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[Fix] Nivo Slider 1.9 Update Causing Issues

Without a shadow of a doubt, Nivo Slider is one of my favorite plugins for WordPress. Nivo Slider basically acts as a slide show for your website.  It is very easy to install and implement. Dev7studios updated their Nivo Slider a few days ago (from 1.8 to 1.9), but it created a flurry of errors for its almost 2 million users.

The update causes the slider to break and display the following error:

Warning: array_key_exists() [function.array-key-exists]: The second argument should be either an array or an object in wp-content/plugins/nivo-slider/nivo-slider.php on line 1572
 

To fix the Nivo Slider bug, simply:

  1. log into your WordPress admin panel
  2. On the left sidebar of your Admin panel, click ‘Nivo Slider’
  3. For each slider you have set up and want to fix, click ‘Edit’
  4. Once on the specific slider page, DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING.
  5. Hit ‘Update’

That’s actually all you need to do. Go to your webpage that uses the slider and refresh it to see the fixed Nivo Slider. Easy as pie!

Top 12 WordPress Plugins for 2012

Top 12 WordPress Plugins for 2012I’ve been using WordPress and WordPress plugins for 7 years.  After countless installations, imports and/or upgrades, I have finally compiled a list of of my top 12 favorite WordPress plugins for 2012 for you to install on your blog:

  1. Broken Link Checker / This is a plugin that will scan all of your blog posts and pages for URL’s that result in a 404 or other error.  You can mass-fix broken URL’s in a few clicks.
  2. Yoast SEO / Yoast is one of the more remarkable WordPress plugins of 2012. Many people suggest the All-in-One SEO Pack plugin, but I made the switch to Yoast this year and I’m glad I did. From an SEO perspective, this plugin is immaculate.  I highly recommend Yoast SEO to optimize your WordPress blog.
  3. Google Analytics for WordPress / This plugin is pretty self-explanatory, but should not be overlooked.  The plugin allows you to authenticate your Google Analytics account through your website directly from your blog’s Admin dashboard.
  4. Akismet / This is an anti-spam plugin installed by default with every WordPress installation.  You need to register for an API key in order to use Akismet.
  5. Google XML Sitemaps / Having an XML sitemap is paramount to creating a successful website or blog.  You need them to communicate to the search engines and have your website cached and follow by their robots.
  6. Feedburner Feedsmith / If you have a Feedburner account (and I recommend you should), then this plugin helps integrate an e-mail subscription form.  This should help increase the number of RSS subscribers.
  7. WordPress to Twitter / Simply put, this plugin will automatically tweet your WordPress post on your twitter account.  This comes in handy if you rely on traffic from social media sites like Twitter.
  8. JetPack
  9. Simple Facebook Connect / Another social media plugin, this will elegantly integrate your Facebook account into your WordPress.  If you have a Facebook page, this especially comes in handy.
  10. YARPP / Yet Another Related Post Plugin is self-explanatory.  For the most part, this plugin uses an algorithm that calculates, ranks and decides which posts are relevant to the page currently being viewed.  This is a great SEO technique to use by interlinking between related posts.
  11. WordPress Social Ring / This plugin adds a sharebar to  your posts that will allow your visitors to easily share your post via Google Plus, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Digg and Twitter.
  12. WordPress Mobile Pack / If you have any mobile traffic, this plugin will create a mobile version of your WordPress blog.  It even allows you to manage the layout and theme of your mobile site.  This is great if you’re looking to monetize your mobile traffic.

These made my top 12 for a reason.  If you don’t have these plugins and you have a WordPress blog, you should seriously reconsider how serious you are about having the best plugins.

Fix Weird WordPress Characters: ”, “, ’, ‘

”, “, ’, ‘If you’re anything like me, you occasionally have to re-import your WordPress blog database into your [new] server.  For whatever reason, WordPress imports the database and replaces all apostrophes, quotation marks and other characters into weird, unrecognizable gibberish.  You might recognize these characters as ”, “, ’, ‘ and plenty more.  Luckily, I found a great fix for this from a friendly blog on the web.

Simply login to your phpMyAdmin (usually from your control panel, aka Cpanel in most cases), select the WordPress database, then select ‘SQL’ at the top navigation bar.

How to modify your WordPress database to fix the weird characters

In the SQL query field, enter the following:


UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '“', '“');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '”', '”');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '’', '’');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '‘', '‘');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '–', '–');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '—', '—');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '-', '-');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '…', '…');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '“', '“');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '”', '”');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '’', '’');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '‘', '‘');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '–', '–');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '—', '—');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '-', '-');
UPDATE wp_comments SET comment_content = REPLACE(comment_content, '…', '…');

Source

Hit ‘Go’. Your window should refresh and show you what and how the query affected your database. That’s it! Go to your blog, refresh, and look at the cleanliness.

SQL Query for WordPress

For me, I had over 50 fixes. A great little SQL script for anyone.

WordPress + Windows Live Writer = Legitimacy

Yep, you guessed it.  I’m writing this Wordpres post from the Windows Live Writer application.  It came with a recent update I performed on my XP, vista and 7 machines.

 

Windows Live Writer Blob Tutorial and How To
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I have to admit that Windows Live Writer is not too shabby at all.  It’s super easy.  Go to your Windows Update on your PC/laptop and look for ‘Custom Updates’ and you should find Live Writer.

Stay tuned.