Troubleshooting Plugin Conflicts

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Troubleshooting plugin conflicts is fun.

Yes, I know, you can’t have plugins on sites. That is, you can’t unless you have the Business plan (more about that another time).

So this is for people who run self-hosted WordPress sites.

Today I had a plugin conflict. 

There. I said it.

Actually, in about ten years of running self-hosted WordPress sites, this is maybe only the second time I have had a plugin conflict.

So what does it look like?

In this particular case it looks like this; a bar that will not move stuck across the text in the back end as I am writing.

It was actually worse than this because I had an image to the left and text to the right, and I couldn’t get to it because the bar covered everything.

What caused it? My first thought was that the latest version of Yoast was conflicting with Gutenberg.

A moment’s thought said that wasn’t the case because I would have heard about it.

The worst possible answer would have been that the Yoast plugin was conflicting with the theme I was using. There was no way I wanted to stop using it, but at the same time there was every reason I wanted to continue to use the Yoast SEO plugin.

So I asked Yoast on Twitter and he/his team suggested a plugin or theme conflict. 

It looks like a theme or plugin conflict. Can you please perform a conflict check? How to check for plugin conflicts. Also, can you confirm if the issue persists with the latest versions of Yoast (9.0.3), Gutenberg and your theme?

The article on Yoast recommends using the Health Check & Troubleshooting plugin to troubleshoot the issue.  Here is the blurb for it:

Once you install and activate the plugin it puts you in Troubleshooting Mode. This has no effect on your site visitors, they will continue to view your site as usual, but for you it will look as if you had just installed WordPress for the first time.

Here you can enable individual plugins or themes, helping you to find out what might be causing strange behaviours on your site. Do note that any changes you make to settings will be kept when you disable Troubleshooting Mode.

You really have to see the Healthcare Check plugin in action. If you have a self-hosted site, go try it out even if you don’t have a problem. Actually, no, better not because it might screw up the database.

Take my word for it that is is amazing to see the site revert to a plain vanilla WordPress site and be able to turn plugins on and off to see what affects what. But only you, who is logged in as the admin see the site like that. The site looks normal to your visitors.

If you detect that I got all excited doing it, imagine how I felt when I turned off one particular plugin and the problem went away?

It was like the holidays came.

I know, what kind of person gets a kick out of a problem like this being solved?

Well I did.

Next step was to disable the Health Check & Troubleshooting plugin and deactivate the plugin that was causing the problem.

Then I contacted the plugin author and asked if he might try to fix the issue with his plugin.

I was aware that in a tussle between two plugin authors, who is to be the final arbiter of who should accommodate who?

Yoast is used in millions of websites, so the Yoast plugin has the big guns of numbers on its side, so I think the ball is in the other plugin author’s court.

The final stage, pending the other plugin getting updated, was to thank team Yoast for their help.

And that’s the story.

How Time Flies

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I got this notification of an achievement from

Happy Anniversary to me.  I have been on for twelve years. 

Who would have thought it, eh?

All those words, all those images, all those posts. 1,128 posts, 1,806 images.

It doesn’t feel like an achievement. Maybe I have a skewed idea of what the word means, but I didn’t set out to be on for twelve years, so I don’t think it is an achievement.

It’s been interesting. And there are some people I am glad I bumped into. That’s probably the best bit. Be that as it may, it’s a reason to look back. So here in honour of twelve years a blogger is a gallery of some of the photos I have posted. 

Gutenberg Media Library Issue

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Gutenberg Media Library Issue: Just checking, is anyone else who is using Gutenberg also seeing this issue?

In a nutshell, the media library is showing the list of images as though they are not attached to posts, but they are. And the issue is only present for posts posted with Gutenberg.

For example, the top image, of the leaves, is in fact attached to a post. it is attached to the post He, She, Him, His, Her, Her

Why do I care? It’s because I use ‘Unattached’ as a filter to clear unattached images. The unattached ones are usually old header images and that kind of thing.


Just checking, is anyone else who is using Gutenberg also seeing this issue?

He, She, Him, His, Her, Her

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Is it her? No, that is wrong. It should be Is it she?  The meaning is clear if we reverse it and say Her it is, which is plainly wrong, whereas She it is, is plainly correct.

Or to put it another way, Is it her? begs the question of ‘Her’ what? Her dog, for example?

None of this is my natural language. I make the mistake all the time. Tamara is a much better speaker of English and she gets it right all the time.

