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[resolved] Why are you fixing what isn't broken? (14 posts)

  1. keeperbay
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Today has been a nightmare. 40 clients who HAD working websites are now hyperventilating because they either can't find something OR their site is dead in the water.
    Some of my clients can barely use their site and now everything in the post area is gone. What was the point in that? Yes, all you have to do is pull down the little screen options menu, but who told you anyone wanted to mess around with that?

    When I update my blog I expect it to look and work as it did before I updated it. Many of us don't care about the eager beaver fancy features.

    Do you know how difficult it is to explain to a 75 year old woman that the stupid black bar across the top of her website can only be seen by her?!?!?! AND NOW SHE WANTS IT PINK TO MATCH THE REST OF HER SITE!

    I have 3 more blogs I have to restore because this upgrade was such a epic FAIL!
    Could you please not fix was isn't broken and when you do the next upgrade make "the new look" an option and not mandatory.

    How does one remove the code that tells people it's time to update? Clearly updating is a bad idea and we need to wait a few versions until all the kinks are out.

  2. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Always update when the shitstorm is over. And if you value your clients, don't update free stuff until you know what the consequences are going to be . You have some responsibility here also. If you were lulled into some comfort zone of all upgrades going flawlessly before and slacked of doing your job you wouldn't be in the situation you are now

  3. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    to remove the admin bar from the front, go 'admin dropdown' 'edit my profile':

    and tick here:

    Show Admin Bar
    [ ] when viewing site
    [x] in dashboard

  4. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    And a simple google search will tell you how to disable the update notifications.

    WordPress is designed to work for the masses, judgement calls must be made on what works best for most. It is not designed to satisfy the needs and whims of webmasters.

    They have to do their own work to put appropriate safeguards in place if need be

  5. keeperbay
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @keesiemeijer, I didn't update, they did. Which is why I need to remove the notice from the top, to make sure they NEVER update again.
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    What I don't get is why force all the useless features on an unknowing public? No one needs the stupid black bar across the top, most people want the custom options within the post area, why would anyone think "We'll threw in some useless features made sure they auto activate so people must spend half their day trying to figure out how to make their blog work again! And they'll love us for it!" FaceBook does that and everyone has a pissyfit with each update.

    Why not update, then at the top put "See what your updates do" with a little link that shows what the updates do, allowing people to turn on features as the wish. That way people can ignore the meaningless features and not have to spend a ton of time turning off meaningless features they don't need and trying to locate the ones they have been using.

  6. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/troubleshooting-wordpress-31-master-list

    I'm gonna spin this out there for you, keeperbay... If your job is to support people who install WordPress, then it's partly your responsibility to stay abreast of the coming changes in major releases. The fact that the Admin Bar is included in WP has been common knowledge since ... Uh ... Well since at least October 2010. If you support people's installs, YOU need to know what's going on to be prepared.

  7. keeperbay
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Ipstenu, I install sites, themes, plugins, tweak whatever they want, then I never hear from them again unless something goes terribly wrong - like yesterday.
    Now you're telling me that it was common knowledge that the 3.1 update would be an epic fail? Yet another reason to make sure the features don't auto activate.
    Many people make money using their blogs, where was it written that auto activated features were going to take down WP websites? What you're telling me is that WordPress knowingly caused people to lose money because of auto activating their features. Because after I turned most of the features off (or old features back on), plugin started working, people started posting, websites started working again.

    The only people who made money yesterday were people like ME!

  8. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes I think an opt-in for the Admin Bar would have been the smarter thing to do. You always have to be prepared that your clients are going to update their websites or the core files of WordPress. Like Rev. Voodoo said you can disable the automatic update notifications for WordPress very simply with a plugins or with a filter in a theme's functions.php. Test beforehand on your testserver when a new upgrade is available. Explain the WP Upgrades to your clients and when they are allowed to do it or don't let them do it at all.

    Use these in a theme's functions.php:

    /* Disable update notifications. */
    add_filter( 'pre_site_transient_update_core', create_function( '$a', "return null;" ) );
    /* Disable the Admin Bar. */
    add_filter( 'show_admin_bar', '__return_false' );

    Or create a folder "mu-plugins" (since 3.1) and put this in your wp-content folder. Create a file called disable.php put these filters in there and put it in the new "mu-plugins" folder. The filters are now self activated so you don't have to activate anything for it to work. Your clients won't be able to un-install it unless they go in via FTP.

  9. keeperbay
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @keesiemeijer

    You always have to be prepared that your clients are going to update their websites or the core files of WordPress.
    I agree, but I don't maintain their sites regularly, these paid me for a job. Some of the people I don't remember.

    Thank you for the code and I'm going to add "shitstorm" to my vocabulary. lol
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    Before anyone goes off on a tangent, the part about WP knowing causing people to lose money was ‘Sarcasm’.

  10. Now you're telling me that it was common knowledge that the 3.1 update would be an epic fail?

    Nope, just saying that it was common knowledge that the 3.1 update was going to be a MAJOR release, and that it would include new features (like the admin bar).

    If you make your money off WP, I still think it's in your best interests to keep up with the changes coming. Makes you look like a hero when you can tell people you've worked with 'Hey, just FYI, there is a new WP coming and it includes some pretty big changes. Here's a short list. If you need help, you know my contact info and rates.'

  11. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can also add this to the filters to show all the default hidden screen options to your clients:

    add_filter('default_hidden_meta_boxes', 'be_hidden_meta_boxes', 10, 2);
    function be_hidden_meta_boxes($hidden, $screen) {
    	if ( 'post' == $screen->base || 'page' == $screen->base )
    	// $hidden = array('slugdiv', 'trackbacksdiv', 'postexcerpt', 'commentstatusdiv', 'commentsdiv', 'authordiv', 'revisionsdiv', 'postcustom');
          $hidden = array();
          // all default hidden screen options removed
    	return $hidden;
    }
  12. Ron Rennick
    MultiSite Guru
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Or create a folder "mu-plugins" (since 3.1) and put this in your wp-content folder.

    Just as a note, that's been in WordPress since 2.8. March 4, 2009 to be precise.

  13. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oops, March the 4th 2009 you say, that's very precise Ron Rennick. I only just learned about it (22 february 2011) so I assumed it was a 3.1. feature. Never assume, I guess.

  14. markvs
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    In alchymyth (The Sleeper)'s note above, he suggests to

    "to remove the admin bar from the front, go 'admin dropdown' 'edit my profile':

    and tick here:

    Show Admin Bar
    [ ] when viewing site
    [x] in dashboard "

    There is NO such option under edit profile in WP 3.3. The only option is to uncheck the "Show Toolbar when viewing site". But that ANNOYING, black admin bar still appears when you are in the dashboard.

    How do I get rid of the damn thing?

    Thanks,
    Mark

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