WordPress And Their Glitches

We WordPress users (the ones that use WordPress.com) have encountered some rather interesting glitches (If you are a WordPress user and you have not had any experiences with glitches, they will be on their way to pounce on you in the near future).

From what I have gathered, these technological hiccups do not last long and they tend to surface when the Happiness Engineers are doing upgrades.

However, glitches are annoying nonetheless.

Today, I am going to highlight a few of them; some that you have probably experienced and others you have not experienced as yet.

Not Being Able To Press The โ€œLikeโ€ Button

Currently, there are bloggers on WordPress who are unable to press the Like button on the blogs of their fellow bloggers  (This might be one of the main causes of seeing a decreased number of likes on your blog posts).

Not being able to press the Like button on any of your fellow bloggersโ€™ blog posts can be a frustrating experience.

And, why is it a frustrating experience for some bloggers?

It is a frustrating experience for some bloggers because it is one of the main methods that they use to let their fellow bloggers know that they enjoyed their blog posts.

Pressing the Like button is most ideal for those people who are way too shy to leave comments.

Not Being Able To Comment On Blogs

I have read where some WordPress bloggers were unable to comment on the blogs of their fellow bloggers.

Could you imagine waking up one day to discover that you cannot leave comments on the blogs of others?

Well, that sort of thing happens all of the time.

In some cases, Akismet threw their comments into a virtual jail for spam and in other cases, it is caused by some type of technological mishap โ€” the kind of technological mishap that can only be rectified by a well-trained Happiness Engineer.

Losing The Draft-Copy For Your Blog Post In The WordPress Editor

Many years ago (the time period when I had my first WordPress blog), I lost a few blog posts while they were being created in my WordPress Editor (Back then we all used the Classic Editor).

After losing the draft-copies for my blog posts a few times in the WordPress Editor, I started composing the draft-copies for my blog posts in the word processing software on my laptop computer and when they were completed, they were cut and pasted into my WordPress Editor (I never lost any of the draft-copies for my blog posts since I implemented that method).

Losing a draft-copy for a blog post is enough to send a blogger into a fit of depression.

The WordPress Editor certainly came a long way and I highly doubt that the draft-copies for blog posts will disappear into nothingness while they are being composed in the Gutenberg Editor (However, I am not willing to test that theory; my time is way too precious for that).

Besides, composing the draft-copies for my blog posts in a word processing program is the safer option.

The Case Of Followed Bloggers Showing Up As Never Been Followed

Some of my fellow WordPress bloggers have actually complained about WordPress removing some of their followers.

Hey, that is one extremely strange glitch!

I once experienced something similar; I visited the blog of one of the people that I followed and when I looked down at the bottom right-hand corner of their web page, it indicated that I was not following them.

What did I do?

I refreshed the page and the tick that lets one know that they are following a blogger reappeared.

If I had pressed the Follow icon, they would have been unfollowed (Some WordPress bloggers may have inadvertently unfollowed some of their fellow bloggers due to this glitch).

I would also like to mention that other bloggers may have lost some of their followers due to some other type of glitch.

Finding Out That The Comments To Your Blog Posts Are Disabled

Yes, my friend, it is true that the comments to your blog posts can be disabled without you ever disabling them (It happed numerous times to some of the bloggers that used the WordPress mobile app to publish blog posts).

This issue can be fixed by logging into your WordPress account via a laptop computer or desktop computer and re-enabling comments for all blog posts.

The WordPress mobile app has been filled with unpleasant surprises from day one (And, that, my friend, is the reason why I publish all of my blog posts via my laptop computer).

Any blogger who loves receiving comments would be highly annoyed if they found out that a glitch disabled their comments.

Finding Out That The Format Of Your Blog Post Has Changed

In the past, a WordPress bug (one that took place only with the Gutenberg Editor), reformatted a blog post of mine.

To my horror, the H2 headers that were centred were repositioned to the left after my blog post was published; I brought this technical issue to the Happiness Engineers and they fixed it.

I am a stickler for formatting; which means I would be utterly displeased if I formatted a blog post one way and noticed that it appeared differently after I pressed the Publish button.

Have you ever experienced any sort of formatting issue on WordPress?

The Scheduling Process Going Mad

Thankfully, I have never experienced any glitch that pertains to scheduling blog posts.

