WordPress problems resolved!

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is fast, fast, fast, fast, fast.

As many of you know, I have been having WordPress problems since January 2, 2014. Many things:

  1. LIKE buttons were not loading on any blog whose URL ended with wordpress.com. Other blogs were fine. Just those ending with wordpress.com were problematic.
  2. Most of the time, not always though, I could not comment on blogs either. This problem affected all blogs, not just those whose URL ended with wordpress.com.
  3. My blog would not load correctly the first time. I would have to refresh or reload it in order to get it to work.
  4. My site stats would not load at all. Never.
  5. The gold star notification at the upper right would not work unless I clicked on the star twice.

SkyTower at SeaWorld San DiegoToday I had some extra time while preparing to go Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld. I could not access the WordPress Help Forums from anywhere on my blog like I could prior to January 2, 2014, so I went to Google, typed in wordpress help forums, and got to them that way.

I spent several hours reading through several hundred threads in the Help Forums before I finally found a clue about what might be happening. The clue was in a very long thread and was about the hundredth comment from someone outside of WordPress, someone like me who was having problems.

The clue was that the commenter was of the firm belief that WordPress was not compatible with Internet Explorer 10. I knew that I had upgraded from IE9 to IE10 but I didn’t know when. I pulled up my computer records and what do you know? I upgraded from IE9 to IE10 the night of January 1, 2014. Ah-ha!

I tried to downgrade from IE10 to IE9 but that apparently isn’t possible. All of the computers that I use daily are running IE10. I pulled out an old laptop computer that I don’t use anymore but which I knew had IE9 on it. Sure enough, I had no WordPress problems on the old computer using IE9.

I saw that IE11 was available, so since I couldn’t downgrade to IE9, I considered upgrading to IE11. I created a restore point on my Windows 7 computer so that if IE11 really caused problems, I could easily go back to IE10. Well, not only did IE11 load easily and quickly, but I have no more WordPress problems. LIKE buttons are loading, my stats page is showing up again, etc.

So there you have it! The problem wasn’t with my computer per sé but with a computer program that I needed in order to even get to my WordPress blog. The interesting thing is that apparently when Internet Explorer is your main browser, Firefox, Chrome, etc., don’t override everything in Internet Explorer. That explains why I was having the same problems in Firefox and Chrome.

I’m so happy! I can go blog camping again now, something that I really missed doing these past three months.

Lastly, not only is my Internet browsing so much faster than it was with IE10, but my whole computer seems to be much faster. Can’t explain it, but it is what it is.

And following a close-up of Shamu from this evening’s Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. Jim and I were sitting about three feet from four Shamus, separated only by a piece of glass four feet tall.

Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego on March 29, 2014

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16 thoughts on “WordPress problems resolved!

  1. M-R

    Happy for you, Russel: but personally, IE is one of my least favourite things about the WWW. It would seem, then, that the problems you’ve been having are nothing to do with what WordPress itself is causing. Lucky you.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Not directly, but one would think that with millions of WordPress users, and probably hundreds if not thousands of people contributing to WordPress since it is open source, at least one person would have contributed the upgrade that would let WordPress work well with Internet Explorer 10.


  2. draliman

    Hooray! It took a while but I’m glad your WP is once again fully functional.

    As a web developer IE is the bane of my life – you wouldn’t believe how many posts there are out there in the programming community begging MS to give up making browsers. When IE11 came out, a couple of our sites wouldn’t work in it. We fixed them for IE11 and then they wouldn’t work in IE10. For years we’ve had to program special bits in so that IE works properly (all other browsers just work!) – every time MS bring out a new version, everything breaks again.

    Sorry for the rant! Great picture of Shamu 🙂


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Probably the same reason I still use AOL!………….

      When I first tried Firefox, it crashed my computer. I worked with their tech support but none of us could ever get it working right.

      A few years later I was at a friend’s house and he was using Firefox. I was forced to use it there but it didn’t recognize all the common keyboard shortcuts that I had grown up with (CTRL+P = print, CTL+S = Save, CTRL+Home goes to beginning of document or page, CTRL+End goes to end of document or page, etc.). I can’t live without my keyboard shortcuts.

      Every Microsoft product recognizes keyboard shortcuts, and in many of their products, I can even set additional shortcuts for common things that I do. Ergo, I’m a huge Microsoft fan.


      1. philipfontana

        Russel, Wow…naturally I didn’t know about Firefox not accepting shortcuts! How about this one: This past Friday we got a popup from Microsoft that as of April 11 (11 DAY NOTICE!) they will no longer support, upgrade, or secure Windows XP which we, like so many others, have hung on to. They recommended upgrade to Windows 8.1 but my professional techie sons recommend we go with Windows 7 . Phil


        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I can highly recommend Windows 8/8.1

          Microsoft actually lets us know well in advance when support for something ends. For example, we already know that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020.

          I thought it was interesting that the people who didn’t like Windows 8 are the same people who love their itty bitty smart phones. Well, they are the same thing in practice except that Windows 8 is on a big computer instead of that itty bitty phone.

          I don’t have a smart phone simply because I consider them too expensive to buy and operate. Other than that, I love what they do, and their layout.


  3. ipatchandquilt

    I have been having problem with Internet Explorer too, especially these last three weeks. When I wanted to insert pictures in my post, they would all end up on the top of the post and I had to manually cut and paste them to the right location. Also the site loaded very slowly, or not at all. Today I changed my browser to Mozilla Firefox and have not had any problems at all!!!
    one of my blogreaders was having the same troubles, but some of her friends did not! That got me thinking about it being a browser software problem and not a wordpress problem. Lucky a change of browsers did the trick!


  4. narami

    Ah Ha! I’m so glad you worked that out! though I’m sorry it took so long. sometimes the problem is hidden behind something else. thanks for sharing maybe someone else will find the solution through you.


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