Issues with some of my plugins

July 17th, 2008 – 58 Comments

Some of you have noticed that there are some issues with the settings of my plugins. Unfortunately WordPress 2.6 exposed a bug in some of my plugins, that could only be fixed by changing the way these plugin store their settings.

So, if you’re using the Google Analytics plugin, the robots meta plugin and / or RSS footer, you’ll have to update to the latest version of the plugin and set all your settings again… A big big sorry from my side for the inconvenience, and a big thank you to all of you who’ve emailed me about it!

58 Responses to Issues with some of my plugins

  1. brett
    By brett on 3 November, 2009

    Using WP2.85 – Meta Robots settings on individual page always reset to “index, follow” after selecting any other option and updating page. Same result when disabling analytics plugin( current version).

  2. Nick Wilsdon
    By Nick Wilsdon on 29 August, 2009

    Hey Joost,

    Yep I have the same issue with my blogs – unable to put in the GA code or save any info. Tried pressing the reset button and deleting/installing the latest version. Seems some are having this trouble over at the WP forum too..

    I’d be happy for you to take a look at the admin section if that helps? I’ll try and catch you on Skype/Twitter with the logins.

  3. BethanyK
    By BethanyK on 18 August, 2008


    I have WP 2.5 and GA plugin 2.5 and our Plugin stopped working on the 22’nd of July. I reset the settings and the Analytics website says it’s still receiving data and I have checked the tracking code and the settings and everything looks okay, but we know we’re getting more traffic than what GA is telling us. And it’s now not showing us anything from the 22’nd of July to yesterday.

    We keep getting phone calls from people telling us that they found us through the blog, but GA isn’t giving us those numbers. Something is up between the plugin and Analytics and I’m not sure as to what.

  4. IWByte
    By IWByte on 13 August, 2008

    @Erik – thanks – I didn’t think of that – duh!

    All working now.

  5. Erik
    By Erik on 13 August, 2008

    Try to log out and look for the code again.if you are logged in as administrator the plugin does not show the code by default (can be turned off in settings).

  6. IWByte
    By IWByte on 13 August, 2008

    Ditto on the data not being sent after a WP2.6 upgrade. I did do a reset – GA web site says its recieving data, but I don’t see any javascript in the source code of any of my pages. I did have this statement in footer.php:
    <?php do_action(‘wp_footer’, ”); ?>
    and added
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>
    just in case, but still don’t see it – any suggestions?

  7. John Allen
    By John Allen on 5 August, 2008

    trying agian…
    <?php wp_footer(); ?>

  8. John Allen
    By John Allen on 5 August, 2008

  9. Andrew
    By Andrew on 1 August, 2008

    Okay so I can’t write anything that looks like code in the box. I’m not sure how to show you how mine is written.

  10. Andrew
    By Andrew on 1 August, 2008

    Sorry that did write out because of the code:

    It should read:

  11. Andrew
    By Andrew on 1 August, 2008

    Could someone please explain how the wp_footer() call should be written into footer.php?

    Currently I have:

    This is at the very bottom of the footer.php file in my theme directory.


  12. Scott
    By Scott on 1 August, 2008

    Joost, that worked! Adding the wp_footer() call worked. :)

  13. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 1 August, 2008

    yes, make sure you have a wp_footer() call in your theme’s footer.php

  14. Scott
    By Scott on 1 August, 2008

    I’m also running into some problems with the new upgrades. After upgrading the Analytics plugin and WordPress to 2.6 my Google stats stopped working. The bug with all fields switching to ‘a’ happened, but then I reset the fields and inputted the UA string and made sure the administrator is tracked. I still show nothing in the source and my stats are not being tracked…

    Any ideas?

  15. Spanish SEO
    By Spanish SEO on 30 July, 2008


    Following Michael Gray’s advice about disabling personalized search with your plugin, now my default Google is .es in Spanish instead of .com in English.

    How can I remove the plugin or fix the issue with FF 3.0?

    Your feedback is appreciated.

  16. HL
    By HL on 28 July, 2008

    They’re really great plugins and we use them on a lot of blog installs. We have no issues with updating knowing that they provide a great service. :)

  17. Maxime Guernion
    By Maxime Guernion on 24 July, 2008

    For the moment, I pasted the Google Anaytics tracking code myself into my theme and the GAP is now working. It is ok, there is no false data like 2x pages view or 0% bounce rate, and the tracking for outbound links is working.