Unfortunately, other bloggers had some glitchy experiences with the scheduling process; such as:

  • Numerous blog posts that were scheduled to be published days apart were all published at once.
  • The date and the time did not change (in spite of the blogger scheduling them for a future date and time); which resulted in the blog posts being backdated.
  • The scheduled blog posts being published but not appearing in the WordPress Reader.

The above things can cause bloggers to pull their hair out (I truly hope that you never experience them).

Final Thoughts

WordPress was filled with glitches in the past, glitches have shown themselves in the present and I have a strong feeling that they will also appear in the future.

Does that mean that WordPress will always be filled with glitches?

Maybe!

But, what I do know for sure is that the Happiness Engineers will rectify those troublesome glitches on your behalf (Some glitches may take a bit longer than others to fix).

Please feel free to let me know how you handled your WordPress glitch via the comments section of my blog.

82 thoughts on “WordPress And Their Glitches

  1. Scheduled post sometimes takes few minutes extra in addition to be published. Like button does not properly work. The blog already am following, needs to be followed again.
    Happiness Engineers are very much supportive. They will solve such problems I believe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Since being new to this world of WordPress, losing draft copies have never been a glitch for me as already I first compose and edit my write ups in other word processing softwares and then copy the material to the WordPress editor. So, thank you for letting me know about this particular glitch in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚ And for the scheduling glitch, after the one time it happened with me, I ALWAYS check whenever the notification pops up that my blogpost has been published, so as if multiple posts have been put up, then I just move the others to bin and schedule them for later. Have no other solution for that.
    Another glitch that I suffer is that every post in my reader is shown two consecutive times in the list ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ and when I like posts, sometimes theyโ€™re unliked just seconds later. To combat this, I have to reload and reload again!
    Now, Iโ€™ve just become used to these WordPress bugs, but sincerely hope the Happy Engineers debug it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. In the past year I have come across where I thought I was following a blog, only to find I wasn’t and I did refresh the page just to make sure. But I still found I wasn’t following. So refollowed.
    I have just found that same issue this week. I clicked on a blog because I thought to myself, she’s been quiet on my readed since last post I read, only to find I missed 3 posts and wasn’t following. So back to refollowing and caught up.

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      1. Oh, it frustrated me. But these were blogs I really loved and after my latest discovery of this week to find some glitch again, I was upset, because this blogger is a long distance friend too.

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          1. I follow 200 or under. I don’t go over that amount, as 200 is a lot, but I stick to no more than that, as it compensates for bloggers that may stop out the blje and not bother writing anymore. So below that number, I can keep up reading what I want to read.
            If it’s a blogger that I visit often on theirs and like-wise mine, I do notice. So any I haven’t, would fit into not regularly visited, or rapport with.

            It surprises me this unfollowing thing happening, when I don’t unfollow and like-wise knowing the blogger wouldn’t take me off their reading list.

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  4. I have experienced most of the glitches you mention, but the thing that annoys me even more, is that they never seem to put things back to where they were. It’s getting really depressing, having to constantly struggle with just about everything!

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  5. Renard, you’ve seen the weird formattting glitch on my blog. It’s still a mystery, didn’t fix itself but is also non-consistant. So it didn’t appear again in the last two days.

    Then there is then “YouTube glitch”, that doesn’t show the video screen with play button, as it usually does, but onyl, the URL of the video. Or the first video is okay, the second has the gitch. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Another glitch I experience quite often is that a blog I follow religiously, read it multiple times each day and even refer to and reblog, unfollows me every couple days. I always need to follow again, which is very inconvenient since we can’t reblog from blogs we don’t follow. Very stupid rule in the first place, made worse by WP.

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    1. Love the remark that you don’t have time to deal with Gutenberg editor. I guess that’s what 99% of us feel as well.

      The classic editor was great: White empty blog body, word processor-ish toolbar on top. Old true and trusted workflow when it’s about creating any bodysize of text and illustrations.No idea why the grief engineers felt the necessity to replace that editor with a lesser solution. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Come on WP, we are bloggers, not scrapbookers!

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    2. The thing is, the unfollow glitch is inconsistant, what makes it kinda impossible to rectify and analyze. It happens sometimes, then it’s okay for a couple days, then fux with me again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And it’s only that one blog that does it, far as I know.

