Couple of Launch Burps

Barney Gumble from the Simpsons

Barney Gumble from the Simpsons

Anyone involved with rolling out changes to production systems knows that there’s always something that goes wrong, no matter how trivial.  I was bitten by two immediate issues with this week’s relaunch.  One was fixed easily, the other not quite so quickly. For those interested, a run-down:

  1. Nuking my site and starting from scratch broke use of the WordPress for iPhone application.  I received the “Precondition Failed” error discussed in this thread on the WordPress Support Forum.  It appears I had lines in my .htaccess file which fixed this months ago, and reapplying them restored functionality once again.
  2. Alex King‘s Twitter Tools plugin — which provides the means for posting to Twitter anytime you publish on your blog — is not working.  The title of my post will appear in Twitter, but sans URL (shortened or full).  This is not a must-have feature for my site, although it does slow down my workflow to either find a fix or manually do the work a working plugin would automate.  As an alternative, Tony Cecala recommended TwitPress, but from what I read it would barf on scheduled Posts. My first plan of attack is to downgrade to a previous version of the plugin, then switch to manual updates if it continues to not work.  A few others have already discussed this on the WordPress Support forum here and here.

Never a dull moment.

Photo Credit: Rankopedia

Update 2009/09/04: downgrading Twitter Tools to 1.6b2 is the current workaround to Issue #2 above. I’m awaiting a better solution when time permits.

Author: Matthew

Husband to Jenn, father to Zachary and Penelope, blogger, artist, WordPress consultant, OpenCamp organizer, and running enthusiast. Brother, can you spare an extra hour in the day?