Today while updating one of my blogs I received a notice via the WordPress Dashboard that it was time to update a plugin. The notice was for the “Tweet Old Posts” plugin, which made me cringe a bit. The last time this plugin was triggered for an update, those of us who didn’t check our settings were sending out tweets with just the URL, which made it look as though you were spamming our followers. Luckily Ileane Smith, of Basic Blog Tips sent me a Tweet about this update error, with a link to her blog that explained what needed to be done to correct it. Problem solved…
Now forward to today, with me being fully aware that I might have to check the settings again, I began the “Tweet Old Posts” update. When it was done, I froze with terror; I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My control panel was gone; all I had now was a white screen with some verbiage about a fatal error. Not only was the error affecting my control panel, it was also appearing on the homepage and any other link to my website… OMG, I panicked and thought…. My website is gone! I remembered Anderson Curry’s words, “You know you need to back up your blog girl, because some of the WordPress updates can jack your website up.” Anderson is always full of advice and even though I think I am a know it all (Cause I am) I hadn’t backed up my site so I was pissed and Anderson was right… I should have backed up my site.
How to fix the “Tweet Old Posts” Fatal Error? Well….
Fortunately I didn’t let myself get too crazy before I noticed the path that was given in the error. It was simple, all I had to do was use an FTP program, follow the path and delete the Plugin which is exactly what I did, problem solved right?… except…. I need the plugin… So, I tried to reinstall the plugin via download because “tweeting old posts” is an important tool for building traffic to my website. It also serves as reminder to my followers about tips they may have forgotten. I again got the same error but this time the error was only in control panel and this time the control panel didn’t disappear…. I know… not good… but Hey… My website was still in tact so I am happy about that.
So for those of you who use the “Tweet Old Posts” plugin I suggest you wait a few days before you do the update and let Ajay Matharu, the creator of this wonderful plugin, give us the all clear to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
Update August 16th: The power of the Internet and Social Media is a wonderful thing. If you have already updated your “Tweet Old Posts” plugin and do not have the previous version saved somewhere. Guorilla Media has found a website that will allow you to download the previous working version of the plugin. For people like us who just can’t live without this plugin, you can download the previous version of the the “Tweet Old Posts” plugin here. Thanks so much Guorilla Media to finding this solution.
Update August 25th: The “Tweet Old Posts” Plugin has been updated and is now functional. I updated the plugin just yesterday and and suffered no crashes and it is Tweeting my posts perfectly.Aries – Graphic Design & Internet Marketing / AriesGDIM Tami Highbaugh-Abdullah Creative Marketing Director 317.345.4182 Tami@ariesgdim.com AriesGDIM.com / AriesGraphicDesign.com @ariesgdim – Twitter Google+ AriesGDIM
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