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WordPress.com Hiccup with Themes

If you are experiencing, like I am, a bad WordPress Theme day, your messed up WordPress Theme issue has been reported and they are looking into it.

Another Update – Everything has been fixed. If you are still having trouble, contact WordPress.com support through the FEEDBACK button. Thanks, WordPress.com crew!

So if your custom CSS WordPress Theme has reverted back to the Default, be patient. Hopefully it will be back up to what it was soon. Update: Themes appear to be working now.

You will also notice that instead of your blog’s name in the title of your WordPress Administration Panels, you will see “My Weblog”. This is just a glitch in the system, too.

Remember, WordPress.com is cutting edge blogging technology. We WordPress.com bloggers are working with the very latest version of WordPress, testing it and putting it through its paces. Our feedback to the developers makes WordPress even better for everyone. But it does mean we have to put up with a few glitches once in a while.

UPDATE: If you are getting email from your WordPress.com blog, it is because all the settings have been reset. Go into your Options and reset the Discussion > Email sections to email you or not when someone leaves a comment on your blog.

I’m sure there will be a few more glitches while this is being worked on. Be patient. They are working on it.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted April 25, 2007 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    It took a minute to figure out. I couldn’t remember to subscribing to anything called “My Weblog” recently. :) When I came here, I was actually wondering if you had been sick or something for the blog to look like that.
    I’m glad to see everything back to normal.

  2. Posted April 25, 2007 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a problem with the hiccups but with the “improvements”. The preview has been moved to open in a new window or tab (five lines down!!!). This was done without warning and no indication it is even happening except my preview post wasn’t there. Clicking on the new preview button did nothing, until I finally looked at the bottom-most Firefox bar and discovered several of the new tabs there. Evidently, it is a permanent “improvement”, but unlike Snapview, we aren’t allowed to undo the thing. I need multiple tabs for the same reasons you do and now to look all over the place to check on my posting coding, etc.

    Horrible, horrible. Why can’t users interested in readability and efficiency get asked first about enforced improvements?

    April 26th, 2007 at 4:51 am – http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=10372&page&replies=11#post-72700

  3. Posted April 25, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    You know what’s really weird? I had/have a similar problem with my own installed WordPress blog. 3 days ago it reverted back to the default settings of my chosen theme. I still haven’t figured out why.

    I thought upgrading might help, so I moved to 2.1.3 a few minutes ago. It didn’t help. In fact, it broke my blogroll. I’m too tired to keep trying to figure it out tonight. If anybody can point me to a good place to start to fix this, please let me know.

  4. Posted April 26, 2007 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Simply change your template file sidebar to wp_list_categories and wp_list_bookmarks where it has the old WordPress Template Tags.

    If you are having this problem on a stand-alone version of WordPress, you may have bigger problems. The 2.1.3 release was a security patch which fixed vulnerabilities which allowed nasty people to do nasty things to your blog. It’s a good thing you upgraded, but make sure nothing else happened when you weren’t looking. There have been reports of evil doers exploiting those who haven’t upgraded.

  5. Posted April 26, 2007 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Pam, I’m with you totally. Hit that Feedback button and tell them how you feel. I’m throughly disgusted, and let them know that, by this new preview change. It sucks and puts WordPress back into the dark ages of pre-preview days, one I’m not eager to return to. If this stays, I’ll be ranting about it publicly in a day or two. It might just be temporary. Let’s hope, but let them know how you feel about it.

  6. Posted April 26, 2007 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Done. Yeah! submit feedback button is back (I did the feedback previously but it doesn’t do much without the submit button also present)

  7. Posted April 28, 2007 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m running a stand-alone, and I have the “revert to default” issue at times (but seemingly only when I upload a new version of my css file).

    Can you share more about the fix?

    Thanks, Lorelle. :-)

  8. Posted April 28, 2007 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    This has nothing to do with full version WordPress. It was only for WordPress.com blogs, which are run with WordPressMU.

    As for your problem, if WordPress can’t find your Theme for any reason, it will revert to the Default Theme. That is why it may revert after you upload a new version of your stylesheet. During the process, someone may have visited or you may have triggered your blog in a way that it went hunting for the stylesheet, didn’t find it, and reverted. Just change it back. Pretty simple.

    They put this “protection” in the recent versions of WordPress and it makes sense but it doesn’t always work in the real world.

  9. Posted May 2, 2007 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Lorelle. I found a topic on the Support forums there, but there’s no fix, just explanations and wonderings.

    Thanks anyway, though!

  10. Robin
    Posted May 15, 2007 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    @Pam: This is likely because you have Firefox set to *not* focus on new tabs that are opened. And if you want to complain about this change, go directly to Matt.


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