Tag: WordPress

WordPress 5 AutoSave Issue

I upgraded to WordPress 5 back when it was still in preview, and wasn’t shocked to find some issues. When I would create a post, WordPress would go into an auto-saving loop. Now I like the idea of background saves to prevent data loss if by browser falls over … but the instant the auto-save would complete, another would kick off and the editor was basically unusable (copy content / refresh page / paste content / cross fingers that the auto-save loop didn’t happen that time). I tried setting the auto-refresh interval in the config file, but that had no impact.

With the 5.0.0 release, I was dismayed to find the problem lingering but 0.0 releases usually have some quirks too. But two dot-dot releases later, and a lot of frustration that auto-save has caused waaaay more data loss in six months than years worth of browser glitches ever managed, I started researching the problem to find a solution other than “wait for the next release to fix it”.

I came across an issue on GitHub which not only reports the same issue, but included a bit of code to add to the theme functions.php file:

add_filter( 'block_editor_settings', 'jp_block_editor_settings', 10, 2 );

function jp_block_editor_settings( $editor_settings, $post ) {
	$editor_settings['autosaveInterval'] = 2000; //number of second [default value is 10]

	return $editor_settings;

And my WordPress is usable again!

WordPress Pages With Custom Info (SEO-type stuff)

I happened across a business who wanted to create several hundred unique WordPress pages so a long list of cities would have a “customized” page offering the service in that area. Makes sense, especially as an SEO endeavor since I search for ‘service city state’ fairly often when it is something I specifically want to obtain locally. Thing is, they were looking to pay someone to duplicate the post & manually edit each duplicate to use the individual locations. There’s a much easier way – the wp_insert_post function. Now it requires that you be able to execute PHP code either from the server’s command line (i.e. it’s your OS) or upload custom code (can be a WordPress plug-in, but it is easier if the code can be installed next to WordPress and called from its URL).

You need a variable for the template text – I wanted to include the location information in both the page title and page content, so I have a title variable as well. Include in the text some string that would never appear in your template (here, I used VARCSZ for variable containing city, state, and zip). Iterate through an array of locations and use str_replace to insert the individual locations into the title and content. Then create the page. Voila, 350 pages posted in a few minutes.

To create a single-column page (although different types of pages can be created by altering the $strContent variable):


$strTitle = 'Service Offered In VARCSZ';
$strContent = '<section id="builder-section-text_11" class="builder-section-first builder-section builder-section-text builder-section-last builder-text-columns-1" style="background-size: cover; background-repeat: no-repeat;background-position: center center;">
     <div class="builder-section-content">
     <div class="builder-text-row">
     <div class="builder-text-column builder-text-column-1" id="builder-section-text_11-column-1">
     <div class="builder-text-content">
     <p><b>Service Offered In VARCSZ</b></p>
     <p>And here is where we provide some information about the service we are offering, why you want this service, and what we do that is super awesome. </P>
     <p><b>More about our service in VARCSZ</b></p>
     <p>Info about our company and the service we provide in VARCSZ</p>
     <p><b>Call NOW for our service in VARCSZ</b></p>
     <p>For this service in VARCSZ, call us.</p>
     <p><b>Call 800-555-1212</b></p>

