You know what the problem with WordPress is? Sometimes, plug-ins written for WordPress don’t always play nice together. I recently installed two plug-ins for WordPress on a client’s website:
- Add Link to Facebook
Let me tell you: That was a mistake.
Of course, with WordPress plug-ins, there’s really never any way of knowing if a plug-in is going to have a conflict with another plug-in. Usually, you’ll find out pretty quick. Your site might suddenly go down, or the offending plug-in might screw with your beautiful template. If it doesn’t work out, you simply uninstall the offending plug-in and move on to the next one. After all, there are about a bazillion plug-ins for WordPress, and a lot of them claim to do the same thing as thirty or forty other ones.
They rarely fail catastrophically.
But in the case of WooCommerce meets Add Link to Facebook, the results were quite unexpected. They’re both nice plug-ins. They both work great. They just don’t work together. And boy howdy do they ever not work together.
WooCommerce, you see, is a shopping cart plug-in. There are loads of them out there. WooCommerce is a good one.
Add Link to Facebook is a handy little plug-in that automatically posts updates to Facebook whenever you add a new post or page.
Even though I had the Add Link to Facebook plug-in configured so that, by default, it would NOT post to Facebook, WooCommerce had other plans.
These two plug-ins, when used together, have the power to bring an entire server down while attempting to post hundreds of garbage Facebook status updates for all your followers to see.
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