Customized Suzuki Intruder in French village
Photo: Copyright © 2014 Eelke Blok

Joomlatools: Advising to NOT upgrade to Joomla 1.5.16/1.5.17

Our friends at Joomlatools are advising against updating Joomla to the latest version, 1.5.17, and remain at 1.5.15 (1.5.16 was released in between, but was quickly sperseded by 1.5.17 due to another problem). Version 1.5.16 introduced a mechanism that will disable a plugin automatically when it runs into an error condition.

Instead of throwing an error the plugin is disabled and prevented from executing under normal conditions. This can lead to a site visitor experiencing unexpected behavior or worse the site could go down.

This does seem like something that could...

WordPress Quick Flickr Widget with cURL

Of course, you put a site live, and you run into trouble. Turns out the widget I chose for displaying my Flickr photostream uses the file_get_contents() PHP function to fetch the contents of the Flickr feed. Whether this is at all possible is governed by the PHP setting allow_url_fopen, and my hosting provider has it turned off. This is not at all uncommon, because when a script is not coded carefully, it would be possible to load a remote file into a script that was only ever intended to load local files. Scary.