$strArrayOfLocations = array('Abington, PA 19001', 'Ambler, PA 19002', 'Ardmore, PA 19003', 'Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004', 'Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006', 'Bristol, PA 19007', 'Broomall, PA 19008', 'Bryn Athyn, PA 19009', 'Bryn Mawr, PA 19010', 'Cheltenham, PA 19012', 'Chester, PA 19013', 'Aston, PA 19014', 'Brookhaven, PA 19015', 'Chester, PA 19016', 'Chester Heights, PA 19017', 'Clifton Heights, PA 19018', 'Philadelphia, PA 19019', 'Bensalem, PA 19020', 'Croydon, PA 19021', 'Crum Lynne, PA 19022', 'Darby, PA 19023', 'Dresher, PA 19025', 'Drexel Hill, PA 19026', 'Elkins Park, PA 19027', 'Edgemont, PA 19028', 'Essington, PA 19029', 'Fairless Hills, PA 19030', 'Flourtown, PA 19031', 'Folcroft, PA 19032', 'Folsom, PA 19033', 'Fort Washington, PA 19034', 'Gladwyne, PA 19035', 'Glenolden, PA 19036', 'Glen Riddle, PA 19037', 'Glenside, PA 19038', 'Gradyville, PA 19039', 'Hatboro, PA 19040', 'Haverford, PA 19041', 'Holmes, PA 19043', 'Horsham, PA 19044', 'Jenkintown, PA 19046', 'Langhorne, PA 19047', 'Fort Washington, PA 19048', 'Fort Washington, PA 19049', 'Lansdowne, PA 19050', 'Lenni, PA 19052', 'Feasterville, PA 19053', 'Levittown, PA 19054', 'Levittown, PA 19055', 'Levittown, PA 19056', 'Levittown, PA 19057', 'Levittown, PA 19058', 'Garnet Valley, PA 19060', 'Marcus Hook, PA 19061', 'Media, PA 19063', 'Springfield, PA 19064', 'Media, PA 19065', 'Merion Station, PA 19066', 'Morrisville, PA 19067', 'Morton, PA 19070', 'Narberth, PA 19072', 'Newtown Square, PA 19073', 'Norwood, PA 19074', 'Oreland, PA 19075', 'Prospect Park, PA 19076', 'Ridley Park, PA 19078', 'Sharon Hill, PA 19079', 'Wayne, PA 19080', 'Swarthmore, PA 19081', 'Upper Darby, PA 19082', 'Havertown, PA 19083', 'Villanova, PA 19085', 'Wallingford, PA 19086', 'Wayne, PA 19087', 'Radnor, PA 19088', 'Radnor, PA 19089', 'Willow Grove, PA 19090', 'Media , PA 19091', 'Philadelphia , PA 19092', 'Philadelphia , PA 19093', 'Woodlyn, PA 19094', 'Wyncote, PA 19095', 'Wynnewood, PA 19096', 'Holmes , PA 19098', 'Philadelphia , PA 19099', 'Philadelphia, PA 19101', 'Philadelphia, PA 19102', 'Philadelphia, PA 19103', 'Philadelphia, PA 19104', 'Philadelphia, PA 19105', 'Philadelphia, PA 19106', 'Philadelphia, PA 19107', 'Philadelphia, PA 19108', 'Philadelphia, PA 19109', 'Philadelphia, PA 19110', 'Philadelphia, PA 19111', 'Philadelphia, PA 19112', 'Philadelphia, PA 19113', 'Philadelphia, PA 19114', 'Philadelphia, PA 19115', 'Philadelphia, PA 19116', 'Philadelphia, PA 19118', 'Philadelphia, PA 19119', 'Philadelphia, PA 19120', 'Philadelphia, PA 19121', 'Philadelphia, PA 19122', 'Philadelphia, PA 19123', 'Philadelphia, PA 19124', 'Philadelphia, PA 19125', 'Philadelphia, PA 19126', 'Philadelphia, PA 19127', 'Philadelphia, PA 19128', 'Philadelphia, PA 19129', 'Philadelphia, PA 19130', 'Philadelphia, PA 19131', 'Philadelphia, PA 19132', 'Philadelphia, PA 19133', 'Philadelphia, PA 19134', 'Philadelphia, PA 19135', 'Philadelphia, PA 19136', 'Philadelphia, PA 19137', 'Philadelphia, PA 19138', 'Philadelphia, PA 19139', 'Philadelphia, PA 19140', 'Philadelphia, PA 19141', 'Philadelphia, PA 19142', 'Philadelphia, PA 19143', 'Philadelphia, PA 19144', 'Philadelphia, PA 19145', 'Philadelphia, PA 19146', 'Philadelphia, PA 19147', 'Philadelphia, PA 19148', 'Philadelphia, PA 19149', 'Philadelphia, PA 19150', 'Philadelphia, PA 19151', 'Philadelphia, PA 19152', 'Philadelphia, PA 19153', 'Philadelphia, PA 19154', 'Philadelphia, PA 19155', 'Philadelphia, PA 19160', 'Philadelphia, PA 19161', 'Philadelphia, PA 19162', 'Philadelphia, PA 19170', 'Philadelphia, PA 19171', 'Philadelphia, PA 19172', 'Philadelphia, PA 19173', 'Philadelphia, PA 19175', 'Philadelphia, PA 19176', 'Philadelphia, PA 19177', 'Philadelphia, PA 19178', 'Philadelphia, PA 19179', 'Philadelphia, PA 19181', 'Philadelphia, PA 19182', 'Philadelphia, PA 19183', 'Philadelphia, PA 19184', 'Philadelphia, PA 19185', 'Philadelphia, PA 19187', 'Philadelphia, PA 19188', 'Philadelphia, PA 19190', 'Philadelphia, PA 19191', 'Philadelphia, PA 19192', 'Philadelphia, PA 19193', 'Philadelphia , PA 19194', 'Philadelphia , PA 19195', 'Philadelphia, PA 19196', 'Philadelphia, PA 19197', 'Philadelphia , PA 19244', 'Philadelphia , PA 19255', 'Paoli, PA 19301', 'Atglen, PA 