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Fatal error upon activation & other issues (1 post)

  1. Kim Parsell
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I tried activating the Short URL plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/short-url-plugin/) in WordPress 3.1, and got a fatal error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in \wp-content\plugins\short-url-plugin\short-url.php on line 256

    I narrowed it down to the use of php short tags in a few places in the plugin (lines 200-204, 208, 211, 213, 215, 217). Once I replaced <? with <?php, then the plugin would activate.

    However, the plugin isn't functioning properly for me:

    - The .htaccess file isn't being rewritten to include the rewrite rule if clean URLs are selected.
    - The shortened URL returns a 404 rather than redirecting to the desired link.
    - The Edit function for links did not work. The Delete function worked fine.

    I realize that it's been almost 2 years since this plugin was last updated (and WordPress has changed a lot in that time). I wanted to leave feedback for the plugin author as to the issues I've encountered when trying to use it with the latest version of WordPress.

    It seems like a neat plugin - would be nice if it was updated so that it works properly with WordPress 3.1.

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