Handlebarmoustachelife.com is Rescued from Oblivion
Emergency Repairs to My WordPress Installation!
Don’t mess with handlebar moustache life! lol
Well, this web site just dodged a bullet. I did an automatic update to WordPress February 7 and it trashed the whole thing! Really, it was the layout. Several rows of junk code was at the top of each page due to an error, and when I did a system update for the whole site hoping to fix it, that was a bit corrupted and all the sidebar widgets were trashed, so I put it in Maintenance Mode until I had time to fix it.
Fortunately, I was able to repair the installation rather than having to re-install the whole thing. I had to download the full install file package for the latest WordPress version and manually replace the files on my serve via FTP transfer using FileZilla, a free FTP program. It was a great relief that it worked.
I’ve made a few minor changes and made the site template a bit wider to accommodate some widgets, but things are back to mostly normal.
- I restored the Google calendar events listing plugin (All-in-One Events Calendar) to show Moustache and Beard competition events.
Added Upcoming Events widget to right sidebar instead of list of all posts on the site. (Removed this as it was adding a lot of time to the page load. Events are still listed on the Competitions page.)
- Found another plugin (called Auto-hyperlink URLs) to turn the web addresses in the listed events in it into clickable hyperlinks! Score!
- I also added page caching to speed up page loading in your browser.
- Optimized the header image so it is about 35 kb instead of 244 kb.
- Added a Lazy Load plugin to load images only as you scroll the page to bring them into view.
- I added a new feature where you can click a link to add a post you like to a personalized list of favorite posts which you can view later using a link at the right end of the menu bar.
- Got the mobile theme working again.
- Added plugin to insert alt and title tags for images site-wide to improve SEO.
- Figured out how to get my post lists to be more centered on the center column of the page using CSS.
- There is a new Site Map page as well to give you better navigation and make it easier to find things.
- There have also been a few updates to some posts.
- Installed a backup plugin (see below) that sends the backup as a zip file to my DropBox account on a scheduled basis.
- Downloaded all my uploaded images to my hard drive via ftp.
- Renamed a few things on the menu bar.
- Added a post expiry plugin (Electric Studio Auto Post Expire) to use for for posts announcing events.
- Installed a maintenance mode plugin.
- Added breadcrumbs below menu bar.
- Updated other plugins.
- Deleted unused plugins I know don’t work well for me.
- Installed a good SEO plugin (called WordPress SEO) and have begun updating posts and pages to utilize that.
- Started adding captions and alt text to images (that will take a while).
- I still need to set thumbnail images for about 8 posts but the featured image function in this version of WordPress has a bug that makes it complicated so that may wait.
I guess you could say I’ve been busy here.
Sorry for the interruption. Word to the wise: backup everything properly before doing that, and never allow self-scheduled updated to the system if you haven’t backed up first. One I am now using is called BackWPup. Also, you will want to install plugins from downloaded zip files rather than auto-install. That way if you auto-update a plugin later and it breaks things you can revert to the previous version by uninstalling the new one and installing the old one instead. If you already have a lot installed I suggest just downloading the plugins folder via ftp.