19310', 'Avondale, PA 19311', 'Berwyn, PA 19312', 'Brandamore, PA 19316', 'Chadds Ford, PA 19317', 'Chatham, PA 19318', 'Cheyney, PA 19319', 'Coatesville, PA 19320', 'Cochranville, PA 19330', 'Concordville, PA 19331', 'Devon, PA 19333', 'Downingtown, PA 19335', 'Concordville , PA 19339', 'Concordville , PA 19340', 'Exton, PA 19341', 'Glen Mills, PA 19342', 'Glenmoore, PA 19343', 'Honey Brook, PA 19344', 'Immaculata, PA 19345', 'Kelton, PA 19346', 'Kemblesville, PA 19347', 'Kennett Square, PA 19348', 'Landenberg, PA 19350', 'Lewisville, PA 19351', 'Lincoln University, PA 19352', 'Lionville, PA 19353', 'Lyndell, PA 19354', 'Malvern, PA 19355', 'Mendenhall, PA 19357', 'Modena, PA 19358', 'New London, PA 19360', 'Nottingham, PA 19362', 'Oxford, PA 19363', 'Parkesburg, PA 19365', 'Pocopson, PA 19366', 'Pomeroy, PA 19367', 'Sadsburyville, PA 19369', 'Suplee, PA 19371', 'Thorndale, PA 19372', 'Thornton, PA 19373', 'Toughkenamon, PA 19374', 'Unionville, PA 19375', 'Wagontown, PA 19376', 'West Chester, PA 19380', 'West Chester, PA 19381', 'West Chester, PA 19382', 'West Chester, PA 19383', 'West Chester, PA 19388', 'West Grove, PA 19390', 'Westtown, PA 19395', 'Southeastern, PA 19397', 'Southeastern, PA 19398', 'Southeastern, PA 19399', 'Norristown, PA 19401', 'Norristown, PA 19403', 'Norristown, PA 19404', 'Bridgeport, PA 19405', 'King Of Prussia, PA 19406', 'Audubon, PA 19407', 'Eagleville, PA 19408', 'Fairview Village, PA 19409', 'Eagleville , PA 19415', 'Arcola, PA 19420', 'Birchrunville, PA 19421', 'Blue Bell, PA 19422', 'Cedars, PA 19423', 'Blue Bell , PA 19424', 'Chester Springs, PA 19425', 'Collegeville, PA 19426', 'Conshohocken, PA 19428', 'Conshohocken , PA 19429', 'Creamery, PA 19430', 'Devault, PA 19432', 'Frederick, PA 19435', 'Gwynedd, PA 19436', 'Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437', 'Harleysville, PA 19438', 'Hatfield, PA 19440', 'Harleysville , PA 19441', 'Kimberton, PA 19442', 'Kulpsville, PA 19443', 'Lafayette Hill, PA 19444', 'Lansdale, PA 19446', 'Lederach, PA 19450', 'Mainland, PA 19451', 'Mont Clare, PA 19453', 'North Wales, PA 19454', 'North Wales , PA 19455', 'Oaks, PA 19456', 'Parker Ford, PA 19457', 'Phoenixville, PA 19460', 'Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462', 'Pottstown, PA 19464', 'Pottstown, PA 19465', 'Royersford, PA 19468', 'Saint Peters, PA 19470', 'Sassamansville, PA 19472', 'Schwenksville, PA 19473', 'Skippack, PA 19474', 'Spring City, PA 19475', 'Spring House, PA 19477', 'Spring Mount, PA 19478', 'Uwchland, PA 19480', 'Valley Forge, PA 19481', 'Valley Forge, PA 19482', 'Valley Forge , PA 19483', 'Valley Forge, PA 19484', 'Valley Forge, PA 19485', 'West Point, PA 19486', 'King Of Prussia, PA 19487', 'Norristown, PA 19488', 'Norristown, PA 19489', 'Worcester, PA 19490', 'Zieglerville, PA 19492', 'Valley Forge , PA 19493', 'Valley Forge , PA 19494', 'Valley Forge , PA 19495', 'Valley Forge , PA 19496', 'Adamstown, PA 19501', 'Bally, PA 19503', 'Barto, PA 19504', 'Bechtelsville, PA 19505', 'Bernville, PA 19506', 'Bethel, PA 19507', 'Birdsboro, PA 19508', 'Blandon, PA 19510', 'Bowers, PA 19511', 'Boyertown, PA 19512', 'Centerport, PA 19516', 'Douglassville, PA 19518', 'Earlville, PA 19519', 'Elverson, PA 19520', 'Fleetwood, PA 19522', 'Geigertown, PA 19523', 'Gilbertsville, PA 19525', 'Hamburg, PA 19526', 'Kempton, PA 19529', 'Kutztown, PA 19530', 'Leesport, PA 19533', 'Lenhartsville, PA 19534', 'Limekiln, PA 19535', 'Lyon Station, PA 19536', 'Maxatawny, PA 19538', 'Mertztown, PA 19539', 'Mohnton, PA 19540', 'Mohrsville, PA 19541', 'Monocacy Station, PA 19542', 'Morgantown, PA 19543', 'Mount Aetna, PA 19544', 'New Berlinville, PA 19545', 'Oley, PA 19547', 'Pine Forge, PA 19548', 'Port Clinton, PA 19549', 'Rehrersburg, PA 19550', 'Robesonia, PA 19551', 'Shartlesville, PA 19554', 'Shoemakersville, PA 19555', 'Strausstown, PA 19559', 'Temple, PA 19560', 'Topton, PA 19562', 'Virginville, PA 19564', 'Wernersville, PA 19565', 'Womelsdorf, PA 19567', 'Reading, PA 19601', 'Reading, PA 19602', 'Reading, PA 19603', 'Reading, PA 19604', 'Reading, PA 19605', 'Reading, PA 19606', 'Reading, PA 19607', 'Reading, PA 19608', 'Reading, PA 19609', 'Reading, PA 19610', 'Reading, PA 19611', 'Reading, PA 19612', 'Reading, PA 19640');

