WordPress problems are something I encounter ever-so frequently. These frustratingly incessant problems plague my writing experience to the point of complicating the most simplest of things and turning them into tedious and unnecessary hassles. It is infuriating and inconvenient, to say the least, and perhaps that by writing them, I could figure out whether or not these problems are my own, or problems that have plagued the community all this while.
Before I start, let me just say that I wouldn’t have written this without the suggestion from Yomu of Umai Yomu. He responded to my frequent dissatisfaction of these issues on twitter, and suggested that I write them out in a post in the hopes that the relevant parties might be made aware of these issues. So thanks Yomu!
I’ll be arranging this list from the least annoying issues to the most obnoxious problems. Here we go!
5) Missing pingback notification
I used to receive notifications of pingbacks whenever I link my own posts onto my other posts. But nowadays, no matter how often I link back to previous posts, there’s no pingback notification. I’ve checked my settings multiple times and they always show that I have notifications enabled. Sometimes, I don’t even get a notification when my post is linked by another website/blog. It’s not a very cumbersome problem, but it does baffle me considering that I used to receive these notifications and now I don’t.
4) Comments disabled
One of the more frequent problems I face are the comments turning itself off on its own. It’s definitely one of the less annoying issues, but it’s still a nuisance especially when you notice it late. All your readers would’ve already gone through your post, and any engagement they might have had would’ve been lost along with their interest in that particular post.
3) Random scheduling of posts
Usually when you write up a post, the default setting would be to post immediately upon publishing. I’ve never done anything to change that, nor do I know of a way to change this default setting. And yet, I’ve encountered on multiple occasions the post scheduling itself on a certain time and day. Worse still, it schedules itself to a time and date in the past! Say for example, I write up a post now, but somehow it decides to publish it 5 days ago. I’m left with the weird problem of being unable to find my post on Reader, and if I can’t even find my own post then how would anyone else? In fact, I would have to go back 5 days on my website’s feed of latest posts to find that post just so I can remove it and republish it.
2) Can’t type in block editor
This is one of the most exasperating issues for me personally, because it makes writing extremely tedious. Basically when I try to click on a block in the editor to type, it selects the whole block instead of allowing me to edit my words. This means that when I type, nothing is registered. The best way around this for me is to press backspace (which deletes the whole block) and then undo the backspace, and then somehow you’ll be able to edit and type once more. But the whole process is extremely unpleasant because it happens with every block, even the ones I had recently used this “fix” on. This means that I end up having to repeatedly perform this “fix” whenever I try to edit a block, even for the smallest of edits. The amount of unnecessary hassle needed just to write is so infuriating.
1) Latest post doesn’t appear on Reader
For me, this takes the top spot in the most exasperating glitches I’ve ever encountered. Sometimes when I’ve finished writing and immediately published a post, I’m unable to find it on Reader. I wouldn’t know if my post had been successfully published or not. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to remove and republish my post, but this would mean having to take down the post itself from my website and all my social links by individually opening them up one by one. Otherwise, the links on my socials would lead to a dead page (since the post is removed). All these steps just because my post doesn’t appear on reader like it’s supposed to.
So there you have it, my 5 WordPress glitches ranked from the least bothersome to the most irksome. Even as I type this, I’m experiencing glitch number 2! So that’s nice.
Have you ever had these problems? Am I doing something wrong? Do you know of a way to fix these problems? If so, please do share your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to read them all.