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  • rzacks


    WP won’t let me add custom fields to my posts–it just keeps giving me the “Something strange happened” error. Same problem in Firefox and Safari, and yes I’ve reloaded, restarted, refreshed, etc. A colleague accessing the exact same post from a different computer (also a Mac, probably a different version of OS) in a different building can add custom fields just fine. Are there known problems with custom fields, 2.2.2, and certain versions of OSX? I didn’t have this problem before our last upgrade of WP.

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  • Same problem here even after upgrading to 2.3.2 and when I upgraded to 2.3.3 I still have the issue. It would sure be nice if I could get my custom fields working. I really need them to work

    In researching the issue, I found that auto_increment should be set for the metadata_id field in the wp_metadata table. If it is not set, WordPress tries to assign a metadata_id of 0 for all new custom fields and fails with that something strange error. I can’t guarantee it will work for you but it is something worth checking. When switching that field to aut_increment, make sure to remove the default value of 0.

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