echo "<ul>\n";
foreach($strArrayOfLocations as $strLocation){
     $strSEOTitle = str_replace(VARCSZ,$strLocation,$strTitle);
     $strSEOContent = str_replace(VARCSZ,$strLocation,$strContent);

     $postObject = array();
     $postObject['post_title'] = $strSEOTitle;
     $postObject['post_content'] = $strSEOContent;
     $postObject['post_status'] = 'publish';
     $postObject['post_author'] = 1;
     $postObject['post_type'] = 'page';
     $postObject['post_category'] = array(0);
     $iPostID = wp_insert_post( $postObject);
     echo "<li>$iPostID created for $strLocation</li>\n";
echo "</ul>\n";

Now if you wanted to get really fancy … add some code to list all of the city/state/zip combos for the country (or subset there-of). And for the other attributes you can set on a post, see https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/wp_insert_post/.

New (To Me) WordPress Spam Technique

In the past week, one particular image that I posted has received about a hundred comments. Not real comments from people who enjoyed the image, unfortunately. Spam-bot comments. I get a few spam comments a month, easily just dropped. But exponentially increasing numbers of comments were showing up on this page. The odd thing, though, is it wasn’t a page or a post. It was an image embedded in a post.

Evidently embedded pictures have their own “attachment page” — a page that includes a comment dialogue. I guess that’s useful for someone … maybe an artist who uses a gallery front-end to their media can still get comments on their pictures if their gallery doesn’t provide commentary. Not a problem I need solved. WordPress includes a comments_open filter that allows you to programmatically control where comments are available (provided your theme uses the filter).

How do you add a function to WordPress? I find a lot of people editing WordPress or theme files directly. Not a good idea — next upgrade is going to blow your changes away. If you use an upgrade script, you could essentially ‘patch’ the theme during the upgrade process (append your function to the distributed file). Or you can just add your function as a plug-in. In your wp-content/plugins folder, make a folder with a good descriptive name of your plugin (i.e. don’t call it myPlugin if you have any thoughts of distributing it). In that folder make a PHP file with the same name (i.e. my filterCommentsByType folder has a filterCommentsByType.php file.

