Managing a relatively complex website like TenthAmendmentCenter.com is no simple task. While early-on, the site was little more than a blog with one person posting on it (me, that is), today it is far more robust.
And that means sometimes things break. I did that last night.
TAC is run by a networked wordpress installation. WP is pretty straightforward to use as a blogging platform, and if that’s all you’re doing, you can even just use their hosting. But, once you add in different sections for articles and blogs, video sharing, multiple users, an online store, donations – and many of the other things we do – it requires customization.
Most of that is done through third party “plugins.” We run well-over 100 of them to power the entire site. And as wordpress grows, it gets modified and updated with improvements on a regular basis. That means all the plugins need to be updated as well.
As I upgraded 15 plugins last night, it seemed like everything was working fine. Until I noticed this morning that monthly donations weren’t getting processed. At all. So I did some research, talked with tech support at my host, and then eventually reverted back to the system restore point from before I did the updates. (years ago, I didn’t realize that was an option and when something broke, the only “fix” was to hire someone expensive to repair it)
Luckily that did the trick and everything is processing fine. But, while it’s not critical, those plugins will still need to be updated at some point to ensure smooth operation. I have a tech support in with the plugin creators (they’re a company owned by wordpress), and hopefully we can figure out what the issue is so we can keep moving forward.
I thought you might be interested in some of these behind the scenes going ons… Thank you for supporting our work!