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Lorelle at WordCamp 2008 – 260 Ways to Break WordPress

WordCamp WordPress 2008I’ve uploaded my program from WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco to SlideShare and showcased it below.

I talked about how important it is that we push WordPress as far as possible, even to the breaking point, to make sure it will work across all operating systems, all hosts, all browsers, all setups – in every way we can. The more we push WordPress, the more the community benefits from the fixes. Trust me, WordPress can take it, but we need to do more.

Examples covered in the presentation include:

Here are some of the other presenters from WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco:

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  1. Posted August 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    my wordpress seems to be a bit broken, some themes that the developers of SWEAR are in perfect working order, don’t work for me… i’m on a mac, and safari is my browser, and some themes preview box has a little question mark (image not found) instead of the image, then when i click on preview for the theme, my blog just shows up on a white page with unformatted black text.. no theme… the people who write the themes never have an answer for me.. so i thought i would tell you, just so you know, my wordpress is broken 🙂

  2. Posted August 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Permalink


    That is highly suspect. Did they inquire further on the issue? How well does the Default theme work? Is its picture showing up? When you click on it, does the preview appear for it?

    If the preview does not appear for it, have you tried uploading all of the 2.6.1 files again? Have you tried another browser? How does it look in Firefox?

    Check the picture link. Does the picture point to the right place?

    What Server OS do you have? Are you using Apache, IIS, etc?

    What plugins do you have? Have you tried disabling them and rechecking?

    You may also try the forums at and see if anyone is having similar issues (I do think I remember a few having them, but I forget how or if they were resolved). If you can answer the above questions in the thread, it would help speed the resolution to your problem.

  3. Posted August 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I never thought my name would be on someone else’s slides. Well, one goal I had as a child is now accomplished.

  4. Posted August 21, 2008 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    @ Elaine:

    Thanks to Jacob, it looks like he answered your question. Safari has been troublesome for web design on and off for a while, so the Theme you are using might have issues with Safari. Have you checked it on another browser?

  5. Posted August 21, 2008 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    @ Jacob Santos:

    You know I live to make all the dreams come true for everyone involved in WordPress. 😀 You deserve the attention, as does everyone who works so hard for WordPress.

  6. supersonicsquirrel
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Lovely post!:)
    And I will definitely check one of those scripts, though I’m really looking forward to threaded comments in WordPress 2.7.

    I guess I can be proud as I have not managed to break my first and busiest installation of WordPress, though it’s been on a high-traffic website for 4 years.

    But I agree that Safari is nowhere near friendly for a web designer. I tried out to Windows version and I looked through the most of my projects from a Mac in an Apple store and it just looked like something completely different to me. The font was pretty blurry, too.

  7. Posted August 23, 2008 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jacob and Lorelle, i guess i will install firefox and try… but i won’t stop using safari, just coz i like it better than firefox… and my website looks fine, i mean the one i coded.. thanks for your help you guys, i will go peruse the forums 🙂

  8. Posted August 23, 2008 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    well i reinstalled wordpress, and everything is the same, and i installed firefox and the only thing that’s different is the question mark is missing for the themes that don’t work, but when i click on them to preview, it’s the same thing, just black and white and blue links.. no formatting per say, no nothing to do with the theme… i looked in the forums and found a couple of people having these problems, and noted that they were both on macs, so i guess i’ll just have to live with it until people start coding for this rapidly growing part of the user world.. 🙂

  9. Posted August 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    also, when i reinstalled, my ‘edit this entry’ stopped working, and my postviews plugin stopped working, so it’s more broken than it was before lol

  10. Posted August 23, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    @ Elaine:

    You’ve got all kinds of problems, don’t you. 😀 Be sure and remove EVERYTHING from your server before uploading the new version – everything except what is in your /wp-content/ folder and other stuff you need hanging around. The everything of the WordPress program.

    Sometimes when we upload over things via FTP and such, the files don’t make it all the way. A clean upload will usually cure a lot of problems.

    Thank goodness the WordPress Support Forum is there to help hold your hand when you are in agony.

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