Think before you delete

Last Update: September 24, 2019

Hello everybody, here is my monthly post

photographing the world

Sorry, I missed August

Actually I missed writing my Wealthy Affiliate August post but that was not because I was on holiday, no, I was facelifting my websites plus repairing a stupid mistake I made.

Be careful when deleting photos

In my effort to make my websites load faster I was screening my media file to see if I could delete some photos. Especially the private photos which are "heavy".
I took special care to not delete anything from my published posts and pages. I did not know though that one should not delete photos which had been used on Wealthy Affiliate posts, be it private photos or Pixabay.

I deleted those photos and had a sad surprise when I discovered my Wealthy Affiliate posts had big gaps where the photos used to be. It was quite a job to find them again, download them, put them again on the media file to then publish on the Wealthy Affiliate posts. It took up quite some time to get it all organized.

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Do not lose your likes

I nearly made a second bad mistake but avoided it at the last moment as I put up a question. Time ago I put a Pinterest code at the top of each post. Only some months ago I added a simple plugin for social media as I had started with Facebook. I started seeing likes here and there so that was nice.

I was told that this Pinterest code slows down the speed of your website so I tried to find an alternative. First I thought of installing a new plugin which has Pinterest included but that would mean deleting the one I had. Would I lose all the likes or would they automatically be transferred to the new plugin?

Better ask a question

Having asked the question I was told to be careful as it was not sure that the received likes would be transferred to the new plugin. That is why I opted to keep the old social media plugin and install a new Pinterest plugin. This is an individual little plugin which also shows numbers.

Now, slowly but surely I have to delete the Pinterest code, post by post, from my websites, really a big job and not done in one day. Anyhow, this is my story. Before you delete anything you must know what will happen.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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Twack Premium
This is really great information, thank you. Only today I was thinking about starting an image clearout.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Twack,

It is always a good idea to do a kind of springcleaning but do it with care.
What happened made me control every downloaded image, including widgets for both my websites which each have more than 80 posts and lots of pictures. I discovered that quite a few did not have the Alt, description etc filled out correctly.
When I redownloaded the missing images I did a lighter version so that was good too.
Am still not ready with deleting the Pinterest code at the top of each post, that will take some more time.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Twack Premium
I shall tread with caution, thank you.
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keishalina9 Premium
hey hi Taetske!

wise, experienced counsel ...

thanks kindly for sharing ... :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Keisha,

Nice to see you and thank you for your comment.
We have a saying in Holland. When you burn yourself you will sit on the blisters. It definitely was a good lesson.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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keishalina9 Premium
... enjoy a healthy green apple .. 🍏 ... tried to find a green mint leaf ... soothes away any scrapes .... or maybe mint tea 🍵
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laparra1 Premium
Sure, I am going to sit with my bum on a Mentha, I bet it helps.
It is growing in the garden so that is handy.

Hasta Pronto, Taetske
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keishalina9 Premium
that's too-o funniee-e teeheehaahaa! ... roflol ! ... good one!
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Fleeky Premium
Oh my...
😥

Thank you for warning us!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Fleeky,

Yes, it was quite a shock. My posts from 2019 and also of 2018 were nearly all "nacked", a big job to get them all dressed again.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Nadia27 Premium
I can only imagine how long and tiresome those tasks felt. I did a similar mistake with one plugin, I removed a social share plugin because it was misbehaving and I lost my likes and shares. I have a new one now and it feels like starting from scratch.
I'm quite frustrated!
Happy you got to keep yours.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Nadia,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.
As I am quite clumsy with technical things I thought I better ask first. Now I am happy I did and did not delete that social media plugin. This new plugin for Pinterest looks quite cute and I do not mind anymore it does not form part of the other plugin so all is well.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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megawinner Premium
Yes, it is wiser to let it be for some time.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Florentino,

You were super quick I must say. Thank you for stopping by.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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