Plugins updates for 2.7 and more

December 15th, 2008 – 30 Comments

I’ve upgraded four plugins last night. Let me list them here one by one and what I’ve fixed:

  • Google Analytics for WordPress
    Tested with 2.7 and changed the explanation about the account ID.
  • Sociable
    Fixed an annoying custom field bug that would sometimes make duplicate custom field entries, and made sure the code was really working, so you can now disable sociable on a per post/page basis.
  • Meta Robots WordPress plugin
    Fixed the widget for the admin that allowed you to change meta robots setting on a per page basis.
    Made sure the plugin worked correctly with is_front_page() as well as is_home().
  • Blog Metrics
    Fixed two division by zero warnings that would occur when people installed blog metrics on an empty blog.
  • Breadcrumbs
    Fixed the plugin to work on blogs where the front page and posts page had been defined differently, as well as blogs where WordPress is installed in a subdirectory.

Support for my plugins

I’ve also changed the way I’m going to handle plugin bug reports and support requests. From now on, each plugin page points to its own support tag page on the WordPress support forums. There I can handle questions all at once, instead of getting a gazillion emails each day about issues I’m already either working on or have fixed.

You’ll find the forums by clicking on the “search help” icon next to the download icon.

30 Responses to Plugins updates for 2.7 and more

  1. Ricky Buchanan
    By Ricky Buchanan on 15 December, 2008

    Thanks as always for these plugin updates and information. Google Analytics and Sociable have been upgraded on my not-yet-2.7 blog with no drama.

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 15 December, 2008

      Good to hear that Ricky!

  2. David
    By David on 15 December, 2008

    Why don’t you use ? It’s a good service ;-)

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 15 December, 2008

      @David because that is not integrated with the download pages on :)

  3. Chris Abernethy
    By Chris Abernethy on 15 December, 2008

    Awesome to see these updates, and thanks *very much* for fixing the Sociable duplicate custom field problem! Regarding using external customer service apps, UserVoice is also a good option… I recently released a UserVoice WordPress Plugin. It’s pretty cool because you can submit issue reports as well as suggest and vote for new features.

  4. Patrick Daly
    By Patrick Daly on 15 December, 2008

    Joost, it look me like 5 minutes to figure out where your new support link was….I thought the magnifying/help image was part of the download image so I just kept scanning past it. Just a heads up.

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 15 December, 2008

      Yeah I’m not too happy with the icon yet… Have any hints on what would be a better way?

      • Wesley
        By Wesley on 17 December, 2008

        I’d just add “download” and “Need help?” links under these icons, but that might not look too pretty :)

  5. Wesley
    By Wesley on 16 December, 2008

    Thanks for updating that sociable bug :)

    PS: Just wondering if you got my email?

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 16 December, 2008

      Yes I did, I’ll answer in a bit! :)

  6. Steven
    By Steven on 16 December, 2008

    Thank you for updating, I still love your plugins.

    A small note (I’m not sure whether this concerns the Robots Meta plugin, or if it’s a bug in WordPress):
    I installed the plugin (for the first time on a fresh blog) using the new plugin browser in WordPress 2.7. However, the Robots Meta plugin was not working. It was installed and I could change the settings, but nothing showed up in the source (even though I had a wp_head() call). I installed several other plugins and they all worked (also other plugins that need wp_head()).
    When I installed 3.0.10, I still got nothing. When I tried version 3.0, I got an error message, so at least I knew the plugin was called. Then I updated using the plugin menu and it finally works :)

    Again, I’m not sure whether it’s the plugin, WordPress, or me, but if someone else bumps into the same problem, perhaps this post is helpful.

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 16 December, 2008

      Hmm I’ll see if I hear any other complaints of this, doesn’t “sound” familiar.

      • cilene
        By cilene on 18 December, 2008

        Does work well. I am use old version to Google Analytics for WordPress, RSS Footer, Sociable; new versions doesnt work well in my blogging.

  7. Stephen
    By Stephen on 16 December, 2008

    Thanks a lot for updating Sociable so quickly!