      And it’s not like that lady would scratch me from the followers list, we talk from time to time and never had any conflicts. Quite the contrary, I learn a lot from her and admire her know-how, photographic style and prolific publications. And she never complained about my reblogs.

      So it must be another WP glitch. :/

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  6. Oh!! That explains the missing likes on my latest post, I was wondering if it wasn’t good enough. ๐Ÿ˜…
    Very helpful post, Renard, I have also encountered some of these issues in the past.

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  7. I too have seen these problems crop up, very irritating but the system runs well enough. I’ve used the Classic editor for years, won’t use that Gutenberg thing, it’s crap. I’d like to see WP dump Gutenberg and work on fixing the Classic editor only. By the way, some time ago the Justify button was removed from the Classic editor. I asked a Happy person why? They simply said it’s still available in the other editor. In effect, they didn’t want to talk about it. So I write the HTML code in myself to justify my paragraphs. Dumb move, WP.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ WordPress is focusing solely on the Gutenberg Editor.

      The Classic Editor is viewed as archaic technology. But what WordPress is unaware of is the fact that a large percentage of bloggers prefer the Classic Editor.

      I am adaptable; I can use both editors proficiently.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. Your welcome, Renard. I will never understand how such a huge company that hosts so many big name websites can’t see this simple fact you mention. It’s not archaic, it just works and works perfectly.

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  8. I’ve experienced that my post appear in a different format then I made them to be. These changes mostly appear in the reader and sometimes on my blog too. I’ve never used the draft posts but only work from Word on my laptop. I think my heart would skip a beat if my posts were send into nothingness.

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  9. I lost many of those I followed some time ago (perhaps, a year ago). I found most of them and haven’t noticed the problem reoccurring, at least not several at one time. Every now and then the reblog feature disappears, as well as the like feature.

    Regarding formatting issues, I noticed when WordPress ships a new version, sometimes the theme one is using needs to catch up. One of my blogs is on the Business plan which there are indications in the Dashboard when themes need to be updated. With that said, I just encountered problems with images since the last update. (I use the Gutenberg editor).

    I’ve not had the issue with drafts disappearing, however, I’ve had a published post disappear (most likely my fault). I found I could retrieve it in my browser’s history.

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  10. When I scheduled a blog post it did not show up in the reader. That was my first and last time of scheduling a post. I save it as a draft and post it when I’m ready. I sometimes do my drafts in Word, but I don’t like the way it looks when I copy and paste it into WordPress. The paragraphs are always double-spaced and I have to fix it. I guess that’s better than losing the whole draft, though.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sandi, all of my blog posts are scheduled to be posted at a future date (Utilizing this method is most convenient for me).

      A scheduled blog post only failed to show up in my WordPress Reader once and that was a very long time ago.

      Yes, the double-spacing from articles that were caused due to copy and pasting from a word processing editor can be easily fixed.

      Thank you for sharing your glitches with me.

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  11. Sometimes my schedules goes haywire – which can be annoying, on average l produce 3 posts per day, occasionally four. So, timings for me are important, l tend to post three times a day at UK time 6.15am/2.15pm and 10.15pm with the occasional 4th at 6.16pm. Basically a formula of 1 @ 8 hours or 1 @ 6 hours – it isn’t rocket science, but l get annoyed when for some reason it doesn’t go live it irks me as it mucks up my planner. I have found out that if l update and publish on scheduler at least four times – then the scheduler understands that l want the post published at the scheduled time.

    Another glitch is my comments seemingly go missing – l am either blocked by a quarter of my readership, or my comments hit their spam folders and no one checks there or, or, or?

    I read somewhere that it said if you over comment on other blogs your comments will end up in spam? Not sure, because truth be known, l [new system this week] read 8 blogs a day three days a week so 24 blogs a week … l used to try to read 8 blogs every day or 56 blogs a week … can’t do it.

    I would get probably 10 blogs a week before the new system now, that is working ok. So the whole comments thing is not right, unless they then include comments on our own blogs – who knows Renard, what l do know is l am at times too busy to really notice anymore, not me being blase either just a fact.

    I read when l can, l comment when l read, if they end up in spam, that’s not my lookout because l keep detailed records on when l visit people’s blogs [yes that is the nerd in me] l keep records of everything ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another quality post.

