What happened to my blog?
drmike, it’s not that I don’t believe you. It’s that I THINK I’ve double-checked on everything that has been suggested and have yet to find the problem. If I’ve missed something, I’m sure it’s my own inadequacies, not anything you have done wrong.
I beg your patience — what am I missing here?
The issue is you have a post or posts that have messed up html code. When you look at your home page, you’ll see that the sidebar is to the bottom of the page. The normal page is a two column page and having the missing tag (whatever it is) is forceing the left column to overpower the right colum. Your individual post pages look fine because there’s no sidebar to get in the way. Since there’s no right column, the left column can take up the entire width of the theme.
http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=593 (Please note that that’s the author of the Regius theme in that one)
Now it could also be a picture throwing your layout off but I didn’t see any pics causing any problems.
I’m afraid that you’re just either going to have to manually check each post for stray tags or do the “set each post to draft one at a time” suggestion I linked to above, double check your blog and see which post is throwing it off.
Unfortunely, I’m on a locked down terminal so I can’t install anyting to double check for missing tags here. Sorry.
Okay, begging your patience one more time —
You’re saying that even though I don’t have this problem in any template other than Sapphire, I still need to search for open tags? I assumed when changing templates “fixed” the prob, that meant it wasn’t open tags. (That plus the fact that the blog looked fine one day, and a couple of days later didn’t, even though I hadn’t posted anything new.)
Maybe you could set your blog to show only a couple of posts per page, go back to the old theme and see which page breaks.
That may narrow down the culprits. drmike, would that help?
That sounds like a good idea. I’m willing. (Where do I change it to show only a couple of posts per page?)
Oh, I found it. I tried it but then realized it didn’t help because once I leave the first page, it isn’t broken.
Still, adding a couple of posts at a time may pinpoint the cuplrit, no? As soon as the first page breaks, there it is…
Would removing posts one at a time accomplish the same thing? I’ve removed several posts — going back to before the problem manifested itself — and even after removing them, I still have that problem with Sapphire.
Perhaps I’m incredibly dense (okay, I am) but I still can’t see how it could be an open tag if at first it posted fine, stayed fine for days, and suddenly changed when I hadn’t added any new posts.
Now I’ve removed all recent posts and two extras — going back to several days and two posts prior to any problems, and the problem is still there.
Is it actually possible that an open tag in an earlier post could have waited days or weeks to suddenly create a problem?
Note: I also removed some sidebar widgets, to no avail.
A good method to check for incorrect/unclosed tags is the HTML Validator. This will give feedback on where the problems are.
Obviously, any errors in the themes (if any) you will be stuck with, but it will be possible to find those in your own posts, which may be the problem.
The ones currently showing up are caused by incorrectly nested tags in your latest post (i.e. [p][em]text[/p][p]text[/em][/p]) which, while incorrect, wont produce the dramatic effects you’re reporting.
Try it with the old theme put back on & see what you get. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you. What’s interesting is that those are tags I did using the wordpress software.
What is even more interesting is that what the analyzer is showing isn’t what is showing when I check my html.
I’ll restore the old theme and see what happens.
Okay, before I return to the earlier template I need to figure out what is wrong here. If I can’t figure out how to fix this, then I’m really going to be in trouble if worse problems show up.
There are no paragraph symbols showing up when I write. The site you sent me to said that it’s embedded links, but the links I see aren’t embedded. They simply are the [em] and [/em] with no [p] showing.
What do I need to do at this point? There’s no way for me to correct it if I can’t see it.
Okay, I removed the italics and the page passed the test.
Then I switched to Sapphire and the page no longer passes.
Does that mean the problem is in the template and not in anything I posted?
drmike, I think this question got lost in the discussion, and I really would like to have an answer.
Is it safe to assume that whatever caused the Sapphire template (the alleged open tag) to screw up my blog had to have happened in the past few days, since prior to that I never had a problem?
Ok pooks, could you give a list of the output (errors) when you use the Sapphire template.
I’m getting quite confused because using that template doesn’t cause any problems on my blog. Would it be possible for you to put it up & leave it running so I could take a look at it while it’s not working. Hope you understand, but trying to diagnose this without ever seeing the problem is quite hard.
Once I’ve got it in front of me it shouldn’t take long. Will be online for next hour-ish anyway.
All the best,
I left it that way for most of the day and just changed it — oops! I’ll switch it back.
Ok, I’m on it. Will update with progress :)
Ok, done :) There’s some good news & some bad news.
Firstly, it’s not your fault. The bug that is causing the problem on your site is in the “Pages” widget of the Sapphire theme. See below:
<div id="pages" class="widget widget_sapphire_pages">
<li class="page_item"><a href="http://planetpooks.wordpress.com">Home</a></li>
<li class="page_item"><a href="http://planetpooks.wordpress.com/about/" title="About">About</a></li>
*** Closing pages DIV tag missing here ***
<div id="archives" class="widget widget_archives">
I’ve replicated this on my own blog, by changing to the Sapphire theme & adding the “Posts” widget – other’s should be able to replicate also.
So that’s the good news. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait for this to be fixed (I’ve submitted a Feedback bug report).
In the meantime, if you *really* want to use that theme, just remove the Pages widget.
Thank you so very much, mutube!
No problem, I know how frustrating these obscure bugs can get! Best of luck with your blog, if I hear anything back via feedback I’ll drop a note over on your site.
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