Support » Plugin: WP SIMILE Timeline » Time duration posts not working

  • Hey,

    I’ve been trying to not only put one-day events into my timeline, but also events that cover several months. In the sample timelines, these are always marked with a beam.
    When I put the start/end dates into the SIMILE box on the post and click the boxes, then save the post, the time settings in the SIMILE box are set back to today instead of keeping the date I’ve put in.

    Not sure where the error is, but I could use some help on how to add these events with a duration.

    Thank you!

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  • Plugin Author freshlabs


    Did you mark the checkbox “Edit timestamp” in the SIMILE Timeline container before saving the post? Otherwise the extra event dates will be ignored.

    Yes, I did. Both the start and the end one. I do that, then hit Save, and the time settings are back to the current time.

    Plugin Author freshlabs


    I can’t really reproduce this strange behavior. Sounds like the event fields are missing in the posts database table.

    Have you tried deactivating the plugin and activating it again? Depending on how many customizations you’ve made, you could also use the uninstall option to wipe all plugin-related database entries. If you reactivate the plugin, those should be installed.
    Also, be sure to use the latest version. There were some issues with database queries lately.

    Same problem. deactivated and reactiveted… but time duration not working at all, date changes are not recorded.
    wp 3.5 theme skeleton


    I have successfully installed WP Simile Timeline on previous sites, but I am also having problems with a new installation on a new site now.
    The checkbox for “Edit Timestamp” on start date, or end date doesn’t get saved. Database writing is still a problem.

    I have the same exact problem. I recently did de-install, deactivate, completely delete and re-installed the most recent version and this problem will NOT go away. It is always reset to Today for both the start and end dates. Very weird.

    Exact same problem on WordPress 3.5.1, using a freshly installed wp-simile-timeline

    Anyone found a fix/workaround?

    There is some issue in addEventColumn() in WPSimileTimelineDatabase.class.php

    $wpdb->prepare statement is not creating start/end-date-column in wp_posts table which is desired to save date data. See following code for reference:

    `function addEventColumn($column_name){
    global $wpdb;
    if(!WPSimileTimelineDatabase::columnExists($column_name)) {
    $wpdb->query($wpdb->prepare(“ALTER TABLE $wpdb->posts ADD COLUMN %s datetime NOT NULL DEFAULT ‘0000-00-00 00:00:00′”, array($column_name)));

    I can see everything is fine until prepare statement fires with proper column name passing 4 times (4 columns should be created otherwise).

    Got it.

    $wpdb->query($wpdb->prepare("ALTER TABLE $wpdb->posts ADD COLUMN %s datetime NOT NULL DEFAULT '0000-00-00 00:00:00'", array($column_name)));

    Replace above code (ver with following (ver in inc/WPSimileTimelineDatabase.class.php with in addEventColumn function.

    $wpdb->query( $wpdb->prepare("ALTER TABLE $wpdb->posts ADD COLUMN $column_name DATETIME NOT NULL DEFAULT %s", array("0000-00-00 00:00:00")) );

    It is because of prepare() call updated with in plugin version FYI i am using wordpress version 3.0.4. (yupp pretty old 🙁 )

    I hope it will solve it.



    I have the same issue. I tried your fix, deepakrajpal, but I am still having the same issues described above (WP 3.5.1).

    Anyone else manage to get the data edits to stick?



    Thanks deepakrajpal, that worked for me.

    It’s line 63 in inc/WPSimileTimelineDatabase.class.php that needs replacing.
    Then I had to deactivate the plugin, delete the database tables, then reactivate.

    Deepak Rajpal


    @nothroughroad: I am glad it works for you.

    @kentro22: Have you tried to delete plug-in and install again with replaced lines in file mentioned. @nothroughroad is right, fix should work on plugin activation hook.




    All sorted. Works now. Thanks!

    Followed your suggestion, but it does not work at all!
    Please help….

    tried again and solved.

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