A long, complicated story preceded this picture. I hope to start telling it soon. For now, it’s enough to say that a goal more than three years in the making has been accomplished. (In the meantime, read this.)
I’ve been doing some consulting recently for a local start-up that has used school computers for sale. When I put their website together, I did what I’ve done for numerous other clients: I used Contact Form 7 to put some email forms on the site. I put a shortcode in a sidebar widget for an email form. But for some reason, although the main contact form worked with no problem, emails submitted through the sidebar form failed, every time.
After some research and discussion with the hosting provider, I reached the conclusion that there was some issue with the sidebar that was breaking the shortcode’s functionality. Bottom line: I would need to either insert the code manually into the template (I try to avoid that), buy a premium plugin (not really an option in this case) or use some other hack such as Foxy Form.
However, I discovered a simple workaround via Jetpack, the free service from Automattic that connects self-hosted WordPress sites with wordpress.com. Very handy way of getting an email form into a site without running around looking for a new plugin.
So I was looking at the row of extension buttons in Google Chrome, specifically hunting for the RSS Live Links icon so I could catch up on search news. When I realized…it was gone. I looked in my list of installed extensions to see if it had gotten switched to inactive for some reason. Nowhere to be found.
Where on earth did it go? I hunted around a bit, and found this.
As the original author of RSS Live Links, I sold the extension in January to what I thought would be a safe home. Unfortunately, that home then sold it on. I have contacted the new owners and have received a very curt reply that Google pulled the extension (I have not been told why) and that they are working to reinstate it.
I apologise to all for this – my intention when selling it was to ensure its continued survival in the face of my lack of time to maintain it.
Well, isn’t that unfortunate. Fortunately I found a good replacement: RSS Feed Reader. If you’re a Chrome user looking for a good RSS extension, seriously check it out. It’s everything RSS Live Links was and then some.
Now, if you’ll excuse me…I need to go hunt down a bunch of RSS feeds. 🙁
This is my story…sort of. I am imperfect & really don’t like that part of me. This poem reminds to get back up & keep going. [Read more…]