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How to lose half your subscribers in 15 minutes…

Posted in: Blogs by Richard Hearne on February 16, 2008
Internet Marketing Ireland

Just upgrade to the latest WordPress install.


Donncha kindly informed me I had a bug in my Subcribe to Comments plugin, and also gently nudged me to upgrade to the latest WP install.

The install went nice and easy. Plugins however didn’t play fair. At all… In particular the Google Sitemap Plugin caused lots of issues. My Feedburner plugin also went a bit haywire.

Long story short – I lost over half of my feed subscribers according to Feedburner :(

Sorry to everyone for all the utter crap that was going out in my feed – this upgrade has been a bloody nightmare.

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  1. Ouch! I am glad you’re up to date now though. It would have looked a *lot* worse if your blog had been hacked.

    I vaguely remember the sitemap plugin giving me issues as well, but the latest version of it worked a charm. It does have a few eccentricities though.

    Anyway, I’m very glad you upgraded!

    Comment by Donncha O Caoimh — February 16, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  2. Cheers Donncha

    At least I’m not the only one having trouble then :grin:

    Just noticed that vodafone.ie homepage appears to be broken as well.


    Comment by Richard Hearne — February 16, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  3. I noticed the links weren’t working in netvibes. I could see this post as a new rss item but when I clicked on it, the link was going anywhere – netvibes was giving the link as netvibes.com/undefined instead of the actual link of this page. Just a heads up to double check things.

    Comment by David Behan — February 17, 2008 @ 3:54 am

  4. Richard, same thing happened to me. You may need to resync your feed in feedburner.

    Comment by Dave Davis — February 17, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  5. Pain-in-the-ass. Thanks for the heads up David. Good seeing you tother night btw :grin:

    I resynced over on Feedburner. Will wait and see what happens from that. Curious the way they call it the ‘Nuclear Option’. Thanks Dave

    Comment by Richard Hearne — February 17, 2008 @ 9:45 am

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