    I did see the post on blog awards but that was old and as such comments were closed .. good post l used to enjoy receiving them, l don’t anymore – that sounds terrible, but they take time. These days l am content to Gift the Compliment l offer, and there is never an obligation for any to respond or even acknowledge it – because in essence the Gift is a reblog of a favourited post ๐Ÿ™‚

    ps: Did you see this today?

    https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/03/24/the-hello-75/

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Rory, scheduled posts should not be going haywire; the Happiness Engineers should have rectified that issue by now.

      Now, the mystery of missing comments is a lovely one to be solved.

      Where I am concerned, I do comment a lot on blogs and those comments of mine are not looked upon by the system as spam.

      Fully detailed comments (like those that you are in the habit of leaving for me) are the best because it proves that the reader read the blog post.

      It is usually those comments like “Great post!” and “Me too!” that are flagged by Akismet.

      Why?

      Because they are generic in nature.

      By the way, you are one of the few people that leave meaningful comments (You are an exemplary commenter).

      Also, thank you for enjoying my post.

      I have disabled trackbacks and pings; which is the reason why I was not alerted about that post in particular; I will make it a priority of mine to check it out.

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      1. Ah of course, l remember you writing that about not seeing ping backs a few months ago because of the disabling. Okies well l now have that noted – so the next time l dedicate a day to you, l’ll drop you a note on your last post – it ‘s a definite win win.

        I am always behind with your blog posts – l like your posts because they are factual and l like posts l can get my teeth stuck into – l am a long content reader and writer and l love logical posts – so l dedicate a day to you and drop it on the last post and read you more often and not have to play catch up to four weeks worth of posts which is why l am always trialing out new dedicated day readings ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thank you for the compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. The schedule issue is common if I set a time that has passed. I find if I save it first, then backdate post it, problem solved. If I backdate it first without saving, it posts immediately even though it shows the earlier time.

        For me, it’s not only draft posts disappearing, it’s scheduled posts. It’s rare, but annoying.

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  12. For a few days I was unable to “like” or comment on about half the blogs I read. I wondered if it had something to do with the Corona thing – overloaded Wifi? But it seems to have been resolved now. Maybe it was Someone’s way of getting me to cut down on my screen time for a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. Oh I got my own share.
    Wordpress automatically ‘correcting’ your texts in drafts and replacing correctly spelt sentences with rubbish.
    Drafts being saved and appearing different on other devices.
    And yeah, I still struggle with that comment glitch today.
    Thanks for sharing Renard. This is so relatable.

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  14. I think you have come out with all the possible glitches one can come across in WP world.
    Thank you for this detailed assessment.
    1.Some of the comments I make in the comment box is never published.Either they go into the spam or the glitch with WP.
    2.Since I was not getting the posts in my ‘reader’ from the blogs I follow, and many times I have to ‘unfollow’ and then again re ‘follow’
    3. Some of the blogs,when I wished to read…..I get a display….xxxxcom.wordpress.com not available.The authours have deleted the sight.I don’t know who is at fault !
    4.The WP app both that of I pad & Android… does not show events in order.’History’ in a mess
    5.I don’t know where to figure out ‘spell check’ in WP block editor.
    6.Slight deviation from your topic…,Always wonder how many blogs one can follow safely in order to keep a constant interaction.My guess is it should be not more than 25 in order to maitain a strong bond with like minded.Otherwise one is sure to miss the favorite blog posts from the sea of posts from the ‘reader’.
    Some of my thoughts Renard Moreau.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing all of those things with me.

      In regards to your last question, the number will vary from blogger to blogger and it would depend on how committed the blogger is to interacting with those discovered via the WordPress Reader.

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  15. I use Macintosh computers and I have endless problems with WordPress. I discovered a lot of the problems have to do with newer Mac OSs and updated browsers. I had to fire up my 2008 Mac Pro at the office when my newer Mac was acting up. That old Mac is several OSs in the past with older browsers as well. Turns out I don’t experience any of the problems with WordPress on that 12-year-old mac that I do with my newer Macs with updated operating systems and browsers. WordPress seems to have a huge problem keeping up with the rapidly changing Apple OSs and browsers.

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