue reading How to copy-paste a table from Excel to WordPress without using plug-ins?

"Post-processing of the image failed likely because the server is busy or does not have enough resources. Uploading a smaller image may help. Suggested maximum size is 2500 pixels." when trying to upload a picture to WordPress.

Fixing issues with uploading pictures to WordPress Media Library

This article will go through different solutions for fixing issues with uploading pictures to your WordPress Media Library. There’s plenty of reasons that could cause this issue – and a couple of different ways to end up running into it. But fear not! I’ll be proposing a few different ways to fix the issue in your installation. Unlike some of the more aggravated users online suggest, this isn’t likely a bug in WordPress – rather, it’s a configuration / compatibility issue. Luckily, it’s usually something…Continue reading Fixing issues with uploading pictures to WordPress Media Library

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WordPress media uploads failing after year/month change? Easy fix :)

This article explains one possible fix to a situation, where your pictures in WordPress fail to show up. In this particular case, uploading, editing and even selecting pictures for your articles works – just displaying them doesn’t work. Alternatively, programmatic access might fail as well: in my case ShortPixel reported an error “There was an error and your request was not processed: Could not download file (404 Not Found)”. This was peculiar, as I was pretty sure I had just uploaded the files and they…Continue reading WordPress media uploads failing after year/month change? Easy fix :)

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WordPress blog article edit mode: No Tags or Categories visible?

This post describes a couple of useful solutions or workarounds for an awkward situation, where you can’t manage the metadata of your articles on WordPress. This hampers greatly your ability to organize your posts – and if you’re using WordPress like I’m using, also lowers the visibility of your new articles (I’m using the tags as hashtags when sharing to social channels)! We don’t want that. But what’s actually causing it? Description of the issue So you know that little panel on the right hand…Continue reading WordPress blog article edit mode: No Tags or Categories visible?

“500 Internal Server Error” after updating a WordPress site to PHP 7.3

Now for something totally different – for a change, I got to fix an issue with my own blog, so I had the chance to delve into PHP and WordPress configurations… :) PHP is an ever-evolving language – even if it might not always feel that way. The old workhorse has been powering most of the internet for a couple of decades, and weirdly enough, doesn’t really show signs of going anywhere. A huge part of the success story has been the fact that WordPress,…Continue reading “500 Internal Server Error” after updating a WordPress site to PHP 7.3

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Thanks for an amazing 2018!

Year 2018 is drawing to an end, and it’s a good time for some reflection on what an interesting year it’s been! Personally, quite a few things have happened in the last 12 months – I moved to Canada, started a new/old job, became a father, spoke at awesome events, met a lot of cool people – just tons of awesome stuff. But personal things aside, 2018 has been an interesting and rewarding time to be writing this blog! 2018 was the year when the…Continue reading Thanks for an amazing 2018!