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[resolved] [Plugin: CataBlog] Bugs (58 posts)

  1. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Help me keep track of and find new bugs in CataBlog here, just post to the thread with a bug or comment about the plugin and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks.

    Zach

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/catablog/

  2. bobcouttie
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm afraid Catablog pretty much put my site out of business and nobody seems to know how to fix it.

    Sorry.

    It caused too much damage.

  3. bobcouttie
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also destroyed a wordpress site on localhost.

  4. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Same here!
    This plugin completely destroyed my active website.
    I had no other plugins installed that could have caused a conflict.
    I managed to add 2 catalog items with no problem,but when I added the third one,the page went blank and every single page in my wordpress installation went blank!
    I couldn't even access admin to try and disable the plugin, since it effectively destroyed everything.

    Days and days of work on this site, now down the drain...
    I had no option but to completely deleted my wordpress installation and now have to recreate the whole site again.
    Very disappointing indeed!

  5. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    PS. The site was sitting on my own server and not hosted by WordPress.

  6. Yes, just manually deactivate the plugins (as described in the article linked to above) and all should be fine, as long as you never reactivate that plugin.

  7. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanx for that link, but too late now as I have already deleted the whole installation which off course resulted in me loosing everything else that I had installed in subfolders in my root directory.
    I am sooo upset!
    Before deleting wordpress, I tried to fix things by deleting plug-in via ftp, but it made no difference. Then I went on server and dropped all tables for catalog, but also did not make a difference. Hence my decision to delete everything.

    Which I had the info in the link you gave me,before I deleted wordpress.

  8. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ok, so I guess I need to bookmark this page, and offer better support. I apologize so much for making anyone feel like they had to delete their entire WordPress installation. For me simply moving catablog out of the plugins directory fixed WordPress in all cases. For a more thorough explanation look at my blog page that talks about the specific cause of the problem.

    WordPress Plugin Designs and Memory Leaks

    I also hope that we all understand that this plugin is absolutely free and still not considered by me to be a stable release, meaning use at your own risk. I can not help if people do not backup their WordPress installations. For the most part it is as easy as using the Tools > export tool in the WordPress Admin itself.

  9. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also, would people please be specific about which version of the plugin hosed their websites. I am under the belief that version 0.8.1 should be working properly. At least it is working very well on the 3 or 4 installations I have it on, including a VPS and shared hosting from a couple different companies.

  10. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi macguru2000,

    Sorry if my comment was a bit harsh, I was quite upset when I posted it. I was sooo happy when I found your plugin as it is exactly what I have been looking for,so when it killed my site I was very disappointed.

    I know I should have made a WP back up before installing catalog, but I guess since I've never had problems with any other plugins before on other sites I have developed, I neglected to do so in this instance, assuming all will be ok. Water under the bridge now....

    In any case with regards to your question,I had the latest version of your plugin, I think. I downloaded it from your site this past weekend.
    And I had wordpress 2.9 installed.Apart from your plugin,I had no other active plugins running on the site.

    Btw, I did delete the plug-in via eft and it made no difference, my site was still nothing but a blank white page and I could not access anything, hence the decision to delete the entire installation and start from scratch.

    It would be awesome if this bug can be fixed as I really think it is an awesome plugin,but its needs to play nice inside WP...lol
    So if you get the bugs sorted, I would be one of the 1st to make use of your plugin again.

  11. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I went to look now on pc to see if I still have the file version that caused the problem, in order to verify the version of catalog that was causing the problem.

    I Found the file. It was version Stable tag: 0.8

  12. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    enigma666666, I would very interested if you could try version 0.8.1 out and let me know how it runs. Please try it on a blank installation of WordPress so we don't loose any more of your work. Also I would be interested if you could tell me who your web host is and what kind of server you have. windows or linux? Since you say you had a white screen (of death) and not an out of memory error I am very curious what is causing this, I have not seen that behavior myself. Thanks you so much for your help, I really want CataBlog to work well in all setups and be a solid well regarded WordPress plugin.

    Another thing you can do to help is install a memory gauge plugin to see how much PHP memory you are using and report it back to me here. The one I am currently using is WP-Memory-Usage.

    Cheers.

  13. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi there,

    The server is Linux using Virtualmin version 3.78
    Using php version 5.
    Memory : 17.92 of 32 MByte after uploading catalog via eft,before activation of Catalog plugin.

    Memory : 18.21 of 32 MByte upon activation of catalog in admin panel.

    Memory : 17.88 of 32 MByte after choosing catalog options in admin panel.

    Memory : 17.89 of 32 MByte after adding 1st item in catalog (i used photo of 319 x 264 dimensions)
    Memory : 17.89 of 32 MByte after adding 2nd item in catalog

    Now here is where it bombed out the last time, when adding item number 3...that's when I got the white screen. Holding thumbs here..lol

    Yipeee!!!! No crash!
    Memory : 17.89 of 32 MByte after adding 3rd item in catalog.

    Gonna be adventurous now.....
    Memory : 17.89 of 32 MByte after adding 4th item.