  18. Andrew
    By Andrew on 24 July, 2008

    So after uninstalling, and re-installing the latest GAP, I am still receiving no data for Google Analytics.

    Time to try a different plugin since it has been a week and a half…

  19. oeroek
    By oeroek on 23 July, 2008

    The bugs that seem to effect only part of the users are the worst to solve.

  20. Claudine
    By Claudine on 23 July, 2008

    I also have been struggling. Realized the Google Analytics plugin stopped working when I upgraded to WP 2.6 on the 15th. I upgraded to the new version of the plugin and then to the next version which I saw a couple of days later. And then realized about the reset button. However even after I changed the settings and re-added my User Account, the plugin isn’t working. FYI

  21. Andrew
    By Andrew on 23 July, 2008

    I tried resetting yesterday and this morning there was no change in the status of the plugin. I just uninstalled the plugin and reinstalled it to see if that helps but it will take awhile before I see any results.

  22. oeroek
    By oeroek on 23 July, 2008

    I am curious if any of the people with issues where able to solve their problems with the reset button

  23. minorio
    By minorio on 23 July, 2008

    Hi guys,
    I’ve just noticed that the Google Analytics plugin has stopped working since 3 days ago. I believe it was caused by the plugin update, because I upgraded to WP 2.6 a few days before the plugin update. And I could get the Google Analytics tracking record even with WP 2.6 until I updated the plugin.

    Now, my blog is running on WP 2.6 with Google Analytics plugin v.2.6.3 installed. As oeroek suggested, I clicked the “Reset all settings” button and re-entered the Analytics User Account (UA-*******-*). Then it started working again! Thank you all.

  24. Binary Ant
    By Binary Ant on 22 July, 2008

    I found 2 issues, always wp2.6 and plugin 2.6.3:

    1. In blogs where it was running properly, after WP2.6 upgrade (or plugin update, i don’t know) it stopped working, no more data in Analytics, but no error message in Analytics
    2. In new blogs (with a WP2.6 installation) when I want to setup the plugin with Analytics ID, Google Analytics can’t detect the tracking code provided by the plugin. It says “Tracking Not Installed “.

    Joost, I trust in you but I need my blog, however I can make a new installation in a subfolder if you want, and you can test with WP2.5, WP2.6 and the different versions of the plugin

    PD: I didn’t try the reset button, I’ll try right now.

  25. Andrew
    By Andrew on 22 July, 2008

    I just replaced them when mine didn’t work. I have tried resetting now and will see if it works out.

    Thanks for the tip.

  26. oeroek
    By oeroek on 22 July, 2008

    Did you guys use the reset button or just replace the “a” chars. I remember that my analytics plugin started to work again after i used the reset button and subsequently put in my new settings.

  27. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 22 July, 2008

    Hi Binary Ant, is the plugin running right now? Does any of you have the trust in me to email me your admin login and password for your blog so I can find the issue?

  28. Andrew
    By Andrew on 22 July, 2008

    Binary Ant is having the exact same problem as me and bunch of other people.

  29. Binary Ant
    By Binary Ant on 22 July, 2008

    Google Analytics latest version doesn’t work in my WP 2.6 :S . First of all my plugin configuration was erased (replaced by “a” chars) and when I corrected it the plugin still didn’t work.

    Does anybody has the same issues? Somebody fixed it?

    Thanks in advance.

  30. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 22 July, 2008

    @Andrew so far, it’s been working fine on my sites… I need to find a reproducable bug :)

  31. Andrew
    By Andrew on 22 July, 2008

    Has anything been resolved with regards to the 2.6.3 version of the GAP not picking up data with WP 2.6?

    Thanks for all the hard work!


  32. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 21 July, 2008

    @Maxime: it should appear,but note that, by default, it does NOT track the admin, so if you’re logged in you won’t see a code…

  33. Maxime Guernion
    By Maxime Guernion on 20 July, 2008

    Hi Joost, thx for the update. I had the same bug as Shane, but now it’s ok for this one. I use WP 2.6 and the last update of Google Analytics (2.6.3), but I still have bugs :
    – “it’s shown in bold in the example below” : nothing in bold, the UA number is not here (even after typing the UA number in the field).
    – “This plugin easily adds your Google Analytics tracking code to all pages within your blog.” : nothing appeared in the code of my blog, I just type my UA in the field, “update”, I think it is all I have to do ? Or did I miss something ? So now I don’t have any stats for my blog with this new version of the plugin.
    – When I clic “update”, the plugin break my dashboard. But it’s ok after a second clic on a link to reload the dashboard.