For what I’m doing, the comment header is longer than the code! The comment header is used to populate the Plugins page in your admin console. If you omit the header component, your plugin will not show up to be activated. Add your function and save the file:

* Plugin Name: Filter Comments By Type
* Plugin URI: http://lisa.rushworth.us
* Description: This plugin allows commenting to be disabled based on post type
* Version: 1.0.0
* Author: Lisa Rushworth
* Author URI: http://lisa.rushworth.us
* License: GPL2
add_filter( ‘comments_open’, ‘remove_comments_by_post_type’, 10 , 2 );
function remove_comments_by_post_type( $boolInitialStatus, $iPostNumber) {
$post = get_post($iPostNumber);
if( $post->post_type == ‘attachment’ ){ return false; }
else{ return $boolInitialStatus; }

When you go to your admin console’s plugins section, your filter will appear in the list and be deactivated. Click to active it.

Voila, no more comments on attachment posts. Or whatever other type of post on which you wish to restrict commenting.

Securing WordPress A Little Bit

We’ve had quite a lot of source IP’s flooding our web server the past few days. The first couple, I just blocked entirely … but we get a good bit of traffic to my husband’s business domain. That traffic is not exclusively people randomly surfing the Internet — we’ve been getting records in our logs that very specifically look like hacking attempts.

I’ve added a few stanzas into my Apache configuration to block access to “important” files unless the source is my tablet’s IP:

         <Files ~ "wp-config.php">
                Order deny,allow
                deny from all
                Allow from

        <Files ~ "wp-login.php">
                Order deny,allow
                deny from all
                Allow from

        <Files ~ "wp-settings.php">
                Order deny,allow
                deny from all
                Allow from

        <Files ~ "xmlrpc.php">
                Order deny,allow
                deny from all
                Allow from

       <Directory "/">
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all

        <Directory "/var/www/vhtml/lisa/html/wp-admin">
                Order deny,allow
                deny from all
                Allow from

Then went into the MySQL database and renamed all of the tables to remove the default prefix:

rename table wp_commentmeta to prefix_commentmeta;
rename table wp_comments to prefix_comments;
rename table wp_links to prefix_links;
rename table wp_ngg_album to prefix_ngg_album;
rename table wp_ngg_gallery to prefix_ngg_gallery;
rename table wp_ngg_pictures to prefix_ngg_pictures;
rename table wp_options to prefix_options;
rename table wp_postmeta to prefix_postmeta;
rename table wp_posts to prefix_posts;
rename table wp_statistics_exclusions to prefix_statistics_exclusions;
rename table wp_statistics_historical to prefix_statistics_historical;
rename table wp_statistics_pages to prefix_statistics_pages;
rename table wp_statistics_search to prefix_statistics_search;
rename table wp_statistics_useronline to prefix_statistics_useronline;
rename table wp_statistics_visit to prefix_statistics_visit;
rename table wp_statistics_visitor to prefix_statistics_visitor;
rename table wp_term_relationships to prefix_term_relationships;
rename table wp_term_taxonomy to prefix_term_taxonomy;
rename table wp_termmeta to prefix_termmeta;
rename table wp_terms to prefix_terms;
rename table wp_usermeta to prefix_usermeta;
rename table wp_users to prefix_users;
rename table wp_wfBadLeechers to prefix_wfBadLeechers;
rename table wp_wfBlocks to prefix_wfBlocks;
rename table wp_wfBlocksAdv to prefix_wfBlocksAdv;
rename table wp_wfConfig to prefix_wfConfig;
rename table wp_wfCrawlers to prefix_wfCrawlers;
rename table wp_wfFileMods to prefix_wfFileMods;
rename table wp_wfHits to prefix_wfHits;
rename table wp_wfHoover to prefix_wfHoover;
rename table wp_wfIssues to prefix_wfIssues;
rename table wp_wfLeechers to prefix_wfLeechers;
rename table wp_wfLockedOut to prefix_wfLockedOut;
rename table wp_wfLocs to prefix_wfLocs;
rename table wp_wfLogins to prefix_wfLogins;
rename table wp_wfNet404s to prefix_wfNet404s;
rename table wp_wfReverseCache to prefix_wfReverseCache;
rename table wp_wfScanners to prefix_wfScanners;
rename table wp_wfStatus to prefix_wfStatus;
rename table wp_wfThrottleLog to prefix_wfThrottleLog;
rename table wp_wfVulnScanners to prefix_wfVulnScanners;

update prefix_usermeta set meta_key = REPLACE(meta_key,'wp_','prefix_');
update prefix_options SET option_name = 'prefix_user_roles' where option_name = 'wp_user_roles';

Modified wp-config.php to use the new prefix:

// $table_prefix  = 'wp_';
$table_prefix  = 'prefix_';

More to tweak, but this is a start!