Hold a true friend with both your hands. ~Nigerian proverb
For longer than I care to admit, I’ve been battling technical issues with my WordPress blog.
Every time I wanted to comment on someone’s post, or even reply to comments made on my posts, I was forced to log in.
Every. Single. Time.
This was despite my having asked WordPress to remember me. And despite already being logged in.
And when I keyed in my username and password, I’d be taken to a page with a random photo and a link to the blog I was visiting, forcing me to pull the site up again just to see if my comment had registered.
The whole thing was becoming so complicated — and time-consuming — that I questioned whether I wanted to keep blogging. Or just chuck it all.
During this time, I read of others who were having blog problems, but they only alluded to the problem — never specified what it looked like or what steps they’d taken to resolve it.
So I contacted the “Happiness Engineers” at WordPress, explained my problem, and asked for help.
Then, one of my blogging friends said my posts weren’t arriving via email the way they had in the past. What was that about? She contacted WordPress, and someone worked with her to remedy the issue. Thankfully, she also asked them about my login problem. They theorized cross-site tracking had somehow gotten messed up.
She sent me a link, and a light bulb went off!
I did a bit of research on my own and learned that the browser I use (Firefox) automatically protects your privacy while you browse (a good thing). But that protection might be considered overkill if you’re unable to visit your friends’ blogs and make comments without jumping through a gazillion hoops.
This article explains the matter in some detail. But if you, too, have been having this issue, you’ll want to fix it NOW. Here’s what you do:
Unblock the trackers by clicking the shield at the left on your address bar to see what’s being blocked. Toggle the switch at the top of the panel that pops up — to turn enhanced tracking protection off for that particular site. You can always go back and turn it on again if you need to.
That’s it! The page will reload automatically, and you’ll be good to go.
Suffice it to say, blogging is enjoyable once more, and spending less time on social sites frees me up to write and do web design. A win-win, if you ask me.