Wordpress RSS Broken After 4.3 Update

  • Posted on: 21 August 2015
  • By: davis

Final Verdict: W3TC Plugin was rendering cached RSS feeds as text/html, which broke most RSS readers. Disable W3TC until it's patched.

Well, this is annoying, I have scripts that use Simplepie to pull RSS information from our network of Wordpress sites. Unfortunately, this script no longer works since updating to Wordpress 4.3

According to a post in the help forums, W3TC may be the issue. Going to try disabling that now.

Wordpress - Fixing the White Screen of Death

  • Posted on: 11 August 2015
  • By: davis

There are lots of basic guides to getting around Wordpress's infamous WSOD (White Screen of Death). When you navigate to your Wordpress site and it simply shows a white screen, get ready to debug!

Here is a way to make this less painful. I appreciate this snippet I found on Github: https://github.com/stracker-phil/wp-no-white-screen/

Switching From Rackspace to NearlyFreeSpeech

  • Posted on: 13 July 2015
  • By: davis

I had some growing pains switching from Rackspace to NearlyFreeSpeech today. I needed to port four Wordpress sites and a Drupal installation. I encountered quite a few stumbling blocks along the way, mostly due to the way NearlyFreeSpeech configures their permissions.

To get new Wordpress installations working on NearlyFreeSpeech:

SSH into your server with Putty. You will be dropped in /home/public by default. Wordpress files need to belong to the "web" group. Use the following commands


  • Posted on: 21 April 2015
  • By: davis

This started because I logged into my computer at 8:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

I started setting up our daily emails and needed a good quote for SITE1's email.

I went to the site - it was down. That's weird. I was getting a 500 Internal Server Error - big problem.

The Outreach theme (which SITE1 uses) relies on a file called header.php.

Updated to 7.35

  • Posted on: 21 March 2015
  • By: davis

I don't like this CMS. I can understand the potential for great things, I can just see it in all the ways they've made Drupal so flexible. But this is not an enjoyable CMS.

Updating is a hassle. Thankfully, nothing went wrong this time. But I still have memories of destroying my site on each update.

Wordpress, for all of its faults, has a quite simple auto-updater. Can this not be at least an option in Drupal 7?

Fixing a Slow Site, in Real Time

  • Posted on: 23 January 2015
  • By: davis

Due to other responsibilities popping up, I haven't been able to devote much time to optimizing americanlibertypac.com. As such, the performance has taken a hit due to heavy use, frequent experimentation, and the usual reasons for performance degradation. 

Anyways, I logged the experience. Follow along as we fix a website.

Important benchmarks to note before heading down the rabbit hole. This table is my initial measurement of the site.