So we were talking about this mix-up, and how people speak. Suddenly, in a blinding flash of insight, I noticed something about the English language.

We, wrongly, say Is it him?, whereas the correct language is, Is it he?

And that is when it struck me that we say her and her dog.

But we say him and his dog.

Females only get her.

Males get him and his.

Why is that?

Apropos Nothing

Leaves on the ground in Cambridge, yesterday, so beautiful in their place in the universe.

They grew on trees
They fell from trees
If the worms didn’t eat them
They’d be up to my knees

Travelers and Travellers

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I was in Waterstones and I bought a book on impulse after scanning a few pages. Sitting at my computer, I wanted to recall the name of the book. But the book was downstairs.

I looked on the Waterstone’s website and put in ‘travel nazi Germany’.


I googled for it and it brought up a review of the book in the Washington Post.

Um… different cover to the one I had bought.

But I had the name now: Travelers in the Third Reich.

So I put the title into Waterstone’s website and there it was. With the book cover I had bought.

Same title. No, not quite. It’s got a double ‘l’ in travellers, for the English market.

Could the author have used another word that translated across varieties of English?

Probably not, because the book covers tourists, people there on business, people there specifically to see what was happening in pre-war Germany.

I prefer the cover on the version made for the English market. It puts you in the position of the traveller. And it’s reminiscent of travel posters of the 1930s.

Is there a message in the US version? Is that the Hindenberg airship that was supposed to do a number of round trips between Germany and the Americas?

The airship never completed the first of its journeys, because it famously burst into flames and was destroyed at its mooring in New Jersey in 1937.

The Hindenberg 1937

Salzburg and Those Love Locks

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In an earlier post (The Salzach River at Salzburg) I lamented that I had not taken any photos of the love locks on the railings of the pedestrian bridge across the River Salzach.

Well, maybe not – but I found something among the photos…

Here’s the river – new town on the north side to the left, old town on the south side to the right. But peer closely and there is the ‘love locks’ pedestrian bridge at the bottom left of the photo.

Beyond the big green bump of a hill in the middle ground is the Villa Trapp, where the Von Trapp family lived before they left for Italy to escape the nazis.

And nearer in the foreground on the northern bank is the house where Mozart lived for a number of years before moving to Vienna. You can visit it.

We did and it is wonderfully interesting, not least for the collection of pre-pianos (I think I just invented that word).

Tamara especially was in heaven, being a huge fan of Mozart. She bought some CDs of musicians playing the instruments of the period.

One CD we have been listening to – on ‘pre-piano’ and violin – is terrific. There is a strain in the music – is it slightly darker, with a minor sound – that   is somehow missing from modern instruments. Well, not missing, but different.

The Old City on the South Bank Of the River

Here is a view from the north side, looking towards the old town on the south side, with the castle on the hill – actually the biggest fortress in Europe. Should you ever go there, note that the funicular takes you to the top of hill but not to the fortress.

To get to that you have to walk up a series of steep, steep paths. Enjoy!

On one of the main streets in the old town is the house where Mozart was born. We visited it and it was especially nice for Tamara (did I mention she is a big Mozart fan, already…) and for me.

We looked out of one of the upper windows at one point and imagined what it must have been like it those days.

We also visited Mozart’s house in Vienna, but that’s another story.

But the real interest for the purpose of this post is the bridge! The love locks bridge – getting a bit closer to being able to show a photo of it.

Closer To The Love Locks

And here is the nearest I can get to it, a crop from the photo above – and I think you can see that it is a brass/bronze colour – and that is the colour caused by the density of all those love locks.

Mission accomplished!

Will It Collapse?

With all those bits of hardened steel locked onto the bridge you can see why I wondered whether the locks might bring the bridge down, simply cause it to collapse under the weight.

The Sound Of Music Tour

If you want to visit the Villa Trapp, where the Von Trapp family lived before they left for Italy to escape the nazis, and see all the other things associated with The Sound Of Music, then perhaps the tour is just the thing. I cannot comment because we did not take the tour.

But we did take the all-day tour around the lakes and mountains in the Alps south of Salzburg. And because it was hop-on-hop-off, we were able to hop off at a couple of places and then catch the bus onward.

Here’s an iPhone photo of the clear waters of the Fuschl am See in the village of Sankt Gilgen. It felt positively privileged to the sitting there sipping coffee.