WordPress is the software that powers this blog and the sofware has gone through a couple of versions since the last time I updated it. Similarly, the blog template on which the blog is based has gone through a number of new versions.
Over the past weekend, I decided to update the software to get a few improvements, including some security enhancements, and promptly encountered several problems, most of which I narrowed down to one of two causes: Either (1) the new WordPress version had changed things in a way that was incompatible with the template or (2) the new WordPress version had changed things in a way that broke customizations that I’d written myself. The first alternative immediately led to updating the template, which caused even more problems with the second alternative (my own customizations).
After spending more than 10 hours on something that allegedly should take about one hour, I think I’ve got everything back to “normal” (whatever that might be). One of the customizations I’ve written for this blog is the ability to display the comments for each post immediately following the post itself, but without the “new comments” editing box. WordPress and the template author both seem determined not to allow that to happen, as they make it more difficult with each new release to find where to (and how to) rewrite the customization code that lets it happen. But I think I’ve got it right for this version.
Some of you may recall that, once upon a time, I had a “widget” in the left sidebar that would allow somebody to translate a blog post, page, or comment into some other language (e.g., French, Russian, Arabic, Japanese). The feature consumed a bit of space in the left sidebar and was awkward to use, so I disabled it some time ago. I’ve found a new widget for that purpose, though, and have installed it for your amusement and possible convenience. At the top of each page and blog post (and at the bottom of each comment), you’ll find a link that says “[Translate]“. Click on that link and you’ll get a long list of languages (and images of national flags). Choose your language and click on it, and — voilà — you’ll get to read the page, post, or comment in the chosen language. (To return it to English, follow the same procedure, but select English as the language of choice.)
As always, I will be very grateful for your reports of errors, inadequacies, and the like. I also don’t object to hearing good things about the blog and its appearance