    Awesome! Looks like problem is solved?
    Okay I am going to add more items to the catalog today and will let you know if I have any more problems.

    Btw, thank you so much for the support and this great plugin!

  14. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Great, I'm glad to hear the plugin is working for you. Please keep me informed of any issues or bugs you come across and I will continue to monitor this thread. Also if anyone would like to post links to pages where they are using CataBlog that would be steller, I also really want links for my examples section of the plugin's development blog at http://catablog.illproductions.net. Cheers!

  15. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Will keep you updated and post a link once I've recreated the site.
    One question if I may...I've added tags to the individual items in the catalog, yet the tags do not appear in the tag cloud in the tag cloud side widget.
    Is this because I am merely using the catalog as a portfolio with no paypal sales activated? Or do I need to do something additional to get the tags to display in the sidebar?

  16. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also,is it possible to have more than one catalog on one wordpress installation?
    I really like this plugin a great deal and I will be using it for my portfolio, but I design templates as well and will be needing to showcase them and sell some of them. Ideally I would luv to be able to use your plugin to do this as well eg place a separate catalog on my templates page. Is this possible at all and if so, how will I go about achieving this?

  17. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well now, currently CataBlog only really works with one catalog, I created the tags feature to allow you to filter your catalog into different lists that you can then display on different pages. just add the tag attribute to the shortcode and only items with that tag will be shown, example [catablog tag="painting"]. I agree that what you want is in the direction that CataBlog is going. Multiple lists, categories, tags, javascript thumbnails enlargement [lightbox] and many other enhancements.

  18. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you for explaining the use of the tag system to me.
    I will use it as you suggested, for my templates page then as well.

    It will be great if eventually it does include the above mentioned.
    I've tried some of the portfolio plugins, but most are a major mission to implement and very bloated. Your plugin is very easy to use and ideal for
    anyone who needs to list content.

  19. Jason Chng
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Try

  20. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    macguru2000, my site is still a work in progress, but here is that link I promised.

    My Portfolio

  21. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    A new version of CataBlog was released today, check it out and let me know what you think, cheers!

    Zach

  22. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I downloaded it yesterday and will be using it on a client's site.
    The lightbox and css styling addition is great!

    Thank you for a great plugin!

  23. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    macguru2000 I have a question.

    I would like to do 1 of two things:
    *Display catablog inside a sidebar. How to accomplish this?

    *I have 1 catablog with 27 items so far inside,which will increase with time. Instead of a long page display, I want the catablog to be split in 2 columns on the page. So what I did, is to give 1 tag to half the catablog entries and then gave another tag to second half of the entries.I then added the catablogs like this:

    <div style="float: left; width: 46%;">[catablog tag="Exotic Bikes1"]</div>
    <div style="float: right; width: 46%;">[catablog]</div>

    However, only 1 catablog shows and the other column is empty.

    Can you please tell me how to get catablog to display in 2 columns?

  24. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Enigma,

    Getting CataBlog in a sidebar isn't natively supported through a widget yet, but you might beable to put the shortcode code in a built in widget. As far as using a direct method in your theme, not supported but could be possible if you know about object oriented PHP and how to instantiate a class.

    So I am not 100% sure why you are not seeing the second column. There is an example of a two column layout that you can see at http://www.sweetdreamscoop.org/store. The way I see it, either the second shortcode isn't loading anything due to a typo in the post, or more likely your second column is being loaded but the CSS is pushing the second column down below the first. I can help you more if you point me at the page you are having this problem with. Also as a side note, the second column will contain all the CataBlog items the first one has because it doesn't have its own tag parameter.

    These are all features I want to add soon, including pre-defined layouts, a widget and multiple catalogs. Input on which features should come first will be considered.

    Cheers,
    Zach

  25. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi there,
    The site is sitting on my local Xampp server so I can't post a link.
    The columns do display, but instead of the two columns displaying different content, both columns display the same content.So essentially the second column is a duplication of the 1st column.

    I haven't added/edited any code in my template files and only tried to create the two column layout via the above mentioned code, inline in the editor.

    Can you tell me how the person (in the link you posted above)
    managed to get the content of catablog to display in two columns like that.

  26. Jenny
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Nevermind, it was indeed a CSS issue! lol
    Problem is fixed now.

  27. Lukum
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    Excellent plugin, congrats. One thing doesn't seem to work though: nothing happens when clicking the "Change Order" button.
    Any fix? Thanks!

    Luk

  28. Lukum
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As to the sorting issue also: no "sortable handle" icon shows up in the backend.
    Lk

  29. macguru2000
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Lukum,

    What exactly happens when you click the "Change Order" button? Does the button turn blue and the label change to "Save Order"? If the button does change, does your mouse turn into arrows or a hand when hovering over the catalog items? If you click and drag a catalog item while the "Change Order" button is activated, does the item follow your mouse? Are there any error codes or example sites that you could link me too?

    Thanks for your bug report, I would love to clear up this issue.
    Zach

    FYI This post has gotten so long there are more pages, look to the right, below this post the next page link. ;)

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