WordPress hell


BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

7 Responses

  1. Loy says:

    Hey BJ, Looks like you’ve had some pretty good advice. I have none to offer except to say that I understand your frustrations with technical stuff…I had to hire a professional to get my ‘free’ blog up and running. Of course I can scarcely run my HD tv without making a phone call to one of my kids! LOL In my blog, I have an entire section of posts under the heading of ‘Blog-A-Rrhea’. Good luck.

  2. Janea Kelley says:

    I’m sorry this experience has been so frustrating for you. I don’t know if your theme has the option for a “featured photo” when you upload images to the site — but if it does, use that option and photos within your posts should appear in a related posts block.

    With video, I’ve found that the easiest way is to embed the video using the code provided by YouTube. You can even customize the size of the video window in order to make it fit your column width. If the default iframe code doesn’t work, check the “use old embed code” box and you’ll get the ” ” code that used to be YouTube’s default.

    Some of the issues you’re having probably are related to conflicts between the code in your theme and the code in your plugins. Unfortunately, free themes sometimes have this problem — particularly when WordPress upgrades come out or you don’t do theme or plugin upgrades.

    I peeked under the hood at your source code to find out what theme you’re using, and I don’t know if you know this, but the developer does offer a support forum. You’ll have to get a wordpress.org username if you don’t have one already, but I’ve found that developers are pretty responsive. http://wordpress.org/support/theme/chip-zero

    • BJ says:


      This is awesome. Glad to hear from a WP pro. I do have the featured image option, and will try that out. I’ll also check out the theme support forum.
      From what I understand, the YouTube issue is pretty common. I’ll try your suggestions.

  3. Through my job, I work with five different WP blogs, all with different plug-ins. They seem to work pretty well (albeit there’s the constant niggling to “upgrade,” which always scares me). Perhaps the most frustrating problem is getting a proper wrap around photos; eventually figured that out. One of them is a video-intensive site that uses JetPack, and the video grabber is built into WordPress.
    Over the three years I’ve been here, I’ve gotten better at figuring out things though I do recall a few frustrating moments. And I do wish there was a Real Human for support.
    Then, there’s my ExclusivelyCats blog, which I do like and is great for a freebie. I’ve held off going further because I just don’t have the time and extra money to pay for the .org. Took me a while to figure out that google adsense doesn’t work on a non=paid site.
    BTW, JaneA Kelly is a real WP pro.

  4. BJ says:

    Comments are back. I think I figured out what happened. But how do I get images to link over to related posts

  5. dawn says:

    BJ, I sent a comment through your contact form to see if I could help.

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