WordPress 3.5 & Windows: Plugin Update and Install Issue Quick Fix

Anyone got plugin update or install issue after updating to WordPress 3.5? Is this your error message:

Download failed. Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable

This issue is not limited just to plugins, it’s affecting themes, and whole WordPress, you will not be able to update anything at all!

Here is ticket connected to this issue: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/22900

So there are 2 things you need to do:

Go. to wp-includes/class-http.php and find this 2 lines:

if ( ! is_writable( dirname( $r[‘filename’] ) ) )
return new WP_Error( ‘http_request_failed’, __( ‘Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable.’ ) );

And comment them out (just add // in front of them)

This is actually secondary check and its unnecessary, also any path returned by get_temp_dir() method should be writable by default. So this needs to be removed or make it compatible with Windows!

Second thing that you need to do is to add one line of code in yours wp-config.php file:

define( ‘WP_TEMP_DIR’, ABSPATH . ‘wp-content/’ );

This issue is already fixed for WordPress 3.5.1 version, but this is quick fix so you can do it now.

Did this fix worked for you?

JetPack 2.0 Publicize – Facebook special characters problem quick fix

New WordPress Jetpack 2.0 plugin update comes with great Publicize module, that all of wordpress.com users love. But there is a problem with publicize posts in Facebook, special characters from various languages are not shown right. Instead that characters the html code is shown in their place.

There is quick fix for this problem, you should go to your dashboard, than plugins and editor.

Chose Jetpack by WordPress.com and click sellect, than on right find jetpack/modules/publicize.php and than in the file find this line:

$string = mb_convert_encoding( $string, ‘HTML-ENTITIES’, ‘UTF-8’ );

and add // before this line, it should look like this:

//$string = mb_convert_encoding( $string, ‘HTML-ENTITIES’, ‘UTF-8’ );

Click on Update file and that is, your issue with publicize Facebook posts and special characters is solved.

Please comment if you have any issue with this fix.

Jetpack 2.0: Publicize to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr; Post by Email; Photon; Infinite Scroll

Jetpack 2.0 just knocked me out today. This just shows how mature and scalable the WordPress platform is. This is a giant step to reach and socialize every wordpress installation just like it’s done with the wordpress.com blogs. I personally was cheering for Publicize module in this version, but Photon and Infinite Scroll have just blown me off. And finally, as a developer, I have a lot of new API’s to play with, and all of them are coming from jetpack.me fabulos kitchen.

I think that this update will also make a lot more developers use wordpress.com services to provide infrastructure for their themes and plugins.

Thank you Matt & WordPress team for this great platform – this is not just a plugin for me any more, this is way bigger!!!

Now I’m more eager to see new modules like translation and developer mode, and also the revamp of stats module. And now I have to add a few jetpack.me modules to my wishlist:

  • Management module (controlling all of my jetpack connected websites from same dashboard)
  • SEO
  • Collaboration (same time writing and editing – very possible if all processing is delegated to wordpress.com servers)
  • More API to play with

What do you ppl think, is there any other plugin that we will need once when the jetpack comes to 4.0 version? And what modules will be in the jetpack 4.0?

Jetpack 2.0: Publicize to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr; Post by Email; Photon; Infinite Scroll.

WordPress team worked on parallel data download for WordPress.com stats, its great thing to hear. Before it needed 10-20s just to start displaying stats, now its a lot faster.


This fix is also speeding up JetPack stats for WordPress.org sites.

Also for hard core users there are new keyboard Toolbar Notification shortcuts.

The WordPress.com Blog

We’ve just released two improvements that will make WordPress.com even more efficient for you, leaving you more time to create content.

Site Stats

If you get a lot of traffic to your blog, your stats were sometimes slow to load.  We know you like to look at your stats often, think about how all those seconds added up.  Now, your main stats page loads all of its data in parallel:

This loads your whole stats page two to three times faster, which means less time spent staring at a spinner and more time for interacting with your readers and creating content.

Of course, if you’re a Jetpack user, you can partake in the speedy stats goodness on your WordPress.com stats page as well!

Toolbar Notifications

We’ve made your Toolbar Notifications faster to interact with also. Now you can navigate the Notifications menu from your keyboard.


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Please read Matt blog post about JetPack plugin and if you are using it please rate it!

Jetpack — Essential Security & Performance for WordPress

This has been a pretty exciting year for Jetpack, with numerous updates like countries being added to stats, subscriptions, contact forms, Jetpack comments, Carousel, and there’s some even more exciting things in the pipeline.

But despite the incredible adoption of the plugin and positive feedback we’ve been getting, Jetpack only has 3 of 5 possible stars on the plugin directory. That brings me to two points:

First, if you are having any trouble with Jetpack please let us know on the support forums (it’s even better than comments here). As the plugin says in its sidebar, “57 of 58 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.”

Second, if you’re a user of Jetpack please consider rating it in the directory. You need a WordPress.org account to do so, but once you log in it’s as easy as clicking the stars in the sidebar. Our rating…

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Best VPN service providers for Android

After some time of using my Android phone, I hit a giant wall. Content blocade in certain countries in our World. Did you know that if you go to China most of your web will be gone… And even if there wasn’t any “great firewall” there are other issues from your internet service provider like HBO access area, or iBBC… Solution for this problem is VPN. What VPN actually do is mask your identity and gives you IP address from country you want. So you could be in south pole, but your Android will think its in US, UK, or any other place in world, you will still need an internet connection to do it. Here is list of hand picked provider that I found on my way of digging under the wall.

1. Hide My Ass!

A VPN service with great brand name, and service that I use today.  There are many reasons for me switching to it, first of many is support of Open VPN protocol so I could use it on all of my devices, and unlimited data. Also neat feature is that they provide only one plan, so no need for any confusion and choosing which one to get. So they have 256 servers in 49 countries. With amazing 29,500 available IP addresses.

So here are some specs:

  • 260 servers in 49 countries
  • Hide behind 29’500+ IP addresses
  • New IP every time you connect
  • PPTP / OpenVPN protocols
  • Unlimited bandwidth usage
  • Android and iOS support

They plan is 11.52 $ a month with 43% off if you get 12 month contract for 78$. And that is a huge discount and it makes Hide My Ass my first choice for Best VPN service provider. So click here and get your new VPN for Android device.

2. Pure VPN

Pure VPN is founded in 2006 in Hong Kong, they say: We Do Not Just Provide VPN Service.. We Provide Freedom on the Internet…They have more than 50 servers, and they are located in 15 countries. They have Standard, PureGold and Unlimited plan. They support PPTP, L2TP and here is my experience with it.

I used Standard plan, only restriction on it is 30GB of data. So no torrenting or p2p sharing. Mostly that services are not used on phones. I was amazed by speed, youtube, facebook, twitter, skype… All apps and services I was using worked buttery smooth. This plan starts at 9.95 $ per month.

For those who wants to be able to switch between all gateways and servers they should use PureGold plan, and than could change between 15 countries as many times as you want. This plan starts at 15 $ per month. It also gives you dedicated IP. For unlimited traffic you have Unlimited plan that starts at 18 $ a month. I will write again, speed on Pure VPN was first class, everything was fast with no speed restrictions at all. More info about Pure VPN.

Also please share your opinion on this or other providers, and I will include them in this post. There are also some budget VPN providers, and if I get my hands on them, you will get review of them here.

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