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Download older plugin versions from

When a new plugin update causes trouble, the first thing we can do is to roll back to previous known good version. In last version of, we can easily find history versions of a plugin at Other Versions section under Developer tab. With current website, it takes me a while to figure out where it is. Think I better share it here:

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BackWPup: A backup job has started, but nothing happens

BackWPup is a very popular comprehensive WordPress backup plugin. I use this plugin on some of my websites, and really don’t have any major problems with it. Sometimes, there were bugs here and there, but were quickly taken care of by the development team. But just yesterday, I faced one very strange problem I never met before. After setup a new backup job and hit the “Run Now” button (link), nothing actually happens. Even a short description says, “Job (job name) has started”, no backup file can be found in the backup folder.

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Troubleshooting WordPress: Disable All Plugins?

Troubleshooting a WordPress website is challenging. Troubleshooting a live site posses more challenges. You may have read a lot of advice on the Internet from somewhere, among which, “disable all plugins” is one that mentioned most.

Should you?

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My Top 20 Most Popular WordPress Plugins 2014

I like listening to Matt Report podcast (A WordPress business podcast for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers). One interesting question Matt asks his guests in the famous lightening round is, “What is the one plugin you can not live without?”. Interestingly, like myself, most guests vote “Gravity Forms” as their favorite plugin. I trust statistics more than personal feeling and know Gravityforms is my favorite. But curiosity drove me to dig deeper on this subject. I indeed conducted a study to gather statistics among WordPress sites I have access to the admin panel. The result is obvious, and also surprising.

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How to Manually Cleanup Malware from WordPress Site

Is your WordPress site infected with malware? It can be extremely headache to deal with. Scanning and cleanup a hacked site isn’t a simple task. There are many things involved and many techniques required to get it done properly. But sometimes, if a site is just slighted infected, cleaning up the malicious code and infected file isn’t as difficult as you may think.

I happen to have a site like this recently. It didn’t take me too long to identify the infected files and cleanup the site. It is a very good example to demonstrate some basic skills and steps to cleanup malware from infected WordPress site. Hope it could give you some ideas, and help you in your battle fighting malware.

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BackWPup: SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE: certificate verify failed

I backup database daily, and send multiple copies to different locations. One is my Amazon S3 bucket for backups. If backup task failed, a notification email will be sent to me. And I am getting notification email of this sort recently, constantly from one website. One time isolated failure can be ignored for temporary cause (bad connection for example), not continuous failures.

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How to Make TubePress Responsive

TubePress is a well-designed plugin that brings YouTube or Vimeo video gallery into WordPress website. With easy CSS hack, we can easily fit TubePress video gallry to different theme. But out of the box, TubePress doesn’t offer responsive option.

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Troubleshooting: Archive Link Not Working

On one of my WordPress website, the archive link is not working. The site has over 2 dozen plugins installed, and just been handed over to me a week ago. I have no clue when and what was done to the site, neither did my client. Instead of the usual routine of disabling all the plugins, I turned to Google Search. There are few possible solutions, I quickly located mine.

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Missing User Registration Date?

Default users list in WordPress dashboard yield limited information, only userame, name, email, role & posts. Once we customize the website with membership, more requests related with member registration information start emerging. For example, I want to know the user registration date.

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WordPress Dropbox Integration – How to Connect Dropbox to WordPress

My client wants online video streaming directly from his Dropbox account to WordPress site, SECURELY. It is fairly easy to get content from Dropbox’s public folder. To read content from any folder that is not publicly shared, one needs to write own code using Dropbox API. Well, there is an exception. I just found a well-designed plugin that can make WordPress Dropbox integration a walk in the park.

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