Friday I sort of broke the blog. I added some debugging code to help with a problem I was trying to solve. When just reading the blog, you probably wouldn’t notice a problem. I didn’t until I was away from home this weekend. Then other problems kept me from fixing it via remote login to my work machine.
There is a problem with WordPress’ sharing that is built into Jetpack. You only see the problem when you write or read a multi-page post and you are using sharing features of Jetpack. The text I use on this site looks as you see in the image above: Pages: 1 2. That line of text and links is created by a WordPress function: wp_link_pages(). On the home page it works well.
On the single post page it works not so well. In this second image you see the PAGES listed after Google+. If one uses standard text the PAGES links can be easily missed. I created the stand out box for PAGES so users would notice the page links. But, I spent some time trying to find out how to create a custom placement for Jetpack’s Sharedaddy feature, of which Google+ is a part. (Reference) But, I could not get the same technique to work for Google+. I have yet to figure which filter is adding Google+ to the posts and jacking up my footer.
Unfortunately the fix for the row of buttons labeled ‘Share this:’ does not work for Google+. I’ve reported it as a bug and made a feature request for improved placement of the ‘sharing area’ of WordPress.
This morning I got things fixed. As soon as I saw the error Saturday, which displayed as a ?> on all pages in the upper left, I knew what I had done. This morning I fixed it. For now the blog is working again. But, this weekend it had messed up my admin pages and part of what I need to make posts was missing. So, no Sunday post. I try to have those written and scheduled by Friday. But, I was doing other things Friday.