  34. Rob
    By Rob on 18 July, 2008

    I have installed the meta-robots plugin but am a bit hesitant to initiate. I know I am having some duplicate content issues such as tag pages getting indexed but do not want to shoot myself in the food and hit the wrong button blocking everything. I had sent an email a while back requesting some assistance but did not hear back “I know you are a busy guy” Is there someone who might be able to tell me which buttons i should select for my particular site ( I want to have my permalinks indexed but not any other dupe.



  35. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Eirk: thx, it’s good to get such feedback :)

  36. Eirk
    By Eirk on 17 July, 2008

    Joost –

    Thanks for your efforts with these plug-ins. Software problems related to infrastructure changes are always frustrating, and must be quite so when your work is freely available.

    Thanks also for your enthusiasm for WorkPress blogging and SEO.


  37. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Ian I know, working on that atm.

  38. Ian Parker
    By Ian Parker on 17 July, 2008


    Thanks for the quick fix to the Sociable plug-in. It’s now displaying properly with WordPress 2.6. However, it appears that drag-n-drop functionality is not working in WordPress 2.6. It does work in WP 2.5.1. Just thought I’d let you know. Thanks again.


  39. Remkus
    By Remkus on 17 July, 2008

    @ Joost: Thanks! I’ll let you know my findings as soon I can use the automatic upgrade… I’ll let you know. Alvast bedankt!

  40. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Shane: issue found and fixed in Google Analytics for WordPress 2.6.3.

  41. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Remkus: 0.8.1 should fix that.

  42. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Remkus: found the issue, update coming soon!

  43. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 17 July, 2008

    @Shane: let me test that, thx!

    @Remkus: I’ll try to reproduce (and then fix) that!

    @Ian: found that bug, will fix it, was actually my own fault ;)

  44. Ian Parker
    By Ian Parker on 17 July, 2008

    There appears to be an issue with the Sociable plug-in and WordPress 2.6 as well. The sociable_tagline does not seem to display. I don’t know if it is failing to be stored or what, but the (previously a span, I think) does not display the tagline or the description. Am I doing something wrong? I have looked at the CSS as well and it doesn’t appear to be the problem, although the CSS is for a span and the PHP is writing out a div. But that should not prevent the data from displaying, I wouldn’t think. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  45. Adrienne
    By Adrienne on 17 July, 2008

    Wicked fast update to the Slideshare plugin. Works great after I give a width in the settings. Thanks!

  46. Remkus
    By Remkus on 17 July, 2008

    Thanks for the heads up! I upgraded right away – the RSS Footer plugin that is – but after updating I go to the settings screen (which is blanc) and after I fill my text I try and save.. try is the key word there. It won’t save my new settings. Is anyone else having those problems?

  47. Adrienne
    By Adrienne on 17 July, 2008

    Thank you for making the Slideshare plugin – we use it every week to add sermon notes to our church web page. Unfortunately, the 1.2 version does not play nicely with WordPress 2.6. I had a 1.0 copy of the plugin lying around and reverted back to that. Let me know if you have other solutions.

  48. oeroek
    By oeroek on 17 July, 2008

    I just tried it but could not reproduce your error. Did you try to use the “reset all settings button”

  49. Shane
    By Shane on 17 July, 2008

    Thank you for the plugins, Joost, and thanks for the update. One thing I’m running into with the latest Google Analytics plugin is the field for “Prefix for outbound clicks from within comments” goes blank every time I try to save my settings. All of the other fields keep the data as they should, but that one field keeps going blank. Anyone else experiencing that?

  50. oeroek
    By oeroek on 17 July, 2008

    dmn, i did not even check the rest. This is a pity. How can a simple regular update of WP have such an adverse effect on multiple plugins?

  51. Gabriel Bianconi
    By Gabriel Bianconi on 17 July, 2008

    It’s not just YOUR plug-ins… LOTS of plug-ins are having problems…

  52. oeroek
    By oeroek on 17 July, 2008

    Thx for the update. I noted the bug in the Google Analytics plugin and also found the reset button.

    The thing I did not note yet was the robots meta plugin. IN its new default setting all possible links are checked so vertually all links you can influence are set to nofollow. Make sure that you check your settings before Google starts to ignore certain pages you didn\t expect.

  53. martijn
    By martijn on 17 July, 2008

    When all the input fields start showing some bogus information (like a’s ), just click the ‘reset fields’ button, when you don’t know what the original settings were. From there, start reconfiguring. thx for this tip Joost!

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