Last week, I needed a plugin to automatically fix the rotation of JPEG images using the orientation data inside them but was surprised to see that there is no plugin that does that. Naturally, I wrote one myself and having some free time yesterday, I also made it available in the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Now here is the interesting part…
A few minutes ago, I googled the name of the plugin to see if anyone wrote anything about it only to see that about 7 hours after the release of the plugin, johnbillion opened a ticket about it requesting it to be implemented in core. As a result of that ticket, about an hour ago, an old ticket regarding this issue is brought back to the table to be considered for the next release.
This feature may or may not make it to the next version of WordPress or any version of WordPress for that matter but once again I realized how awesomely agile the WordPress community is.
Some users are encountering a Fatal Error while trying to activate the plugin. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, that is because PHP is unable to load the php_sockets extension PemFTP needs. Even though this really is the reason why some users are encountering that error, they actually should not be. If there wasn’t a bug in the code that decides which implementation it should choose, it should have fallen back to the pure PHP implementation whenever php_sockets extension is not available. To reproduce this bug, you need to run PHP in Safe Mode and disable the php_sockets installation. Since the bug was in the library that comes with the WordPress by default and none of my testing environments had such configuration, it was hard to spot the cause at the first place. Luckily, I managed to find the bug and opened a ticket to bring this to the attention of Core Developers of WordPress. And today, it is marked for commit which means that WordPress 3.4 will have this bug fixed.
I want to thank everyone who brought this error to my attention on behalf of all WordPress users because you helped fixing a bug that had been there since WordPress 2.5. You guys rock!
Good news everyone, I found the problem. This error only occurs if php_sockets extension is not enabled, as PemFTP needs it to operate.
Please contact your hosting company and tell them to enable php_sockets extension -at least temporarily- to be able to use WordPress Move. Once it is enabled and your web server is restarted, you will be able to activate the plugin.
This is something beyond WordPress Move, so I cannot do anything else about this issue unfortunately.
Thank you all for your interest in WordPress Move!
Minimalento is a lightweight theme based on Chunk by Automattic. It is being developed with HTML5 in mind and even though it is still under development, you can always get the latest copy of it from GitHub.
After 2,5 months, I finally released WordPress Move 1.3 yesterday. There are actually so many things I am planning to add but I don’t want to rush and cause a huge mess. I really enjoy developing it and thinking how to make it simpler and easier to use. There are much more capable solutions than WordPress Move but I think most of them (if not all of them) are way more complicated than they should be. I will always do my best to keep WordPress Move a simple, capable and free solution for migration purposes.
Changelog for 1.3
- Explanation for Change Domain Name is rephrased.
- Simple and Advanced Migration methods are merged.
- Meta boxes are added to the migration page.
- A database backup converter is integrated to convert WordPress-Move-only database backup files to generic SQL files.
- Backup files to use for restoration can now be selected right on the Restore page.
- Empty HTML files are added to backup directories to prevent them being listed by people trying to access the directory via their browsers.
On this very machine, along with this blog, I host many WordPress installations for development purposes. Some use the latest stable version while some use nightly builds. A few weeks ago, I decided to write a simple bash script to automate this process. It runs once a day and keeps all my installations up-to-date. You can get it from GitHub as usual.
If you are a WordPress Move user, than you might probably have tried to use the database backup created by WordPress Move outside the plugin and failed. WordPress Move creates database backups by serializing SQL queries to make parsing it easier so they are not in the plain-text form that you can use outside WordPress Move. Even though this works like a charm, at some point you may need an actual backup of your database which is why I wrote this small script that converts WordPress-Move-only database backups into generic SQL files. You simply put the files you want to convert into the directory called in and run the script to get converted versions of them from the directory called out. I also integrated this script right into the Backup Manager of WordPress Move with the version 1.3 I released yesterday. You can obtain the script from GitHub.