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 16 December, 2008

      My pleasure Stephen, thanks for stopping by :)

  8. San Diego dentist
    By San Diego dentist on 17 December, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Just came across you blog. Great WP info.

    What WP theme would you suggest for the best SEO friendly design?
    One associate says I should use the free Cutline theme.
    I would like to hear your suggestions on best SEO theme and best SEO plugings to go with the one you suggest.


    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 18 December, 2008

      I’d go with either Thesis or the Woothemes ones.

  9. Rich
    By Rich on 18 December, 2008

    Well done on getting your plugins updated to work with the shiny new 2.7 release so quickly Joost, and thanks for the awesome SEO article too – some very useful tips in there. I’d have posted this comment in there really to thank you for it but couldn’t see how, so this seemed as good a place as any :) Thanks!

  10. john
    By john on 19 December, 2008

    I finally got my account approved for linking Adsense and Analytics. The only change is an additional script that needs to get added to the header. Will you be modifying the GA for WP plugin to add this?

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 21 December, 2008

      The latest version of my Analytics plugin can do that :)

      • john
        By john on 21 December, 2008

        Works great, thanks!

  11. Sean Terry
    By Sean Terry on 19 December, 2008

    Thanks for the GREAT site!!!

    I am having an issue with getting my blog indexed into Google, here is what I am using for tools:

    1. All in One SEO (optimized Title, Description and Keywords
    2. XML-Sitemap
    3. Modified Permalinks

    Here is what I do after every post:

    1. Digg it
    2. Delicious it
    3. Stumble it
    4. Google Book Mark it
    5. Google Submit URL
    6. Ping it
    7. Feedage It
    8. Technorati it
    9. Yahoo Book Marks
    10. DMOZ

    After doing all these things still my posts are not getting in indexed for the long tail keywords. The dig posts get indexed and I get traffic for several days and then it drops off for some reason.

    Please let me know what I’m missing.


  12. James
    By James on 20 December, 2008

    Great service, thanks for the updates all my blogs use Google Analytics for WordPress and Sociable. I’ll need to give the others a go.

  13. richard baxter
    By richard baxter on 20 December, 2008

    Hi Joost, hope you’re good. Just a quick note – I noticed RSS Footer lost the “Content to put in the footer” data when I upgraded to 2.7. Have you heard anything like this from anyone else? Have a great Christmas and all the best!!

  14. [mad]Berry van der Linden
    By [mad]Berry van der Linden on 21 December, 2008

    Hey Joost,

    Just a quick note it might be a good idea to add #content to all the important part of the sociable style sheet. This would solve a lot of problems for the people having CSS problems.

    Thanks for keeping sociable up to date,

    [mad]Berry van der Linden

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 21 December, 2008

      No, that wouldn’t work on loads of blogs, as quite a few themes have a #main or another name for their main content div.

      • [mad]Berry van der Linden
        By [mad]Berry van der Linden on 22 December, 2008

        Maybe you should include a little blurb about it in the:

        Change the text displayed in front of the icons below. For complete customization, copy the contents of sociable.css in the Sociable plugin directory to your theme’s style.css and disable the use of the sociable stylesheet below.

        To make it clear for people.

        [mad]Berry van der Linden

  15. karl
    By karl on 28 December, 2008

    Hi I have a problem, I have installed: Meta Robots WordPress plugin and Sociable, but i show an error on the frontpage: Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /public_html/wp-content/plugins/robots-meta/yoast-posts.php on line 43

    I do not know what it means. Please help me to fix it. Although the plugin Sociable still working on the site.


    • Blogging2U
      By Blogging2U on 2 January, 2009

      i’m facing the same problem. it shows this on my dashboard :
      Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /home/izah/public_html/ on line 43

      but my sociable is working great

  16. Tarot
    By Tarot on 23 March, 2009

    Hola, gracias por los plugins son muy interesantes, estoy probando y realmente merece la pena. Thank you for this, congratulations for yor site.

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