Fixing Sociable plugin implode error with WordPress 2.2

I’ve been trying to find some spare time to properly set up this blog before actually blogging. So far things haven’t gone as smoothly as I would have liked.

First, I started getting the same 404s after upgrading to WordPress 2.2. After a few email exchanges with webhost4life, they upgraded my server to PHP5 and that seems to have solved the problem.

Then I had to select the plugins to run here, and each plugin came with its own bugs and problems. For tagging support, I’ve switched from Jerome’s Keyword plugin to the Simple Tagging plugin, as it has more features, and more importantly, because the next WordPress version (2.3) is going to have a native tagging support, and the alpha release has import functionality implemented for Simple Tagging (I’m not sure about other tagging plugins), so the upgraded should be relatively easy.

Sociable, the social bookmarking plugin, gave me a tough time. On installation, its Options screen was generating a bunch of php ‘implode’ errors, with a messed up configuration screen. Though I’m not a php guy (C++/Java are my main tools), after looking at the code, one of the errors seemed to have to do with its auto-update functionality. Disabling the auto-update functionality by creating a new empty body for the function by change the line

function sociable_update_version() {


function sociable_update_version() { }

function sociable_update_version_original() {

seems to work. After setting the options to default, I was able to drag/drop/enable/disable the various buttons, and though the save button still generated the php errors, the blog post pages reflected my changes.

But… (why is there always a but) it broke the theme that I had finally settled on and tweaked for the blog, and all other themes were working fine.

I think I’ll let it go for now and move on to more important things, like blogging for example.