I don’t throw the word “evil” around lightly, but the ten days since WordPress issued its 4.3 update have been a royal pain around here. And the software bugs are causing me enough trouble that I figured I should let my readers know why I’m not publishing as often as usual.
You may have noticed a few things broken on the front end of the site (the part readers see). I can’t get “top posts” to work, for instance. But on the back end where I’m working, it’s way, way messier. Some basic elements of the blog are broken thanks to the new WordPress. It’s a long, tedious process to fix everything (follow this link if you’re having the same problems and need a plain-language explanation).
For instance, it’s now virtually impossible for me to include images in new posts. Getting that picture above was a major epic.
I can’t go through a major epic every time I want to insert a screenshot! Oh, WordPress, you’re breaking my heart!
The good news is that I’m not the only person on the web having trouble with 4.3. The new update included a change that affects a large number of plugins. And even though “plug ins” sound optional, these extra pieces of code actually do a lot of the heavy lifting on a site like K-Drama Today.
Plugins allow me to keep track of a media library with thousands of images and to cache the site content on a fast server in Singapore, so that readers hopefully don’t have to wait 20 seconds for a recap to load. (Plugins also do some fun stuff, like give us the cute black and aqua “K” in the browser tab.)
WordPress is free website design software, developed in the belief that anyone should be able to share their ideas online. (The fact that it’s free is important because most bloggers never make a dime. We just want someone to read us.) It has a reasonable learning curve at the beginning and a lot of flexibility for advanced users.
I generally love WordPress. I was excited that Na Bong-Sun of Oh My Ghostess uses WordPress. Her site dashboard looks almost the same as mine (check it out above). Seeing her typing away, I felt at one with mankind, part of a noble society of bloggers around the world.
But with the 4.3 update, I feel like I need to hire a full-time computer scientist just to get it working right. Should I just go back to the earlier version of WordPress and refuse to update?
Unfortunately, I can’t do that either. Because WordPress is popular, hackers are always trying to exploit its security flaws. One of the big surprises of starting a blog was seeing messages like this on the dashboard:
The “malicious attacks” come in waves. For awhile, folks in Iraq were trying to hack in. Yes, I had my own little cyber-war with ISIS.
So is it true that WordPress 4.3 is evil? Unintentionally, yes. But it’s not as evil as ISIS.
Updates like 4.3 keep us one step ahead of the hackers, by fixing security flaws. If I didn’t update, I would be dooming K-Drama Today to a limited life span.
Don’t worry: this site has life in her yet! But it’s going to take awhile to fix everything. Last week I fixed the caching plug-ins. My goal this week: get images to work again. I’m working on a piece about Funny Hats, and what’s a piece about Funny Hats without pictures?!?
Until I get things fixed, thanks for your patience! ♥