List of things to fix in UMW Blogs since upgrade to WPMu 2.8.1

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Gratuitous image for Joss Winn, cause I love web fat!
Image credit: “Gratuitous pussy shot” by bl1nk

  1. Issue with überadmin not being able to login into users’ blogs. The user blog still recognized me as a siteadmin and would show me edit links, etc., but could not access backend.
    Fixed! Solution: Caused my the ardx.php plugin in mu-plugins (that has been deleted)
  2. BuddyPress 1.0.3 is creating havoc in the backend ajax. All sorts of things won’t work, and it generally makes the backend unusable. No image uploads, timestamp changes, etc.
    Not Fixed. BuddyPress de-activated, searching for solution, think it may be a plugin conflict—though ruled out a mu-plugin conflict. This one has got me on the ropes. Update: Turns out this was an issue with WPMu 2.8.1, when I upgraded to 2.8.2 this issue stopped.
  3. For some reason Anarchy Media Player freaked out on me today as well. [What a nightmare today and yesterday have been.]
    Fixed. Went to An-archos site and downloaded a fresh version of Anarchy media Player for WPMu, things seem to be working fine now.
  4. Yesterday got a note that a student could not add a tag to her post. Seemed odd, but when I tried to log into her blog, however, the first issue on this list came to my attention 🙂 After I finally fixed that, I realized she was right, I killed myself over this for a bit today, and still have no solution. But I think if you try to add a pre-existing tag or category to another post in the same blog it will not take (at least that’s the case on UMW Blogs). This is a huge bug, and I’m not sure if others are having a similar issue, or if it is tied to global tag/category tables and multi-db. I’m still stumped here.
    Not Fixed. This one is gonna take some testing and I think the last of my hair will be gone by the time it is ready to go. Update: this issue was finally resolved, turns out the multi-db database setup was causing this issue. Special thanks to D’Arcy Norman for figuring out the issue, and posting a plea on the Premium WPMuDev forums for a fix.

How do I feel about hosting a blogging platform and the idea that this is becoming a system? Well, now’s probably not the best time for that discussion, honcho. System? Fragile? DIY? Some things just ain’t easy, and that’s why they’re good, innovation ain’t free even though nobody is paying me to kick web ass.

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4 Responses to List of things to fix in UMW Blogs since upgrade to WPMu 2.8.1

  1. AJ Williams says:

    Thanks for taking the hit on this one for the upgrade. I have been itching to apply it to my site but am re considering after your experiences.

  2. Andre Malan says:

    Did you follow the 42 step program correctly Hmmm?

    I know that Automattic does unit testing before they release a new version of WordPress, I wonder how hard it would be for them to create a service that allows self-hosted users to do the same thing. That way, we would have a way to just test everything when we upgrade on our test servers instead of “click around and hope like hell”.

    Good luck!

  3. Reverend says:

    @AJ Williams,
    I think most people aren’t having these issues, which makes me think there is something about my setup. But a quick note for you, if I gave you some mu-plugins, be sure the ardx.php is not in there, it creates login havoc.

    @Andre,
    I actually took bbPress offline because my cookies were so shot. I may try the 42 step program, but I am getting exhausted. All this talk about scarce resources and UMW Blogs, they’re scarce all right—I can attest to that first hand.

  4. Joss Winn says:

    LOL! Love the Pussy, Jim 🙂

    I upgraded to 2.8.1-alpha and BP 1.0.3 yesterday and so far haven’t seen any problems. The unfiltered-mu plugin didn’t work in /mu-plugins/ but seems fine when dropped into /plugins/ and activated site-wide.

    Are you running the alpha version from the 2.8 branch that donncha asked people to test? It’s better than the 2.8.1 release.

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