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Beware the Zemanta WordPress Plugin

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Blog Design Journal
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In the past few days, I have had the Zemanta WordPress plugin eat several WordPress posts in progress. I don’t think that was a coincidence.

It would not have been tragic, except that WordPress had not done any autosaves. So whole , nearly completed (or completed) long posts disappeared, never to be seen again. And that means rewriting from scratch. Grrrrr!

If you write in Word, for example, and paste the copy into WordPress that would be no problem. I don’t.

It appears to me that WordPress 3.41 may no longer have the Autosave feature, and that has me worried. It has saved my life on several occasions in the past.

The obvious solution is to use the Save Draft feature constantly. But it is distracting, and it takes a few seconds that seem long when you are in a hurry.

Or don’t use Zemanta. It’s your choice.

Zemanta is a free WordPress plugin that I have used (an loved) for years. It finds and offers you photos related to your post (with captions and attribution included), plus a list of Related Articles that you can list in your post. All can be inserted with a click. I used it on this post.

If you only design blogs for clients, and do not write posts, all this

may seem irrelevant to you. But you should at least warn your clients. Otherwise they may blame you.

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