The Pretty Links plugin is throwing so many PHP errors that it is causing the PHP error log file to balloon up to over a gigabyte (GB) in size.
That is triggering disk space overage warnings from your host.
See what actions to take now.
In the last big 3.0 update the Pretty Links plugin began throwing PHP errors.
On most hosts, those errors are reported in a log file, either called:
- error_log (on most cPanel hosts)
- php_errorlog (on SiteGround hosting)
That file should never exceed 1MB.
But with these rapid fire errors, it is quickly filling up to over 1GB.
What to Do Now
See my livestream below for more details.
And be sure to Follow and turn on Notifications for the BlogAid Facebook page so you see these livestreams where I break the news.
Take these steps to fix all of it:
- Deactivate the plugin
- Ask your host to delete and then recreate the error log file so you can get out of disk overage hot water
- After the log file is cleared and you have disk space room again, quickly reactivate the plugin and update to version 3.0.6, which has a fix for this.
- If you have cPanel access, you can monitor the error log file to see if it is still getting errors thrown to it.
What to Do In the Future
If you are not using this plugin specifically for tracking your affiliate links, then consider switching to the Redirection plugin.
The reason why is that Pretty Links is chewing up your database with all of its tracking info on link clicks.
Redirection has logs like that too, but you can turn them off.
As stated in the livestream below, there is no way to export your redirects from the free version of Pretty Links. You’ll need to manually copy them and paste into Redirection.
Also, don’t use any redirect if you just need to make one of your own permalinks pretty/shorter. You can edit the slug directly to do that.
This aired on July 24th and I’ll have updates to this post with any changes to the plugin.