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There’s a blog plugin called CommentLuv that I love. I’ve been a fan of that plugin since 2008, so much so that I went ahead and paid for the premium version, which comes with a few more bells and whistles.

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that it wasn’t working on one of my blogs. That occurred after an update, which the premium version has at least once a month so it was easy to spot. That it only stopped working on one blog was odd, so I contacted customer service for help.

After going back and forth in a few emails, the problem is that particular blog doesn’t have a footer on it. Most websites don’t have this as a worry but most blog platforms come with a footer where, if you want, you can add even more links to your site. I had removed the footer on that blog years ago because there had been some code built into it that I couldn’t overcome any other way. It works perfectly without it, and I never looked back.

However, the upgraded premium plugin needs the footer to do its job. For me, it kind of stinks, as that blog has a very old theme that I’ve modified over the years, and I’m not in the mood to get a new one. During testing I swapped to one of the current WordPress themes to see if it would work, and it didn’t. So, whether it’s the footer or not is still out there, but the reality is that I had to load a previous version to get it working again and I’ll just have to be happy with that for now.

What this points out is that the latest and greatest isn’t always so for everyone, and holding onto something old isn’t always the best way to go either. I’m sure there are still many XP users out there who think it’s the bees knees (does anyone say that anymore?) and swear they’re never going to switch up, but this is the year when Microsoft totally stops supporting it. If anything goes wrong you’d best be ready to pony up some big bucks for someone to come fix it, as most have moved on to newer operating systems, or be ready to totally wipe your system and load the disk that came with it, without knowing if any of the updated files will still be available once support from Microsoft ends.

Back in the early 2000’s the big thing most people wanted was some kind of flash in their websites. It was pretty, bold, and, well flashy. It also didn’t look good for everyone because sometimes it didn’t match up with what their business said they did. I’ve seen a lot of those websites over the years, and most of them have no rankings whatsoever; so sad…

This is why you need to take a look at your website every once in a while to make sure everything’s working the way you want it to, as well as to do an evaluation as to whether it’s really getting the message across that you’re hoping to get out to the world. It doesn’t mean everything has to change, but it does mean you need to know what’s going on so you can make the determination as to whether to keep on the straight and narrow or make some kind of modifications here and there.

Due diligence is always the way to go.

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